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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Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 13' x 27' Tent
Kelty Discovery 6
ALPS Mountaineering Somerset 4 Three-Season Tent
Brooks-Range Stubai 6 Four-Season Tent
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 Footprint Footprint
Pieps Bivy Bag Alien Double Bivy Sack
Big Agnes Hager House 3 Footprint Footprint
Brooks-Range Foray 3P Ground Cloth Footprint
L.L.Bean Woodlands Screen House Tarp/Shelter
Exped Polaris Footprint Footprint
MSR Mutha Hubba / Mutha Hubba HP Footprint Footprint
Exped Mira I HyperLite Footprint Footprint
$49 - $59
Terra Nova Photon Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$39 - $42
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
Sea to Summit Specialist Duo
$429 - $498
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 12' x 12' Tent
$900 - $1,099
Exped Mira II/III Gear Loft Gear Loft
Fjallraven Lite 3 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Jannu Footprint Footprint
NEMO Galaxi 2P Three-Season Tent
Kelty Airlift 4 Footprint Footprint
NEMO Losi LS 3P Three-Season Tent
Liberty Mountain Peregrine Endurance 3 Three-Season Tent
The North Face Mica 12 Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy Bivy Sack
$112 - $129
Snow Peak Tarp Recta ProSet Tarp/Shelter
$500 - $599
NEMO Losi 2P Pawprint Footprint
NEMO Losi 3P Pawprint Footprint
Paha Que' Double Hammock Hammock
Hammock Bliss Double Hammock Hammock
Sierra Designs SFC Assault Bivy Bivy Sack
Black Diamond Twilight Bivy Bivy Sack
$112 - $149
NEMO Hornet 1P Three-Season Tent
Cabela's Outfitter Range A-Frame Tent by Montana Canvas Three-Season Tent
Snow Peak Ponta Tarp Tarp/Shelter
REI Alcove Windwalls Tent Accessory
Exped Hammock Suspension Kit Extreme Hammock Accessory
NEMO Blaze 1P Three-Season Tent
Mountain Hardwear Hylo 2 Three-Season Tent
$224 - $299
Brooks-Range Alpine Bivy Sack Bivy Sack
Hilleberg Allak Footprint Footprint
REI Kingdom 6 Footprint Footprint
Byer Traveller Lite Hammock
$20 - $23
MSR Mudmat Footprint
Easton Kinetic 3P Footprint Footprint
Coleman Octagon 98 Three-Season Tent
Marmot Colfax 3P Porch Vestibule
Marmot Force 3P Footprint Footprint
$60 - $64
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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.