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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VauDe Power Lizard Floor Protector
VauDe
Power Lizard Floor Protector
Footprint
$36 - $39
Giga Tent Redleg 3 Camo Dome Tent
Giga Tent
Redleg 3 Camo Dome Tent
Three-Season Tent
$67
Paha Que' Bear Creek Solo 1-Person
Paha Que'
Bear Creek Solo 1-Person
Three-Season Tent
$160
Eureka! Tetragon 3
Eureka!
Tetragon 3
Three-Season Tent
$119
NEMO Galaxi 2 Pawprint
NEMO
Galaxi 2 Pawprint
Footprint
$35
Eureka! Amari Pass 2
Eureka!
Amari Pass 2
Three-Season Tent
$140
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Footprint
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL1 Footprint
Footprint
$45 - $50
Marmot Astral 3P
Marmot
Astral 3P
Three-Season Tent
$366 - $458
Big Agnes Triangle Gear Loft
Big Agnes
Triangle Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$20 - $22
Rab Guides Siltarp 2
Rab
Guides Siltarp 2
$135
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake
Vargo
Titanium Ascent Tent Stake
Stake
$24
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6
Big Agnes
Rabbit Ears 6
Three-Season Tent
$300
Fjallraven Akka Dome 3
Fjallraven
Akka Dome 3
Three-Season Tent
$700
Marmot Stormlight 3P Footprint
Marmot
Stormlight 3P Footprint
Footprint
$45
Sierra Designs Lightning UL Footprint
Sierra Designs
Lightning UL Footprint
Footprint
$42
Hilleberg Unna Footprint
Hilleberg
Unna Footprint
Footprint
$55
Terra Nova Titanium 2g Skewer Pegs
Terra Nova
Titanium 2g Skewer Pegs
Stake
$17 - $25
The North Face Simple Bivy
The North Face
Simple Bivy
Bivy Sack
$100 - $149
Marmot Limelight 4P Footprint
Marmot
Limelight 4P Footprint
Footprint
$35 - $49
NEMO Asashi Garage Footprint
NEMO
Asashi Garage Footprint
Footprint
$50
Big Agnes Soda Mountain SL4 Footprint
Big Agnes
Soda Mountain SL4 Footprint
Footprint
$48
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Vestibule
Eureka!
Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Vestibule
Vestibule
$120
EMS Big Easy 6 Footprint
EMS
Big Easy 6 Footprint
Footprint
$25 - $30
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Footprint
Hilleberg
Nammatj 2 Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $68
Mountain Hardwear Hoopster Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
Hoopster Footprint
Footprint
$100 - $150
VauDe Campo 3
VauDe
Campo 3
Three-Season Tent
$192 - $199
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Footprint
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL3 Footprint
Footprint
$65 - $70
Kelty Como 4
Kelty
Como 4
Three-Season Tent
$300
REI Camp Dome 6
REI
Camp Dome 6
Three-Season Tent
$202
Mountain Hardwear Corners 3
Mountain Hardwear
Corners 3
Three-Season Tent
$270
Sierra Designs A.S.A.P. Tarp
Sierra Designs
A.S.A.P. Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$120 - $122
Eureka! Multi-Room Floor Saver
Eureka!
Multi-Room Floor Saver
Footprint
$13
Easton Rimrock 2 Footprint
Easton
Rimrock 2 Footprint
Footprint
$20 - $24
Easton Hat Trick 3 Footprint
Easton
Hat Trick 3 Footprint
Footprint
$45
Big Agnes Slater UL+ Series Footprint
Big Agnes
Slater UL+ Series Footprint
Footprint
$44 - $75
Mountain Hardwear Snow and Sand Tent Anchor
Mountain Hardwear
Snow and Sand Tent Anchor
Stake
$14 - $20
Hilleberg Soulo Footprint
Hilleberg
Soulo Footprint
Footprint
$58
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Footprint
Big Agnes
Fly Creek UL3 Footprint
Footprint
$70
Black Diamond I-Tent Vestibule
Black Diamond
I-Tent Vestibule
Vestibule
$110 - $139
MSR Hubba NX
MSR
Hubba NX
Three-Season Tent
$40 - $389
Hilleberg Allak Mesh Inner
Hilleberg
Allak Mesh Inner
Tent Accessory
$205
Mountain Hardwear Hoopster 6
Mountain Hardwear
Hoopster 6
Four-Season Tent
$600
REI Snow and Sand Tent Anchors
REI
Snow and Sand Tent Anchors
Stake
$16
Grand Trunk Air Bivy Extreme Shelter
Grand Trunk
Air Bivy Extreme Shelter
Hammock
$150
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls
MSR
Universal Zipper Pulls
Tent Accessory
$8 - $9
Big Agnes Seedhouse 2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Seedhouse 2 Footprint
Footprint
$33
Kelty Acadia 6 Footprint
Kelty
Acadia 6 Footprint
Footprint
$42 - $49
EMS Big Easy 4
EMS
Big Easy 4
Three-Season Tent
$200
MSR Camring Cord Tensioners
MSR
Camring Cord Tensioners
Tent Accessory
$10 - $12
 
Bergans
Lavvo 4-6 Person
Tarp/Shelter
$599
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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.