The Best Tent for Winter Camping

Going camping in the winter is quite an adventure, anyone who has tried it will attest to that. Not only do you have to combat the bitter cold, but you’ll likely have to endure frigid and heavy snow, both of which can mean the death of a good camping trip. But you aren’t going to be deterred by that. No. You are ready to brave the winter like a rugged mountain man or 19th century trapper. But, to do that, you are going to need yourself a tent that can put up with as much as you can. That’s why we propose that the best tent for winter camping would have to be an Elk Mountain Tent.

The tents we sell here at Elk Mountain are some of the best and most affordable winter tents on the market. Elk Mountain Tents are canvas tents. They are user friendly, comfortable, and great for just about any sort of outdoor adventure. Not to mention they can be used at other points in the year as well so when you buy one you are not just buying a one season tent, you are buying an all-year, four season tent—some of the best four season tents in our opinion.

However, let’s look at the other reasons why Elk Mountain Tents are the best for winter (summer, spring, and fall) camping. The following are several of the vital functions of a tent and how the Elk Mountain Tent stacks up to those functions.

The vital functions of a tent:

Temperature regulation

Being able to regulate temperature is a vital function of a tent. If you can’t rely on your tent to keep you warm during winter camping, then it is simply an expensive canopy. Luckily, Elk Mountain Tents are great at regulating temperature since they are winter tents with stoves. The thick canvas walls help to keep the natural heat in and the cold out; however, the most valuable tool that an Elk Mountain Tent offers its occupants is its ability to house a wood burning stove. Thanks to the stove jack holes that are cut out of the top of the canopy, you can vent smoke up and out of your tent while still being able to heat it up to a comfortable temperature.

Protection from the sun

Even when winter camping, one must always be wary of the powerful rays of the sun. It is, in some ways, more harmful during the winter than in the summer. Even though it isn’t as hot during the winter, since the snow reflects a lot of that light back up at you, you can get sunburned almost twice as fast as on a non-snowy day. So, a good way to combat this is to have a shelter that will cover you from the sun and block the sun from roasting you from below as well. An Elk Mountain Tent is one of the best winter tents for this since it offers you convenient protection on all sides.

Protection from rain and snowfall

One of the worst things for any outdoor adventure, especially when winter camping, is precipitation. Whether it is in the form of rain, hail, or snow, it is going to be a real problem for those trying to enjoy themselves, and possibly a health hazard. If you are out in the woods and it starts dumping on you, you are going to need a tent that can not only keep you dry, but withstand the load that snow puts on it and the beating that comes with hail. Luckily, Elk Mountain Tents have you covered. Not only will their sturdy frames hold the weight of all that snow, but their canvas roofs and walls will be able to handle even the worst of hail storms.

Protection from wind

There is nothing worse than being beaten by the wind as you go about your outdoor adventure this winter. Whether you are in danger of having your face wind chapped, being chilled to the bone, or just simply being annoyed by the wind, having a thick canvas barrier between you and the wind will save you a lot of discomfort. Other tents, particularly dome tents like you would find in a department store, are not going to hold up to the wind, allowing a lot of it to seep through the stitching, not to mention the poles will probably break or bend if there is a large wind storm.

Comfort

Comfort is easily one of the most important aspects of spending a night outdoors (second only to safety), and it is nearly impossible to be comfortable if you don’t have a tent that you can stand up in. Granted, if you are only planning on getting in your tent when you are going to bed, then a smaller dome tent will probably suffice. However, if you want a tent where in you can relax at any point in the day, then you really need to look into an Elk Mountain Tent. Like with most wall tents, Elk Mountain Tents are built with high straight walls so you can stand up straight and sit on a normal chair inside it. However, there is more to comfort than simply having adequate head room. Warmth, like we mentioned before, plays a big roll too.

Longevity

Lastly, there is longevity. A tent needs to be resilient so it can be used for years to come. Much like you wouldn’t want to buy a new couch every year, you don’t want to have to buy a new tent every year either. Luckily, if you buy an Elk Mountain Tent, then you can rest assured that your tent will be able to hold up over the years—whether it is used a lot or not.

