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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Easton Slickrock 2P
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Easton
Slickrock 2P
Three-Season Tent
$202 - $298
REI Quarter Dome T1
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
REI
Quarter Dome T1
Three-Season Tent
$170
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ember Underquilt
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Ember Underquilt
3-Season Synthetic Sleeping Bag / Under Quilt
$175
Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
SlapStrap
Hammock Accessory
$18 - $19
Kelty Acadia 2
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Kelty
Acadia 2
Three-Season Tent
$102 - $119
REI Alcove Shelter
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
REI
Alcove Shelter
Tarp/Shelter
$109
Nite Ize Figure 9 Tent Line Kit
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize
Figure 9 Tent Line Kit
Tent Accessory
$8 - $10
Marmot Den 4P
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Marmot
Den 4P
Three-Season Tent
$330
Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2 DP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Drifter 2 DP
Three-Season Tent
$175 - $234
Exped Venus II
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Exped
Venus II
Four-Season Tent
$579
Kelty Acadia 6
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Kelty
Acadia 6
Three-Season Tent
$280
Black Diamond Stormtrack
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Stormtrack
Four-Season Tent
$500
Sierra Designs Flash 2
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Flash 2
Three-Season Tent
$255 - $299
Hammock Bliss Ultralight
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss
Ultralight
Hammock
$47
Hilleberg Anjan 2
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg
Anjan 2
Three-Season Tent
$595
Marmot Thor 3P Footprint
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot
Thor 3P Footprint
Footprint
$56 - $80
Terra Nova Laser
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Terra Nova
Laser
Three-Season Tent
$270 - $439
Mountain Hardwear EV 2
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (7)
Mountain Hardwear
EV 2
Four-Season Tent
$506 - $700
Eagles Nest Outfitters Possum Pocket
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Possum Pocket
Hammock Accessory
$18 - $27
The North Face Talus 4
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Talus 4
Three-Season Tent
$239 - $299
Hammock Bliss Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss
Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss
Hammock
$78
Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Spotlight Bivy
Bivy Sack
$219
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Flashlight 2
Three-Season Tent
$260 - $359
Eureka! Rectangular Floor Saver
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka!
Rectangular Floor Saver
Footprint
$9 - $18
MSR Backcountry Barn
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
MSR
Backcountry Barn
$680 - $849
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes
NRS
River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes
Stake
$5
Hilleberg Tarp 10
Hilleberg
Tarp 10
Tarp/Shelter
$190
NEMO Moki Vestibule
NEMO
Moki Vestibule
Vestibule
$190
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Trango 4 Footprint PL
Footprint
$76 - $95
 
L.L.Bean
Adventure 6-Person Tent, Footprint
Footprint
$50
Marmot Stormlight 2P
Marmot
Stormlight 2P
Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
NEMO id Foot Pump
NEMO
id Foot Pump
Tent Accessory
$25 - $44
NEMO Espri LE 3P
NEMO
Espri LE 3P
Three-Season Tent
$208
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
4-Person Floor Saver
Footprint
$30
REI Quarter Dome T3 Footprint
REI
Quarter Dome T3 Footprint
Footprint
$24
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Footprint
Big Agnes
Fly Creek UL1 Footprint
Footprint
$50
Black Diamond Firstlight/I-Tent Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Firstlight/I-Tent Ground Cloth
Footprint
$31 - $49
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Footprint
Hilleberg
Nammatj 3 Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $82
The North Face Mountain 25 Footprint
The North Face
Mountain 25 Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $50
 
Hennessy Hammock
Safari Deluxe Asym Classic
Hammock
$216
Giga Tent Spruce Peak
Giga Tent
Spruce Peak
$392
Big Agnes Trapezoid Gear Loft
Big Agnes
Trapezoid Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$20 - $22
Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
LT Strike 2 Footprint
Footprint
$50
Kelty Vista 2
Kelty
Vista 2
Three-Season Tent
$196
Hilleberg Anjan 2 Footprint
Hilleberg
Anjan 2 Footprint
Footprint
$58
MSR Backcountry Barn Footprint
MSR
Backcountry Barn Footprint
Footprint
$80
Terra Nova Titanium 1g Skewer Pegs
Terra Nova
Titanium 1g Skewer Pegs
Stake
$20
Mountain Hardwear Hoop Dreams 4
Mountain Hardwear
Hoop Dreams 4
Tarp/Shelter
$200 - $250
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake
Vargo
Titanium Tent Stake
Stake
$4 - $22
Rab Alpine Bivi
Rab
Alpine Bivi
Bivy Sack
$169
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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.