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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$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Rab Siltarp 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab
Siltarp 2
$130
L.L.Bean Backcountry 3-Person Dome
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean
Backcountry 3-Person Dome
Four-Season Tent
$439
Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Optic 2.5
Three-Season Tent
$177 - $240
Marmot Limestone 6P
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot
Limestone 6P
Three-Season Tent
$340 - $449
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka!
Sunrise
Three-Season Tent
$224
Kelty Trail Ridge 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty
Trail Ridge 2
3-4 Season Convertible Tent
$170 - $199
The North Face Kings Canyon 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Kings Canyon 2
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $359
MSR Elixir 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR
Elixir 2
Three-Season Tent
$250
Mountain Hardwear Lightwedge 3 DP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Lightwedge 3 DP
Three-Season Tent
$330
Equinox Egret Nylon Tarp
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox
Egret Nylon Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$25 - $50
Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 UL
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Flashlight 1 UL
Three-Season Tent
$255 - $299
Black Diamond Bipod Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Bipod Bivy
Bivy Sack
$216 - $269
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Trango 4
Four-Season Tent
$570 - $800
Slumberjack No Fly Zone
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Slumberjack
No Fly Zone
Bivy Sack
$45
Eureka! Mountain Pass 3XTE
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka!
Mountain Pass 3XTE
Three-Season Tent
$240 - $259
NEMO Veda 2P
NEW!
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NEMO
Veda 2P
Three-Season Tent
$301 - $429
Paha Que' Pamo Valley
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Paha Que'
Pamo Valley
Warm Weather Tent
$569
Eureka! Mountain Pass 2XTE
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka!
Mountain Pass 2XTE
Three-Season Tent
$184 - $229
Sierra Designs Mojo 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Mojo 2
Three-Season Tent
$400
The North Face VE 25 Footprint
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face
VE 25 Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $50
Hammock Bliss Rain Fly
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss
Rain Fly
Hammock Accessory
$65
Nite Ize Gear Tie 24"
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize
Gear Tie 24"
Tent Accessory
$4 - $5
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp - Lite
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Crazy Creek
B.A. Tarp - Lite
Tarp/Shelter
$106
Eureka! Solitaire
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (46)
Eureka!
Solitaire
Three-Season Tent
$80 - $89
Black Diamond Firstlight
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (16)
Black Diamond
Firstlight
Four-Season Tent
$270 - $359
Black Diamond Skylight
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (9)
Black Diamond
Skylight
Three-Season Tent
$400 - $449
Marmot Halo 6P
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Marmot
Halo 6P
Three-Season Tent
$529
Mountain Hardwear SkyLedge 2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear
SkyLedge 2
Three-Season Tent
$450
Coleman SunDome 3 Tent 7' x 7'
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Coleman
SunDome 3 Tent 7' x 7'
Three-Season Tent
$58
Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap Pro
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
SlapStrap Pro
Hammock Accessory
$22 - $24
Eureka! Apex 2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Eureka!
Apex 2
Three-Season Tent
$100
Eureka! Tetragon 5
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Eureka!
Tetragon 5
Three-Season Tent
$170
Coleman SunDome 4 Tent 9' x 7'
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Coleman
SunDome 4 Tent 9' x 7'
Three-Season Tent
$85
Eureka! Spitfire 2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Eureka!
Spitfire 2
Three-Season Tent
$136
Black Diamond Oasis
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond
Oasis
Three-Season Tent
$360
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes
Jack Rabbit SL3
Three-Season Tent
$370
Eureka! Sunrise 11
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Eureka!
Sunrise 11
Three-Season Tent
$300
Big Agnes Scout UL2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes
Scout UL2
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $305
Eureka! Midori 2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Eureka!
Midori 2
Three-Season Tent
$160
NEMO Morpho 2P
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
NEMO
Morpho 2P
Three-Season Tent
$500
Exped Venus III
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Exped
Venus III
Four-Season Tent
$579 - $698
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes
Jack Rabbit SL2
Three-Season Tent
$289 - $299
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize
CamJam Cord Tightener
Tent Accessory
$5
Marmot Aura 2P
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot
Aura 2P
Three-Season Tent
$230 - $358
Eureka! Amari Pass 1
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka!
Amari Pass 1
Three-Season Tent
$96 - $139
Giga Tent Yellowstone
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Giga Tent
Yellowstone
Three-Season Tent
$109
Grand Trunk Ultralight Skeeter Beeter
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk
Ultralight Skeeter Beeter
Hammock
$60
Eagles Nest Outfitters Blaze Underquilt
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Blaze Underquilt
3-Season Down Sleeping Bag / Under Quilt
$300
The North Face Tadpole 2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Tadpole 2
Three-Season Tent
$289
Coleman Hooligan 3 Tent
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman
Hooligan 3 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$78
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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.