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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EMS Big Easy 4 Footprint
EMS
Big Easy 4 Footprint
Footprint
$26
Easton Kinetic Carbon 3P
Easton
Kinetic Carbon 3P
Three-Season Tent
$372
Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 1 Footrint PL
Mountain Hardwear
SuperMegaUL 1 Footrint PL
Footprint
$31 - $45
Rab Latok Mountain Lite Link
Rab
Latok Mountain Lite Link
Vestibule
$130 - $180
Eureka! Tetragon 2 Tent
Eureka!
Tetragon 2 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$73 - $89
NEMO Losi Pawprint
NEMO
Losi Pawprint
Footprint
$45
Big Agnes Square Gear Loft
Big Agnes
Square Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$20 - $22
Kelty Granby 4
Kelty
Granby 4
Three-Season Tent
$400
Kelty Granby 6
Kelty
Granby 6
Three-Season Tent
$460
Hilleberg Keron 4 GT
Hilleberg
Keron 4 GT
Four-Season Tent
$1,160
The North Face FP Mica FL 2
The North Face
FP Mica FL 2
Footprint
$50
Terra Nova Tarp Shelter 3
Terra Nova
Tarp Shelter 3
Tarp/Shelter
$187 - $219
REI Screen House Rainfly
REI
Screen House Rainfly
Tent Accessory
$75
Terra Nova Competition Tarp 2
Terra Nova
Competition Tarp 2
Tarp/Shelter
$90
Marmot Eclipse 3P
Marmot
Eclipse 3P
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $438
EMS Big Easy 6
EMS
Big Easy 6
Three-Season Tent
$280
Grand Trunk Camoflauge Hammock
Grand Trunk
Camoflauge Hammock
Hammock
$30
Black Diamond Bombshelter Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Bombshelter Ground Cloth
Footprint
$60
NRS Outfitter Tent
NRS
Outfitter Tent
Three-Season Tent
$375
Terra Nova Superlite Quasar
Terra Nova
Superlite Quasar
Four-Season Tent
$750
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp
Hyperlite Mountain Gear
Flat Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$290
Big Agnes Wyoming Trail SL2
Big Agnes
Wyoming Trail SL2
Three-Season Tent
$320 - $499
Kelty Vista 2 Footprint
Kelty
Vista 2 Footprint
Footprint
$25 - $44
REI Quarter Dome 3 Footprint
REI
Quarter Dome 3 Footprint
Footprint
$35
L.L.Bean Woodlands Shelter
L.L.Bean
Woodlands Shelter
Tarp/Shelter
$199
Bergans Mosquito Netting 6040
Bergans
Mosquito Netting 6040
Tent Accessory
$40
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Base Hex Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$30 - $39
Grand Trunk Roatan Woven Hammock
Grand Trunk
Roatan Woven Hammock
Hammock
$70
Mountain Hardwear Archer 3
Mountain Hardwear
Archer 3
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $400
Grand Trunk Parasheet
Grand Trunk
Parasheet
Footprint
$25 - $41
Black Diamond Tempest
Black Diamond
Tempest
Four-Season Tent
$89 - $559
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Footprint
Hilleberg
Kaitum 2 GT Footprint
Footprint
$96
NEMO Moki PawPrint
NEMO
Moki PawPrint
Footprint
$65
NEMO Morpho AR Pawprint
NEMO
Morpho AR Pawprint
Footprint
$44
Giga Tent Garfield Mountain
Giga Tent
Garfield Mountain
Three-Season Tent
$75 - $126
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Scout UL2 Footprint
Footprint
$56 - $70
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian
ALPS Mountaineering
Tasmanian
Four-Season Tent
$243 - $277
NEMO Obi 1P Footprint
NEMO
Obi 1P Footprint
Footprint
$33 - $34
Terra Nova Zephyros 2 Lite Tent
Terra Nova
Zephyros 2 Lite Tent
Three-Season Tent
$270
MSR Dragontail Footprint
MSR
Dragontail Footprint
Footprint
$40
Easton Expedition Carbon Tent 2
Easton
Expedition Carbon Tent 2
Four-Season Tent
$559 - $562
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0
ALPS Mountaineering
Mystique 1.0
Three-Season Tent
$104 - $109
Kelty Gunnison 3.1 Footprint
Kelty
Gunnison 3.1 Footprint
Footprint
$36 - $49
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Vestibule
Mountain Hardwear
Direkt 2 Vestibule
Vestibule
$95 - $150
 
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 1 Floor Saver
Footprint
$18
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT Footprint
Hilleberg
Nammatj 2 GT Footprint
Footprint
$82
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL2 Footprint
Footprint
$55 - $60
REI Passage 2 Footprint
REI
Passage 2 Footprint
Footprint
$24
Liberty Mountain Para Cord
Liberty Mountain
Para Cord
Tent Accessory
$4
Nite Ize Big S-Biner Plastic
Nite Ize
Big S-Biner Plastic
Tent Accessory
$7
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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.