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Best Tree Tent—How To Choose The Right Hanging Tent For You

Best Tree Tents

They're all so similar!

Even though there aren't too many tree tents on the market yet, the ones that do exist don't seem to differ much

How do you know why one costs more than the other?

More importantly, how do you know which features are worth paying for and which ones you don't need?

Some people will always just buy the most expensive option. Others always buy the cheapest.

Most of us are happy to pay for important features, but we'd rather not pay for something we'll never use.

I'll cover the differences between the tree tents on the market and the specific use each tent is meant for.

That will make it easy to choose the best hanging tree tent for you.

 

How To Find The Best Tree Tent For You

The main differentiator between different hammock tents is size. There are tents made for one person, for two people and for three people. We will group them by size, so you can easily, so you can easily eliminate all the tents that are not the right size.

 

One-Person Tree Tents

This is the easiest category. There are only two options and the differences are easy to see. One is lighter, while still being more spacious and the other costs a bit less and has more color options.

Portable One-Person Hammock Tent

Skysurf Mini

Advantages
  • lighter
  • more spacious
Disadvantages
  • higher price
  • fewer color options
  • larger carrying bag
Who should get it?

Those who want the lightest possible tree tent (or a little more space inside the tent).

Check it out here.

 

Tentsile Una

Tentsile Una

Advantages
  • lower price
  • smaller when packed up in bag
  • more color choices
Disadvantages
  • heavier
  • slightly less spacious inside
Who should get it?

Those who don't need the lightest possible tree tent and would rather pay a bit less, or those for whom a more compact carrying size is more important than the weight.

Check it out here.

 

Two-Person Tree Tents

There are 5 different 2-person models. Two of them are small and ultralight, two are a bit bigger (for 2 adults and one or two children; or just 2 adults who like a bit more space) and heavier and the last one is the same size as those two, but super tough and durable.

2-Person Ultralight Model

Skysurf Flying Fish

Advantages
  • lowest price
  • smallest size when packed
  • only 1 pole (Flite+ uses 2)
  • ultralight (0.2 lbs heavier than Flite+)
Disadvantages
  • smallest size when set up (not for larger people)
  • fewer color choices than Flite+
Who should get it?

This model and the Flite+ are very similar. This one is smaller when packed, but also has slightly less space when set up. It costs quite a bit less. Get it for the lowest price and the most compact carrying size. Not suitable for larger people.

Check it out here.

 

Tentsile Flite+

Tentsile Flite+

Advantages
  • lightest model
  • very small when packed (but larger than the tent above)
  • more color choices
  • slightly more spacious than previous model (but still very small)
Disadvantages
  • small when set up (not for larger people)
  • higher price
Who should get it?

The Flite+ and the previous model above are very similar. Get the Flite+ if weight is more important than a compact carrying size or for more color choices or a bit extra space inside. Not suitable for larger people.

Check it out here.

 

2-Person Family Sized Model

Skysurf Air

Advantages
  • more spacious (for 2 adults and one or two children)
  • lighter (than the competing Connect)
  • wider than Connect (but not shorter); slightly more floor area
  • much lower price than Connect
  • smaller pack-down size than Connect
Disadvantages
  • shorter than connect (but wider and with slightly more floor area)
  • fewer color choices
Who should get it?

This model is very similar to the Connect. It is lighter and smaller when packed up. It is also wider, but shorter. Overall it has more floor space. It costs considerably less.

It is larger than the previous two models. Get this one if you need more space than the smallest tents provide, but weight and compact carrying size are still important or if you want to pay less.

Check it out here.

  

Tentsile Connect

Tentsile Connect

Advantages
  • longer (more space for taller people), but narrower
  • more color choices
Disadvantages
  • higher price
  • heavier
  • slightly less compact
  • slightly less floor space (but longer)
Who should get it?

This model is very similar to the previous one and larger than the first two, making it great for larger adults or for a family (with one or two children).

Get the Connect if you want more color choices or if the extra length is important. For less weight, lower price or smaller carrying size, the previous model above is preferable.

