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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Eureka! Sunrise 5
Eureka!
Sunrise 5
Three-Season Tent
$190 - $249
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Accessory Wall
Big Agnes
Three Forks Shelter Accessory Wall
Tent Accessory
$20 - $24
L.L.Bean Adventure 4-Person
L.L.Bean
Adventure 4-Person
Three-Season Tent
$229
Mountain Hardwear Archer 3 Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
Archer 3 Footprint
Footprint
$44 - $55
The North Face Talus 3
The North Face
Talus 3
Three-Season Tent
$230 - $249
Terra Nova Tarp Ultra 1
Terra Nova
Tarp Ultra 1
Tarp/Shelter
$342 - $379
Easton Hat Trick 2P Footprint
Easton
Hat Trick 2P Footprint
Footprint
$31 - $39
Kelty Staff Pole
Kelty
Staff Pole
Tent Accessory
$21 - $29
REI Camp Dome 4 Footprint
REI
Camp Dome 4 Footprint
Footprint
$35
Marmot EOS 1P Footprint
Marmot
EOS 1P Footprint
Footprint
$36 - $44
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
Mystique 1.5 Floor Saver
Footprint
$19
REI Snow Stake
REI
Snow Stake
Stake
$2
Big Agnes Slater UL2+
Big Agnes
Slater UL2+
Three-Season Tent
$312 - $389
Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Housefly Rain Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$140
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT
Hilleberg
Kaitum 2 GT
Four-Season Tent
$985
NEMO Losi 3P Gear Loft
NEMO
Losi 3P Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$24
Rab Latok Base Vestibule
Rab
Latok Base Vestibule
Vestibule
$97 - $149
Mountain Hardwear Yurtini
Mountain Hardwear
Yurtini
Tarp/Shelter
$1,200 - $1,500
Easton Slickrock 3P
Easton
Slickrock 3P
Three-Season Tent
$349
Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT / Timberline SQ Outfitter 4 Lite-Set Footprint
Eureka!
Timberline SQ 4XT / Timberline SQ Outfitter 4 Lite-Set Footprint
Footprint
$50
Sierra Designs Hex Peg
Sierra Designs
Hex Peg
Stake
$1 - $11
 
NEMO
Obi Elite 2P Footprint
Footprint
$50
Terra Nova Solar Elite
Terra Nova
Solar Elite
Three-Season Tent
$340 - $449
 
Terra Nova
Solar Photon 1 Superlite Footprint
Footprint
$246
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
$40
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake
Vargo
Aluminum Summit Tent Stake
Stake
$13
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
$30 - $33
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
$160 - $199
 
Rab
Ridge Master
Bivy Sack
$260
Eureka! A-Frame Gear Loft
Eureka!
A-Frame Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$11
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
$680 - $849
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Footprint
Hilleberg
Kaitum 2 Footprint
Footprint
$78
NEMO Obi Elite 2P
NEMO
Obi Elite 2P
Three-Season Tent
$480 - $499
Coleman 3 Person Instant Dome
Coleman
3 Person Instant Dome
Three-Season Tent
$100
REI Quarter Dome 2 Footprint
REI
Quarter Dome 2 Footprint
Footprint
$30
Marmot Limestone 4P Footprint
Marmot
Limestone 4P Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $49
Sierra Designs Mirage 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Mirage 2 Footprint
Footprint
$70
Eureka! Midori Solo
Eureka!
Midori Solo
Three-Season Tent
$118
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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.