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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Fjallraven Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
Rab Alpine Bivi Bivy Sack
$260 - $265
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid Pole Straps Tent Accessory
Black Diamond Replacement Tent Stakes Stake
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2 Floor Saver Footprint
Cabela's Outfitter Series XWT Interior Floor Liner Footprint
Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 1 Footrint PL Footprint
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 Footprint Footprint
MSR Access 1 Four-Season Tent
$400 - $499
Big Agnes Square Gear Loft Gear Loft
MSR Hook Tent Stakes Stake
$8 - $10
Terra Nova Hoolie 3 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Granby 4 Three-Season Tent
Kelty Granby 6 Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Keron 4 GT Four-Season Tent
The North Face FP Mica FL 2 Footprint
REI Screen House Rainfly Tent Accessory
Terra Nova Competition Tarp 2 Tarp/Shelter
$81 - $129
Marmot Eclipse 3P Three-Season Tent
Napier Backroadz Truck Tent Model 13 Warm Weather Tent
EMS Big Easy 6 Three-Season Tent
Grand Trunk Camoflauge Hammock Hammock
Black Diamond Bombshelter Ground Cloth Footprint
NEMO Victory Blanket 2P Top Quilt
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$189 - $389
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Chroma Straps Hammock Accessory
Big Agnes Wyoming Trail SL2 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Chimney Creek 6 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
REI Quarter Dome 3 Footprint Footprint
L.L.Bean Woodlands Shelter Tarp/Shelter
Peregrine Radama 3 Three-Season Tent
Mountainsmith Bear Creek 2 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Bungalow 4P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$32 - $39
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$30 - $39
Grand Trunk Roatan Woven Hammock Hammock
Grand Trunk Parasheet Footprint
$25 - $40
Mountainsmith Morrison 3 Three-Season Tent
Black Diamond Tempest Four-Season Tent
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Triangle Mountain 3 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Triangle Mountain 2 Footprint Footprint
Marmot Midpines 4P Footprint Footprint
NEMO Moki PawPrint Footprint
$56 - $69
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$40 - $44
NEMO Hexalite Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
Kelty Yellowstone 2 Footprint Footprint
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Double Hammock Hammock
$64 - $79
Big Agnes Tumble 4 mtnGLO Footprint Footprint
$38 - $43
Snow Peak Ponta Air Tarp/Shelter
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Footprint Footprint
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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.