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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Eureka! Amari Pass 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Amari Pass 2 Three-Season Tent
$126 - $139
Black Diamond Beta Light
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Beta Light Tarp/Shelter
$180 - $200
Kelty Parthenon 8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Parthenon 8
$630
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 3 AL Tent
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 3 AL Tent Three-Season Tent
$160
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$2 - $14
Equinox Globe Skimmer Ultralight Tarp
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Equinox Globe Skimmer Ultralight Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$66
MSR Carbon Reflex 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
The North Face Phoenix 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Phoenix 3
$292 - $389
The North Face Mica FL 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Mica FL 1 Three-Season Tent
$230 - $319
Hilleberg Allak
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Allak Four-Season Tent
$898
Black Diamond Big Wall Hooped Bivy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Big Wall Hooped Bivy Bivy Sack
$240
Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 Four-Season Tent
$480 - $599
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 Three-Season Tent
$150 - $199
Hilleberg Rogen 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Rogen 2 Three-Season Tent
$750
Grand Trunk All Terrian Hybrid Shelter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk All Terrian Hybrid Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $79
Bergans Compact Light 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bergans Compact Light 2 Four-Season Tent
$449
Hilleberg Jannu 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Jannu 2 Four-Season Tent
$885
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg Stake
$23
The North Face Meadowland 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Meadowland 6
$429
EMS Sugar Shack 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
EMS Sugar Shack 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
Kelty Vista 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Vista 3 Three-Season Tent
$260
Eureka! Copper Canyon 12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Copper Canyon 12 Three-Season Tent
$449
ALPS Mountaineering Summit Tent
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Summit Tent
$90
Coleman Hooligan 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Coleman Hooligan 2 Three-Season Tent
$60
NEMO Morpho 1P
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
NEMO Morpho 1P Three-Season Tent
$400
Kelty Salida 4
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty Salida 4 Three-Season Tent
$187 - $249
Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$55
Mountain Hardwear Lightwedge 3 DP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Lightwedge 3 DP Three-Season Tent
$330
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym Hammock
$260
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT Tarp/Shelter
$117
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$64 - $79
Exped Orion
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Exped Orion Four-Season Tent
$609
Kelty Gunnison 1.1
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty Gunnison 1.1 Three-Season Tent
$135 - $179
Big Agnes Big House 4 Vestibule
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Vestibule Vestibule
$80 - $99
Adventure 16 Bug Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adventure 16 Bug Bivy Bivy Sack
$55
Marmot Aeros 3P
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Aeros 3P Three-Season Tent
$319
MSR E-Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR E-Bivy Bivy Sack
$75 - $99
Kelty Gunnison 3.2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Gunnison 3.2 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $259
Black Diamond Bombshelter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Bombshelter Four-Season Tent
$800 - $839
Sierra Designs Night Glow Disc Attic
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Night Glow Disc Attic Gear Loft
$5
Big Agnes Lone Spring 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Lone Spring 3 Three-Season Tent
$216 - $269
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Three-Season Tent
$180
Mountainsmith Celestial Tent
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Celestial Tent Three-Season Tent
$127
Black Diamond Mirage
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mirage Three-Season Tent
$300
Kelty Trail Ridge 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Three-Season Tent
$202 - $239
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 Three-Season Tent
$400
Eureka! Apex
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Apex Three-Season Tent
$79
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Three-Season Tent
$162 - $174
Hammock Bliss No See Um No More Hammock Bliss
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss No See Um No More Hammock Bliss Hammock
$78
Rab Siltarp 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Siltarp 2
$97 - $129
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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.