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 Mountain Guide Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$360
Sea to Summit Escapist Groundsheet Footprint
$59
Kelty Granby 6 Footprint Footprint
$60
Terra Nova Voyager Ultra 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$1,444 - $1,698
Brooks-Range Foray 3P Three-Season Tent
$500
NEMO Galaxi 2P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$25 - $29
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager Three-Season Tent
$500
Kelty Bug Blocker Tarp/Shelter
$155 - $258
Black Diamond Mesa Ground Cloth Footprint
$45
Eureka! Sunrise 6 Three-Season Tent
$299
Eureka! Amari Pass 3 Three-Season Tent
$190
Marmot Nitro 2P Three-Season Tent
$250 - $328
 
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$15
Mountain Hardwear Hoopla 4 Footprint Footprint
$130
NEMO GoGo Elite Bivy Sack
$430
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 Footprint Footprint
$40 - $55
Big Agnes Placer 2 Footprint Footprint
$45
Hilleberg Saitaris Footprint Footprint
$136
VauDe Campo 2 Three-Season Tent
$160
The North Face Bastion 4 Footprint Footprint
$60
 
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
$6
Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
$1
NEMO Bungalow 4P Tent Three-Season Tent
$370
L.L.Bean King Pine 6-Person Three-Season Tent
$549
Kelty Gunnison 3.3 Three-Season Tent
$250
Kelty Gunnison 1.1 Footprint Footprint
$15 - $29
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
$3
Grand Trunk Dunny Quick-Set Shower & Changing Room Tarp/Shelter
$150
L.L.Bean Vector XL 4-Person Three-Season Tent
$349
 
Big Agnes Foidel Canyon 2 Three-Season Tent
$650
NEMO Dagger 2P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$30
Rab Storm Bivi Bivy Sack
$110
Kelty AirScreen Tarp/Shelter
$230
 
Kelty Discovery 4 Three-Season Tent
$150
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL4 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$500
MSR Mutha Hubba Footprint Footprint
$50 - $59
NEMO Hornet 1P Footprint Footprint
$40
Big Agnes Blacktail 2 Three-Season Tent
$250
Black Diamond Hooped Bivy Bivy Sack
$230
Slumberjack Sightline 2 Three-Season Tent
$200
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 UL Three-Season Tent
$216 - $269
Eureka! Sunrise 5 Three-Season Tent
$259
 
ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 3 Floor Saver Footprint
$43
Marmot Amp 3P Footprint Footprint
$50
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Accessory Wall Tent Accessory
$25
The North Face Talus 3 Three-Season Tent
$227 - $249
Byer Traveller Hammock Rain Fly Tarp/Shelter
$80
Terra Nova Tarp Ultra 1 Tarp/Shelter
$331 - $389
Kelty Staff Pole Tent Accessory
$21 - $29
REI Camp Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
$35
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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.