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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NEMO Moki PawPrint Footprint
$49 - $64
NEMO Hexalite Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$37 - $45
Kelty Yellowstone 2 Footprint Footprint
$21 - $23
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Double Hammock Hammock
$56 - $79
Snow Peak Ponta Air Tarp/Shelter
$150 - $199
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Footprint Footprint
$50 - $69
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian Four-Season Tent
$210 - $244
MSR Dragontail Footprint Footprint
$40 - $49
NEMO Wagontop 4P Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0 Three-Season Tent
$110 - $111
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Three-Season Tent
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Vestibule Vestibule
$112 - $169
NEMO Dagger 2P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $39
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Footprint Footprint
$48 - $60
REI Passage 2 Footprint Footprint
Liberty Mountain Para Cord Tent Accessory
Marmot Force 2P Footprint Footprint
$33 - $45
Mountainsmith Mountain Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$192 - $239
Kelty Discovery 6
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $50
ALPS Mountaineering Somerset 4 Three-Season Tent
Brooks-Range Stubai 6 Four-Season Tent
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Pieps Bivy Bag Alien Double Bivy Sack
Brooks-Range Foray 3P Ground Cloth Footprint
L.L.Bean Woodlands Screen House Tarp/Shelter
Easton Expedition 2 Footprint Footprint
Exped Polaris Footprint Footprint
$39 - $48
Exped Mira I HyperLite Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Photon Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$42 - $49
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$8 - $9
Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2 DP Three-Season Tent
$330 - $450
Sea to Summit Specialist Duo
$343 - $498
Exped Mira II/III Gear Loft Gear Loft
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $49
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Jannu Footprint Footprint
NEMO Galaxi 2P Three-Season Tent
$187 - $249
Kelty Airlift 4 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $49
MSR Pappa Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
The North Face Mica 12 Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy Bivy Sack
$130 - $149
Snow Peak Tarp Recta ProSet Tarp/Shelter
$500 - $599
Eddie Bauer Olympic Dome 6 Tent Footprint Footprint
NEMO Losi 3P Pawprint Footprint
$41 - $54
Paha Que' Double Hammock Hammock
Hammock Bliss Double Hammock Hammock
$65 - $67
Sierra Designs SFC Assault Bivy Bivy Sack
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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.