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 of 5 (10)
MSR Fury Four-Season Tent
$580 - $599
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym Hammock
$172 - $239
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy Bivy Sack
$319 - $320
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
MSR Mutha Hubba Three-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT Four-Season Tent
$835
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Three-Season Tent
$400 - $429
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Three-Season Tent
$320 - $329
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Kelty Salida 2 Three-Season Tent
$149 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 Tarp/Shelter
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 Three-Season Tent
$123
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
REI Minimalist Bivy Sack
$70 - $74
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Three-Season Tent
$196
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip Tarp/Shelter
$180
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Three-Season Tent
$430 - $449
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Staika Four-Season Tent
$985
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1.0 Three-Season Tent
$126
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy Bivy Sack
$240 - $245
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
NEMO Moki 3P Four-Season Tent
$850
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
VauDe Hogan Ultralight Three-Season Tent
$240 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot Halo 4P Three-Season Tent
$429
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock
$70 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
REI Quarter Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$299
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Spitfire 2 Three-Season Tent
$180
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Mesa Three-Season Tent
$330 - $349
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT Tarp/Shelter
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 2 AL Tent Three-Season Tent
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock
$70 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Midori 2 Three-Season Tent
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
NEMO Gogo Bivy Sack
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty Yellowstone 2 Three-Season Tent
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eureka! Amari Pass 1 Three-Season Tent
$130 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$60 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Exped Orion Four-Season Tent
$619
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy Bivy Sack
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Floor Saver Square Medium Footprint
$18 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk TreeSling Tent Accessory
$18 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Helios Suspension System Hammock Accessory
$26 - $34
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Dash 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs J Stake Stake
$16 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Assault 2 Four-Season Tent
$449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Three-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Amari Pass 2 Three-Season Tent
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Beta Light Tarp/Shelter
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 3 AL Tent Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$3 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Three-Season Tent
$299 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Mica FL 1 Three-Season Tent
$238 - $318
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Big Wall Hooped Bivy Bivy Sack
$240 - $269
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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.