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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Rab Element 2 Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
Slumberjack Grand Lodge 12 Three-Season Tent
MSR Twin Brothers Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Mountain Meteor 2 Footprint Footprint
MSR Gear Shed Vestibule
REI Quarter Dome T2 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Grand Mesa 3 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Big House 4 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $50
Rab Ridge Raider Bivy Sack
$320 - $349
Terra Nova Trisar 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Hilleberg Keron 3 GT Footprint Footprint
Mountainsmith Conifer 5+ Three-Season Tent
$306 - $359
Marmot Lair 8P Four-Season Tent
Tentsile Vista 3P Tree Tent Hammock
Equinox All-Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$59 - $69
Wild Country Zephyros 2 Three-Season Tent
Sierra Designs Mountain Meteor 3 Footprint Footprint
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Vestibule Vestibule
$135 - $149
Sierra Designs Mountain Guide Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Sea to Summit Escapist Groundsheet Footprint
Kelty Granby 6 Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Tarp Shelter 2
Terra Nova Voyager Ultra 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
REI Half Dome 2 Replacement Pole Set Tent Accessory
Byer Barbados XL Hammock
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager Three-Season Tent
Kelty Bug Blocker Tarp/Shelter
$169 - $319
Black Diamond Mesa Ground Cloth Footprint
$40 - $44
Sierra Designs Yahi Annex 4+2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$422 - $454
Eureka! Sunrise 6 Three-Season Tent
$220 - $299
Eureka! Amari Pass 3 Three-Season Tent
Marmot Nitro 2P Three-Season Tent
$263 - $329
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Mountain Hardwear Hoopla 4 Footprint Footprint
$78 - $130
NEMO GoGo Elite Bivy Sack
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 Footprint Footprint
$38 - $55
Hilleberg Saitaris Footprint Footprint
VauDe Campo 2 Three-Season Tent
$160 - $199
The North Face Bastion 4 Footprint Footprint
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
Kelty Gunnison 2 Footprint Footprint
NEMO Bungalow 4P Tent Three-Season Tent
L.L.Bean King Pine 6-Person Three-Season Tent
Kelty Gunnison 3.3 Three-Season Tent
L.L.Bean Backcountry 3-Person Dome Tent, Footprint Footprint
Kelty Gunnison 1.1 Footprint Footprint
$21 - $29
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
Grand Trunk Dunny Quick-Set Shower & Changing Room Tarp/Shelter
L.L.Bean Vector XL 4-Person Three-Season Tent
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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.