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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$25 - $49.99
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$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Seedhouse 2 Three-Season Tent
$260
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Three-Season Tent
$350 - $369
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Three-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent Three-Season Tent
$215
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 UL Three-Season Tent
$252 - $359
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season Tent
$3,750 - $5,000
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear White Lightnin' Tarp/Shelter
$150 - $184
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Haven 2P Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer Easy Traveller Hammock
$47
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Three-Season Tent
$446 - $469
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters JungleNest Hammock Hammock
$99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 Three-Season Tent
$600 - $629
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Triptease Lightline Tent Accessory
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$3 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink SingleNest Hammock
$205 - $209
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Unna Four-Season Tent
$598
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Grand Manan Tour
$322 - $334
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe Hammock
$85
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$45 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink DoubleNest Hammock
$220
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Screenhouse Warm Weather Tent
$162 - $237
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 Tarp/Shelter
$60 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Big Agnes Big House 6 Three-Season Tent
$360 - $369
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Quarter Dome T2 Three-Season Tent
$230
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Camp Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
REI Base Camp 6 Three-Season Tent
$429
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Marmot Thor 2P Four-Season Tent
$529
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Three-Season Tent
$162
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
REI Base Camp 4 Three-Season Tent
$369
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
REI Kingdom 6 Tent
$439
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Eureka! Equinox 6 Three-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3.0 Three-Season Tent
$187
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Three-Season Tent
$325 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Mountain Hardwear SkyLedge 2.1 Three-Season Tent
$449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond HiLight Three-Season Tent
$380
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 Four-Season Tent
$735
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
REI Camp Dome 4 Three-Season Tent
$219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Convert 2 Four-Season Tent
$600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Grand Mesa 4 Three-Season Tent
$192 - $239
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
REI Arete ASL 2 Tent 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
$359
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Four-Season Tent
$695
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear Space Station Four-Season Tent
$4,200 - $5,000
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
REI Half Dome 4 Three-Season Tent
$289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face Asylum Bivy Bivy Sack
$160 - $228
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT Four-Season Tent
$810
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
MSR StormKing Four-Season Tent
$1,125 - $1,249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Kelty Sunshade Tarp/Shelter
$90 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P Three-Season Tent
$390
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
MSR Dragontail Four-Season Tent
$550
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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.