Finding a good, ultralight tent for a backpacking trip is difficult enough at the best of times, but add being tall into the mix and it gets even harder. A backpacking tent obviously needs to be as lightweight as possible because, after all, you’ll be carrying it on your back for extended periods. Clearly, the smaller the tent, the lighter it will naturally be. But when you’re tall, you need extra space to be comfortable enough to get a proper sleep.
So if you’re tall and searching for a backpacking tent, there has to be a little bit of a trade off between length and weight, particularly if you are looking for a budget backpacking tent. Higher end tents tend to be able to offer plenty of space and keep the weight down due to the high tech materials used.
If you’re 6 foot or taller, you want to be looking for a tent that has a length as close to 90” (or more) as possible. While there are plenty of tents that offer this sort of length, many are too heavy to even consider backpacking with.
Got some long legs but need an ultralight tent for backpacking?
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In a hurry? Here’s our top 3 picks for the best backpacking tent for tall person.
Best backpacking tent for tall person
An ultralight backpacking tent at a budget price
The Lunar Solo is the cheapest ultralight backpacking tent suitable for a tall person. At 90” (7.5 foot) long and weighing only 1.5 pounds, no other budget backpacking tent comes close in terms of weight for the amount of space.
The tents’ lightweight is primarily due to the fact that it does not come with tent poles or stakes, but instead, can be pitched with the use of your own stakes and trekking/hiking poles. Though the great thing about it is that they do produce lightweight aluminum or carbon fibre poles if you would prefer dedicated poles.
The super thin 20D silicone coated polyester that is used for the tent is also a major contributing factor to its lightweight.
Despite being super lightweight and utilizing thin materials, the Lunar Solo can withstand a decent amount of wind. Its low hexagonal shape means that it can more easily allow air to move past without creating drag, while the steep sloping sides allow rain and snow to roll off as opposed to building up and causing sagging.
Being 7.5 foot long, you’ll have ample leg room and space to lay down and sleep comfortably without being cramped or having to curl up. It also has a center height of 49” which provides plenty of room for you to sit up and read or relax without a problem.
If you do decide to purchase this tent, it will require you to seal the seams if you want it to be totally waterproof. They recommend you use Seam Grip which is super cheap and available on Amazon here. One tube is enough to seal the seams of the Lunar Solo.
Six Moon Designs have written a handy blog on how to pitch the Lunar Solo for the first time that you can check out here. It’s slightly more confusing than standard tents to begin with, although once you get the hang of it, it’s super quick and easy.
A budget priced, high-quality backpacking tent
While not the most lightweight backpacking tent for a tall person on this list, the Kelty Salida 2 definitely falls within a more than acceptable weight range for backpacking. And what it lacks in the ultralight category it more than makes up for in space and durability.
At 88” (7.33 feet) long, it’s more than adequate to sleep anyone up to 6’5” comfortably. The Kelty Salida 2 is also a 2-person tent, but if you enjoy your space, it’s perfect for use as a 1-person tent also. As a 1-person tent, you can easily fit your backpack and other belongings inside the tent with you with plenty of room left to move around.
Practically everything about the design of the Salida 2 caters to backpackers. It features compact folding poles, gearloft loops for hanging a lantern, internal storage pockets and color coded clip and fly attachments to make set up super quick and simple.
One of the main reasons for the Salida’s weight is it’s durable materials. So if you’re looking for the best tall tent that offers sturdiness and can withstand extreme weather, the Salida 2 is a good choice. It features a 68D polyester outer, a 40D no-see-um mesh inner and a 68D nylon floor. The thicker materials offer better durability and better weather protection, on top of this all of the seams are taped and sealed to provide extra waterproofing.
Weighing 4lbs 9, it’s a mid-weight backpacking tent, but if you can handle a bit of weight (or have a backpacking partner to split the weight with) it’s definitely a strong choice in terms of space, features and durability.
A super roomy tent with plenty of leg room
The Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 3-season tent is the cheapest backpacking tent for tall people. And when we say tall, we mean super tall. At 96” (8 feet) long, anyone up to around 7 feet tall can sleep comfortably in this tent.
Despite its cheap price, Alps Mountaineering produces some of the best budget backpacking tents out there. And the Mystique is no different. With factory sealed seams and a 75D polyester rainfly and 75D polyester taffeta floor, the tent is super waterproof.
Being double walled and with plenty of mesh on the inner tent, it is also great at preventing condensation forming. A must have for anyone who breathes like a train after a hard day hiking.
One of the greatest aspects of the Mystique for tall people is that it doesn’t have harshly sloping sides. Many longer tents slope harshly making the length of the tent much less usable than first illustrated, as your head and legs (plus a sleeping pad and sleeping bag) can’t actually fit into the “edges” of the tent.
The only issue is that its peak height is 36” (3 feet) which is quite low for any tent, meaning you’d have to hunch over to sit up if you are over 6ish feet.
Similar to the Kelty Salida, the Mystique is full of features designed to make backpacking simpler, easier and more comfortable. It features an inner mesh storage pocket, dual doors and vestibules on either side of the tent for easy entry and exit, lightweight aluminum stakes and poles, and super fast and easy set up with a simple 2 pole design.
