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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Big Agnes Elkhorn 2 Footprint Footprint
$34
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Ground Cloth Footprint
$40
Marmot Limestone 6P Footprint Footprint
$59 - $60
Kelty Parthenon 4 Three-Season Tent
$320
Sierra Designs Flash 3 Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
Sea to Summit Reflective Accessory Cord Tent Accessory
$9
REI InCamp 4 Footprint Footprint
$35
MSR Hubba Hubba Footprint Footprint
$30 - $39
Big Agnes Buffalo Pass 4 Footprint Footprint
$52
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 6-Person Dome Footprint Footprint
$60
Marmot Ajax 3 Three-Season Tent
$200
Kelty Trail Ridge 6 Footprint Footprint
$44 - $54
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 1 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $50
Easton Torrent 3 Four-Season Tent
$450
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym Zip Hammock
$270
Kelty Airlift 6 Footprint Footprint
$52 - $69
Black Diamond HiLight Ground Cloth Footprint
$40 - $49
Snow Peak Fal 2 Three-Season Tent
$400
EMS Sugar Shack 3 Three-Season Tent
$244
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Footprint Footprint
$68
Paha Que' Promontory Footprint Footprint
$47
Coleman Signature Naugatuck 6 Person Three-Season Tent
$140
Marmot Thor 2P Footprint Footprint
$55
Eagles Nest Outfitters FlexFly Utility Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$115 - $134
Hilleberg Rogen Footprint Footprint
$74
 
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
Coleman Elite Sundome 6
$180
Mountain Hardwear Nothing But Net 4 Warm Weather Tent
$180 - $200
Paha Que' Perry Mesa Warm Weather Tent
$589
Giga Tent Liberty 3 Three-Season Tent
$65
Kelty Como 6 Footprint Footprint
$54
Exped Gemini 2 Footprint Footprint
$59
Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $40
Big Agnes Soda Mountain SL4 Three-Season Tent
$325 - $453
Big Agnes Fishhook SL Footprint
$35 - $60
EMS Shanty Three-Season Tent
$109
Sea to Summit Specialist Duo Groundsheet Footprint
$59
Marmot Stormlight 3P Three-Season Tent
$244 - $348
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Footprint Footprint
$70 - $975
Big Agnes Seedhouse 1 Footprint Footprint
$34
Eureka! Taron 3 Three-Season Tent
$189 - $209
Eagles Nest Outfitters Talon Ridgeline Hammock Accessory
$20 - $21
Byer Traveller Hammock
$55
Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Footprint Footprint
$48 - $70
The North Face Stormbreak 2 Three-Season Tent
$140 - $159
Big Agnes Fairview 4 Footprint Footprint
$52
Easton Cache 4 Annex Vestibule Tent Accessory
$105 - $112
MSR Papa Hubba NX Three-Season Tent
$60 - $599
Eureka! Scenic Pass 3XTA Footprint Footprint
$25
The North Face Tadpole FL Footprint Footprint
$28 - $35
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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.