As you can see, everything you may ever need from your tent can be fulfilled with an Elk Mountain Tent. If you want to learn more about these amazing tents, or to order one for yourself, be sure to check out the rest of our website or give us a call today!

Why Choose an Elk Mountain Tent

As any outdoorsman or woman will tell you, a camping trip is only as good as the shelter you sleep in. Even in situations where you’ve been soaked and chilled to the bone, there is nothing better than knowing you have a warm, dry, and comfortable bed to slip into after a long day of battling mother nature. However, with all the different kinds of tents and other shelters available, how do you know what will work best? Well, that is where we come in; today we are going to talk a little bit about some of the best tents on the market, Elk Mountain Wall Tents. These tents are incredible, that’s why we sell them. The tents we have available on this site are some of the best out there and are worth every penny. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s break this down first and talk about what qualities you need in a tent to have a comfortable night’s sleep out there in the great outdoors and we’ll get into how Elk Mountain Tents measure up to those needs.

What makes a great tent?

The first question we need to ask is ‘what makes a great tent?’ and the answer is not as straight forward as you might think. A great tent is, in its most basic form, a tent that you can rely on—a tent that meets your needs. So, the real questions is, ‘what do I need my tent to do?’. Once you can answer that question, you will know what tent will best suit you. So, the best thing to do is to make a list of what you plan on doing with your tent. Do you plan to go hunting? What about backpacking? Are you going to be out for weeks at a time, or are you going to come home after one night? You see, all of these questions will help you to better understand what you are going to need from this tent. Then, once you have the answers to those questions, you can better assess the environmental conditions of that your tent will be subjected to. Once you know what you will be using the tent for and what season and climate it will spend most of its time in, you are going to be much better equipped to make a decision on what to buy.

Now, at this point, many of you may have run into a problem because you aren’t sure exactly what you want to do with your tent—or you simply have too many diverse things you plan to do with it. If this is the situation you are in, then you are in the right place, because the tent you are looking for is right here. You see, if you are unsure of what you are going to do with your tent, then you need a versatile tent that can handle many situations—and there are few tents as versatile and useful as an Elk Mountain Tent.

Versatility

Versatility is the most important part quality to look for in a tent because it gives you the freedom to try out many other outdoor opportunities. Now, there are few tents as versatile as a polyester wall tent like one of ours here at Elk Mountain Tents. These polyester wall tents are so versatile that you can easily use them in any of the 4 seasons and any environment. This versatility is thanks to the water and weather proof walls and ceiling that keep out the cold and the rain and the windows and vent holes that can be used to ventilate the living area as needed.

Warmth

Another very important thing to remember when you are buying a tent is warmth. Warmth is vital to a camper even if you are camping in hot areas since most outdoor destinations still get mighty cold at night. So, be sure that you add the ability to be warmed on your list of requirements for a tent. When it comes to Elk Mountain Tents, those windows come in handy when it comes to keeping the place warm too. When these windows and vents are shut the tent acts as a hood, capturing the heat created by its inhabitants. Now, of course, there are other ways to heat these tents; in all models of our tents there is a hole in the roof designed for a stove jack for a wood burning stove which will allow you to heat your tent with a live fire!

Durability

Another universal thing that most tents need that you should consider is durability. Adventuring in the great outdoors can be brutal on your gear, and if you don’t invest in a quality tent, you may have to buy another one after only a few years. However, if you buy a tent that is made of strong material, like a canvas tent, you can count on that tent to last you for a while. Thanks to their polyester canvas walls, Elk Mountain Tents are some of the most durable wall tents out there. The polyester is tear resistant so it can withstand quite a bit of abuse from both the environment and the user.

With these Elk Mountain Tents being so durable, they are quite reliable as well. Thanks to their rugged construction you can count on your tent to last you for years and years to come. Even if you use it multiple times a year in all 4 seasons, you can count on your tent to be ready for the next adventure.

As you can probably tell, we are proud of our tents and we truly believe that they are the most versatile and durable tents on the market. They are great tents that will ensure you have the protection and comfort that you need to make your next outdoor adventure a success. Give us a call or check out our shop to order yours today!

