Tents and Shelters

Ready for a night out? Whether you’re an ultralight alpinist, family of backpackers, devoted hanger, or comfort camper, you'll find the best tents, tarps, and hammocks for your outdoor overnights right here.

Check out our top picks below—including price comparisons—to shelter you in any terrain, trip, or season: winter mountaineering, three-season thru-hiking, warm weather car camping, hammock hanging, alpine bivys, tarps, and emergency shelter.

Or you can browse our thousands of independent tent and shelter ratings and reviews by product type, brand, or price. Written by real-world hikers, backpackers, alpinists, climbers, and paddlers, Trailspace community reviews will help you select a dependable, field-tested, outdoor abode just right for your next adventure.

Learn more about how to choose a tent/shelter below »

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Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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MSR Dragontail Footprint
MSR
Dragontail Footprint
Footprint
$40
Coleman Instant Dome 7
Coleman
Instant Dome 7
Three-Season Tent
$180
Easton Expedition Carbon Tent 2
Easton
Expedition Carbon Tent 2
Four-Season Tent
$525 - $558
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0
ALPS Mountaineering
Mystique 1.0
Three-Season Tent
$110
Kelty Gunnison 3.1 Footprint
Kelty
Gunnison 3.1 Footprint
Footprint
$37 - $49
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Vestibule
Mountain Hardwear
Direkt 2 Vestibule
Vestibule
$95 - $150
 
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 1 Floor Saver
Footprint
$18
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT Footprint
Hilleberg
Nammatj 2 GT Footprint
Footprint
$82
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL2 Footprint
Footprint
$48 - $60
REI Passage 2 Footprint
REI
Passage 2 Footprint
Footprint
$24
Liberty Mountain Para Cord
Liberty Mountain
Para Cord
Tent Accessory
$4
Nite Ize Big S-Biner Plastic
Nite Ize
Big S-Biner Plastic
Tent Accessory
$6
Terra Nova Solar Competition 2
Terra Nova
Solar Competition 2
Three-Season Tent
$340
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Jack Rabbit SL2 Footprint
Footprint
$36 - $50
L.L.Bean Big Woods 8-Person Dome Tent, Footprint
L.L.Bean
Big Woods 8-Person Dome Tent, Footprint
Footprint
$70
REI Hobitat Vestibule
REI
Hobitat Vestibule
Vestibule
$35
 
Brooks-Range
Foray 3P Ground Cloth
Footprint
$60
L.L.Bean Woodlands Screen House
L.L.Bean
Woodlands Screen House
Tarp/Shelter
$259
Easton Expedition 2 Footprint
Easton
Expedition 2 Footprint
Footprint
$35
Exped Polaris Footprint
Exped
Polaris Footprint
Footprint
$49
NEMO Obi 2P Pawprint
NEMO
Obi 2P Pawprint
Footprint
$40 - $59
Terra Nova Photon Groundsheet Protector
Terra Nova
Photon Groundsheet Protector
Footprint
$42 - $49
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls
MSR
Night Glow Zipper Pulls
Tent Accessory
$10
Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2 DP
Mountain Hardwear
Skyledge 2 DP
Three-Season Tent
$450
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 4
Terra Nova
Superlite Bothy 4
Tarp/Shelter
$119
Sea to Summit Specialist Duo
Sea to Summit
Specialist Duo
$499
 
Exped
Mira II/III Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$29
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Footprint
Kelty
Outfitter Pro 2 Footprint
Footprint
$37 - $49
 
ALPS Mountaineering
Aries 2 Floor Saver
Footprint
$19
NEMO Hexalite 6P Footprint
NEMO
Hexalite 6P Footprint
Footprint
$95 - $129
Big Agnes Lone Spring 3
Big Agnes
Lone Spring 3
Three-Season Tent
$250 - $269
NEMO Losi 3P Gear Caddy
NEMO
Losi 3P Gear Caddy
Gear Loft
$20 - $22
Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Meteor Light 3 Footprint
Footprint
$60
Hilleberg Jannu Footprint
Hilleberg
Jannu Footprint
Footprint
$78
NEMO Galaxi 2P
NEMO
Galaxi 2P
Three-Season Tent
$240 - $249
Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrapPRO
Eagles Nest Outfitters
SlapStrapPRO
Hammock Accessory
$25
MSR Pappa Hubba NX Footprint
MSR
Pappa Hubba NX Footprint
Footprint
$60
Nite Ize Gear Tie 3"
Nite Ize
Gear Tie 3"
Tent Accessory
$4
Black Diamond Mirage Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Mirage Ground Cloth
Footprint
$45
NEMO Losi 3P Pawprint
NEMO
Losi 3P Pawprint
Footprint
$40
Paha Que' Double Hammock
Paha Que'
Double Hammock
Hammock
$53
Hammock Bliss Double Hammock
Hammock Bliss
Double Hammock
Hammock
$65
Black Diamond Twilight Bivy
Black Diamond
Twilight Bivy
Bivy Sack
$150
Snow Peak Ponta Tarp
Snow Peak
Ponta Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$126
REI Alcove Windwalls
REI
Alcove Windwalls
Tent Accessory
$37
Hilleberg Allak Footprint
Hilleberg
Allak Footprint
Footprint
$84
REI Kingdom 6 Footprint
REI
Kingdom 6 Footprint
Footprint
$40
NEMO Obi 3P
NEMO
Obi 3P
Three-Season Tent
$470
Byer Traveller Lite
Byer
Traveller Lite
Hammock
$21 - $24
MSR Mudmat
MSR
Mudmat
Footprint
$14 - $24
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What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:

  • Conditions:
    First, and most important, in what seasons, conditions, and terrain will you use your tent, tarp, or hammock? Choose a shelter that can handle the conditions you expect to encounter (rain, snow, wind, heat, humidity, biting insects, an energetic scout troop), but don’t buy more tent than you truly need, and don’t expect one tent to do it all.
  • Capacity:
    Tents are typically classified by sleeping capacity (i.e. one-person, two-person, etc). However, a tent's stated sleeping capacity usually does not include much (or any) space for your gear and there’s no sizing standard between tent manufacturers. Some users size up.
  • Livability:
    Will you use the tent as a basecamp or is it an emergency shelter only? To determine if you and your gear will fit, look at the shelter’s dimensions, including floor and vestibule square areas, height and headroom (including at the sides), plus the number and placement of doors, gear lofts, and pockets, to assess personal livability, comfort, and footprint.
  • Weight and Packed Size:
    If you’ll be backpacking, climbing, cycling, or otherwise carrying that shelter, consider its weight, packed size (and your pack it needs to fit in), and its space-to-weight ratio before automatically opting for the bigger tent. Paddlers and car campers have more room to work with, but everyone should consider how the tent and its parts pack up for stowage.
  • Design:
    Tents come in various designs. Freestanding tents can stand alone without stakes or guy lines and can be easily moved or have dirt and other debris shaken out without being disassembled, though they still need to be staked out. Rounded, geodesic domes are stable and able to withstand heavy snow loads and wind. Tunnel tents are narrow and rectangular, and large family cabin tents are best for warm-weather campground outings.
  • Other features and specs to consider include single versus double-wall, ease of setup, stability, weather resistance, ventilation, , and any noteworthy features.
  • Read more in our guide to tents.