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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Kelty Outfitter Pro 2
Kelty
Outfitter Pro 2
Three-Season Tent
$270
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Convert 3 Footprint
Footprint
$59 - $69
Mountain Hardwear Tangent 2 Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
Tangent 2 Footprint
Footprint
$35 - $50
NEMO Obi 1 Gear Caddy
NEMO
Obi 1 Gear Caddy
Gear Loft
$23 - $24
Eureka! Tetragon 4 Tent
Eureka!
Tetragon 4 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$135
Rab Latok Mountain Bivi
Rab
Latok Mountain Bivi
Four-Season Tent
$487
 
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
$400
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
$80 - $90
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 Footprint
Footprint
$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
$53
NEMO Obi Elite 1P Footprint
NEMO
Obi Elite 1P Footprint
Footprint
$28 - $44
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
$75 - $79
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProNest
Eagles Nest Outfitters
ProNest
Hammock
$55 - $64
Slumberjack Trail Tent 3
Slumberjack
Trail Tent 3
Three-Season Tent
$115
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 - $13
Big Agnes Lone Spring 1
Big Agnes
Lone Spring 1
Three-Season Tent
$190 - $199
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
Kelty Discovery 2
Kelty
Discovery 2
Three-Season Tent
$100
VauDe Campo XT 5
VauDe
Campo XT 5
Three-Season Tent
$450
 
Terra Nova
Emergency Repair Kit
Tent Accessory
$13
Terra Nova Laser Competition Groundsheet Protector
Terra Nova
Laser Competition Groundsheet Protector
Footprint
$42 - $49
Mountainsmith Morrison Footprint
Mountainsmith
Morrison Footprint
Footprint
$24
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 4 Footprint
Big Agnes
Tensleep Station 4 Footprint
Footprint
$50
Hammock Bliss  Tree Straps
Hammock Bliss
Tree Straps
Hammock Accessory
$11
NEMO Meta 2P Pawprint
NEMO
Meta 2P Pawprint
Footprint
$60
Hilleberg Tarp 20 UL
Hilleberg
Tarp 20 UL
Tarp/Shelter
$335
Rab MK-3
Rab
MK-3
Four-Season Tent
$635
Eureka! Pinnacle Pass 2/Apex 2 Footprint
Eureka!
Pinnacle Pass 2/Apex 2 Footprint
Footprint
$36
REI Quarter Dome T3 Plus
REI
Quarter Dome T3 Plus
Three-Season Tent
$310
Kelty AirShade
Kelty
AirShade
Tarp/Shelter
$220
Terra Nova Solar Competition Footprint
Terra Nova
Solar Competition Footprint
Footprint
$20 - $49
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Footprint
Kelty
Grand Mesa 2 Footprint
Footprint
$25 - $34
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome Footprint
L.L.Bean
King Pine HD 4-Person Dome Footprint
Footprint
$55
NRS River Wing Spare Pole Set
NRS
River Wing Spare Pole Set
Tent Accessory
$80
Kelty Acadia 2 Footprint
Kelty
Acadia 2 Footprint
Footprint
$25 - $29
Rab Latok Mountain Mk2 Light
Rab
Latok Mountain Mk2 Light
Four-Season Tent
$625
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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.