Best Tents for Tall People

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Written by: Ashley Vitiello
Fact Checked by: Derek Vitiello

Updated Apr 28, 2023

While going camping can involve sacrificing some basic creature comforts, you don’t necessarily have to squeeze into a small tent and deal with it. There are tents out there that offer more space, whether that’s in their length and width or a generous amount of standing height within the tent walls.

We’ve assembled the best tents for tall people into a list of our favorites based on capacity or typical usage. You’ll find everything from 1 person backpacking tents to tall cabin style tents that offer enough room for tall campers.

Our Editor’s Choice is the Eureka! Copper Canyon, which has lots of head room and comes in several different capacity options. We also have 1 person, 2 person, and 3 person options that would be great backpacking tents for tall people, as well as an oversized budget tent and a canvas tent that you may not have considered before.

5 Best Tents for Tall People

The best tents for tall people are:

  • Eureka! Cooper Canyon LX – Editor’s Choice
  • Mountain Smith Lichen 1P (Best 1 Person Tent for Tall People)
  • Mountain Smith Bear Creek 2P (Best 2 Person Tent for Tall People)
  • Big Agnes Blacktail 3 (Best 3 Person Tent for Tall People)
  • Gazelle T4 (Best 4 Person Tent for Tall People)
  • REI Skyward 6 (Best 6 Person Tent for Tall People)
  • Core 11 (Most Affordable)
  • White Duck Alpha (Highest Quality)

Our #1 Recommendation: Eureka! Copper Canyon LX

best tents for tall people

Affordability

Quality

Features

The Eureka! Copper Canyon is our Editor’s Choice because of its quality materials, ample ventilation, and 7ft. peak height that’s perfect for tall campers.

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Best For Backpacking: Mountain Smith Bear Creek

Affordability

Quality

Features

The Bear Creek offers quality materials and affordable price tag, plus a superior max interior height (for sitting upright) and length (for laying down), making it our top pick for best backpacking tent for tall campers.

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Best Luxury Tent: White Duck Alpha

Affordability

Quality

Features

This Alpha tent has the tallest max height on this list by several inches and is one of the most high quality tall tents you could buy.

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Editor’s Choice Best Tent for Tall People- Eureka! Copper Canyon LX 8

Eureka! has been making tents since the late 1800s and we love how they put lots of thought and effort into every tent they make. Their Copper Canyon is our Editor’s Choice and is one of the best tall camping tents you could get. Not only does it have multiple capacity options, but each one is tall enough for someone over 6.5 feet to stand upright (even in the 4 person!). The specifications below are for the 8 person camping tent, which is a perfect size for family camping trips, but it also comes in 4, 6, and 12 person capacities.

There’s also other features in this tall camping tent that we really like, such as the 1200mm waterhead rating and 68-75 denier tent fabric that is perfectly weather resistant. The main poles are made of steel, but secondary poles are fiberglass to cut back on cost and weight without affecting strength too much.

There’s six mesh windows and a mesh roof for lots of ventilation, and near vertical walls create a cabin tent with lots of standing room in the whole interior space. There’s a divider down the middle if you want to create two separate rooms, or you can leave it open for one large and spacious tent.

The quality and features on the Copper Canyon make it a great option for car camping with taller campers who require more space.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 13 x 10 ft.
  • Floor Area: 130 square feet
  • Peak Height: 7ft.
  • Weight: 31 lbs. 2 oz.
  • Fabric: 68D, 75D polyester
  • Waterhead Rating: 1200mm
  • Poles: Steel (main pole) and Fiberglass (secondary pole)
  • Highlight: Several capacity options in a well-rounded tent that’s perfect for family camping.

Pros

  • Tall tent with a 7 ft. peak height
  • Steel and fiberglass poles for strength and affordability
  • Four different capacity options
  • Roomy tent with steep walls
  • Optional room divider in the middle

Cons

  • Longer setup time

Mountain Smith Lichen 1P – Best 1 Person Tent For Tall People

mountain smith lichen 1 person tent review

If you’re looking for a smaller capacity backpacking tent, the Mountain Smith Lichen is the perfect 1 person option for a tall person. You’re not going to find standing height in a small tent like this, but what stood out was the length of the tent, which is much longer than any other 1 person tents. Most others were about 84-86 inches, but the Lichen is 108 inches, which is almost 2ft longer. Unlike a bivy of similar size, this tent has a 38.4 inch max height so you can sit upright inside the tent body.

