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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REI Alcove Windwalls
REI
Alcove Windwalls
Tent Accessory
$37
Hilleberg Allak Footprint
Hilleberg
Allak Footprint
Footprint
$84
REI Kingdom 6 Footprint
REI
Kingdom 6 Footprint
Footprint
$55
Byer Traveller Lite
Byer
Traveller Lite
Hammock
$20 - $23
MSR Mudmat
MSR
Mudmat
Footprint
$20 - $24
Easton Kinetic 3P Footprint
Easton
Kinetic 3P Footprint
Footprint
$28 - $39
Kammok Roo Hammock
Kammok
Roo Hammock
Hammock
$99
Grand Trunk Double Hammock - Prints
Grand Trunk
Double Hammock - Prints
Hammock
$70
Hilleberg Rajd 2 Footprint
Hilleberg
Rajd 2 Footprint
Footprint
$38 - $414
Grand Trunk Uinta Quick-Set 4
Grand Trunk
Uinta Quick-Set 4
Three-Season Tent
$230
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Footprint
Big Agnes
Rabbit Ears 6 Footprint
Footprint
$55
 
Easton
Si2 Cuben Footprint
Footprint
$40
Marmot Stormlight 2P Footprint
Marmot
Stormlight 2P Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $46
Big Agnes Fairview 3
Big Agnes
Fairview 3
Three-Season Tent
$210 - $259
L.L.Bean Northwoods 6-Person Cabin Tent, Footprint
L.L.Bean
Northwoods 6-Person Cabin Tent, Footprint
Footprint
$50
Eureka! Timberline 2 SQ Vestibule
Eureka!
Timberline 2 SQ Vestibule
Vestibule
$43
Paha Que' Cottonwood XLT
Paha Que'
Cottonwood XLT
Tarp/Shelter
$399
Sierra Designs Flash 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Flash 2 Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $49
MSR Nook Gear Shed
MSR
Nook Gear Shed
Vestibule
$136 - $169
Eureka! Timberline SQ 6 Footprint
Eureka!
Timberline SQ 6 Footprint
Footprint
$68
Eureka! Breezeway
Eureka!
Breezeway
$339
Sierra Designs P.A.W. Bivy
Sierra Designs
P.A.W. Bivy
Bivy Sack
$130
Terra Nova Super Quasar Groundsheet Protector
Terra Nova
Super Quasar Groundsheet Protector
Footprint
$60
Eureka! Northern Breeze Floor
Eureka!
Northern Breeze Floor
Footprint
$45
Stoic Templum 4
Stoic
Templum 4
Three-Season Tent
$165
Kelty Range Tarp
Kelty
Range Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$95 - $129
Marmot Twilight 2P Footprint
Marmot
Twilight 2P Footprint
Footprint
$32 - $40
 
Hennessy Hammock
Safari Deluxe Asym Zip
Hammock
$225
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp
Crazy Creek
B.A. Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$108
Hammock Bliss Sky Tent
Hammock Bliss
Sky Tent
Hammock
$140
Kelty Airlift 6
Kelty
Airlift 6
Three-Season Tent
$500
Mammut Ultralight Bivi
Mammut
Ultralight Bivi
Bivy Sack
$140
REI InCamp 4
REI
InCamp 4
Three-Season Tent
$259
Big Agnes Mine Mountain Series Footprint
Big Agnes
Mine Mountain Series Footprint
Footprint
$42
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Person Tent
Mountain Hardwear
Supermega UL 2 Person Tent
Three-Season Tent
$360 - $450
 
Exped
Travel Hammock Duo
Hammock
$59
 
Bergans
Groundcloth 6040
Footprint
$99
Terra Nova Multi Tarp
Terra Nova
Multi Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$145
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 GT
Hilleberg
Kaitum 3 GT
Four-Season Tent
$1,075
Marmot Pulsar 1P
Marmot
Pulsar 1P
Three-Season Tent
$229 - $268
MSR Dry Line Kit
MSR
Dry Line Kit
Tent Accessory
$10
NEMO Asashi Link
NEMO
Asashi Link
Vestibule
$31
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
Trango 3 Footprint
Footprint
$55 - $85
 
Hilleberg
Unna Mesh Inner
Tent Accessory
$125
MSR 5 Foot Adjustable Pole
MSR
5 Foot Adjustable Pole
Tent Accessory
$24 - $29
EMS Sugar Shack 3 Footprint
EMS
Sugar Shack 3 Footprint
Footprint
$26
Exped Snow & Sand Anchor
Exped
Snow & Sand Anchor
Tent Accessory
$13
 
Hilleberg
Nallo 3 Mesh Inner
Tent Accessory
$155
Coghlan's Tarp Holder
Coghlan's
Tarp Holder
Tent Accessory
$3
Hilleberg Keron 4 Footprint
Hilleberg
Keron 4 Footprint
Footprint
$120
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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.