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 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Three-Season Tent
$175
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Siltarp 2
$135
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Backcountry 3-Person Dome Four-Season Tent
$449
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 Three-Season Tent
$180 - $270
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Hubba NX Three-Season Tent
$262 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Trail Ridge 2 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
$150 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cabela's West Wind Dome Tent Three-Season Tent
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox Egret Nylon Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$26 - $69
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Tumble 1 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$180 - $239
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exped Venus II Four-Season Tent
$319 - $479
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 UL Three-Season Tent
$240
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$262 - $349
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$350 - $479
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Warmer Under Quilt
$52 - $55
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Bipod Bivy Bivy Sack
$270 - $289
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Four-Season Tent
$850
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Fuse 2P Three-Season Tent
$246 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Mountain Pass 3XTE Three-Season Tent
$270
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NEMO Veda 2P Three-Season Tent
$320 - $429
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Terra Nova Adventure Tarp 2 Tarp/Shelter
$43
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Adventure Dome 4-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Mountain Pass 2XTE Three-Season Tent
$200 - $239
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Acadia 4 Three-Season Tent
$119 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face VE 25 Footprint Footprint
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Limestone 4P Three-Season Tent
$250 - $339
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss Rain Fly Hammock Accessory
$65
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Three-Season Tent
$449
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp - Lite Tarp/Shelter
$106 - $115
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ferrino Snowbound 2 Four-Season Tent
$250
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (49)
Eureka! Solitaire Three-Season Tent
$72 - $89
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (16)
Black Diamond Firstlight Four-Season Tent
$360 - $369
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Marmot Halo 6P Three-Season Tent
$423 - $528
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock
$52 - $79
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Kelty TN2 Three-Season Tent
$187 - $249
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Eureka! Apex 2 Three-Season Tent
$85 - $119
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Terra Nova Voyager Three-Season Tent
$405 - $458
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 Three-Season Tent
$480 - $649
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Three-Season Tent
$172 - $269
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Triangle Mountain UL 2 Three-Season Tent
$278
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 Three-Season Tent
$150 - $159
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Exped Venus III Four-Season Tent
$579 - $708
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Shifter 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Giga Tent Yellowstone Three-Season Tent
$100
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk Ultralight Skeeter Beeter Hammock
$60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Blaze Underquilt Under Quilt
$240 - $299
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Ground Cloth Footprint
$50
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Three-Season Tent
$367
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Hooligan 3 Tent Three-Season Tent
$78
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI Bug Hut 1 Pro Shelter Warm Weather Tent
$43
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Yellowstone 6 Three-Season Tent
$172 - $179
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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.