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 »

Category

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

Brand

Big Agnes
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ALPS Mountaineering
Hillary
Eureka!
Sierra Designs
MAC-Gear
Cabela's
The North Face
Marmot

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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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
MSR Hubba reviewed Dec 31, 2017
$250 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Reflective Guy Line reviewed Dec 27, 2017
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Hilleberg Akto reviewed Dec 26, 2017
$555
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Marmot Sanctum reviewed Dec 22, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tentsile Connect 2P Tree Tent reviewed Dec 21, 2017
$450
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Heroclip reviewed Dec 14, 2017
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gossamer Gear SpinnShelter reviewed Dec 14, 2017
$195 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equip Mosquito Hammock reviewed Dec 14, 2017
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P reviewed Dec 13, 2017
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Travel Box II Plus reviewed Dec 10, 2017
$179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout reviewed Dec 7, 2017
$125 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Easton Torrent 2 reviewed Dec 6, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 reviewed Nov 30, 2017
$78 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Kelty TN2 reviewed Nov 30, 2017
$200 - $249
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Marmot Tungsten 3P reviewed Nov 30, 2017
$194 - $259
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Vela 35F/2C Quilt reviewed Nov 29, 2017
$240
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Loco Libre Gear Ghost Pepper 40° reviewed Nov 27, 2017
$240 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (17)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps reviewed Nov 24, 2017
$25 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Tarptent Rainbow reviewed Nov 23, 2017
$225 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Loco Libre Gear Carolina Reaper 30° reviewed Nov 21, 2017
$183 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
U.S. Military Poncho Liner Woobie reviewed Nov 16, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Half Moon 3 reviewed Nov 16, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (109)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest reviewed Nov 9, 2017
$56 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT reviewed Nov 9, 2017
$1,040
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 reviewed Nov 8, 2017
$220 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Base Camp 4 reviewed Nov 8, 2017
$389
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Kelty Streamside 4 reviewed Nov 6, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Kingdom 6 Tent reviewed Nov 5, 2017
$439
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Tarptent Double Rainbow reviewed Nov 5, 2017
$260 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Sierra Designs Lookout reviewed Oct 31, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
No Limits Kings Peak II reviewed Oct 28, 2017
$70 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (7)
The North Face Tephra 22 reviewed Oct 22, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar reviewed Oct 17, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Eureka! Alpine Meadows reviewed Oct 14, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Papa Hubba NX reviewed Oct 13, 2017
$600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2 reviewed Oct 11, 2017
$225 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Trailhead 4 reviewed Oct 10, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym Zip reviewed Oct 10, 2017
$280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Eureka! K-2 XT reviewed Oct 4, 2017
$500
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Terra Nova Voyager reviewed Sep 30, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
MSR Elixir 3 reviewed Sep 29, 2017
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BOS Hammocks Single Camping Hammock reviewed Sep 29, 2017
$24 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MAC-Gear 40 Degree Down Under Quilt reviewed Sep 29, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net reviewed Sep 28, 2017
$10 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Fishhook SL 2 reviewed Sep 28, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 reviewed Sep 28, 2017
$370 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
HackedPack v.1.1 reviewed Sep 28, 2017
$170 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO reviewed Sep 28, 2017
$280
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Aqua Quest Safari Sil Tarp Square reviewed Sep 28, 2017
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 3 AL Tent reviewed Sep 26, 2017
$130
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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.