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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Terra Nova Titanium 1g Skewer Pegs
Terra Nova Titanium 1g Skewer Pegs Stake
$17 - $20
Mountain Hardwear Hoop Dreams 4
Mountain Hardwear Hoop Dreams 4 Tarp/Shelter
$175 - $250
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$4 - $22
Rab Alpine Bivi
Rab Alpine Bivi Bivy Sack
$260
Black Diamond Replacement Tent Stakes
Black Diamond Replacement Tent Stakes Stake
$8
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2 Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
EMS Big Easy 4 Footprint
EMS Big Easy 4 Footprint Footprint
$35
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
$180 - $199
Eureka! Tetragon 2 Tent
Eureka! Tetragon 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$80 - $89
NEMO Losi Pawprint
NEMO Losi Pawprint Footprint
$36 - $44
Big Agnes Square Gear Loft
Big Agnes Square Gear Loft Gear Loft
$18 - $21
Kelty Mach 4 Footprint
Kelty Mach 4 Footprint Tent Accessory
$50
Terra Nova Hoolie 3 Footprint
Terra Nova Hoolie 3 Footprint Footprint
$44
 
Wild Country Hoolie 3 Footprint Footprint
$35
Kelty Granby 4
Kelty Granby 4 Three-Season Tent
$400
Kelty Granby 6
Kelty Granby 6 Three-Season Tent
$460
The North Face FP Mica FL 2
The North Face FP Mica FL 2 Footprint
$37 - $50
Terra Nova Tarp Shelter 3
Terra Nova Tarp Shelter 3 Tarp/Shelter
$176 - $186
REI Screen House Rainfly
REI Screen House Rainfly Tent Accessory
$75
Terra Nova Competition Tarp 2
Terra Nova Competition Tarp 2 Tarp/Shelter
$72
Marmot Eclipse 3P
Marmot Eclipse 3P Three-Season Tent
$280 - $439
EMS Big Easy 6
EMS Big Easy 6 Three-Season Tent
$269
Grand Trunk Camoflauge Hammock
Grand Trunk Camoflauge Hammock Hammock
$30
NRS Outfitter Tent
NRS Outfitter Tent Three-Season Tent
$281
Terra Nova Superlite Quasar
Terra Nova Superlite Quasar Four-Season Tent
$750
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$300
Big Agnes Wyoming Trail SL2
Big Agnes Wyoming Trail SL2 Three-Season Tent
$261 - $399
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 Tent Accessory
$40
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$28 - $29
Grand Trunk Roatan Woven Hammock
Grand Trunk Roatan Woven Hammock Hammock
$70
Grand Trunk Parasheet
Grand Trunk Parasheet Footprint
$25 - $39
Black Diamond Tempest
Black Diamond Tempest Four-Season Tent
$89 - $559
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Footprint
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Footprint Footprint
$96
Snow Peak Fal 3 Tent
Snow Peak Fal 3 Tent Three-Season Tent
$500
NEMO Moki PawPrint
NEMO Moki PawPrint Footprint
$52 - $64
 
NEMO Hexalite Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$45
Giga Tent Garfield Mountain
Giga Tent Garfield Mountain Three-Season Tent
$60 - $126
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Footprint
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Footprint Footprint
$56 - $70
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian Four-Season Tent
$245
NEMO Obi 1P Footprint
NEMO Obi 1P Footprint Footprint
$28 - $32
Terra Nova Zephyros 2 Lite Tent
Terra Nova Zephyros 2 Lite Tent Three-Season Tent
$270
MSR Dragontail Footprint
MSR Dragontail Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Easton Expedition Carbon Tent 2
Easton Expedition Carbon Tent 2 Four-Season Tent
$525 - $558
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0 Three-Season Tent
$104
Kelty Gunnison 3.1 Footprint
Kelty Gunnison 3.1 Footprint Footprint
$50
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Three-Season Tent
$182
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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.