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.
3-4 Season Convertible
Tarps and Shelters
BrandsEagles Nest Outfitters
Priceless than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above
Top-Rated Tents and Shelters
Jack Rabbit SL2 Footprint Footprint
Big Woods 8-Person Dome Tent, Footprint Footprint
Hobitat Vestibule Vestibule
Foray 3P Ground Cloth Footprint
Expedition 2 Footprint Footprint
Polaris Footprint Footprint
Obi 2P Pawprint Footprint
Nammatj 2 Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Photon Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
Skyledge 2 DP Three-Season Tent
Superlite Bothy 4 Tarp/Shelter
Mira II/III Gear Loft Gear Loft
Outfitter Pro 2 Footprint Footprint
Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
Hexalite 6P Footprint Footprint
Lone Spring 3 Three-Season Tent
Losi 3P Gear Caddy Gear Loft
Meteor Light 3 Footprint Footprint
Jannu Footprint Footprint
Galaxi 2P Three-Season Tent
SlapStrapPRO Hammock Accessory
All Weather Shelter Tarp/Shelter
Pappa Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
Flashlight 1 Three-Season Tent
Gear Tie 3" Tent Accessory
Mirage Ground Cloth Footprint
Losi 3P Pawprint Footprint
Double Hammock Hammock
Double Hammock Hammock
Twilight Bivy Bivy Sack
Ponta Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Alcove Windwalls Tent Accessory
Allak Footprint Footprint
Kingdom 6 Footprint Footprint
Obi 3P Three-Season Tent
Traveller Lite Hammock
Kinetic 3P Footprint Footprint
Roo Hammock Hammock
Octagon 98 Three-Season Tent
Double Hammock - Prints Hammock
Rajd 2 Footprint Footprint
Uinta Quick-Set 4 Three-Season Tent
Rabbit Ears 6 Footprint Footprint
Stormlight 2P Footprint Footprint
Northwoods 6-Person Cabin Tent, Footprint Footprint
Timberline 2 SQ Vestibule Vestibule
Cottonwood XLT Tarp/Shelter
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.