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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$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Sierra Designs P.A.W. Bivy Bivy Sack
$91
Terra Nova Super Quasar Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$60
Eureka! Northern Breeze Floor Footprint
$45
Stoic Templum 4 Three-Season Tent
$210
Kelty Range Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$95 - $129
 
Hennessy Hammock Safari Deluxe Asym Zip Hammock
$225
Coleman Teammate Instant Shade
$65
Hammock Bliss Sky Tent Hammock
$140
Kelty Airlift 6 Three-Season Tent
$500
Mammut Ultralight Bivi Bivy Sack
$140
REI InCamp 4 Three-Season Tent
$190
Big Agnes Mine Mountain Series Footprint Footprint
$68
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$450
Terra Nova Multi Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$145
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$1,095
Marmot Pulsar 1P Three-Season Tent
$215 - $268
MSR Dry Line Kit Tent Accessory
$10
NEMO Asashi Link Vestibule
$70
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint Footprint
$85
MSR 5 Foot Adjustable Pole Tent Accessory
$24 - $29
EMS Sugar Shack 3 Footprint Footprint
$35
Exped Snow & Sand Anchor Tent Accessory
$14
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
$3
Hilleberg Keron 4 Footprint Footprint
$120
Terra Nova Aspect 3 Three-Season Tent
$320
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Footprint Footprint
$96
L.L.Bean Microlight FS 2-Person Backpacking Tent, Footprint Footprint
$25
Sierra Designs Yahi Annex 4+2 Footprint Footprint
$56 - $79
Kammok Glider Hammock Shelter Hammock Accessory
$230
Big Agnes Blacktail LE Tent Three-Season Tent
$150
Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Footprint Footprint
$40
Coleman Montana 8 Tent Three-Season Tent
$159
Hilleberg Nallo 4 Footprint Footprint
$98 - $128
NRS River Wing Spare Metal Stakes Stake
$7
Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2 Footprint PL Footprint
$42
Black Diamond Eldorado Ground Cloth Footprint
$50
NEMO Losi 3P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $54
 
Bergans Rondane 2P Four-Season Tent
$349
The North Face Sputnik 2 Footprint Footprint
$35
Kelty Adjustable Pole Tent Accessory
$50
Wild Country Sololite Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$28
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL1 Three-Season Tent
$196 - $279
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL3 Three-Season Tent
$337 - $359
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 6-Person Dome Three-Season Tent
$429
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Footprint PL Footprint
$55
Mountain Hardwear T6 Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
$22
NEMO Bugout Tarp/Shelter
$200 - $249
L.L.Bean Vector XL 6-Person Dome Footprint Footprint
$50
Terra Nova Laser Space 2 Groundsheet Footprint
$60
NEMO Veda 1P Three-Season Tent
$330 - $349
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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.