12 Person Tipi

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Built to Order
Pack Animal Camps
Walk Around
10-20 lbs
Occupancy With Stove:
Nest or Liner Available:
Two Person Nest
Nest or Liner Available:
Half Liner
3 weeks
LT-12 Person Tipi - Olive Green, With Door Screens:
3 weeks
LT-12 Person Tipi - Olive Green, No Door Screens:
3 weeks
LT-12 Person Tipi - Brown, With Door Screens:
3 weeks
LT-12 Person Tipi - Brown, No Door Screens:
3 weeks
LT-12 Person Half Liner:
2 weeks
LT-12 Person Half Floor:
2 weeks
LT-Factory Seam Sealing:
1 week

The 12 Person Lightweight Tipi is roomy, storm worthy and offers excellent walk around space. Great for family camping, base camp adventures, and rafting trips.  It is capable of sleeping up to 12 with minimal gear, or six people with a stove. 

Handmade in Grand Junction, CO.


  • Ultra HD Tent Fabric
  • Sod Skirt
  • SO Stake Loops
  • Guyout Loops
  • Flexi-Pitch
  • Dual Zippered Doors With Rain Flaps
  • Stove Jack With Rain Flap
  • Peak Vent
  • Hang Loops


Made in the U.S.A from the best materials sourced both domestic and globally 


  • Weight:
    • Canopy - 99 oz / 6 lb 3 oz
    • Complete weight - canopy, stakes, aluminum pole - 164 oz / 10 lb 4 oz
    • Dual screens add 19 oz
  • Dimensions:
    • Height 9' 6"
    • Diameter 18' 10"
    • 260 sq ft

 Size Guide:

  • Sleeps 12 without stove
  • Sleeps 6 with stove
  • Sleeps 4 standard cots with a stove
  • Need one size smaller?  See the 8 Person Tipi
  • Need one size bigger?  See the 16 Person Tipi

Comes With:

  • Shelter canopy
  • Stove jack with rain flap
  • Aluminum Pole - 6 sections
  • 24 stakes
  • Enough seam sealer to seal the shelter (If you pay us to seal it it will not come with sealer)

Pitch Instructions:

For detailed pitching instructions please read our detailed Pitch Instructions.


Read Knots You Should Know to learn our favorite ways of rigging cordage to perform tasks.  The most common tasks you'll find are:

  • Putting a Prusik On The Pole to pitch a nest or rig a dryline for hanging gear. 
  • Tying guyline or mainline to a tree or branch. 
  • Connecting line to a guyout. 
  • Tying off to a stake. 


For detailed instructions on how to seal your Tipi, including detailed photos, read Tipi Seam Sealing Step by Step Guide

For best results we recommend seam-sealing your tent.  You can do it at home or have us do it for you (adds up to 1 week)(if we seal the shelter it will be shipped without extra tubes of sealant):

Seam Sealing Service

  • The 12 Person includes enough seam sealer to seal the entire tipi with a tube left over.  
  • Seal the outside seams, but do it from the inside - pitching the tipi inside out allows you to reach all of the seams.  
  • The easy way to seal is to run a thin bead of sealant along the seam, then press it in with a finger, wiping the excess on a paper towel.
  • Alternatively, you can use an acid brush from a hardware store to spread the sealant.

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 Stove Recommendations:

Intro to Hot Tents:

The most common questions we get about hot tents are:

  • How do you not burn the tent down?  
    • The stove jack is a high temp fiberglass material rated to several thousand degrees.  The tent material never touches the hot pipe.  You can get pinholes from floating embers, but a small dab of silicone seals the pinhole and doesn't hurt the shelter.
  • How does a floorless shelter work in wet weather?
    • Really darn well.  Don't pitch in a depression obviously, but the ground inside dries out quickly, and it's super convenient to just walk in with muddy shoes (or dogs) and not worry about getting your floor dirty.
  • What about condensation?
  • What about carbon monoxide?
    • It's truly not a concern.  We include a peak vent, plus the shelter will draw air through the zipper and under the sod skirt.  If you're still concerned, leave a door unzipped 8" or so at the bottom to allow more venting.

12 Person Standing / Sitting 360 VR

Defects in manufacturing and material for the practical lifetime of the product. Damage due to wear and tear or misuse will be repaired for a reasonable charge.

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  • 5
    Tipi Survives Microburst

    Posted by Kyle on 12th Dec 2018

    On November 13th, 2016 the 12-person Seek Outside tipi survived a microburst on the Rocky Mountain Front. That evening we were awoken by the roar of a jet engine coming down the valley and bolted out of our sleeping bags. It is a sound I'll never forget and it haunts me every time the wind blows big. We gripped the center pole as the blast struck and the stakes simultaneously dispersed into the darkness. My brother crawled upon the tipi as the first gust eased, and I searched for our gear which had instantly disappeared. The wind was so fierce it blew our stove filled with wood out the back. Fortunately, the tipi was up in the air as the stove departed and the cold barren ground of a November night kept the fire confined to the titanium.

