As the weather changes and you start to plan your upcoming camping trips, you’ll likely take stock of your gear from the past few summers and realize it’s time to upgrade. Your old tent is dirty and torn, and you probably forgot to let it fully dry before packing it away last time (oops!). Chances are, you’re ready for a new one. If so, why not consider investing in a good tree tent?
Solving issues such as the uncomfortable hardness of the ground, the occasional wetness seeping in, and even bugs and certain animals that may get in your way, suspended tents get us off the ground and can be a fun change of pace as well. It’s understandable if an elevated sleeping situation is daunting, but once you climb on in, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t tried one sooner. If you don’t know where to start, check out our guide to the best suspended tree tents for your next camping trip.
Hammock Bliss Sky Tent 2
Sometimes all you need is something to protect you from the elements. The Hammock Bliss Sky Tent 2 is perfect for those who prefer the simplicity of a hammock but are faced with less-than-desirable weather conditions. If it’s raining, the Sky Tent’s ripstop nylon will keep you dry, and the 2,100 holes per square inch will prevent the bugs from getting through. What’s more is the insulated shelter has enough room to cover two tents at once, either one on top of the other or side-by-side.
Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock
Lightweight, yet durable, Lawson’s Blue Ridge Camping Hammock has the accessibility of a hammock, but the reliability of a tent. The brand’s proprietary spreader bar and arch pole system keep this sleeper taut so you don’t have to worry about waking up to adjust your position every few hours. Made to be packed away easily for backpacking and easy travel, the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is simply one of the best options you can buy, especially if you don’t need to share space with another person.
Vivere Cacoon Double
A fun addition to your backyard, the Vivere Cacoon Double holds two adults or several kids at once. Hanging from only one tree branch, this sleeper looks great as well, with an array of color options to match any aesthetic. Able to hold up to 440lbs, the Cacoon is bigger and sturdier than it appears, its 6-foot diameter circular interior the perfect size, even if you just want to lounge around and read a book. If you have the space, this hanging tent can be a permanent fixture inside your home as well, with tripod stands available from Vivere’s website.
Sierra Madre The Nubé MK IV
Sierra Madre’s latest version of its flagship Nubé hammock shelter is a three-in-one apartment in the sky that features two large doors for easy entry, with the option to keep them opened or closed depending on what the weather is like. The highlight of the Nubé is the addition of the gear pouch within the floor that lets you store away anything you’ll need without having to climb down to retrieve it. If there are no trees in sight, the gear pouch tucks into the bottom so you can use the shelter as a ground tent.
Haven is a relatively new company that’s been starting to dominate the industry in recent years, and rightly so. The bestselling Haven XL is a bigger version of its standard tree tent at 80in long and 30in wide, yet weighs virtually the same thanks to the 40d ripstop polyester used for the sidewalls and 70d ripstop polyester for the floor. The sleeper comes with an insulated mattress pad for unbelievable comfort, which shouldn’t overshadow the tent’s sturdy structure. The 20d ripstop rainfly helps you keep out the water and bugs, but lift it up and you get the amazing open-air feeling of being inside a hammock.
OPEONGO AERIAL A1
With an array of pockets, sleeping bag compatibility, and a six-minute setup, OPEONGO’s AERIAL A1 is not only one of the most user-friendly tree tents available, but it’s insanely durable thanks to alloy buckles that have a minimum break strength of 3,370lbs and 7000 series DAC pressfit aluminum poles and spreader bar. Whether you’re lying flat on the 80-foot mattress or sitting with your legs hanging off the edge of this sleeper, the bottom remains straight the whole time.
Kammok Sunda 2.0
Launched after its founder fell from a torn hammock over a decade ago, Kammok has become a standard of sorts for durable sleepers. Already dominating the industry with its 400-pound weight capacity (Kammok’s Roo Double holds up to 500lbs) and water-resistant, ripstop nylon fabric, the company has now updated its two-person tree tent with the Sunda 2.0, which you can fully set up in less than 60 seconds. Vestibules for storage are even larger this time around and the bathtub floor makes this a great option any time of year.
Tentsile Stingray 3.0
Tentsile has several amazing models out on the market, and any of them is a great choice, but the company’s flagship Stingray 3.0 is its most versatile. Able to hold 3 adults — or 2 adults with 2 kids — with its 880-pound weight limit and 4-foot vertical height, this tent also offers over 78sq.ft of space with its triangle-shaped floor that’s 13.5ft on each side. The spaciousness of the tent also means it’s a bit heavier than other options (24.4lbs), however, the Stingray still compresses down nicely for travel. With ample storage room, entryways on all sides, and unbelievable durability, this is the best choice for larger families.
Cocoon Tree Hut
There’s no reason why suspended sleeping tents can’t be permanent fixtures in your yard. Cocoon Tree Hut is an architectural beauty that will keep you safe with its six anchor points. With a near-10-foot diameter, this spherical shelter might take you a few hours (and a friend who’s free) to set up, but it’s large enough to fit an entire double bed inside, with extra space for whatever you please to turn this Tree Hut into a personal respite from the daily grind. Thanks to the unique structure, strong winds won’t affect it much, and the PVC-coated polyester keeps this thing waterproof. While the white membrane on the outside is made to last you 5 years, the aluminum mainframe will last you for a lifetime.
Tree Tents The Tree Tent
Speaking of permanent fixtures, this tree tent’s name implies that it’s the last one you’ll ever need. Simply called the Tree Tent, the ginormous apartment in the sky might just be the end-all-be-all for those who can afford it and have the space. Made by the eponymous U.K.-based company, this permanent installation of luxury glamping not only sports an innovative design but comes with the option of 2 single beds or 1 double bed, as well as a plethora of upgrades that include a stove and LED lighting kit. If you want, the company will even install it for you.
The Best Hammocks For Camping
Is a tree tent too much for you? Do you prefer something a bit simpler? If so, check out our guide to the best camping hammocks.