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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3-4 Season Convertible
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Warm Weather
Bivy Sacks
Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Bug Nets
Accessories

Brand

Eagles Nest Outfitters
Terra Nova
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MSR
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User

Unisex
Men's
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Price

less 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

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ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 2 Three-Season Tent
$134
Peregrine Radama 3 Three-Season Tent
$200
NEMO Bungalow 4P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$34 - $39
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$30
Grand Trunk Parasheet Footprint
$40
Mountainsmith Morrison 3 Three-Season Tent
$137 - $160
Black Diamond Tempest Four-Season Tent
$7
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Footprint Footprint
$98
NEMO Moki PawPrint Footprint
$70
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$45
NEMO Hexalite Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$60 - $65
Kelty Yellowstone 2 Footprint Footprint
$21
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Double Hammock Hammock
$63 - $79
Big Agnes Tumble 4 mtnGLO Footprint Footprint
$55
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Footprint Footprint
$70
NEMO Wagontop 4P Footprint Footprint
$60
Exped Carina IV Footprint Footprint
$85
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0 Three-Season Tent
$88
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sky 3 Three-Season Tent
$330 - $529
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Three-Season Tent
$167
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 4 Footprint Footprint
$60
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
$550
Exped Ergo Hammock Hammock
$224
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Floor Saver Footprint
$21 - $25
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT Footprint Footprint
$84
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Footprint Footprint
$70
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Footprint Footprint
$60
REI Passage 2 Footprint Footprint
$30
Mountainsmith Mountain Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$135 - $239
Kelty Discovery 6
$200
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest LED Hammock
$100
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Exped Polaris Footprint Footprint
$59
MSR Mutha Hubba / Mutha Hubba HP Footprint Footprint
$60 - $499
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
$198
Exped Mira I HyperLite Footprint Footprint
$49
Terra Nova Photon Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$49
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$7
Sea to Summit Specialist Duo
$499
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 12' x 12' Tent
$900
Exped Mira II/III Gear Loft Gear Loft
$29
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $49
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$23
Hilleberg Jannu Footprint Footprint
$80
Eureka! Midori 4 Three-Season Tent
$199
MSR Remote 3 Footprint Footprint
$70
MSR H.U.B. Gear Shed Vestibule
$1,250
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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.