Not only is this tent longer, but it is also made of quality materials like aluminum poles and 68-denier fabric, and it has a 2000mm hydrostatic head rating (HH). There’s mesh storage pockets for storage, a full coverage rain fly for weather resistance, and the footprint is included.

All this quality and features in a surprisingly affordable tent make it a great option for a tall person looking for a smaller tent. The only downside of this tent is the lack of vestibule, which is something you’d usually see in a backpacking tent. In exchange, the Lichen has a diamond-like shape where you can store small pieces of gear inside your tent near the hip area.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 108 x 46 inches (9ft. x 3ft. 10in.)
  • Floor Space: 35 sq ft
  • Peak Height: 38 inches (3ft. 2in.)
  • Weight: 4 lbs. 3 oz.
  • Fabric: 68 denier x 185-190T polyester
  • Waterhead Rating: 5000mm floor, 2000mm rainfly
  • Poles: aluminum
  • Highlight: Affordable 1 person backpacking tent that’s great quality and has large dimensions.

Pros

  • Budget backpacking tent for 1 person
  • High waterhead rating
  • Aluminum poles
  • Strong fabric
  • Footprint included

Cons

  • No vestibule

Mountain Smith Bear Creek 2 – Best 2 Person Tent for Tall People

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This Mountain Smith Bear Creek is our favorite for best backpacking tent for a tall person because of its overall quality and size. Like mentioned above, most other tents were around 84-87 inches long, but the Bear Creek is 96 inches, making it quite a bit more spacious. Plus, the interior max height is 48 inches (4ft.), which is plenty of room for sitting upright and surpasses most other 2 person tents.

In addition to the larger sleeping space, the Bear Creek also has aluminum poles, taped seams, and a superior waterhead rating. The 2000mm rating on the full coverage rain fly is built to withstand heavy rain and strong winds, and it has 5 square feet of vestibule space for gear storage. Even with the rain fly on, there’s plenty of ventilation with mesh roof vents, or you can take the rain fly off for a tent body that’s mostly no-see-um mesh.

Of all the tents made for backpacking, this one is a great tent for a tall person, plus it has high quality specifications and an affordable price tag.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 96 x 56 inches (8ft. x 4.6ft.)
  • Floor Space: 30.5 sq ft
  • Peak Height: 48 inches (4ft.)
  • Weight: 5 lbs. 3 oz.
  • Fabric: 68D polyester
  • Waterhead Rating: 2000m fly, 5000mm floor
  • Poles: 7000 aluminum alloy
  • Highlight: Budget backpacking tent with a tall max height and longer length.

Pros

  • Best backpacking tent for a tall person
  • Footprint included
  • Great price
  • One of the tallest max heights we could find

Cons

Big Agnes Blacktail 3P – Best 3 Person Tent for Tall People

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The Blacktail 3 by Big Agnes would be a great option for two backpackers looking to size up to a 3 person or three backpackers who want to squeeze into a single tent. It’s still light enough to be a great backpacking tent, but it is 90 inches long, making it larger than most other tents. Plus, the 44 inch peak height allows taller campers to sit upright inside the tent walls.

As with all the other tents on this list, we’ve kept our standards high when it comes to quality materials. The Blacktail has aluminum poles, a 1500mm waterhead rating, a full coverage rain fly, and ripstop fabric, all of which is built to withstand whatever weather you throw at it. Reflective guylines and webbing can be seen in the dark, and there’s two doors with vestibules for easy access and gear storage.

At 6 pounds, this tent could be used for backpacking or as a car camping tent. You can use it on warm summer days and let the mesh roof circulate the air freely, or put on the rain fly for protection from heavy rain and adverse conditions. It would be a great option for someone looking for a tent that’s larger than a two person but smaller than the four and six person capacities below.

A close second for a three person camping tent was the Gazelle T3. It has 68 inches (5.6ft.) of headspace, which is quite tall for a three person but still wouldn’t be enough to stand upright. Also, the longest length for laying down was only 82 inches, which is 8 inches shorter than the Blacktail (this would give you less room for laying down). That being said, it has enough vertical room that you could stoop, so we figured we would mention it as an option in case that was more important to you. The Gazelle t4 is our choice for best four person below, so perhaps sizing up a bit more would give you the dimensions you need.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 70 inches (7.5 x 5.8 ft.)
  • Floor Space: 44 sq ft
  • Peak Height: 44 inches (3ft. 8in.)
  • Weight: 6 lbs.
  • Fabric: polyester ripstop
  • Waterhead Rating: 1500mm
  • Poles: DAC Pressfit Aluminum
  • Highlight: Durable tent that can be used for as a backpacking tent or for car camping.

