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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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
$32 - $39
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
Giga Tent Mt. Springer
Giga Tent
Mt. Springer
$215
Exped Tarp IV
Exped
Tarp IV
Tarp/Shelter
$259
REI Kingdom 8 Tent
REI
Kingdom 8 Tent
$529
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2
ALPS Mountaineering
Meramac 2
Three-Season Tent
$80
Marmot Limelight 2P Footprint
Marmot
Limelight 2P Footprint
Footprint
$23 - $31
Big Agnes Lone Spring 3 Footprint
Big Agnes
Lone Spring 3 Footprint
Footprint
$32 - $50
Terra Nova Moonlite Bag Cover
Terra Nova
Moonlite Bag Cover
Bivy Sack
$102 - $129
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
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
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
EMS Big Easy 2 Footprint
EMS
Big Easy 2 Footprint
Footprint
$18
Easton Rimrock 3 Footprint
Easton
Rimrock 3 Footprint
Footprint
$25 - $29
Kelty Gunnison 4.2
Kelty
Gunnison 4.2
Three-Season Tent
$290 - $299
Hammock Bliss Triple Hammock
Hammock Bliss
Triple Hammock
Hammock
$77
NRS River Wing
NRS
River Wing
Tarp/Shelter
$400
Mountain Hardwear Hoopster 4
Mountain Hardwear
Hoopster 4
Four-Season Tent
$480 - $600
Giga Tent Mt. Washington
Giga Tent
Mt. Washington
Three-Season Tent
$160
NEMO Switch 1 Footprint
NEMO
Switch 1 Footprint
Footprint
$32 - $39
Big Agnes Scout Plus UL2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Scout Plus UL2 Footprint
Footprint
$56 - $70
Exped Andromeda II Footprint
Exped
Andromeda II Footprint
Footprint
$59
The North Face FP Mica FL 1
The North Face
FP Mica FL 1
Footprint
$35 - $50
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 4 Footprint
Big Agnes
Rabbit Ears 4 Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $50
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord
Coghlan's
Mini Stretch Cord
Tent Accessory
$2
Slumberjack Trail Tent 2
Slumberjack
Trail Tent 2
Three-Season Tent
$100
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL2
Big Agnes
Angel Springs UL2
Three-Season Tent
$304 - $379
Hilleberg Mesh Box 20
Hilleberg
Mesh Box 20
Tent Accessory
$345
Crux X2 Bomb
Crux
X2 Bomb
Four-Season Tent
$899
Hilleberg Nallo 4 GT
Hilleberg
Nallo 4 GT
Four-Season Tent
$940
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Fishhook UL 2 Footprint
Footprint
$60
Hilleberg Nallo 4
Hilleberg
Nallo 4
Four-Season Tent
$825
Exped Aries Mesh Footprint
Exped
Aries Mesh Footprint
Footprint
$28
The North Face FP Kaiju 4
The North Face
FP Kaiju 4
Footprint
$42 - $50
Big Agnes Red Dirt Cabin 6
Big Agnes
Red Dirt Cabin 6
Three-Season Tent
$800
Sierra Designs Mirage 2
Sierra Designs
Mirage 2
Three-Season Tent
$700
Mountainsmith Conifer Footprint
Mountainsmith
Conifer Footprint
Footprint
$32 - $42
Black Diamond Guiding Light Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Guiding Light Ground Cloth
Footprint
$45 - $49
Terra Nova Laser Photon 2
Terra Nova
Laser Photon 2
Three-Season Tent
$300 - $499
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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.