    We stacked at least thirty big rocks along the perimeter and down the middle of the collapsed tipi and crawled underneath as midnight approached. More blistering gusts soon arrived and pounded the thing like you cannot imagine. The fabric was yanked up and driven down like waves crashing the North Shore. We were sure we'd find the tipi shredded once the sun came up. To our astonishment there was only a single dime size tear from one of the many jagged rocks that we had piled upon it. We lost several stakes despite all anchors and guidelines utilized. Some stakes were discovered 40+ feet away once it became light.

    That morning my nearly forgotten wind meter recorded a smaller gust at over 80 mph. We had resurrected the tipi and it survived that burst with a hand on the center pole and rocks over every stake. Regardless, it was a firm message to leave the mule deer alone. It was one epic hunting adventure and it made me a Seek Outside customer for life.

    As for space, it is luxurious. You can comfortably fit four bow hunters with gear and firewood to keep the stove going. We've had eight with gear (4 adults/4 kids) and no stove without a problem. I recommend adding extra stove pipe rings, at least a half floor and double walling it for frigid conditions.

    Seek Outside and enjoy!

  • 5
    12 person Tipi

    Posted by R Mason on 1st Apr 2018

    I fly back country into Idaho, Montana and Utah this Tent is truly remarkable. Once in Montana we had 40 + knots winds (thank god we had a hangar for the plane) and the Tipi just stood proud in the middle of the storm. I have the stove as well and it really heats the tent up quite nicely, to what i would consider beyond expectations. The only thing I would do differently is order a darker color the tan is bright inside during a full moon and I have problems sleeping in that condition.

    First Class product,
    Expensive yes, but worth it for sure ! but what is your down time worth? for me its priceless!

  • 5
    So happy with the size of the 12-man tipi.

    Posted by quartzmo on 19th Jun 2017

    I am so happy with the size of the 12-man tipi. It is exactly what I hoped for after weeks of looking at photos online and thinking about the specs. I was very nervous about ordering the wrong size tipi, since I can't afford to own more than one, and Seek Outside has a restocking fee. In person I only had experience with Tentipi 15-person, and I knew that was too big. What is fantastic about SO designs is the flex-pitch. This is especially crucial with the 12, since pitching it down to 8-man size lets you use a carbon pole that is a full 2 pounds lighter. At just under 8 lbs including 12 stakes, this configuration is not bad to pack even for just two people

  • 5
    Cold weather base camp

    Posted by Jon on 26th Sep 2015

    Used as base camp for elk/ black bear hunt on Washington/Canada border/ family camping. Tent lived up to the hype. I purchased this tent after an inappropriate amount of internet research (Kifaru, MSR, and Seek Outside reviews). Tent has been set up as a hasty 2 man at 0100 hours to being able to handle my family of 5 with a stove. I have small children and admitted to myself that I wasn't humping all my gear to a spike camp and purchased the heavy 4 dog stove to augment the tent. Maybe as the kids grow I'll have an excuse to get a light titanium one. Until then, this is my rock solid standby setup from here on out. Big investment but hot tenting is the way to go. I did not see any mention of the clothesline mounting loops around the inside top of the tent mentioned before in my internet research. It works great for drying gear. Look forward to using this in Alaska.

  • 5
    Best investment in family outdoor gear I've made

    Posted by RA on 28th Jun 2015

    My family and I just returned from a week-long llama packing trip where we used our 12 person tipi for the first time. Before heading out I set up the tent, seam-sealed it, and sprayed the interior (especially the top come area) with permethrin for insect control.

    Our family of five and lab mix could not have been more comfortable in our tent. We did get some bugs inside during the day, but nothing that a combination of unzipping the tent all the way and the permethrin treatment couldn't take care of. We also had some condensation in the mornings, but again nothing that we couldn't live with.

    It was wonderful having the space to set up a large nest on one side of the tent while still having plenty of living space on the other side for cooking and five folding chairs. No doubt about it, out 12 person tipi and SXL stove allowed our family to thrive in the back country.

  • 5
    12 Person Review

    Posted by Jason on 10th Jul 2012

    We have just returned from a 8 day trip to Wyoming. For months before our trip I researched tent options. My wife and I have 4 children and since we were camping in bear country we really wanted to have everyone in one tent. I also wanted something that could replace my wall tent for elk hunting. We are backpacking/backcountry campers so we needed something truly packable. The 12 man Teepee is EXACTLY what we hoped it would be. With the help of our trusty guide rope (see Seek Outsides video on this) we were able to put up our tent in minutes - Faster than I can up up my MSR tents! The design, seams (I did have to seam seal it) and materials are very well done and frankly I don't see much room for improvement. The one thing that we did have to learn to manage is the condensation. Since this is a single wall tent it does have condensation each morning (nothing too dad but it is there). I will be buying the liner since this will totally resolve the issue. Space - the six of us with packs and gear had PLENTY of room. I would think this tent would work fine for 8 adults with packs. I will be using the tent several times this summer and fall. I will post an update if I run into any issues.