Pros

  • Aluminum poles
  • Quality materials with ripstop fabric
  • Generous square foot and max height for a smaller tent
  • Two doors and two vestibules

Cons

  • Max height isn’t impressive

Gazelle T4 – Best 4 Person Tent for Tall People

Once we get to a four person capacity tent, we start to see standing height, and this Gazelle T4 is our top choice. Gazelle makes some of the best camping tents and they are quickly becoming our favorites in a variety of categories. This T4 is their four person instant cabin tent and it’s one of the better tall camping tents on the market for several reasons. One of the biggest benefits is the vertical walls that give you 6.5 feet of head room, meaning anyone 6’3″ and under can stand upright inside.

Another favorite feature of this tent is the quick set up time, which is less than 90 seconds. That’s why it also made our list for best instant tent. Plus, it has quality materials like a 2000mm waterhead rating on the rain fly (5000mm on the floor), durable YKK zippers, and a removable floor for easy cleaning. The included gear loft and six storage pockets keep your stuff organized while the mesh windows allow for lots of ventilation.

This tent is extremely highly rated and would be a great cabin style tent for anyone looking for a four person tall tent. The only downside it that it uses fiberglass poles, which is less preferred over aluminum. That being said, the hub design helps take some of the pressure off the poles, which will help them last longer than traditional tent setups.

If you want to make this tent even more awesome, you can add on a large screen room by purchasing their T4 Plus, which also made our list for best tent with screen room. This effectively doubles the space by adding on an oversized screen room to the front of the tent.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 94 x 94″ (7.8ft.)
  • Floor Space: 61 sq.ft.
  • Peak Height: 78″ (6.5 ft.)
  • Weight: 30 lbs.
  • Fabric: 210D shell, 300D floor
  • Waterhead Rating: 2000mm shell, 5000mm floor
  • Poles: fiberglass
  • Highlight: Super quick setup and tall max height for a four person tent

Pros

  • Removable floor for easy clean up
  • Instant cabin tent that sets up in under 90 seconds
  • Gear loft and six interior storage pockets
  • UPF 50+ rated fabric
  • Optional screen room doubles the size of the tent

Cons

  • Fiberglass poles

REI Skyward 6 – Best 6 Person Tent for Tall People

REI is easily one of the biggest brands in the outdoor industry, and their name brand REI Skyward 6 is one of the best camping tents for tall people because of its 78 inch (6.5ft.) peak height, which allows campers up to 6’3″ to stand up straight. Plus, it has high quality materials and comes with REI’s one year return policy.

It’s called the Skyward because of the mesh roof that allows you to look up at the stars at night when you don’t have the rain fly on. The poles are aluminum for added strength, the floor fabric is 150-denier for durability, and the rain fly has a waterhead rating of 1200mm for weather protection.

REI also put a lot of effort into the usability of the tent, which has multiple storage pockets that are high and low for easy access, as well as gear loops for hanging lights. The door is a large D-shaped entrance with mesh on the upper half for ventilation, and there’s an awning over the top. This allows for a drip free entrance, even with the vestibule door open.

This tall tent from REI would be a great option for someone looking for a six person capacity tent with vertical walls and lots of standing room.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 120 x 100 inches (10ft. x 8.3ft)
  • Floor Area: 83 square feet
  • Peak Height: 78 inches (6.5ft.)
  • Weight: 15 lbs. 7 oz.
  • Fabric: 75D rain fly, 150D floor
  • Waterhead Rating: 1200mm minimum
  • Poles: aluminum
  • Highlight: Roomy six person tent with plenty of headspace and quality features.

Pros

  • 6.5 ft. peak height (campers up to 6’3″ can stand up straight)
  • Aluminum poles
  • Great tall tent with a six person capacity
  • Mesh ceiling for star gazing
  • REI brand quality

Cons

  • No mesh on the sides besides half door and 1 window

Core 11 – Most Affordable Tent for Tall People

Core makes some of the largest and most affordable camping tents available, and we really like their Core 11 cabin tent, which has a screen room and plenty of head space with a 86″ peak height (7ft. 2in.). You can use the room divider of the screen room as a sleeping area for four of the eleven person capacity, or as a bug-free hanging out area that would be great for a table and chairs, gear storage (like bikes), or even a cooking area.

There are low vents that draw in cool air from the ground and push hot air out through the mesh ceiling, plus there’s several windows for ample ventilation. This tall tent would be a option for someone looking for a large capacity tent that sleeps larger groups and families or for someone who wants lots of space for a smaller group. It has plenty of room for three queen air mattresses and enough sleeping space for everyone to be comfortable.

