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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The North Face Tadpole 23 Footprint
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Tadpole 23 Footprint Footprint
$23
Big Agnes String Ridge 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes String Ridge 2 Four-Season Tent
$487 - $599
Toughstake Large Toughstake
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Toughstake Large Toughstake Stake
$36
Eureka! Titan
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Titan Three-Season Tent
$650
Eureka! Copper Canyon 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Copper Canyon 8 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $389
MSR LED Tent Lights
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR LED Tent Lights Tent Accessory
$13 - $15
Coleman Weathermaster 10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Weathermaster 10 Warm Weather Tent
$230
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome Three-Season Tent
$349
The North Face VE 25
user rating: 4 of 5 (32)
The North Face VE 25 Four-Season Tent
$480 - $619
MSR Hubba Hubba
user rating: 4 of 5 (28)
MSR Hubba Hubba Three-Season Tent
$330
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Three-Season Tent
$270 - $279
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 3 Three-Season Tent
$240 - $329
Marmot EOS 1P
user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Marmot EOS 1P Three-Season Tent
$249
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym Hammock
$198 - $229
Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy Bivy Sack
$256 - $319
Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT Four-Season Tent
$785
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Three-Season Tent
$320 - $399
MSR Fury
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
MSR Fury Four-Season Tent
$480 - $599
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 Four-Season Tent
$700
MSR Mutha Hubba
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
MSR Mutha Hubba Three-Season Tent
$450 - $489
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock Hammock
$20
Kelty Salida 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Kelty Salida 2 Three-Season Tent
$130 - $169
REI Minimalist
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
REI Minimalist Bivy Sack
$100 - $109
Marmot Earlylight 2P
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Marmot Earlylight 2P Three-Season Tent
$172 - $229
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Three-Season Tent
$264 - $329
Byer Moskito Traveller
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Byer Moskito Traveller Hammock
$38
Hilleberg Staika
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Staika Four-Season Tent
$895
Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3 Three-Season Tent
$199 - $285
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Three-Season Tent
$360 - $449
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1.0 Three-Season Tent
$130 - $199
Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy Bivy Sack
$192 - $240
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Three-Season Tent
$400
VauDe Hogan Ultralight
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
VauDe Hogan Ultralight Three-Season Tent
$240
Marmot Halo 4P
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot Halo 4P Three-Season Tent
$322 - $429
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Three-Season Tent
$182 - $289
Kelty Gunnison 4.1
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Kelty Gunnison 4.1 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $299
Black Diamond Mesa
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Mesa Three-Season Tent
$320 - $329
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock
$80
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip Tarp/Shelter
$153 - $169
REI Quarter Dome 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
REI Quarter Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$299
Eureka! Sunrise 8
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Sunrise 8 Three-Season Tent
$200
NEMO Gogo
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
NEMO Gogo Bivy Sack
$350
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 2 AL Tent
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 2 AL Tent Three-Season Tent
$140
Grand Trunk Nano-7
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock
$70 - $79
Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy Bivy Sack
$160 - $200
Eureka! Floor Saver Square Medium
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Floor Saver Square Medium Footprint
$22
Grand Trunk TreeSling
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk TreeSling Tent Accessory
$18 - $19
REI Dash 2 Tent
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Dash 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$349
Sierra Designs J Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs J Stake Stake
$2 - $15
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Three-Season Tent
$440 - $549
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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.