Check it out here.

 

Tentsile Safari Connect

Tentsile Safari Connect

Advantages
  • extra sturdy and durable
Disadvantages
  • highest price
  • heaviest and least compact
  • no color choices
Who should get it?

The Safari Connect is a tougher and more durable version of the Connect. Get it if you need a tent for long-term shelter or you simply want the highest quality and best constructed tent on the market (and don't mind the higher price).

Check it out here.

 

Three-Person Tree Tents

There are four 3-person hanging tents available and they are all the same size, since they all use the trillium triple hammock as the base. The main differences are a removable insect mesh roof and the number of doors, plus some additional features and the quality of materials. 

Tentsile Vista

Tentsile Vista

Advantages
  • lowest price
  • removable roof, so you can use just the Trillium Triple hammock or the full tent
  • 4 entrances
Disadvantages
  • only suitable for warm seasons (roof does not form a complete seal)
  • only 3 color choices
Who should get it?

This is the cheapest 3-person model and it is flexible, with the removable roof. The drawback is that the roof does not form a complete seal, making the Vista unsuitable for colder seasons.

If you plan on only using it during warmer weather, get the Vista. If you want to use it all year round, but you want the flexibility of a removable roof, get the Stealth instead. If you don't need a removable roof, get one of the two Stingray models.

Check it out here.

 

Tentsile Stealth

Tentsile Stealth

Advantages
  • flexible (insect mesh roof and rain fly are removable)
  • 6 color choices
  • suitable for 4 seasons
  • 4 entrances
  • middle shelf
  • sleeping berths more private and have ability to regulate climate
Disadvantages
  • high price
Who should get it?

The Stealth has a removable roof, just like the Vista. Unlike the Vista, the roof seals completely. The Stealth also has a middle shelf and more separation between the berths.

Get the Vista if you're on a budget. Otherwise, the Stealth is a much better tent. If you don't need the removable roof, separate entrances and middle shelf, save a bit and get the Stingray.

Check it out here.

 

Tentsile Stingray

Tentsile Stingray

Advantages
  • lower price than Stealth or Safari Stingray
  • 4-season tent
  • 7 color options
Disadvantages
  • insect mesh roof is not removable
  • only one doorway (plus the floor hatch)
Who should get it?

The Stingray is the best tent is you do not need to remove the insect mesh roof and you do not need separate entrances for each berth or the middle shelf. If you plan on using it as long-term shelter, get the Safari Stingray instead.

Check it out here.

 

Tentsile Safari Stingray

Tentsile Safari Stingray

Advantages
  • extremely tough and durable (suitable for long-term shelter)
  • three doorways plus floor hatch
Disadvantages
  • most expensive model
  • only 1 color choice
  • heaviest and bulkiest model
Who should get it?

This is the model to get if you need the absolute highest quality. It is great for long-term shelter or for festival use, where the tent might need to withstand a lot of abuse.

Check it out here.



FAQ Direct Comparisons Between Models

We get a lot of questions from people asking for the differences between two specific models, so I will briefly address those here.

Tentsile Vista vs. Stingray

These are both 3-person models. The main difference is that the Vista has a completely removable roof, so you can use it as just a trillium hammock, a hammock with an insect mesh roof or a fully enclosed tree tent with the rain fly. Since the roof is removable, it does not seal up completely, making the Vista unsuited for the colder seasons.

The Stingray is a 4-season tent, but the insect net roof is not removable (the rain fly is, though). It also has only one entrance, in addition to the floor hatch, while the Vista has three entrances plus the hatch. It is quite a bit more expensive than the Vista.

Tentsile Connect vs. Flite

The Connect and the Flite (Flite+, actually, since the Flite is no longer being sold) are both 2-person tents. The Flite+ is lighter and more compact. It is the best model if you are going to be carrying your tree tent on your back. The Connect is better if you need more space inside the tent.

Tentsile Flite vs. Flite Plus

The original Flite is no longer being sold. Only the Flite Plus is available. It is basically the same model with some slight improvements.


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