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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REI Half Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
$30
Kelty Trail Ridge 6 Three-Season Tent
$272 - $379
 
Exped Gemini IV Three-Season Tent
$669
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo Ground Sheet Footprint
$50
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Footprint Footprint
$50 - $60
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Three-Season Tent
$195
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Three-Season Tent
$202 - $215
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Footprint Footprint
$70
Mountain Hardwear Tangent 2 Footprint Footprint
$50
NEMO Obi 1 Gear Caddy Gear Loft
$18
Eureka! Tetragon 4 Tent Three-Season Tent
$135
 
Exped Outer Space Footprint Footprint
$49
Terra Nova Aspect 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$21 - $34
Big Agnes Super Scout UL2 Three-Season Tent
$400
Sea to Summit Tent Pole Bag Tent Accessory
$8
Big Agnes Royal Flush 3 Footprint Footprint
$58 - $90
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 Footprint Footprint
$26 - $35
Mountain Hardwear Yurtini Sleeping Compartment Tent Accessory
$300
Big Agnes Fairview 3 Footprint Footprint
$42
Kelty Parthenon 4 Footprint Footprint
$35
 
Brooks-Range Tension 40 Three-Season Tent
$368
Paha Que' Single Hammock Hammock
$49
Kelty Airlift 4 Three-Season Tent
$330 - $439
NEMO Obi Elite 1P Footprint Footprint
$40
Sierra Designs Mojo 3 Three-Season Tent
$370
Rab Siltarp 1
$72 - $79
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProNest Hammock
$65
Terra Nova Voyager 2.2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$620
Eagles Nest Outfitters Vulcan Underquilt Under Quilt
$175
Eureka! Dome Gear Loft Gear Loft
$11 - $12
Big Agnes Lone Spring 1 Three-Season Tent
$190 - $199
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Utility Straps Hammock Accessory
$15 - $39
Snow Peak Peg Hammer Copper Head Tent Accessory
$26 - $59
Exped Venus III Footprint Footprint
$69
Terra Nova Etesian 4 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$45
Kelty Discovery 2 Three-Season Tent
$80
 
Terra Nova Emergency Repair Kit Tent Accessory
$13
Terra Nova Laser Competition Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$42 - $49
Mountainsmith Morrison Footprint Footprint
$24
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 4 Footprint Footprint
$50
Hilleberg Tarp 20 UL Tarp/Shelter
$285 - $335
Kelty AirShade Tarp/Shelter
$160 - $175
Terra Nova Solar Competition Footprint Footprint
$10 - $49
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Footprint Footprint
$26 - $34
NRS River Wing Spare Pole Set Tent Accessory
$80
Kelty Acadia 2 Footprint Footprint
$30
REI Camp Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
$25
L.L.Bean Backcountry 2-Person Dome Tent, Footprint Footprint
$37
Kelty Carport Deluxe Tarp/Shelter
$250 - $274
 
Snow Peak Fal 3 Ground Sheet Footprint
$85
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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.