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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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 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Bug Bivy Bivy Sack
$76 - $89
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty Acadia 4 Three-Season Tent
$100 - $151
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Copper Canyon 8 Three-Season Tent
$398 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exped Scout Tarp Extreme Tarp/Shelter
$199 - $218
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR E-Bivy Bivy Sack
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Apex 3XT Three-Season Tent
$110 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox Sprawler Ultralite Bivi Bivy Sack
$63 - $69
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Bombshelter Four-Season Tent
$1,000
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Stake Set 10 Stake
$129
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Three-Season Tent
$195
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Celestial Tent Three-Season Tent
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Gear Tie Tent Accessory
$5 - $25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Tarp 5 Tarp/Shelter
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Hammock Tarp Hammock Accessory
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Three-Season Tent
$138 - $269
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Catalyst 3P Three-Season Tent
$172 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tungsten UL 2P Three-Season Tent
$224 - $339
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Cot Tent Tarp/Shelter
$260
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Three-Season Tent
$162
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss No See Um No More Hammock Bliss Hammock
$90
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Siltarp 2
$135
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 Three-Season Tent
$240
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Trail Ridge 2 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
$149 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox Egret Nylon Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$23 - $124
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Warmer Under Quilt
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tentsile Flite+ Tree Tent Hammock
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Three-Season Tent
$150 - $259
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Bipod Bivy Bivy Sack
$245 - $289
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Four-Season Tent
$721 - $850
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 Elite Three-Season Tent
$360
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Kings Canyon UL Quilt Top Quilt
$170
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exped Carina II Three-Season Tent
$399
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$176
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SlingFin 2Lite Three-Season Tent
$338
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Adventure Dome 4-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Helium Bivy Bivy Sack
$157 - $179
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Mountain Pass 2XTE Three-Season Tent
$155
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cabela's XPG Ultralight 3P Three-Season Tent
$265
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equip Mosquito Hammock Hammock
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman Sundome 2 Three-Season Tent
$52 - $61
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face VE 25 Footprint Footprint
$54 - $60
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Limestone 4P Three-Season Tent
$269 - $359
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss Rain Fly Hammock Accessory
$73
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Three-Season Tent
$449
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$21
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (51)
Eureka! Solitaire Three-Season Tent
$90
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (16)
Black Diamond Firstlight Four-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Coleman SunDome 4 Tent 9' x 7' Three-Season Tent
$123
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock
$70 - $79
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ember 2 Under Quilt
$89 - $99
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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.