Lightweight Tipi Tents
The Seek Outside difference is in the details. We offer better construction, more features, custom options, and world class customer service. This adds up to provide more value to our customers. A livable, storm worthy tipi tent is about materials, design and execution. A single peak vent reduces condensation and increase interior comfort. The sod skirt reduces drafts and improves wood stove efficiency. The storm flaps keep your zipper protected from rain and snow. Optional multiple side guy outs improve the severe weather performance of the tipi. Double-reinforced tie outs guarantee shelter stability in any weather condition. The difference is clear. Better Features. Better Construction. Better Performance equals better Value.
- Two full length opposing doors
- 6 ” Sod Skirt
- One dedicated closeable peak vent
- Interior apex loops
- Exterior apex hanging loop
- Dedicated stove jack
- Multiple guy out points
- Inside tie outs can be used for hanging lines
- Flexi-Pitch capability
- Storm flaps over the zipper
- Integrated sewn in Screens (optional)
- Height 6’10”
- Diameter 12’3″
- 117 sq ft
- Minimum Weight: 4 lbs 6 ounces all inclusive
- Including Screens: 5 lbs 8 ounces
- True Timber Camo adds 1.5 lbs
Tipi Sizing Recommendation:
- Sleeps 4 with no stove and minimal gear.
- With stove and a lot of gear it is better suited for 2 (think late fall or winter camps)
- Height 7’10”
- Diameter 13’10”
- 150 sq ft
- No Screen Doors 5 lbs all inclusive
- With Screen Doors: 6 lbs 3 ounces
- True Timber Camo adds 2 lbs
Tipi Sizing Recommendation:
- Sleeps 6 with no stove and minimal gear.
- With stove and a lot of gear it is better suited for 3 (think late fall or winter camps)
- Height 8’6″
- Diameter 15’10”
- 190 sq ft
- No Screen Doors: Less than 6.5 lbs all inclusive
- With Dual Screen Doors: 7 lbs 8 ounces
- True Timber Camo adds 3 lbs
Tipi Sizing Recommendation:
- Sleeps 8 with no stove and minimal gear.
- With stove and a lot of gear it is better suited for 4 (think late fall or winter camps)
- Height 9’8″
- Diameter 18’10”
- 260 sq ft
- No Screen Doors 10.5 lbs all inclusive
- Dual Screen Doors and Aluminum Pole 12 lbs
- True Timber Camo adds 4 lbs
Tipi Sizing Recommendation:
- Sleeps 12 with no stove and minimal gear.
- With stove and a lot of gear it is better suited for 6 (think late fall or winter camps)
- Cone – 2 Layers Cordura reinforced
- Tie outs – Double reinforced box stitched Cordura
- Center pole – Aluminum Pole Standard, Carbon Fiber an upgrade option and requires adjuster from aluminum pole.
- No see-um mesh
- Zipper YKK #10 (12 person) #8 (6 and 8 person)
- RedWood Brown: 30D nylon, High Tenacity 6.6 thread, with silicone coating
- Tan: 70D nylon, High Tenacity 6.6 thread, with silicone coating
Meat Eater TV Show review.
“Good evening Angie,
Just got back from a 10 day moose hunt in remote Alaska. Didn’t put meat in the freezer but had a great time.
I wanted you to know that my father and I endured extreme weather in my 6 man Seek Outside tipi – from single digit temperatures to 100+ MPH winds. Other hunters had their state of the art tents shredded around them and spent several nights in the elements, but not us…and we told everyone.
Anytime you need an endorsement or recommendation, I’ll be glad to oblige. Your product is the best out there!
“Weight factor, never knew it was possible to have this size at such a low weight. We had 60+ mph winds with trees crashing all around us, this tipi hung tight, never wavered at all. 6 inches of wet heavy snow, no worries at all
Fantastic products! We used the 8 man and the extra large titanium stove in the Boundary Water Canoe Area of northern Minnesota last week. This is the third time we’ve had it out this winter and it works flawlessly. Great craftmanship and quality materials and that goes for both the tent and stove. Great equipment to explore the wilderness. Keep up the good work. Link to a video of the products in action attached.
