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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Big Agnes Skunk Creek 4 Footprint Footprint
$28
 
Kelty Windfoil Ultralight Footprint Footprint
$30
NEMO Moki Footprint Footprint
$35 - $59
Marmot Stormlight 3P Footprint Footprint
$33
Sierra Designs Lightning UL Footprint Footprint
$40
Cabela's Hybrid Cabin Tent Three-Season Tent
$400
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot Sun Shield Tarp/Shelter
$125 - $199
Hilleberg Unna Footprint Footprint
$57
Kelty Yellowstone 4 Three-Season Tent
$100 - $149
Terra Nova Titanium 2g Skewer Pegs Stake
$26
Marmot Limelight 4P Footprint Footprint
$43
Eureka! Midori 6 Three-Season Tent
$300
 
Big Agnes Skunk Creek 4 Three-Season Tent
$253
 
Fjallraven Endurance 2 Footprint Footprint
$71
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Vestibule Vestibule
$80 - $126
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Footprint Footprint
$70
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Rain Fly Hammock Accessory
$60 - $89
VauDe Campo 3 Three-Season Tent
$240
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Footprint Footprint
$70
Coghlan's Guy Line Adapters Tent Accessory
$2
Mountain Hardwear Shifter 4 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $299
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Camo Straps Hammock Accessory
$32
ALPS Mountaineering 2-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$21
L.L.Bean Approach 4-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$249
Eureka! Jade Canyon 4 Three-Season Tent
$300
Cabela's Big Horn III Tent Floor Liner Footprint
$90
Sierra Designs Divine Light 1 FL Footprint Tent Accessory
$30
Kelty Shade Maker 2 Tarp/Shelter
$160 - $199
Kammok Glider Hammock Accessory
$230
Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoNest XL Hammock
$66 - $94
Peregrine Radama 6 Three-Season Tent
$420
Eagles Nest Outfitters Roadie Car Stand Hammock Accessory
$200
 
Fjallraven Endurance 4 Footprint Footprint
$140
Peregrine Endurance 4 Footprint Footprint
$30
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Tent Stake Kit Stake
$45
Hilleberg Soulo Footprint Footprint
$60
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 6 Wing Tarp/Shelter
$230
Kelty Sand Bag Stake Stake
$12
Marmot Fuse 2P Footprint Footprint
$40
Black Diamond I-Tent Vestibule Vestibule
$90 - $159
Hilleberg Allak Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
$230
Eureka! Midori Basecamp 4 Three-Season Tent
$159 - $249
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
Grand Trunk Air Bivy Extreme Shelter Hammock
$150
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5 - $6
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Pad Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad / Hammock Accessory
$90 - $119
 
EMS No-See-Um Netting Bug Net
$8
Kelty Acadia 6 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $49
Cabela's Warthog 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$240
EMS Big Easy 4 Three-Season Tent
$199
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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.