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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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Orion 2 Three-Season Tent
$91
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 6 Three-Season Tent
$154
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Tetragon 8 Three-Season Tent
$280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 Three-Season Tent
$160 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Tungsten 2P Three-Season Tent
$159 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
DAC J-stake Stake
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 Three-Season Tent
$119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ferrino Snowbound 3 Four-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Enan Three-Season Tent
$585
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Thor 3P Four-Season Tent
$527 - $659
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold Four-Season Tent
$3,750
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Mica FL 2 Three-Season Tent
$279 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$269
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Quarter Dome 1 Three-Season Tent
$229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Sub7 Hammock
$56 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Four-Season Tent
$517 - $689
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters Tarp/Shelter
$225 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock
$280
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tarp Clips Tent Accessory
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Zing Tarp/Shelter
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock Hammock
$76 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Eldorado Four-Season Tent
$700
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Ajax 2 Three-Season Tent
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Polaris Four-Season Tent
$999
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Midori Solo Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Carbon Reflex 3 Three-Season Tent
$360 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond I-Tent Four-Season Tent
$580 - $699
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Underbelly Gear Sling Hammock Accessory
$24 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Hooligan 4 Tent Three-Season Tent
$90
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Beta Bug Warm Weather Tent
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4 Tarp/Shelter
$825
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mega Bug Tarp/Shelter
$250 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Utility Straps Hammock Accessory
$12 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Optic 3.5 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $310
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Tumble 2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$200 - $269
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear SkyLedge 3 Three-Season Tent
$420
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Stormbreak 2 Three-Season Tent
$159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Saitaris Four-Season Tent
$1,795
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty No-Bendium II Gold Stake
$10 - $11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base All Weather Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Four-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$310 - $340
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Fast Stash Tarp/Shelter
$225
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Universal Gear Loft Gear Loft
$22 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Vista Three-Season Tent
$450
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR LED Tent Lights Tent Accessory
$10 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Weathermaster 10 Warm Weather Tent
$237
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Snakeskins Tent Accessory
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Starlight 1 Three-Season Tent
$165 - $219
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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.