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 Discovery 2 Three-Season Tent
$80
 
Terra Nova Emergency Repair Kit Tent Accessory
$25
Terra Nova Laser Competition Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$35 - $49
Mountainsmith Morrison Footprint Footprint
$30
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 4 Footprint Footprint
$50
Hammock Bliss Tree Straps Hammock Accessory
$14
Hilleberg Tarp 20 UL Tarp/Shelter
$285 - $335
Kelty AirShade Tarp/Shelter
$160 - $199
 
Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Groundsheet Footprint
$42
Terra Nova Solar Competition Footprint Footprint
$50
Coleman Sundome 5
$113
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$370
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $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
$40
Kelty Carport Deluxe Tarp/Shelter
$220 - $249
Marmot Tungsten 1P Three-Season Tent
$179
 
Snow Peak Fal 3 Ground Sheet Footprint
$85
EMS Velocity 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$329
The North Face Topaz 2 Three-Season Tent
$215 - $308
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL4 Footprint Footprint
$80
Giga Tent White Cap Mt.
$134
Tentsile Connect 2P Tree Tent Hammock
$495
Marmot Traillight 2P Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
REI Base Camp 4 Footprint Footprint
$43
NEMO Moki Link Vestibule
$182 - $259
Kelty Grand Mesa 4 Footprint Footprint
$31 - $44
The North Face FP Stormbreak 1 Footprint
$35
MSR Reflective Guyline Markers Tent Accessory
$18 - $19
Big Agnes Elkhorn 2 Footprint Footprint
$33
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Ground Cloth Footprint
$40
Marmot Limestone 6P Footprint Footprint
$60
Easton Rimrock 1 Three-Season Tent
$180
Kelty Parthenon 4 Three-Season Tent
$320
Sierra Designs Flash 3 Footprint Footprint
$60
Sea to Summit Reflective Accessory Cord Tent Accessory
$10
REI Quarter Dome T2 Plus Footprint Footprint
$24
REI InCamp 4 Footprint Footprint
$25
MSR Hubba Hubba Footprint Footprint
$40 - $49
Big Agnes Buffalo Pass 4 Footprint Footprint
$52
L.L.Bean Adventure 2-Person Three-Season Tent
$159
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 6-Person Dome Footprint Footprint
$60
 
Rab MK3 FR Four-Season Tent
$455
Marmot Ajax 3 Three-Season Tent
$200
Kelty Trail Ridge 6 Footprint Footprint
$49 - $54
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 1 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $50
Easton Torrent 3 Four-Season Tent
$450
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym Zip Hammock
$280
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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.