At 4lbs 13oz, it isn’t a super lightweight backpacking tent, but if space is more important to you then it’s weight is absolutely fine for backpacking.
REI’s big and tall offering
The REI Half Dome 2 Plus is a very popular budget tent amongst tall backpackers and hikers. The “Plus” version is made for bigger and taller people, with ample headspace at 44” peak height and 92” (7.6 feet) in length.
Similar to the Alps Mountaineering Mystique, the walls of the Half Dome 2 Plus don’t slope too steeply, allowing enough room at the “edges” for your feet and head plus a sleeping pad. Perfect for the “especially tall” where every inch counts.
The tent features a 40D ripstop nylon outer and 70D taffeta nylon bathtub floor, it’s super waterproof and windproof.
On top of its weatherproofing capabilities, it also has some great features for nicer weather. It has two doors and two vestibules, one on either side of the tent, allowing maximum airflow. The doors also stash away in pockets just inside the door opening to allow you to prop open the doors easily. The fly also rolls up and down easily, allowing you to roll it back for clearer views for stargazing, and quickly roll it down if a storm blows in.
It features a color-coded pole system for fast and easy setup, plenty of internal pockets for storing essentials such as your phone or books and loops to hang lanterns and lights from the ceiling.
It’s the heaviest tent to make it onto the list at 5lbs 5oz, but is still an acceptable weight for backpacking, particularly if you’re on a budget. You can also consider the quarter dome if the weight is an issue.
One of the longest backpacking tents available on the market
The LightHeart Gear SoLong 6 is one of two of the longest tents on this list at 100” (8.3 feet) long. Designed specifically for “the big and tall” while remaining lightweight, the SoLong 6 weighs only 2lbs, the lightest weight tent for its size on this list.
Despite its super lightweight it has some of the best weatherproofing capabilities available today. The tarp is made from 30D ripstop silnylon and has a hydrostatic rating of 3500mm which basically means that it can easily handle the most extreme weather – driving rain and harsh winds.
If you purchase this tent, you won’t have to worry about being caught in a rainstorm, thunderstorm or snowstorm. Genuinely. If you want more information on hydrostatic head ratings, check out this article where we talk about it in more detail.
Similar to the Lunar Solo, the reason the SoLong 6 is so lightweight is due to the fact that you can use your hiking/trekking poles to pitch instead of dedicated poles. Also similar to the Lunar Solo it doesn’t come supplied with stakes or poles and requires seam sealing for full waterproofing. Again, you can purchase stakes and poles from them if you would prefer.
A long AND tall ultralight backpacking tent
The Zpacks Duplex has been voted as the most popular ultralight tent by Appalachian Trail hikers for two years in a row. Weighing only 1.18lbs and measuring 100” (8.3 feet) long, it’s the lightest backpacking tent for a (super) tall person.
As is a recurring theme with most ultralight backpacking tents, it uses trekking/hiking poles instead of dedicated tent poles to save you weight and space while hiking. It also doesn’t come supplied with tent stakes, but a variety of lightweight options can be purchased from Zpacks here. One thing that does set the Duplex apart from some of the other ultralight tents is that it comes with taped and sealed seams.
The Duplex is made from Dyneema composite fabric. Dyneema is the most high-tech material currently available in tent manufacturing. While it’s ridiculously lightweight, it offers extreme and unrivalled strength and durability.
It features four storm doors, two on either side of the tent and any four of them can be opened independently for maximum comfort. There are mesh pockets located near each screen door so you can easily access your essentials from inside or outside of the tent.
If you’re planning to hike extreme distances and can afford a more expensive tent, the Duplex is your ideal hiking buddy.
A super durable backpacking tent suitable for a tall person
Tarptent’s Double Rainbow is a premium, lightweight backpacking tent available at a reasonable price. At 88” (7.33 feet) long, it’s suitable for anyone up to around 6 foot 4 inches.
One of our favorite things about the Tarptent Double Rainbow is that despite coming supplied with poles and stakes, it still only weighs 2.62 pounds. For a 2 person tent with poles and stakes, it is a ridiculously light weight tent. And if you want to make it even lighter, you can substitute the poles for your trekking poles if you would prefer. But for the price, it is a really nice extra to supply the poles and stakes with the tent.
The fly has an incredible 5,000mm hydrostatic rating and a 3,000mm hydrostatic rating for the floor. Both of these ratings are well above the standard of 1,000mm. Ratings this high mean you won’t have to worry about leaks in torrential rain or your tent taking off in strong winds. Anything above a hydrostatic rating of 2,000mm means the tent can withstand water being forcibly pressed into the tent fabric.
Being a single walled tent, you may find that you get condensation inside the tent when you wake up in the morning. However, you can also purchase an inner liner that clips inside the tent to prevent condensation.
While you can purchase the Tarptent Rainbow, which is a 1-person tent, if you like your space, the Tarptent Double Rainbow would be a better choice. Particularly with how light weight the 2-person is.
One of the best seam sealers for sealing your tent.
Required for tents such as the Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo and the LightHeart Gear SoLong 6.
Useful for tents that don’t require dedicated tent poles.
They are quickly adjustable from 24.5″ to 54″, allowing you to set them to whatever height you need for hiking/backpacking and then whatever height you need to pitch your tent.