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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Hammocks
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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: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Hammock Bug Net Hammock Accessory
$49 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Tumble 2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$270
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock SnakeSkins Tent Accessory
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Papa Hubba NX Three-Season Tent
$537 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Saitaris Four-Season Tent
$1,890
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty No-Bendium II Gold Stake
$8 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base All Weather Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$23 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Upland 2 Three-Season Tent
$56 - $104
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jack Wolfskin Yellowstone III Three-Season Tent
$330
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Deluxe Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Abisko Endurance 2 Four-Season Tent
$850
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Kaitum 4 Four-Season Tent
$1,080
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$310 - $355
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Madre Research Pares Hammock
$89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Universal Gear Loft Gear Loft
$21 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Guy Line Runners Guy Line
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Vista Three-Season Tent
$450
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Reflective Guy Line Guy Line
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$10 - $14
user rating: 4 of 5 (34)
The North Face VE 25 Four-Season Tent
$602 - $669
user rating: 4 of 5 (26)
Marmot Limelight 2P Three-Season Tent
$187 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (24)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 4 of 5 (23)
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Marmot EOS 1P Three-Season Tent
$269
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy Bivy Sack
$325
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock Hammock
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym Hammock
$198 - $239
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Cabela's Alaskan Guide Four-Season Tent
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 Four-Season Tent
$750
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT Four-Season Tent
$850
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Three-Season Tent
$182 - $289
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock
$80 - $89
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip Tarp/Shelter
$180
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 Three-Season Tent
$117 - $151
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Three-Season Tent
$117 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Hilleberg Staika Four-Season Tent
$1,045
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Kelty TN2 Three-Season Tent
$175 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy Bivy Sack
$249
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3 Three-Season Tent
$143 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
NEMO Moki 3P Four-Season Tent
$850
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot Halo 4P Three-Season Tent
$344 - $459
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT Tarp/Shelter
$97 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
NEMO Hornet 2P Three-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Spitfire 2 Three-Season Tent
$135 - $179
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Mesa Three-Season Tent
$350 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
MSR Stormking Four-Season Tent
$1,500
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 2 AL Tent Three-Season Tent
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Midori 2 Three-Season Tent
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Sunrise 8 Three-Season Tent
$290
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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.