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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Terra Nova Voyager
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Terra Nova
Voyager
Three-Season Tent
$490 - $539
Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear
Drifter 2
Three-Season Tent
$188 - $235
NEMO Tenshi
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
NEMO
Tenshi
Four-Season Tent
$680
Black Diamond Squall
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond
Squall
Four-Season Tent
$600
MSR Hoop
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR
Hoop
Three-Season Tent
$350
Hilleberg Keron 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg
Keron 3
Four-Season Tent
$895
Kelty Cabana
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Kelty
Cabana
Tarp/Shelter
$99
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering
Mystique 2
Three-Season Tent
$143 - $149
Big Agnes Seedhouse 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes
Seedhouse 3
Three-Season Tent
$300
Marmot Firefly 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot
Firefly 2P
Three-Season Tent
$223 - $288
Eureka! Tetragon 8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Eureka!
Tetragon 8
Three-Season Tent
$220 - $279
The North Face Phoenix 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face
Phoenix 2
Three-Season Tent
$267 - $329
Big Agnes Seedhouse 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes
Seedhouse 1
Three-Season Tent
$210
DAC J-stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
DAC
J-stake
Stake
$7
L.L.Bean Microlight FS 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
L.L.Bean
Microlight FS 1
Three-Season Tent
$189
EMS Velocity 1 Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
EMS
Velocity 1 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$269
Terra Nova Duolite
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Terra Nova
Duolite
Three-Season Tent
$270
MSR Elixir 3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Elixir 3
Three-Season Tent
$300
Marmot Thor 3P
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot
Thor 3P
Four-Season Tent
$543 - $639
REI Quarter Dome T2 Plus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI
Quarter Dome T2 Plus
Three-Season Tent
$250
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Stronghold
Four-Season Tent
$2,800 - $3,500
The North Face Mica FL 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Mica FL 2
Three-Season Tent
$379
L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean
Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent
Three-Season Tent
$249
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty
Noah's Tarp 16
Tarp/Shelter
$100
Hilleberg Snow and Sand Peg
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg
Snow and Sand Peg
Stake
$70
Sierra Designs Convert 3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Convert 3
Four-Season Tent
$700
MSR Twin Sisters
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Twin Sisters
Tarp/Shelter
$240 - $299
NEMO Alti Storm 2P
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NEMO
Alti Storm 2P
Four-Season Tent
$400
REI Passage 2 Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI
Passage 2 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$159
MSR Zing
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Zing
Tarp/Shelter
$320 - $399
Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Reactor Hammock
Hammock
$95
Black Diamond Eldorado
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Eldorado
Four-Season Tent
$600
Exped Gemini 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped
Gemini 2
Three-Season Tent
$449
Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Housefly Rain Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$140
Hennessy Hammock Scout
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock
Scout
Hammock
$100
Exped Polaris
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped
Polaris
Four-Season Tent
$929
MSR Carbon Reflex 3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Carbon Reflex 3
Three-Season Tent
$520 - $649
Exped Orion
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped
Orion
Four-Season Tent
$609
Black Diamond I-Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
I-Tent
Four-Season Tent
$580
Eagles Nest Outfitters Underbelly Gear Sling
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Underbelly Gear Sling
Hammock Accessory
$30
Coleman Hooligan 4 Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman
Hooligan 4 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$100
Black Diamond Beta Bug
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Beta Bug
Warm Weather Tent
$126 - $139
Black Diamond Mega Bug
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Mega Bug
Tarp/Shelter
$250 - $269
Eureka! Grand Manan 9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka!
Grand Manan 9
Three-Season Tent
$265 - $305
Mountain Hardwear SkyLedge 3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
SkyLedge 3
Three-Season Tent
$440 - $550
Hilleberg Saitaris
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg
Saitaris
Four-Season Tent
$1,595
Kelty No-Bendium II Gold
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty
No-Bendium II Gold
Stake
$11
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base All Weather Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Base All Weather Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$23 - $29
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Direkt 2
Four-Season Tent
$400 - $550
REI Quarter Dome 3 UL
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI
Quarter Dome 3 UL
Three-Season Tent
$379
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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.