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

Eagles Nest Outfitters
Hilleberg
MSR
Marmot
Grand Trunk
Kodiak Canvas
EMS
Black Diamond
Eureka!
Mountain Hardwear

User

Unisex
Men's
Kids'

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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Eureka! Rectangular Floor Saver Footprint
$9 - $11
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Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$68
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The North Face Assault 2 Four-Season Tent
$589
Rab ARK Bivi Double Bivy Sack
$20
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Insert with Cuben Floor Tarp/Shelter
$395
Exped MultiMat Trio Footprint
$79
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
$5
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$500 - $549
NEMO Chogori 3 Four-Season Tent
$850
VauDe Mark L 3P Three-Season Tent
$400
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Footprint PL Footprint
$100
L.L.Bean Adventure 6-Person Tent, Footprint Footprint
$50
Big Agnes Goose Creek Deluxe Hammock
$100
NEMO Galaxi 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$30 - $39
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$29 - $35
Fjallraven Polar Endurance 3 Four-Season Tent
$1,500
Salewa Litetrek Pro III Three-Season Tent
$385
Sierra Designs Sweet Suite 2 Footprint Footprint
$21 - $29
Coleman WeatherMaster 6 Screened Tent
$220
Peregrine Radama 4 Three-Season Tent
$229
Marmot Orbit 4P Three-Season Tent
$375 - $499
Black Diamond Firstlight/I-Tent Ground Cloth Footprint
$50
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Footprint Footprint
$84
MSR Papa Hubba NX Fast & Light Body Three-Season Tent
$170
The North Face Mountain 25 Footprint Footprint
$45 - $60
Exped Mira III HyperLite Three-Season Tent
$467 - $499
Big Agnes Trapezoid Gear Loft Gear Loft
$22
MSR Remote 3 Four-Season Tent
$900
The North Face Wawona 4 Three-Season Tent
$269
Columbia Silver Creek 6 Three-Season Tent
$300
Coghlan's Hikers Mosquito Net Bug Net
$33
NEMO Blaze 1P Footprint Footprint
$40
Big Agnes Tent Footprints Footprint
$40
Big Agnes Foidel Canyon 3 Footprint Footprint
$53
Fjallraven Abisko Lite 2 Four-Season Tent
$600
Hilleberg Anjan 2 Footprint Footprint
$60
Equinox Mantis Tent Accessory
$31
Ultimate Direction FK Bivy Bivy Sack
$180
Eureka! Boondocker Hotel 6 Warm Weather Tent
$400 - $649
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$4
Terra Nova Southern Cross 2 Footprint Footprint
$36 - $57
Fjallraven Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
$90
Rab Alpine Bivi Bivy Sack
$275
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid Pole Straps Tent Accessory
$12
Black Diamond Replacement Tent Stakes Stake
$8 - $9
Mountainsmith Morrison EVO 2 Three-Season Tent
$160 - $199
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 Footprint Footprint
$30
MSR Access 1 Four-Season Tent
$500
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek Two-Room
$245 - $279
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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.