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
Sierra Designs
P.A.W. Bivy
Bivy Sack
$110
REI Hobitat 4 Footprint
REI
Hobitat 4 Footprint
Footprint
$30
Terra Nova Super Quasar Groundsheet Protector
Terra Nova
Super Quasar Groundsheet Protector
Footprint
$60
Eureka! Northern Breeze Floor
Eureka!
Northern Breeze Floor
Footprint
$47
Kelty Range Tarp
Kelty
Range Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$130
Marmot Twilight 2P Footprint
Marmot
Twilight 2P Footprint
Footprint
$32 - $40
The North Face Asylum Bivy Footprint
The North Face
Asylum Bivy Footprint
Footprint
$35
 
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
REI InCamp 4
REI
InCamp 4
Three-Season Tent
$259
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Person Tent
Mountain Hardwear
Supermega UL 2 Person Tent
Three-Season Tent
$335 - $450
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
$268
MSR Dry Line Kit
MSR
Dry Line Kit
Tent Accessory
$10
NEMO Asashi Link
NEMO
Asashi Link
Vestibule
$45 - $69
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
Trango 3 Footprint
Footprint
$59 - $85
MSR 5 Foot Adjustable Pole
MSR
5 Foot Adjustable Pole
Tent Accessory
$30
EMS Sugar Shack 3 Footprint
EMS
Sugar Shack 3 Footprint
Footprint
$26
Exped Snow & Sand Anchor
Exped
Snow & Sand Anchor
Tent Accessory
$14
Coghlan's Tarp Holder
Coghlan's
Tarp Holder
Tent Accessory
$3
Kelty TraiLogic TN3
Kelty
TraiLogic TN3
Three-Season Tent
$300
Hilleberg Keron 4 Footprint
Hilleberg
Keron 4 Footprint
Footprint
$120
Terra Nova Aspect 3
Terra Nova
Aspect 3
Three-Season Tent
$320
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Footprint
Hilleberg
Nammatj 3 GT Footprint
Footprint
$96
L.L.Bean Microlight FS 2-Person Backpacking Tent, Footprint
L.L.Bean
Microlight FS 2-Person Backpacking Tent, Footprint
Footprint
$25
Sierra Designs Yahi Annex 4+2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Yahi Annex 4+2 Footprint
Footprint
$48 - $79
Toughstake Small Toughstake
Toughstake
Small Toughstake
Stake
$25
Big Agnes Blacktail LE Tent
Big Agnes
Blacktail LE Tent
Three-Season Tent
$180
Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Light Year 1 Footprint
Footprint
$40
NEMO Pentalite 4P Tent
NEMO
Pentalite 4P Tent
Three-Season Tent
$351 - $389
Hilleberg Nallo 4 Footprint
Hilleberg
Nallo 4 Footprint
Footprint
$98 - $127
NRS River Wing Spare Metal Stakes
NRS
River Wing Spare Metal Stakes
Stake
$7
Marmot Limestone 8P Footprint
Marmot
Limestone 8P Footprint
Footprint
$80
Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Taurine 2 Footprint PL
Footprint
$42
Black Diamond Eldorado Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Eldorado Ground Cloth
Footprint
$50
Eureka! Copper Canyon 5 + ScreenRoom
Eureka!
Copper Canyon 5 + ScreenRoom
Three-Season Tent
$320 - $399
NEMO Losi 3P Footprint
NEMO
Losi 3P Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $49
Kelty Adjustable Pole
Kelty
Adjustable Pole
Tent Accessory
$35 - $49
NEMO Morpho 2P Pawprint
NEMO
Morpho 2P Pawprint
Footprint
$42 - $59
Wild Country Sololite Groundsheet Protector
Wild Country
Sololite Groundsheet Protector
Footprint
$40
REI Dash 2 Tent
REI
Dash 2 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$349
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL1
Big Agnes
Jack Rabbit SL1
Three-Season Tent
$280
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL3
Big Agnes
Angel Springs UL3
Three-Season Tent
$450
Black Diamond Tripod Bivy/Lightsabre Bivy Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Tripod Bivy/Lightsabre Bivy Ground Cloth
Footprint
$199
Sierra Designs Tengu 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Tengu 2 Footprint
Footprint
$35
Sierra Designs Mountain Meteor 2
Sierra Designs
Mountain Meteor 2
Four-Season Tent
$480
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Supermega UL 2 Footprint PL
Footprint
$55
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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.