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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Terra Nova Tarp Ultra 1 Tarp/Shelter
$331 - $389
Kelty Staff Pole Tent Accessory
$21 - $29
REI Camp Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
$35
Marmot EOS 1P Footprint Footprint
$45
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
REI Snow Stake Stake
$2
Big Agnes Tumble 1 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$220
Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Three-Season Tent
$290 - $389
 
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Four-Season Tent
$995
NEMO Losi 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$30
Easton Slickrock 3P Three-Season Tent
$244
Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT / Timberline SQ Outfitter 4 Lite-Set Footprint Footprint
$38
NEMO Dagger 2P Three-Season Tent
$400
The North Face Triarch 3 Three-Season Tent
$340 - $469
Sierra Designs Hex Peg Stake
$2 - $14
Terra Nova Solar Elite Three-Season Tent
$450
Kelty Acadia 6 Three-Season Tent
$232 - $289
 
Terra Nova Solar Photon 1 Superlite Footprint Footprint
$246
 
Terra Nova Polar Lite 2 Four-Season Tent
$425
Mountain Hardwear Y-Peg Stake
$21 - $25
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
$16
Exped Ergo Hammock Combi Hammock
$379
Mountain Hardwear Ethereal Bivy Bivy Sack
$188 - $250
Big Agnes Bitter Springs UL1 Three-Season Tent
$350 - $369
Easton Nano Tent Stake Stake
$11
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$200
Eureka! A-Frame Gear Loft Gear Loft
$15
REI Passage 1 Footprint Footprint
$20
Big Agnes Slater UL3+ Three-Season Tent
$410 - $549
 
Exped Orion III Four-Season Tent
$729
NEMO Kunai 2P Footprint Footprint
$50
Big Agnes Royal Flush 3 Four-Season Tent
$425 - $799
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Footprint Footprint
$78
Coleman 3 Person Instant Dome Three-Season Tent
$110
Terra Nova Voyager XL Three-Season Tent
$670
REI Quarter Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
$30
Marmot Limestone 4P Footprint Footprint
$35 - $50
Sierra Designs Mirage 2 Footprint Footprint
$49
Big Agnes Tumble 3 Footprint Footprint
$50
Alite Murphy 2 Three-Season Tent
$219
MSR Fury Footprint Footprint
$50
SMC Sheet Tent Stake Stake
$2
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
$5
REI Adjustable Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$35
The North Face FP Assault 3 Footprint
$45
Big Agnes Bitter Springs UL2 Three-Season Tent
$400
 
Exped Tarp IV Tarp/Shelter
$269
REI Kingdom 8 Tent
$529
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Three-Season Tent
$100
Marmot Limelight 2P Footprint Footprint
$40
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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.