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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REI Quarter Dome 3 UL
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI
Quarter Dome 3 UL
Three-Season Tent
$379
Big Agnes Fairview 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes
Fairview 2
Three-Season Tent
$220
Big Agnes Fishhook SL 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes
Fishhook SL 2
Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
GoLite Poncho Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite
Poncho Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$60
MSR Fast Stash
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Fast Stash
Tarp/Shelter
$200 - $299
MSR Universal Gear Loft
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Universal Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$17 - $29
Hilleberg Nammatj 3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg
Nammatj 3
Four-Season Tent
$740
Outdoor Research Bug Bivy
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research
Bug Bivy
Bivy Sack
$64 - $80
Black Diamond Vista
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Vista
Three-Season Tent
$380
Hilleberg Saivo
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg
Saivo
Four-Season Tent
$1,195
The North Face Tadpole 23 Footprint
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Tadpole 23 Footprint
Footprint
$32
Big Agnes String Ridge 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes
String Ridge 2
Four-Season Tent
$487 - $649
Toughstake Large Toughstake
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Toughstake
Large Toughstake
Stake
$40
Eureka! Copper Canyon 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka!
Copper Canyon 8
Three-Season Tent
$304 - $389
MSR LED Tent Lights
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
LED Tent Lights
Tent Accessory
$12 - $15
The North Face VE 25
user rating: 4 of 5 (32)
The North Face
VE 25
Four-Season Tent
$619
MSR Hubba Hubba
user rating: 4 of 5 (28)
MSR
Hubba Hubba
Three-Season Tent
$250 - $329
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL1
Three-Season Tent
$224 - $279
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Mountain Hardwear
Light Wedge 3
Three-Season Tent
$215 - $330
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
$165 - $219
Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Outdoor Research
Advanced Bivy
Bivy Sack
$256 - $320
Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg
Nallo 2 GT
Four-Season Tent
$785
MSR Fury
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
MSR
Fury
Four-Season Tent
$435 - $599
MSR Mutha Hubba
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
MSR
Mutha Hubba
Three-Season Tent
$450 - $489
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes
Copper Spur UL2
Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
Kelty Salida 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Kelty
Salida 2
Three-Season Tent
$127 - $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
$229
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Grand Trunk
Ultralight Hammock
Hammock
$24
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
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Big Agnes
Fly Creek UL3
Three-Season Tent
$337 - $449
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Big Agnes
Fly Creek UL1
Three-Season Tent
$264 - $329
Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Outdoor Research
Alpine Bivy
Bivy Sack
$239
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL3
Three-Season Tent
$344 - $399
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
$330 - $428
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering
Chaos 3
Three-Season Tent
$182 - $289
GoLite Shangri-La 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
GoLite
Shangri-La 3
Tarp/Shelter
$300
Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Mountain Hardwear
Drifter 3
Three-Season Tent
$250 - $285
Kelty Gunnison 4.1
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Kelty
Gunnison 4.1
Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 1.0
Three-Season Tent
$150 - $199
Black Diamond Mesa
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond
Mesa
Three-Season Tent
$258 - $329
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Hennessy Hammock
Expedition Asym Zip
Tarp/Shelter
$127 - $152
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
 
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
Kelty TraiLogic TN2
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty
TraiLogic TN2
Three-Season Tent
$187 - $249
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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.