What Is The Best Tent For Tall Person?

Many products and experiences just aren’t designed for tall people: from airplane and rollercoaster seats to even some doorways, tall people run into (sometimes quite literally) problems that other people don’t have to face.

Sometimes it’s a matter of height; maybe standing straight up, you just don’t quite fit somewhere if you’re tall. Other times, it’s a matter of length. Laying down, a tall person becomes a pretty long person. In either case, the length of your limbs can cause problems feeling comfortable in a space.

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Humans didn’t design the great outdoors and as such these problems are a little less prevalent then you might experience in a space designed for the average sized human (about 5’9” for males). We might crash into a low hanging branch, but beyond that, the sky is out limit.

That said, when we bring human-designed elements into it, we still can have some problems. This can happen with trekking poles, hiking pants, sleeping bags and more, but perhaps one of the most frustrating products can be tents.

That’s why we’ve decided to do a round up of the best tents for tall people. Long hikes and fun camping trips need a good night’s sleep, and we want to make sure you’re comfortably laid out inside your tent, and in some cases, you might even find a tent you can fully stand up in, too.

We’ve chosen one tent from each of the different kinds of tents for tall people we love: a long (but short) tent, a tall (but relatively small in width) tent and a tent that is both long and tall.

If you’re looking to prioritize a lightweight option, then we suggest going for the long tent. If you’re most worried about standing up and less so about sleeping stretched out, then we suggest the tall tent. If you want both, or don’t mind an overall large tent, then the long and tall tent is best for you.

Now, let’s dive into the best tents for tall people.

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Long Tent

SoLong 6 – Sil-Nylon

This tent is “so long” that even campers of 6’8” can fit inside, completely stretched out. No campers (except maybe toddlers) can stand up fully inside this tent, but most tall people should have no problem enjoying its length while stretched out.

This minimal design and priority on length instead of height makes for a lightweight tent that’s also extremely easy to set up due to its minimal pieces. It weighs a total of 2 pounds when packed away.

It also features an 8-inch “bathtub” design with lining stretching 8 inches from the ground to the tent’s netting to ensure that no unwanted water seeps into the tent from the outside.

The tent comes in a variety of colors, including Cranberry/Pewter, Pewter/Cranberry, Steel Blue/Pewter, Woodland Camo/Gray, but if you want orange zipper pulls, you’ll need to purchase them separately.

A tent pole is also sold separately. Instead, hikers can use a trekking pole in order to keep the tent up, in order to reduce the extra weight bringing along the tent would add. If you don’t use trekking poles or would prefer a separate tent pole, then you’ll need to buy it separately.

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Tall Tent

Wenzel Shenanigan Buffalo Plaid 5 Person Tent

We love this tent’s easy-to-put up design and surprising size. Oftentimes, “tee-pee”-style tents are extremely limited in terms of floor space, but this tent manages to increase the area to allow for up to 5 people to fit into the tent.

One person could easily set up the tent by themselves, by first staking it out, then arranging the tent fabric, the arranging the pole in the middle. It might be hard for someone with a little less reach than a tall person to set it up, but the pole design makes it possible for anyone. 

At its tallest point, it is a whopping 11 feet tall, meaning that no camper should have any trouble fully straightening up inside.

The tent is also highly water resistant due to water-resistant coating on the exterior of the tent, although it is not fully waterproof.

Long and Tall Tent

CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

Standing 78 inches tall (9 feet) and 14 feet wide, this tent is pretty giant, but surprisingly easy to set up because of the 9 person Instant Cabin design. It pops open in less than 60 seconds, so you won’t have to spent time crouched over to the ground, fighting to pull poles into the right place.

Although the tent can sleep up to 9 people, if you want to make full use of the length, then we’d recommend limiting it to 4 people instead. It also can fit two queen-sized mattresses inside, so you’ll probably be most comfortable with 4 people in order to best take advantage of the tent’s full width.

Even if you get rained out of a day on the trails or are forced to eat raw marshmallows inside the tent because of high winds, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on any comforts in this beast of a tent.

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Conclusions

Although there are many different kinds of tents out there, the ones that are best for tall people either put emphasis on height or length. You can also opt for an overall larger tent, which is optimal for car camping, but maybe not so ideal for backpacking.

If you need to prioritize weight, then we definitely suggest choosing a long, but short tent. If you’re planning a weekend getaway with buddies and don’t need to carry the tent far, then most people, especially tall people will probably find themselves most comfortable in a tent that’s larger overall, in all directions: length, width and height.

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A “tee-pee”-style tent might seem impractical at first, but they actually can often fit far more people in it than most campers expect, so don’t write it off if you’re worried about being able to fully straighten up inside.

At the end of the day, it all depends on your personal needs. Which option will you go for?

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