Best Canvas Wall Tents for in the Woods

What is the Best Canvas Wall Tent for Spending Time in the Woods?

The woods are a fun and exciting place to spend your time. But, whether you are planning to stay there for one night, a week, a month, or longer, then you are going to want to make sure you have the right kind of gear to keep you safe and comfortable. In this article, we will talk about the different trials, if you will, that your tent will need to withstand as well as a few different suggestions for different types of tents we think would serve you well in the woods.

Struggles to consider when living in the woods

The woods can be a dangerous place, and we are not just talking about the wild animals you may encounter. No, in fact, the most dangerous part of spending time out in the woods would have to be the weather. It doesn’t matter what environment the forest you choose to stay in is like, exposure can be a devastating side effect which is why you need to have proper shelter. Here are a few of the common environmental dangers you might encounter on your next outing into the woods.

Wind

While the wind may not seem to terrible, if it gets excessive it can cause dust storms, dangerous flying debris, and so much more. Not to mention, the wind can also lower the temperature of an area significantly and cause your skin to be chapped and burned if it gets too intense.

Rain

If there is one thing that you can always count on in the woods, it is that there will always be rain at the worst possible times. Rain is a constant factor that every camper needs to be aware of. If you are caught out the rain it can ruin your gear and possibly even give you hypothermia. In situations where you do have some sort of shelter, the rain will, at the very least, make your experience in the woods a lot harder to enjoy.

Hot days

Another thing you have to worry about when you’re in the woods is it getting too hot. Even in areas that can get freezing cold, there can still be hot days. On a hot day, as many of you can imagine, you can get heat stroke, bad sunburns, and so many other terrible ailments. So, heat is definitely something you will need to prepare for.

Cold nights

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the cold nights that you may experience spending some time in the woods. It seems like, no matter what time of year you decide to venture into the great outdoors, the nights tend to be a lot cooler than expected. So, cold nights are definitely something you need to prepare for. Like with the rain, cold nights can lead to hypothermia, but can also result in frostbite, extreme discomfort, and in some extreme situations, even death.

What a tent needs to overcome these challenges

With all of the dangers that you can face during a night in the woods, the best thing you can do to prepare is to buy a tent that will protect you from all of those dangers. While there are many tents out there that have lots of different features, here is a quick list of the features you should be on the lookout for when you go to buy. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but rather it is simply a list of the most common things you will need.

Strong frames

The first thing you need to look for in a canvas tent is a strong frame. A strong frame is necessary for survival because it will help to defend you from strong wind, heavy snow, and rain, and will offer you support for a long period of time. Without a strong frame, the tent may collapse under the weight of any snow, or fall over under the strain of even the gentlest windstorms.

Waterproof canvas

The next most important thing for you to look for when it comes to a canvas wall tent is how waterproof the canvas is. Standard cotton canvas needs special, expensive treatment to made to be waterproof. This treatment is an absolute must. Our unique blend does not require such treatment. Traditional cotton canvas without treatment will absorb the moisture and make things pretty hard for you. So, make sure that the tent you buy either has treated canvas or is made of polyester or some other synthetic material.

Ventilation

The next thing to look for is ventilation. Ventilation is very important when you are in an environment that is either hot or humid (or both) ventilation will allow you to get air flow through the tent, making it more bearable. Ventilation methods need to be built into your tent, but they can’t just simply be a window, they need to have some sort of screen to block bugs or other pests from getting inside.

Stove Jacks

Now, it is time to look at stove jacks. Stove jacks will allow you to put a wood burning stove inside your tent. This means that you will be able to keep the tent warm when it is cold outside and possibly even cook inside as well. Stove jacks come in many sizes, so be sure to check and make sure that the tent you buy has a jack that will fit your existing stove’s pipe (if you have one).

The following are a few canvas wall tents that meet the criteria we listed above:

Montana Canvas

Montana canvas makes some of the best tents you can buy. They are beautiful, reliable, and roomy. And, not to mention, they meet all the criteria above.

Selkirk Spike Tents

Selkirk Spike Tents are a bit on the expensive side, but they too will provide you with the protection and privacy that you want when you are spending time out in the woods.

