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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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System Tarp/Shelter
$649
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint Footprint
$90
 
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest-ATC Special Addition Hammock
$70
Hilleberg Stalon XL Basic Four-Season Tent
$5,565
MSR 5 Foot Adjustable Pole Tent Accessory
$40
Marmot Force 1P Three-Season Tent
$348 - $349
 
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ridgeline 2 with Prusik Knots Hammock Accessory
$5
Big Agnes Jupiter's Cabin 4 Footprint Footprint
$50
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas XL Straps Hammock Accessory
$40
Cabela's Two-Pole 3-Person Backpacking Tent Three-Season Tent
$180
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
$3
Hilleberg Keron 4 Footprint Footprint
$122
Terra Nova Aspect 3 Three-Season Tent
$320
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Footprint Footprint
$98
L.L.Bean Microlight FS 2-Person Backpacking Tent, Footprint Footprint
$30
Equinox Rectangular Plastic Ground Cloth Footprint
$16
 
Liberty Mountain Peregrine Radama 3 Three-Season Tent
$170
 
Big Agnes Blacktail LE Tent Three-Season Tent
$150
Marmot Catalyst 3P Three-Season Tent
$183 - $229
Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Footprint Footprint
$40
Slumberjack Overland 8 Three-Season Tent
$300
Cabela's Dash Solo Tent Three-Season Tent
$90
Hilleberg Nallo 4 Footprint Footprint
$100 - $130
NRS River Wing Spare Metal Stakes Stake
$7
Marmot Limestone 8P Footprint Footprint
$80
Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2 Footprint PL Footprint
$42
Black Diamond Eldorado Ground Cloth Footprint
$40 - $49
Rab Summit Mountain Bivi Four-Season Tent
$575
Marmot Carbide 2P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $31
NEMO Losi 3P Footprint Footprint
$45
MSR FreeLite 3 Three-Season Tent
$375 - $499
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Survival Bag Bivy Sack
$3
Bergans Rondane 2P Four-Season Tent
$499
Snow Peak Mesh Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$625
Marmot Amp 3P Three-Season Tent
$351
L.L.Bean King Pine 6-Person Footprint Footprint
$60
Kelty Adjustable Pole Tent Accessory
$37 - $46
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 Footprint Footprint
$60
Therm-a-Rest Cot Tent Tarp/Shelter
$195 - $259
Ferrino Lightent 2 Three-Season Tent
$150
Mountain Hardwear T6 Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
$25
NEMO Dagger 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$30
Big Agnes Rocky Peak 4 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$220 - $299
NEMO Bugout Tarp/Shelter
$200 - $249
L.L.Bean Vector XL 6-Person Dome Footprint Footprint
$55
NEMO Veda 1P Three-Season Tent
$300 - $349
Marmot Colfax 2P Three-Season Tent
$229 - $269
Sierra Designs Nightwatch 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$312
 
Exped Gemini Organizer Gear Loft
$29
Kelty Granby 4 Footprint Footprint
$37
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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.