Question: Why buy canvas cabin tents when nylon and polyester tents are lighter and cheaper?
Short answer: Durabilty.
Nylon and polyester tent materials have vastly expanded the options on offer in camping gear.
It has been a boon to hikers looking for lightweight shelter and tents that pack down small enough to stow in, or tie to a rucksack. Family campers benefit from the availability of large, lightweight tents at comparatively low prices.
Canvas is heavier, and costs more, but has stood the test of time. With proper care, canvas tents will last you for decades.
These tents are better able to withstand harsh weather and also breathe better than polyester tents.
The tough construction make them more suitable for extended camping trips and are generally classed as four-season tents.
Although considered suitable for all-season camping, the Kodiak canvas tent is not designed for extreme winter, mountaineering or heavy snow accumulations.
Manufactured from durable Hydra-shield™, 100% Cotton Duck Canvas. This makes it watertight and breathable.
Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-person tent
Exceptionally tough Flex-Bow frame. This keeps the tent taut, and allows for quick and easy one-person set-up.
Spacious six and a half feet ceiling height. Walk around without having to stoop.
Convenient entry and exit through two D-shaped doors, front and back.
Strong zippers to secure the doors.
Four large, meshed windows.
A large 84 by 78-inch awning.
Customizable gear loft and organizer pockets.
Two funnel flow vents for improved airflow and temperature management.
Comes with heavy-duty 12-inch, steel rod stakes.
Convenient strap-and-cinch storage bag for easy roll-up.
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All Kodiak Canvas cabin tents are manufactured with high quality, marine grade, 100% cotton duck canvas called Hydra-shield™ canvas.
That trademark term translates into custom woven and treated canvas, used in premium tent making.
It is actually double-fill, two threads twisted together for superior strength and lasting quality.
The very tight weave features a silicone, dry-finish treatment.
Do some simple maintenance after each camping trip, and you will have a rugged tent to last you for decades.
The high standard canvas ensures you get a reliable shelter that is watertight, breathable and durable.
There is a greater resistance to mold and mildew.
You keep dry, even in a downpour, because this canvas tent does not leak or wick water.
Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Tent without the awning up
No need to be obsessive about touching the ceiling or walls during a rain storm.
Increased comfort levels because this canvas allows water vapor to escape, which minimizes instances of condensation, humidity and mugginess.
You rarely have to re-treat this tent material, unlike canvas with paraffin or oil-based treatments.
The strong, durable construction means it will long remain a reliable buffer against the elements and outlast tents made with inferior fabrics.
Kodiak canvas tents feature a lifetime limited warranty.
Generous ceiling height makes it easy to move around.
Easy to keep tidy, with its customizable gear loft and organizer pockets.
No need to be a contortionist just to pull your pants on.
Simple to maintain fresh air flow and temperature management.
Plenty of light inside through the four large windows
Convenient entry and exit throught the two large D-shaped doors.
I have paraphrased some frank customer reports to give you a quick snapshot of what others are saying about this Kodiak canvas tent. Read them below.
The Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Tent is like what they says it is.
I reckon it’s just about the best family camping tent around. It is heavy, but as a big base camp tent or car-camping tent, it cannot be beat. The construction is awesome, the materials durable and strong.
For those who camp more than once a year, or want their tent to last more than 1-2 seasons, this is a good choice. If you like to camp but want to stay dry, or prefer your tent be able to withstand 50+ mph winds, this is your tent.
– Pablo Gersten, Virginia
I bought this tent because I wanted something a little more sturdier than the nylon dome tent I was using.
Even though this tent is huge, I set up in less time than the dome tent and with a lot less hassle. The worse part of putting this tent up in pounding in the stakes and that is not really all that bad.
Taking this tent down is also quick and easy and the cinching carry bag takes a lot of the hassle of out of packing up the tent. I feel like I am sleeping in a luxury hotel out in the woods.
– A. Tanner, Texas
The tent was constructed with better materials than I expected. This is one of those rare products that actually is what it purports to be.
A bit expensive when compared to some similar sized nylon tents but unlike the nylon tents I have purchased in the past, this one should last much longer. This tent is also a 4- season tent instead of a two season tent. In the long run a better deal.
On the down side, this Kodiak canvas tent is heavy, about 80 pounds. But it was never meant for backpacking.
But don’t just take their word for it. Simply click here to read how others have experienced Kodiak canvas before making your buying decision.
Specifications for the 10 x 14ft, 8-person Flex-Bow Canvas Tent (Deluxe):
Pack weight: 79 lbs, which includes 6.5 lbs for the sturdy stakes.
Tent pack size: 30 inches long and 16 inches in diameter.
Poles pack: 48 inches long and 5.5 inches in diameter.
Ceiling material: 10 oz. Hydra-shield™ canvas.
Wall material: 8.5 oz. Hydra-shield™ canvas.
Floor material: 16 oz. vinyl, polyester reinforced, seamless.
The deluxe model is the one with all the “bells and whistles”. The basic model is the same tent, less some of the features. The differences are outlined in the list below:
The basic models do not have the gear loft or clip on bag and pocket organizer.
There are no vents in the basic model to assist with improving airflow.
Basic models do not have a window inside the door, thus there are only two dedicated windows, one in front and one in back.
The basic models have a duffel style storage bag with a zipper. The deluxe model features a strap-and-cinch storage bag which eliminates cramming or stufing.
Deluxe models have top line “YKK” brand zippers. The basic model has the generic version.
It is pretty hard to find much negative to point out about this tent.
One common (mild) complaint is that this canvas tent is heavy. But that is to be expected for a tent built to last.
The price is higher than poly tents. Yes it is, but the value-for-money is self evident.
One person complained the 8-person configuration was cramped for his family of seven. This is a common gripe for all family camping tents.
My golden rule is that if you have a family of four, you need an 8-person tent. If there are five or six of you, go for a ten or 12-person set-up.
Sure, an 8-person tent can sleep eight, but please take into account your sleeping mats and sundry equipment.
I noted a complaint about puncture marks in the floor after a tent was pitched on stones. Well, common sense should prevail here. I always recommend placing a tarpaulin under a tent floor, for added comfort and protection.
You can click here to see how cheap a waterproof poly tarp can be.
If you can afford the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe Tent, I recommend you go for it. But you will not be short-changed in opting for the basic models which retain their value-for-money.
You still have quality doors and windows for airflow and temperature control. The manufacturer hastens to add that they have had very few issues with the generic zippers they use on their canvas cabin tents.