The main downside of the tent is that Core cut costs when it came to waterproofing, so this tent requires the user to add their own waterproof spray if they want to use this tent in rainy conditions. This may not be a concern if you only camp when there’s no rain chance, but be prepared to spend time and money waterproofing this tent if you require more weather resistance. Here’s a great option for a seam sealer and a spray on waterproofing.

If you don’t want to bother with this, perhaps consider spending a little more money and getting the Editor’s Choice Eureka! Copper Canyon, which is a little more expensive but has a similar shape with higher quality materials and a good waterhead rating.

Specifications

  • Other Capacities: 4 person, 6 person, 10 person
  • Dimensions: 17 x 12 ft. (12 x 10 ft. main room, 7 x 8-9 ft. screen room)
  • Floor Space: 204 sq.ft.
  • Peak Height: 86 inches (7ft. 2in.)
  • Weight: 36.2 lbs.
  • Fabric: 68 denier polyester
  • Poles: fiberglass
  • Highlight: Family camping tent that balances size with an affordable price.

Pros

  • Second tallest peak height on this list
  • 1 year warranty
  • Generous interior space fits three queen sized air mattresses or even a king sized

Cons

  • You’ll need to spray on additional waterproofing before use

White Duck Alpha – Highest Quality Tent for Tall People

If you’re serious about finding the best tent for tall adventurers, then look no further than this White Duck Alpha canvas tent. It’s easily the highest quality, most durable tent on this list and it offers the best peak height of pretty much any tent you’ll ever find. The interior max height is 90 inches (7’6″), which allows even the tallest campers to stand upright. Even the door way is 6’6″, so you don’t have to stoop to enter the tent even if you’re well over 6 feet tall.

This is for their 8×10 tent, which is the smallest tent in the Alpha series and it sleeps six campers or two glampers (this tent did make our best glamping tent list). If you want even more head room, you could size up to their 10×12′ (8’3″ height) or their largest (16×24′) has a max height of 10 feet and a doorway that measures 7’8″. Basically, this tent is easily the best shape and size to accommodate tall people. See the size chart to the right for a break down of the different heights.

As for quality, it’s hard to beat canvas tents. They’re built to last a lifetime, so you’ll never have to buy a camping tent again. The canvas material is more environmentally friendly than synthetics, is naturally breathable, and is waterproof and UV-resistant right out of the box.

The frame is heavy duty and uses aluminum poles, and the shock-absorbing bungee cords help the tent stand up to harsh weather conditions. There’s bug mesh on all the windows and and the door, both of which also have three-layer storm flaps for protection from the elements. Even the tent floor is a heavy duty ground sheet that’s built to withstand anything you can throw at it.

If you have any interest in hot tenting and/or cold weather camping, this tent is the best option for year-round camping trips. It’s compatible with a wood burning stove and is one of the best tents with a stove jack (which is the hole for a chimney pipe).

This canvas tent is perfect for someone who wants a year-round, top quality tent that fits even the tallest of campers.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 6
  • Dimensions: 8×10 feet
  • Other size options: 10’x12′, 12’x14′, 14’x16′, 16’x20′, 16’x24′
  • Floor Space: 80 sq.ft.
  • Peak Height: 90 inches (7’6″)
  • Door Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 36.2 lbs.
  • Fabric: cotton canvas
  • Poles: galvanized steel
  • Highlight: Canvas tent that has the biggest peak height on this list

Pros

  • Tallest max height on this list
  • High quality cotton canvas material
  • Built to last a lifetime
  • Even the entrance height is taller than most others
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Longer setup time

Thing to Consider When Choosing a Tent for Tall People

When choosing the best tall tent for your next camping trip, you should take into consideration max height, length & width measurements, capacity, shape, materials, and price.

Max Height

Obviously, when searching for the best tall tents you have to take into consideration the max height of the tent. This is going to be one of the biggest determining factors in your purchase, so make sure you pick something that fits your needs. We’ve given you a selection of tents that have max heights over six feet, and even a couple that are over 7ft. Whatever the max height is, subtract about 2 inches from that to see the maximum height for a person to comfortably stand. With that math, a 6’5″ ceiling would be best for people 6’3″ and below. The shape of the tent also plays into standing height, which we cover below.

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Length & Width

Not only is standing height important, but the length and width is as well. The tallest tent you can find won’t do you any good if you don’t have enough room to lie down. Make sure you look at the longest wall dimension to make sure you can fit, especially in backpacking tents.

