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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ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 2 Three-Season Tent
Peregrine Radama 3 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Bungalow 4P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$34 - $39
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Grand Trunk Parasheet Footprint
Mountainsmith Morrison 3 Three-Season Tent
$137 - $160
Black Diamond Tempest Four-Season Tent
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Footprint Footprint
NEMO Moki PawPrint Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver Footprint
NEMO Hexalite Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$60 - $65
Kelty Yellowstone 2 Footprint Footprint
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Double Hammock Hammock
$63 - $79
Big Agnes Tumble 4 mtnGLO Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Footprint Footprint
NEMO Wagontop 4P Footprint Footprint
Exped Carina IV Footprint Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0 Three-Season Tent
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sky 3 Three-Season Tent
$330 - $529
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Three-Season Tent
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 4 Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Vestibule Vestibule
$112 - $150
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$21 - $26
NEMO Dagger 2P Footprint Footprint
$40 - $49
MSR Advance Pro 2 Four-Season Tent
Exped Ergo Hammock Hammock
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Floor Saver Footprint
$21 - $25
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Footprint Footprint
REI Passage 2 Footprint Footprint
Mountainsmith Mountain Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$135 - $239
Kelty Discovery 6
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest LED Hammock
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Exped Polaris Footprint Footprint
MSR Mutha Hubba / Mutha Hubba HP Footprint Footprint
$60 - $499
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Exped Mira I HyperLite Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Photon Groundsheet Protector Footprint
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
Sea to Summit Specialist Duo
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 12' x 12' Tent
Exped Mira II/III Gear Loft Gear Loft
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $49
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
Hilleberg Jannu Footprint Footprint
Eureka! Midori 4 Three-Season Tent
MSR Remote 3 Footprint Footprint
MSR H.U.B. Gear Shed Vestibule
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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.