Love camping but have been doing the same old thing for years? Looking for a way to make your camping experience a bit more magical? You should definitely check out tree tents!
Tree tents are, as the name suggests, tents that you can suspend from trees (or even other structures), and they give you the chance to really feel at one with nature – nothing quite beats waking up in the trees with birds singing and a slight breeze on your face.
Tree tents used to be hard to come by, but their recent increase in popularity means there are more on the market than ever before (which is great news for us). Here, we’ve brought you a mixture of the best tree tents around so that you can find one that’s right for you – happy camping!
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We’re kicking off our list of the best tree tents around with the Tentsile Stingray Tree House. Tensile is a big name in the world of hanging tents, so it’s not surprising that this is one of our absolute favorites.
We love its spacious interior which, combined with its sturdy 3-point anchor system and weight limit of 880 lbs, can accommodate up to 3 people (depending on the weight of the individuals and how much gear they have), although we definitely recommend using it as a luxurious 2-person tent.
And don’t worry about crashing into each other in the night – the novel anti-roll strap system creates bays for each camper so you don’t have an unexpected rendezvous in the center of the tent in the middle of the night, winning.
Constructed from high-end fabrics, and featuring anodized aluminum poles, super-strong ratchets, and double-stitched seams, you can be sure that the Stingray 3 person tree tent won’t let you down. You’ll be safe in showers too, thanks to the removable rainfly’s HH rating of 5,000mm.
On the downside, the heavy-duty construction and large capacity do make this one of the heavier tents we’ve come across, so be warned – it’s not ideal for backpacking adventures.
On the plus side, this means that Tentsile has added some nice homey touches often missing from ultra-lightweight models, such as internal pockets to keep your essential items close and large underfloor storage nets to stash your gear out of the way and free up interior space (but you can remove these if you don’t need them).
Plus, the central hatch is nice and wide (40% larger than in previous models) to make climbing in and out less cumbersome, and we love that there are doors on every ‘wall’ too, which can be great if some routes are more daring than others!
Although the 3-point anchor system provides excellent suspension, it doesn’t work so well on the ground… so you won’t be able to use this tent for ordinary outings. This tent is also very expensive… but, if you can afford it, you’re going to love this durable and spacious tree tent that really will feel like a hanging home.
If you love the sound of a hanging tree tent but don’t have tonnes of cash to splash around, then you should definitely check out the Lawson Hammock Tent.
This one-person tree tent packs away nice and small (and comes with an included stuff sack) and weighs just 4.25 lbs all-in-all, so it’s definitely a contender for backpacking excursions. But don’t let its lightweight fool you – this is one sturdy tent constructed of waterproof, ripstop materials and with a great weight capacity of 275 lbs – plenty for a solo camper and their gear.
We also love that it’s incredibly easy to set up and can be strung between two trees hammock-style or placed on the ground in case you just can’t find the right branches (which sadly does happen sometimes). Just watch out that you will have to purchase the hanging straps separately, as they don’t come included (they won’t you much though).
In terms of homey touches, this camping hammock tent has two internal pockets to keep you organized, internal O-rings for hanging lanterns, and an integrated bug net so that you can whip off the rainfly and admire the dusk and dawn views without getting bitten to shreds.
Plus, the design creates a pretty flat bottom when suspended, so you won’t feel too cocooned, but be warned that the ceiling height is pretty low and you won’t be able to sit up inside.
All-in-all, this hammock tent really does offer a lot of bang for its buck, and you don’t have to take just our word for it – it’s been rated highly by various institutions, including Backpack and American Survival Guide.
And here we have another excellent hanging tree tent manufactured by Tentsile, the Tentsile Flite+ Tree House.
This 2-person tent makes use of a 3-point anchor system to provide a taut base while suspended and is constructed from durable fabrics to provide an overall weight capacity of 485 lbs.
Despite its low-rise design, the cross brace maximizes headroom and we absolutely love that the rainfly (5000mm HH) protrudes away from the tent to shelter the area underneath – perfect for storing extra bits of gear and saving precious interior space.
