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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$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Easton Hat Trick 3P
Easton
Hat Trick 3P
Three-Season Tent
$506 - $599
Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Footprint
Kelty
Trail Ridge 3 Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $44
Sierra Designs Mojo 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Mojo 2 Footprint
Footprint
$50
Mountain Hardwear Hoopla/Hoop Dreams Center Pole
Mountain Hardwear
Hoopla/Hoop Dreams Center Pole
Tent Accessory
$33 - $40
 
Exped
Gemini !V Footprint
Footprint
$79
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Hammock Repair Kit
Hammock Accessory
$3
Marmot Hammer 2P
Marmot
Hammer 2P
Three-Season Tent
$528 - $529
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 4
Big Agnes
Rabbit Ears 4
Three-Season Tent
$200 - $249
REI Half Dome 2 Footprint
REI
Half Dome 2 Footprint
Footprint
$30
Kelty Trail Ridge 6
Kelty
Trail Ridge 6
Three-Season Tent
$380
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo Ground Sheet
Snow Peak
Landbreeze Duo Ground Sheet
Footprint
$50
NEMO Moto 1P
NEMO
Moto 1P
Bivy Sack
$350
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Footprint
Big Agnes
Copper Spur UL1 Footprint
Footprint
$48 - $60
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2
ALPS Mountaineering
Chaos 2
Three-Season Tent
$169 - $259
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2
Kelty
Outfitter Pro 2
Three-Season Tent
$210 - $269
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Convert 3 Footprint
Footprint
$70
Mountain Hardwear Tangent 2 Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
Tangent 2 Footprint
Footprint
$32 - $50
NEMO Obi 1 Gear Caddy
NEMO
Obi 1 Gear Caddy
Gear Loft
$25
Eureka! Tetragon 4 Tent
Eureka!
Tetragon 4 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$115 - $134
 
Exped
Outer Space Footprint
Footprint
$49
Terra Nova Aspect 2 Groundsheet Protector
Terra Nova
Aspect 2 Groundsheet Protector
Footprint
$35
Big Agnes Super Scout UL2
Big Agnes
Super Scout UL2
Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
Sea to Summit Tent Pole Bag
Sea to Summit
Tent Pole Bag
Tent Accessory
$8
Big Agnes Royal Flush 3 Footprint
Big Agnes
Royal Flush 3 Footprint
Footprint
$65 - $90
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 3
ALPS Mountaineering
Meramac 3
Three-Season Tent
$90
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 Footprint
Footprint
$26 - $35
Mountain Hardwear Yurtini Sleeping Compartment
Mountain Hardwear
Yurtini Sleeping Compartment
Tent Accessory
$300
Kelty Parthenon 4 Footprint
Kelty
Parthenon 4 Footprint
Footprint
$35 - $49
Mountain Hardwear Stiletto 1 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Stiletto 1 Footprint PL
Footprint
$35
 
Brooks-Range
Tension 40
Three-Season Tent
$460
Paha Que' Single Hammock
Paha Que'
Single Hammock
Hammock
$49
Hammock Bliss Single Hammock
Hammock Bliss
Single Hammock
Hammock
$48
Kelty Airlift 4
Kelty
Airlift 4
Three-Season Tent
$440
NEMO Obi Elite 1P Footprint
NEMO
Obi Elite 1P Footprint
Footprint
$40
Sierra Designs Mojo 3
Sierra Designs
Mojo 3
Three-Season Tent
$370
NEMO Integrated Pump
NEMO
Integrated Pump
Tent Accessory
$20
Rab Siltarp 1
Rab
Siltarp 1
$80
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProNest
Eagles Nest Outfitters
ProNest
Hammock
$57 - $64
 
Kelty
Mach 6 Footprint
Footprint
$60
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 4
Eureka!
Timberline SQ Outfitter 4
Three-Season Tent
$324
Terra Nova Voyager 2.2 Tent
Terra Nova
Voyager 2.2 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$620
Eagles Nest Outfitters Vulcan Underquilt
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Vulcan Underquilt
Under Quilt
$175
Eureka! Dome Gear Loft
Eureka!
Dome Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$11
Big Agnes Lone Spring 1
Big Agnes
Lone Spring 1
Three-Season Tent
$160 - $199
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Utility Straps
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Atlas Hammock Utility Straps
Hammock Accessory
$15 - $39
Snow Peak Peg Hammer Copper Head
Snow Peak
Peg Hammer Copper Head
Tent Accessory
$26 - $59
Exped Venus III Footprint
Exped
Venus III Footprint
Footprint
$69
Terra Nova Etesian 6
Terra Nova
Etesian 6
Three-Season Tent
$600
Terra Nova Etesian 4 Groundsheet Protector
Terra Nova
Etesian 4 Groundsheet Protector
Footprint
$45
Kelty Discovery 2
Kelty
Discovery 2
Three-Season Tent
$80
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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.