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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Mountainsmith Genesee 4
Mountainsmith
Genesee 4
Three-Season Tent
$150 - $199
Terra Nova Bothy 20
Terra Nova
Bothy 20
$240
Rab Survival Zone Bivi
Rab
Survival Zone Bivi
Bivy Sack
$135 - $144
NEMO Espri LE 2P
NEMO
Espri LE 2P
$230 - $289
Snow Peak Speed Scope Tarp Pole
Snow Peak
Speed Scope Tarp Pole
Tent Accessory
$56
Eureka! Inntorest 2
Eureka!
Inntorest 2
Three-Season Tent
$171
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Angel Springs UL2 Footprint
Footprint
$60 - $70
Exped Travel Hammock
Exped
Travel Hammock
Hammock
$45
 
Coleman
Instant Cabin
Three-Season Tent
$171 - $241
Kelty Salida 2 Footprint
Kelty
Salida 2 Footprint
Footprint
$35 - $142
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 3 Footprint
Big Agnes
Burn Ridge Outfitter 3 Footprint
Footprint
$45
Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Groundsheet
Terra Nova
Solar Photon 2 Groundsheet
Footprint
$42 - $49
L.L.Bean Vector XL 4-Person Dome
L.L.Bean
Vector XL 4-Person Dome
Three-Season Tent
$299
Coghlan's LED Nail Pegs
Coghlan's
LED Nail Pegs
Stake
$6
The North Face Phoenix Footprint
The North Face
Phoenix Footprint
Footprint
$45
Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 1
Mountain Hardwear
SuperMegaUL 1
Three-Season Tent
$349 - $350
MSR Mutha Hubba NX
MSR
Mutha Hubba NX
Three-Season Tent
$392 - $489
The North Face Gear Loft - Triangle
The North Face
Gear Loft - Triangle
Gear Loft
$20
 
Wild Country
Aspect 2.5
Three-Season Tent
$215
MontBell Crescent 2 Ground Sheet
MontBell
Crescent 2 Ground Sheet
Footprint
$20
Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Vapor Light 2 Footprint
Footprint
$50
Terra Nova Solar 2 Ground Sheet
Terra Nova
Solar 2 Ground Sheet
Footprint
$51
Marmot Boreas 3P Footprint
Marmot
Boreas 3P Footprint
Footprint
$179
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
Direkt 2 Footprint
Footprint
$35 - $50
Rab Element 2 Bug Tent
Rab
Element 2 Bug Tent
Tarp/Shelter
$130
MSR Twin Brothers Footprint
MSR
Twin Brothers Footprint
Footprint
$60 - $79
MSR Gear Shed
MSR
Gear Shed
Vestibule
$127 - $169
REI Quarter Dome T2 Footprint
REI
Quarter Dome T2 Footprint
Footprint
$20
Kelty Grand Mesa 3 Footprint
Kelty
Grand Mesa 3 Footprint
Footprint
$34 - $39
Big Agnes Big House 4 Footprint
Big Agnes
Big House 4 Footprint
Footprint
$30 - $50
Rab Ridge Raider
Rab
Ridge Raider
Bivy Sack
$245 - $399
Terra Nova Trisar 2 Groundsheet Protector
Terra Nova
Trisar 2 Groundsheet Protector
Footprint
$45
Hilleberg Keron 3 GT Footprint
Hilleberg
Keron 3 GT Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $118
Mountainsmith Conifer 5+
Mountainsmith
Conifer 5+
Three-Season Tent
$306 - $359
Equinox All-Purpose Tarp
Equinox
All-Purpose Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$59 - $69
NEMO Obi 2P Gear Caddy
NEMO
Obi 2P Gear Caddy
Gear Loft
$23 - $24
Mountain Hardwear Sojourn 2 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Sojourn 2 Footprint PL
Footprint
$38
 
Wild Country
Zephyros 2
Three-Season Tent
$142
Sierra Designs Mountain Meteor 3 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Mountain Meteor 3 Footprint
Footprint
$49 - $50
 
Brooks-Range
Foray Tent 2
Three-Season Tent
$425
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Vestibule
Black Diamond
Ahwahnee Vestibule
Vestibule
$135 - $149
Kelty Granby 6 Footprint
Kelty
Granby 6 Footprint
Footprint
$51 - $59
Terra Nova Tarp Shelter 2
Terra Nova
Tarp Shelter 2
$190
Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 3 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Lightpath 3 Footprint PL
Footprint
$30 - $59
Terra Nova Voyager Ultra 2 Tent
Terra Nova
Voyager Ultra 2 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$1,271
 
Brooks-Range
Foray 3P
Three-Season Tent
$500
Byer Barbados XL
Byer
Barbados XL
Hammock
$90
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager
Terra Nova
Superlite Voyager
Three-Season Tent
$399 - $470
Kelty Bug Blocker
Kelty
Bug Blocker
Tarp/Shelter
$230 - $319
Black Diamond Mesa Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Mesa Ground Cloth
Footprint
$36 - $44
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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.