Tenting While Tall
If you’re tall, tents can cause a literal pain in the neck. Even if your camping trip is short, a day or long weekend, comfort is sacrificed almost immediately.
Most tents are already designed for crouching and kneeling.
If you’re taller than about 5’6″, any tent starts to feel uncomfortable quickly. (If you’re taller than about 5’2″, long term camping or living in a tent can also cause a bit of permanent hunching, regardless.) Your back, neck, and shoulders start to ache, and your knees automatically won’t straighten without being reminded (you end up walking kind of like Chiana – looks cool, but hurts a bit until you get used to it – fantastically strong thigh and knee muscles, though, better and faster than fencing). It’s not that you are causing sudden health issues, it’s the overall wear and tear that’ll do you in, here.
However, there are some tents built to fit taller people.
One such tent is this:
It’s a little taller than standard tents and has a longer floor space for sleeping.
One thing people forget, especially as they start to think about living in their car, is that the human body is not designed to be constantly folded up. Yes, we feel comfort in the fetal position; but it’s not an angle most people prefer to only sleep in.
If you’re taller, buy the longer tents, buy the longer sleeping bags, buy the longer longjohns. It will help keep you healthier and more comfortable – thus increasing your enjoyment overall.
I used this particular tent as the example, because it still has a good fly, aluminum poles, and nice mesh. It’s also a 4-season tent. This means that the fabric is a little stronger, and all the connection points are better reinforced. It also means there are less chances for drafts, which is good during any season’s cold snaps.
Even though it was designed for up to 7′ tall sleeping and sitting allowance, it’s still a light 6 lbs, which is quite impressive with the added pole and fabric weight. (If you’re at or close to 7′, expect to still crouch some; but far less than usual in tents.)
Now, while this example is meant for two people (or one and everything they own), this same company has made a 3-person version, but in the 3-season style and not 4.
If you hike from site to site, carrying your tent with you, this is a bit heavier package.
As I mentioned, the setup weighs in at 6 lbs – and change. However, this does not include “real” stakes or a hammer. So, fair warning there.
However, that doesn’t mean that this tent should be skipped over. Any tent you look at will have these same issues. [I also have to leave off the tarps and bungees and rope any time I discuss tent size and weight for carrying. As I do not traditionally hike site to site, I prefer to be as best protected from the elements as possible. Granted, I think I’m allowed this considering I’ve tented through tornados and horrid thunderstorms, and snow. If you disagree, yell at me in the comments – use examples, please. 🙂 ]
This tent would still hang well below any good camping pack, and if you’re minimalist camping, use the larger pack and slide it right inside. I’m not someone who believes most adults can pack a tent back up as small as it originally comes, but this one gets down to a pretty decent size for how large it is.
Perks of New Tents
As a newer tent, it is holding to the design trend of sloping and a low appearance, even with the added height. Yet, this is a good thing.
The slope provided further protection from wind and drag, and the appearance lets you keep in line with current preferences in community style. (I’ve never really cared about community style, but my daily wardrobe also reflects this. If it keeps me warm and covered, I’m good.)
The second doorway also gives you further options for storage and organization. If there are two of you, or two and a small kid, you can choose which door is used for what, and even angle your tent to provide the best views out both ends. Toss cedar around each, and air the tent out on warmer days. Or just leave the door open a little longer and watch the sunset over the trees (or water or snowfield).
So, this post seems to be ending abruptly, but I’m not really sure what to add to it. It’s a nice tent. It’s new, so I can’t understand people being worried about it proving it’s worth. But, it’s by a place that’s put out good stuff before, and it fits the needs of those who need a little more space to fit.
Has anyone bought a tent specifically so it fits them? How did it turn out?
Does anyone else miss seeing Chiana on their screens?
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