Capacity

As you can see on the list above, for the most part we’ve separated our top picks into their different capacities. Whether you need a 1 person or a 11 person tent, there’s something out there that’s perfect for your next camping trip. Take a minute to think about how many people typically camp with you, and add at least two to that number. For example, four campers would be best suited for a six person capacity or larger. For more information about tent size and how to calculate what you need, read our article on camping tent size.

Shape

Shape plays a big role in the height of a tent, so let’s take a look at the different shapes of tents and how they relate.

Cabin tents are going to be the most common shape for the best tall tents because they have near vertical walls that allow for a generous interior height. Not only do cabin tents allow for more room vertically, but they also have more standing height through the whole interior space, so you aren’t limited to standing up straight only in the middle of the structure. The Copper Canyon, T4, Skyward, and Core 11 are all examples of cabin tents.

The Editor’s Choice Copper Canyon is a cabin tent.

Dome tents are one of the more common shapes of tent, but they’re less commonly seen when talking about tall tents. A dome tent is better for weather protection but not as good for height. Even if they do have a generous height, you’ll find that you can only stand up in the middle since the walls are so sloped. The dome tents on this list are the backpacking ones, but they were selected for their length and width, not their height.

A wall tent is one of the least common shapes, but it’s one of the best for tall tents. They’re taller than most tents and the White Duck Alpha is easily the highest quality tent on our list. In fact, it’s one of the best canvas tents in general, so it’s sure to be a great addition to your camping gear if you choose to go that route.

Materials

The best tent you could have is not only going to be the right shape and size, but it needs to be made of materials that aren’t going to break after the first use. We have pretty strict standards for what we look for in tents, such as a good waterhead rating, thick fabrics, and aluminum poles over fiberglass.

For the waterhead rating, it’s measured in millimeters and it should be at least 1200mm or more to be considered waterproof. Anything less than 1200 is ‘water resistant’ and isn’t ideal for camping unless you add additional waterproofing yourself.

For tent poles, fiberglass isn’t a deal breaker but aluminum is definitely preferred. Aluminum is stronger and will last longer, while fiberglass is prone to breaking and splintering. Our most recent retired tent had fiberglass poles, and it lasted us about 8 years, so fiberglass is definitely an option. However, generally we prefer aluminum poles knowing what we do now about tent materials.

For the fabric, you want a denier that’s at least 65 or higher. One of the signs of a higher quality tent is having a floor material that’s heavier than the fly, especially since that’s the part of the tent that actually gets the most wear and tear. Generally, the higher the denier the better, unless you’re trying to cut weight for backpacking.

While we did include a more budget option, you’ll notice that it requires extra money and time in the form of manual waterproofing since it’s not satisfactory out of the box. If you have more time than money, or if you don’t camp in rain, then this tent would be a great option. Otherwise, we would recommend spending a bit more money on something that’s going to last.

Price

Take into consideration your desired price range, but put more weight behind factors like desired quality, capacity, and perhaps even brand. These other factors will play a larger factor in how long the tent lasts, and it could be worth spending a little bit more to get something that you want, especially if it will last longer.

Keep in mind that budget tents are great, but they cut corners in order to keep the price lower. If the price is lower, you should ask yourself why before blindly purchasing, and make sure it has all the specifications you need in a tent.

FAQ

How tall is a 6 person tent?

Camping tents vary greatly in size and shape, so you should look at the individual product specifications to see how tall a tent is. Some offer standing height that surpasses 6 feet, while others only have stooping height below 6 ft.

What’s the minimum height for the best tent for a tall person?

This depends on the height of the person, but look for tents that are at least two inches taller than their height. You’ll also want it to be shaped like a cabin tent or wall tent, which has more standing space throughout than a dome tent.

Conclusion

Whether you select our Editor’s Choice Copper Canyon or any of the other great options on this list, we hope it’s the best tall camping tent for you and your next camping adventure!

Our #1 Recommendation: Copper Canyon LX

The Eureka! Copper Canyon is a is our Editor’s Choice because of its quality materials, ample ventilation, and 7ft. peak height that make it the perfect tent for tall person.

Ashley is an adventurous soul who loves all things nature, especially warm sunshine, wildflowers, scenic snacking, and mushrooms. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast who has spent years enjoying time outside doing things like hiking, camping, and rock climbing.
Her goal with Know Nothing Nomads is to make these hobbies easily accessible through knowledgeable content and how-to’s based on all the stuff she’s learned on her journey. If she isn’t writing an article, she’s probably in a forest looking at big mountain views and tiny pieces of moss on the side of the trail.

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