“Ben in Steamboat:
There are three of us from Steamboat Springs that went in together to purchase the tipi and stove so we could use it primarily for our back country elk camp up in north Routt county. We are all avid outdoor people and have loads of back country experience. We went on a scouting trip this weekend in some of the worse conditions I have ever camped in, very windy with driving rain, sleet, and some hail, it was a soaked head to toe hike in.
The tipi worked awesome and once set up we had a shelter for us and all our gear. It is about the perfect size for 3 people and all the gear required for a 5 mile fall backpacking trip. Based on our trip in the worse conditions we will ever experience we all thought the tipi performed above our expectations and is going to make a great hunting shelter. In the wet weather the liner was awesome”
How do these tents handle the wind ?
Very well, see the testimonials. A lot depends on the integrity of the stake outs.
Does the carbon fiber Pole have any problems with heat ?
Carbon fiber is very heat resistant. Even some welding blankets are made from carbon fiber. We use a locking mechanism to join pole sections so epoxies are not a problem. We would not suggest you put the stove touching the pole, however we have inadvertently had the stove touching the pole and there were no signs of damage.
How well do they handle large snow loads ?
Very well, but a lot depends on the type of snow. We would not recommend you leave the tent unmaintained in the snow. If you knock the snow off on occasion you should be fine.
What is flexi-pitch ?
The ability to pitch the tent smaller when space is constrained by using the guy outs. If you are traveling unknown territory in the backcountry, you may need this feature on occasion.
What about condensation ?
The vents do a good job minimizing condensation. Venting the screen doors can help a lot as well. In cooler weather a stove minimizes a lot of condensation. In certain climates condensation is a fact of life. In these conditions, a half liner, or liner will do the job. A nest will keep a smaller area condensation free as well.
What is the difference between a full and basic version ?
The full version has 2 screen doors and storm flaps. The basic version does not and is minimal weight. Many customers that get the base like to add the storm flap back on and we can do so for a minimal charge. We can also do a single screen as well but it will be considered custom.
The setback method is simple and works well in most conditions. In windy conditions the utility rope pie method is the best.
- Zipper to Zipper = 28 inches
- Side to Side = 3 inches
- Zipper to Zipper = 36 inches
- Side to Side = 6 inches
- Zipper to Zipper = 46 inches
- Side to Side = 7 inches
- Zipper to Zipper = 54 inches
- Side to Side = 8 inches
The setback method is simple and effective. To use this method, you stake one zipper (use both tie out points on the zipper so the tipi is balanced side to side), then pull the opposing zipper out taught (but do not over stretch it, just where it starts to tighten), and measure a setback (towards the center of the tent). Most often the setback can be measured by flipping over the tie out to guy out (twice the length of the guy out). Then stake the other zipper (using both tie outs) at the setback. Next, you pull out the sides to create a square (On the 12 this is on a seam, on the 4, 6 and 8 it is not on a seam). Set these back toward the center as well. The zippers must be closed while establishing the correct setbacks.
After the setbacks have been established you can either raise the pole taught and then stake the rest of the stakes, or you can pull out the rest of the tie out locations and stake them taught, and then raise the pole.
- If you intend to use a stove, open the top flap of the stove jack prior to raising the tipi.
- The vents are reinforced with a flexible material that you can bend to shape. If you prefer to close the vents to maximize heat do it prior to raising the tent. If you prefer to have the vents open, make sure they are formed before raising the tent. The most elegant way to close them is to bend them down in the middle (over the zipper) and sort of flatten it out. This will still leave minimal ventilation at the top allowing the tent to breath a little.
- While you can pitch the tent with half the stakes, and they have done well in poor conditions with only half , you will get better poor weather performance, and seal drafts better using all the tie out locations.