Have you ever had to sleep curled up to fit in a tent? I have, and it sucks. I once got so fed up I opened the door so my feet could stick out. Then it rained. And I started to have an irrational fear of a bear nibbling at my feet. Forget that! There are plenty of long and tall tents for tall people out there. I’ll list some by the categories below.
Ultralight Tents for Tall People
This type of tent is intended to be carried on hiking trips. So manufacturers make them as light as possible. Sadly, in so doing they often skimp on the length. So finding long enough ultralight tents for tall people can be quite tricky. But there are some good ones including those in the featured images and measurement table below. It’s important to note, though, that listed measurements don’t tell the whole story. For instance, some tents have sloped walls that detract from the length, especially if you have a thick sleeping pad. And measuring techniques vary from one manufacturer to the next, particularly for the widths. I suggest using this guide to narrow down your choices and then double checking the manufacturer’s descriptions yourself before buying.
I owe credit to Tim Hopper for much of this section. As a 6′9″ ultralight backpacker, he has a lot to say on this topic. Check out his guest post here: Ultralight Backpacking Gear for Tall People.
Ultralight Tents for Tall People
|Snugpak The Ionosphere 1 Man Dome Tent
|ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.5-Person Tent
|1P CIRRIFORM SW – DYNEEMA/SIL (they also do custom)
|Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Backpacking Tent
|Marmot Unisex Tungsten 2P
|Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1 MTNGLO Tent
|LightHeart SoLong 6
|Big Agnes Slater UL1+ Tent
|Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Tent
|REI Co-op Quarter Dome 1 Tent
|REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Tent
|TELEMARK 2 ULW
|Eureka! Backcountry 1 – Tent
Long Tents for Tall People
Finding a long enough general purpose tent for tall people is actually fairly easy. You just get a roomy multi-person tent, and perhaps sleep width-wise. There are so many options, in fact, that you can be selective for price and what features you get. To narrow it down, I suggest picking a good brand and then sifting through their various tents. Coleman is good bang for the buck and has some stellar reviews. Below are a couple options which should give even extremely tall people plenty of room.
Tall Tents for Tall People
Now if you’re hoping to find a tall enough tent that you can stand up in, that’s where things get tricky. Well, actually there are some enormous gazebo and yurt tents that even Robert Wadlow could have stood up in. But if you want something with a reasonable footprint, your options are somewhat limited. Below are a couple tall tents for tall people for you to consider.
Hammock Tents for Tall People
This section was added after “Bigntall” in the comments below mentioned it. I’ve never been much of a hammock person myself as I don’t like the posture they put you in. But given how tall friendly tent hammocks can be, I’m quite happy to mention them here. They also have some great perks like being super lightweight and don’t require air mats. It looks like Hennessy Hammocks in particular makes some really long hammock tents for tall people. They claim they work for people 7′ tall and 300 lbs!
Wheeled Tents for Tall People
Maybe getting on your hands and knees to set up a tent isn’t what you have in mind. Then you could always get a preassembled tent on wheels. These come in many forms: Popup and travel trailers, camper vans, RVs etc. What they all have in common is that vertical space is still very much a limitation. So finding even these kinds of tents for tall people is a challenge. It’s rare to ever find a standing height of more than 6′8″. Though this does allow someone 6′7″ like myself to stand up straight, so little clearance can cause claustrophobia.
There are a couple outliers. The first is 5th wheel trailers. These tend to be a lot taller overall as they sit on top of a pickup truck bed. So the central area–usually the kitchen–commonly has ceilings over 8′ tall. But you’ll need a monstrous gas guzzling truck, plus a huge camping spot, to go glamping in one of these behemoths.
The second outlier is an A-frame popup tent trailer (sometimes referred to as hard wall). Rather than lifting straight up, the top folds open creating a vaulted ceiling often over 8′ tall at the peak. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to tow. A-frame popups are true gems of tall tents for tall people!
That’s all on long and tall tents for tall people for now. If you know of any good options I left out, please tell in the comments below!