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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Exped Mira 1
Exped
Mira 1
Three-Season Tent
$329
Terra Nova Polar Lite 2
Terra Nova
Polar Lite 2
Four-Season Tent
$425
Mountain Hardwear Y-Peg
Mountain Hardwear
Y-Peg
Stake
$22
Sierra Designs Y-Peg
Sierra Designs
Y-Peg
Stake
$10
Mountain Hardwear Casa 4 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Casa 4 Footprint PL
Footprint
$50
Black Diamond Lighthouse Vestibule
Black Diamond
Lighthouse Vestibule
Vestibule
$140
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee
Nite Ize
KnotBone Adjustable Bungee
Tent Accessory
$5 - $9
Mountainsmith Genesee Footprint
Mountainsmith
Genesee Footprint
Footprint
$34 - $39
Mountain Hardwear Ethereal Bivy
Mountain Hardwear
Ethereal Bivy
Bivy Sack
$200 - $249
NEMO Losi 2P Gear Caddy
NEMO
Losi 2P Gear Caddy
Gear Loft
$25
Easton Nano Tent Stake
Easton
Nano Tent Stake
Stake
$9
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter
Big Agnes
Three Forks Shelter
Tarp/Shelter
$190 - $199
 
Rab
Ridge Master
Bivy Sack
$260
Eureka! A-Frame Gear Loft
Eureka!
A-Frame Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$12
REI Passage 1 Footprint
REI
Passage 1 Footprint
Footprint
$20
Big Agnes Slater UL3+
Big Agnes
Slater UL3+
Three-Season Tent
$440 - $549
VauDe Campo 3 Footprint
VauDe
Campo 3 Footprint
Footprint
$45
Big Agnes Royal Flush 3
Big Agnes
Royal Flush 3
Four-Season Tent
$800 - $849
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Footprint
Hilleberg
Kaitum 2 Footprint
Footprint
$78 - $95
NEMO Obi Elite 2P
NEMO
Obi Elite 2P
Three-Season Tent
$500
REI Quarter Dome 2 Footprint
REI
Quarter Dome 2 Footprint
Footprint
$30
Marmot Limestone 4P Footprint
Marmot
Limestone 4P Footprint
Footprint
$49
Sierra Designs Mirage 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Mirage 2 Footprint
Footprint
$70
Eureka! Midori Solo
Eureka!
Midori Solo
Three-Season Tent
$118
Coleman Evanston 6 Screened Tent
Coleman
Evanston 6 Screened Tent
$153
MSR Fury Footprint
MSR
Fury Footprint
Footprint
$40
SMC Sheet Tent Stake
SMC
Sheet Tent Stake
Stake
$2
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DripStrips
Hammock Accessory
$4
REI Adjustable Tarp Pole
REI
Adjustable Tarp Pole
Tent Accessory
$35
REI Kingdom 8 Tent
REI
Kingdom 8 Tent
$529
Marmot Limelight 2P Footprint
Marmot
Limelight 2P Footprint
Footprint
$40
Big Agnes Lone Spring 3 Footprint
Big Agnes
Lone Spring 3 Footprint
Footprint
$35 - $50
Terra Nova Moonlite Bag Cover
Terra Nova
Moonlite Bag Cover
Bivy Sack
$130
Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free
Hammock Bliss
Sky Bed Bug Free
Hammock
$110
Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Lounger
Hammock
$105 - $119
L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 2-Person Tent
L.L.Bean
Mountain Light XT 2-Person Tent
Three-Season Tent
$219
REI Quarter Dome 1 Footprint
REI
Quarter Dome 1 Footprint
Footprint
$22
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Lightning 2 Footprint
Footprint
$50
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes
Coghlan's
Steel Tent Stakes
Stake
$4
Giga Tent Mt. Barren
Giga Tent
Mt. Barren
$300
REI Kingdom 8 Footprint
REI
Kingdom 8 Footprint
Footprint
$60
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Trango 3 Footprint PL
Footprint
$85
Fjallraven Akka Dome 2
Fjallraven
Akka Dome 2
Three-Season Tent
$600
Sierra Designs Zia 2
Sierra Designs
Zia 2
Three-Season Tent
$220
Easton Rimrock 3 Footprint
Easton
Rimrock 3 Footprint
Footprint
$24 - $29
Kelty Gunnison 4.2
Kelty
Gunnison 4.2
Three-Season Tent
$232 - $299
Hammock Bliss Triple Hammock
Hammock Bliss
Triple Hammock
Hammock
$62
NRS River Wing
NRS
River Wing
Tarp/Shelter
$400
Mountain Hardwear Hoopster 4
Mountain Hardwear
Hoopster 4
Four-Season Tent
$600
Giga Tent Mt. Washington
Giga Tent
Mt. Washington
Three-Season Tent
$160
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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.