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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Eureka! Multi-Room Floor Saver
Eureka!
Multi-Room Floor Saver
Footprint
$13
Easton Rimrock 2 Footprint
Easton
Rimrock 2 Footprint
Footprint
$19 - $24
Big Agnes Slater UL+ Series Footprint
Big Agnes
Slater UL+ Series Footprint
Footprint
$50 - $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
$90 - $121
MSR Hubba NX
MSR
Hubba NX
Three-Season Tent
$40 - $339
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
$10
Big Agnes Seedhouse 2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Seedhouse 2 Footprint
Footprint
$33 - $39
Kelty Acadia 6 Footprint
Kelty
Acadia 6 Footprint
Footprint
$50
EMS Big Easy 4
EMS
Big Easy 4
Three-Season Tent
$249
MSR Camring Cord Tensioners
MSR
Camring Cord Tensioners
Tent Accessory
$10 - $12
 
Bergans
Lavvo 4-6 Person
Tarp/Shelter
$599
Easton Torrent 2 Footprint
Easton
Torrent 2 Footprint
Footprint
$19 - $24
 
Snow Peak
Lago 1
Four-Season Tent
$400
Mountain Hardwear Twin Arch 2 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Twin Arch 2 Footprint PL
Footprint
$38
NEMO Morpho AR Footprint
NEMO
Morpho AR Footprint
Footprint
$50
Rab Superlite Shelter 2 Silbothy
Rab
Superlite Shelter 2 Silbothy
Tarp/Shelter
$119
Snow Peak Peg Hammer
Snow Peak
Peg Hammer
Tent Accessory
$38
Sierra Designs The Organizer
Sierra Designs
The Organizer
Gear Loft
$35
Marmot Limelight 3P Footprint
Marmot
Limelight 3P Footprint
Footprint
$45
NEMO Hexalite 6P
NEMO
Hexalite 6P
Tarp/Shelter
$337 - $449
REI Half Dome 4 Footprint
REI
Half Dome 4 Footprint
Footprint
$40
Rab Silwing
Rab
Silwing
Tarp/Shelter
$108 - $119
Easton Kilo 2 Footprint
Easton
Kilo 2 Footprint
Footprint
$24 - $34
Hammock Bliss Sun Shield
Hammock Bliss
Sun Shield
Hammock Accessory
$21
MSR Fast Stash Footprint
MSR
Fast Stash Footprint
Footprint
$40
Black Diamond Squall Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Squall Ground Cloth
Footprint
$34 - $44
Mountain Hardwear EV 3
Mountain Hardwear
EV 3
Four-Season Tent
$550 - $850
NEMO Morpho 1P Pawprint
NEMO
Morpho 1P Pawprint
Footprint
$50
Terra Nova Laser Space 5 Groundsheet
Terra Nova
Laser Space 5 Groundsheet
Footprint
$85 - $99
The North Face Eclipse Footprint
The North Face
Eclipse Footprint
Footprint
$30 - $31
Big Agnes Large Wall Gear Loft
Big Agnes
Large Wall Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$22
Sierra Designs Light Year Footprint
Sierra Designs
Light Year Footprint
Footprint
$28
Black Diamond Lighthouse Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Lighthouse Ground Cloth
Footprint
$50
Eureka! High Camp
Eureka!
High Camp
Four-Season Tent
$540
Kelty Upslope Tarp
Kelty
Upslope Tarp
$75 - $99
NEMO Losi 2P Footprint
NEMO
Losi 2P Footprint
Footprint
$35
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Bug Tent
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Base Bug Tent
Tarp/Shelter
$23 - $29
Sierra Designs Reflective Guyline Kit
Sierra Designs
Reflective Guyline Kit
Tent Accessory
$19
Eureka! Taron 2
Eureka!
Taron 2
Three-Season Tent
$136 - $158
The North Face FP Kings Canyon 2
The North Face
FP Kings Canyon 2
Footprint
$30 - $40
 
Hilleberg
V-Peg
Stake
$30 - $38
NRS Aluminum Sand Stake
NRS
Aluminum Sand Stake
Stake
$45
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint
Hilleberg
Saivo Footprint
Footprint
$106
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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.