Plus, there are internal and external pouches for extra storage. The fly can be removed too, leaving you free to gaze up at the stars – and you won’t be bitten either thanks to the mesh screen.
Again, this suspended tent features anti-roll straps to keep campers still while they snooze, and there are dual doors for ease of access.
With an overall weight of 9.5 lbs, this tent can easily be carried around with you (especially if you split the load between two), but if you want the option to pitch on the ground, you’ll have to pick up a ground conversion kit which will add to the weight and price (which is already quite high).
The Flying Tent Tree Tent is another great budget option for solo campers, and it’s incredibly versatile too – for your money, you’re getting not only a tent and a hammock… but a poncho too!
Yepp, that’s right, you can even wear this tent when you need an extra waterproof layer (5000mm HH). We also love that you can choose to have a taut base or a looser hammock-style base when hanging this tent. It weighs in at 5.4 lbs all in, which isn’t ultra-lightweight but does include everything you need for suspended and ground-level set-up.
It packs away into a durable rucksack-style unit that features compression straps to beat the bulk and can easily be strapped on the front of an ordinary backpack.
If you’re really keen to shed some extra pounds, you might want to consider leaving the suspended tent at home and going for the hammock-only approach, but you’ll miss out on the mesh screen that keeps those pesky bugs at bay.
Overall, this has to be one of the quirkiest and most versatile tree tents out there, yet it doesn’t compromise on quality (as shown by the YKK zippers, fiberglass poles, and taped seams) and the cost has somehow remained low, what a winner.
And here’s our third and final entry from Tentsile, the Tentsile Connect Tree Tent.
As we’ve come to expect from Tentsile, the Connect 2 person tent features a 3-point anchor system to provide you with a taut base and great weight-bearing capacity, anti-roll straps to stop nighttime crashes, and durable, waterproof (5000mm HH) materials.
This 2-person suspended tree tent feels a lot larger than it should, thanks to the extended fly that creates an external porch area and the abundance of internal and external storage options, including a pocketed 3-level diving screen.
As the name suggests, this suspended tent can be ‘connected’ with other Tentsile products, giving you the option to create large, multi-level camps in the trees that really will start to feel like home.
It certainly isn’t the cheapest 2-person tree tent out there, and you’ll have to spend even more on a ground converter kit if you want the option of camping at ground level. However, it’s a thoroughly well-designed tent full of great features that you’ll definitely come to love… if you can afford it.
As you’ve seen, there’s a huge range of tree tents out there, so here are some pointers on what to look out for when you’re shopping around:
Obviously, tree camping is the name of the game. But sometimes a branch will break or you’ll walk for ages without finding a good spot. In these cases, you might appreciate a suspended tree tent that you can pitch on the ground too (sometimes this will mean buying extra gear).
Some tree tents are designed for vehicle camping and will be far too heavy for backpacking, so make sure you check the weight carefully!
Bear in mind that you’ll save money with a tree tent if you can use it on the ground or as a hammock (or even s a poncho!) too. Another option for those that love simplicity, but don’t like sleeping suspended is the bivy sack. It’s compact, light, and can be set up just about anywhere!
Still struggling to decide which tent is right for you? Here are our top three to help you choose:
Our best allround tent has to be the Tentsile Flite+ Tree House. It’s carryable yet has a great weight capacity and is constructed from high-end materials yet won’t set you back as much as you might think.
With anti-roll straps too and tonnes of internal and external storage options that maximize space, the suspended tree tent really could become your home away from home.
If you’re on the hunt for a tree tent that won’t break the bank, then we definitely recommend the Lawson Hammock Tent.
Lightweight, compact, and super easy to set up, this is one convenient suspended tent. What’s more, it can be hung or pitched out ground level and has some nice homey touches too.
But what’s our absolute favorite tree tent? It’s the Tentsile Stingray Tree House.
This spacious tent offers luxurious tree camping for duos and is super easy to clamber around thanks to the large hatch and numerous doors.
Its super high-quality materials won’t let you down and it features anti-roll straps as well as internal and external storage options – what more could you ask for?