Thread: Polyester vs. Canvas Tent

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    Default Polyester vs. Canvas Tent

    I've never had a canvas tent, but I have been having bad luck with polyester ones, so I am considering one. Is there any good reasons I would want a canvas tent over a poly one?

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    Durability and... that's all I can think of.

    What problems are you having with poly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R_Lefebvre View Post
    Durability and... that's all I can think of.

    What problems are you having with poly?
    The Coleman we just bought would not keep any warmth inside and when it rained, our duffel bag of cloths got drenched, because it leaked like crazy. And wife was complaining about it not stop

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    Well, the water is just a problem with crap tents. You can buy good quality poly tents, but they're hard to find cheap. Tents MUST have a full fly. Full, right to the ground, including the door.

    As far as warmth... having a "warm" tent is a foreign concept to me. I can't see how a single layer of fabric ever would. Even canvass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R_Lefebvre View Post
    Well, the water is just a problem with crap tents. You can buy good quality poly tents, but they're hard to find cheap. Tents MUST have a full fly. Full, right to the ground, including the door.

    As far as warmth... having a "warm" tent is a foreign concept to me. I can't see how a single layer of fabric ever would. Even canvass?
    Well my last tent that I gave away kept the "body warmth" (My wife and 4 larger dogs" inside the tent. Hell even my labs teeth were chattering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R_Lefebvre View Post
    [ground] Tents MUST have a full fly. Full, right to the ground, including the door.

    As far as warmth... having a "warm" tent is a foreign concept to me. I can't see how a single layer of fabric ever would. Even canvass?
    x2. I think better sleeping gear and a full rain fly would fix these issues.
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    I've slept in an igloo before (Quinje really, if you know the difference) and that was the only thing I've been in with real insulation values. -30C outside, and -5C inside.

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    For the past ten years I've been selling tents for a living. I know the one I would suggest you take.

    The Canvas models are heavy. And they take up a lot of space. I would suggest a Nylon tent. I use a Hilleberg Atlas for my family. It's large, and we can stand up in it. Also has a built in liner. Eureka makes some great tents. I still have my first tent I ever bought from Eureka and it still works well. over 20 years ago. Two man green tent.

    You can have something made for you??

    My first question to you would be.

    What do you want to do with this tent?

    Backpacking?

    One you can carry in teh 4x4?

    If you want a 2 man light weight tent, then there are lots out there. But! Buy eithe rone made in the USA or in Europe. Just a suggestion. Although you will pay more.

    If you want a large family tent, go to Cabelas, and see their hunting tents. They also have a line of Canvas tents, that you can put a pot belly stove inside. I like these types myself, and although they will never be warm enough to get naked inside, they will be more comfortable then one without a heater.. You can also get cots, to get you off of th eground, and even foam or insulated matresses, with a good winter bag to sleep inside.

    Here's an example of a Cabelas sold Eureka tent for transporting int he car.
    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...266&hasJS=true

    Here's a Cabelas canvas Walled Tent.

    Very nice.. reminds me of the Army.

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...002&id=0005869

    Cabelas Nylon Hunting Tent.
    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...002&id=0005884

    Kifaru's line of TiPi Tents.

    Expencive but very light.. and they have wood burning stoves.

    https://www.kifaru.net/TIPI2009.html

    If you would liek some advice, let me know.

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