Here are the different factors you should consider in finding the right tent for you:
Being tall, I would recommend getting the next tent size up, if you’re looking for a 1-person tent, then you might want to consider going for the 2-person version of that tent. This will give you that extra width and storage area you need, freeing up more living space for you to stretch out in.
Obviously, the longer the tent the better. If your over 6 foot tall, then your tent needs to be minimum 7 feet long. This will give you enough room to lie down without being squashed against the sides of the tent.
The Kelty Salida has a 43-inch headspace allowing you to sit up straight with no slouching and discomfort. When looking for a backpacking tent this is something you should take into consideration just as much as the length of your tent.
If you have a broad built as well as being tall then you need to consider the width of your tent, getting a narrow tent might not have enough room for you. I would consider maybe upgrading to a 2-person tent to give you that added width.
A large vestibule area will provide additional storage for all your gear such as your backpack and hiking shoes. This will free up space inside your tent giving you more interior space to relax and stretch out.
When looking for a tent, being tall you need to consider how easily you can get in and out of the tent. Having a hinged door will help make things easier, and the taller the tent the bigger the door. Ensure you check the door height and how the door opens.
Storage and pockets
In order to free up more space inside your tent, check it has internal storage pockets and components, some even have a gear loft. The Big Agnes Copper Spur has extra large storage pockets that create more livability within your tent. Having internal storage pockets as well as a large vestibule area will ensure you have maximum freedom within your tent.
Weight and portability
When backpacking you’ll most likely be taking on relatively long trails, so you don’t want to be carrying a heavy tent on your back. All the tents here are lightweight and portable, some of the tents even fit in your backpack. Ensure your tent is portable and light enough to carry, this way you won’t be weighed down on your hike.
Materials and weatherproofing
Ensure your tent is made of the highest quality materials, getting a cheaper alternative version won’t cut it. You’ll be forever buying replacements. Get a tent that will last you. You should look for things like rip-stop materials, sealed seams, waterproof coating, and durable taffeta flooring. This will ensure your tent will withstand harsh weather such as heavy rain and strong winds.