Elk Mountain Tents

Elk Mountain Tents, our brand here at ElkMountainTents.com, are affordable tents built with a unique canvas that is stronger than traditional cotton canvas. Our tents also come with all the bells and whistles you would want out of a canvas tent.

If you want to learn more about spending time in the woods with a canvas tent, or about canvas tents in general, be sure to give us a call, shoot us an email, or check out some of our other blogs today! We are always happy to help you!

 

 

 

Who Buys a Canvas Wall Tent?

Who Buys a Canvas Wall Tent?

Wall tents are pretty unique when it comes to gear you take out into the great outdoors. They are larger and more durable than most tents and they are typically water proof as well, not to mention they have a host of great features that sets them apart from other tents. Now, these differences make the canvas tent very valuable for some people who do lots of different things when they travel out into the wilderness; but that begs the question then: who buys canvas wall tents and why do they buy them? Well, that is what we want to discuss today, the different uses of wall tents and how they are used.

Those who go Camping

As you can probably tell, one of the most expected of uses would have to be for camping. Camping is a nationally, maybe even globally loved pastime, one that not only captures hearts but wallets too. Camping can be pretty expensive depending on where you go and what your needs are. However, one of the universal needs is a tent to sleep in. While there are types of camping that don’t require a tent, like when one sleeps ‘under the stars’, most forms of camping do require a tent. When it comes to tents though, most people buy a dome tent from their local supercenter and call it good. Now, this approach might be less expensive and more simple, but it will limit you in many ways when it comes to camping. You really need to get a canvas camping tent, commonly known as a wall tent, if you want to have all the room and safety you may need on a camping trip. This is thanks to the sturdy construction and waterproof nature of the materials the tents are made of and the fact that they are tents with stoves as well.

Those who go Fishing

While a simple fishing trip to the nearby river probably doesn’t need a canvas wall tent, any sort of overnight trip to go fishing will require a tent of some kind. Wall tents are specifically useful for fishermen and women because their added height means that poles and rods can be stored overnight without deconstructing them. However, the real benefit of having a canvas tent when it comes to fishing trips is when you go ice fishing. A canvas wall tent is a great shelter for an ice fishing excursion as it will do a wonderful job keeping you and your crew warm out on the lake.

Those who go Hunting

Like fishing, hunting is another time when a canvas wall tent can come in quite handy. There is a lot of gear that goes into hunting—a lot of gear—and this gear can get pretty expensive. When you go hunting, it is best to have a tent large enough for both you and all of your gear because, if it isn’t big enough, your gear is going to have to be stored in the car, in a separate tent, or left out inside to the mercy of the elements. All of which are undesirable for several reasons. The extended amount of room you get in a wall tent allows you to keep all of your gear with you so that it won’t get damaged or stolen.

 Those who go on Expeditions

Whether it is a scout outing or a search and rescue party, using your canvas wall tent as a home base of operations will prove to be very useful. Much like war chiefs and generals will set up tents as portable structures near the field of battle, a wall tent can be put up in minutes as a temporary shelter for commanding from. You’ll find that these wall tents are the perfect item for any sort of expedition and you won’t want to be without one when the time comes.

Those who need Space for Events

Wall tents are great for events for many reasons. Much like in our previous section, the canvas tent allows you to have portable shelter for events that would otherwise be left out in cold (or the heat for that matter). For example, you could use a wall tent as a mini store at a street fair or carnival, or you could use it as a water station at a concert. The possibilities are endless. The reason they are so great for events is that they are portable. Most events are only in one place for a short period of time, not permanently, there is no use to build a structure. But, with a canvas wall tent, they can have the protection they need without having to worry about building anything.

Those who need Temporary Housing

Then, of course, there is temporary housing. If someone’s house needs to be fumigated, or there is a natural disaster that displaces hundreds to thousands of people, a canvas tent will definitely come in handy. As we have mentioned before, wall tents are roomy, durable, and portable making them the perfect back-up for someone in a situation where they may not have a home. Not to mention, they offer those that live in them the privacy that a normal tent wouldn’t give them.

An Excellent choice for Anyone

All things considered, there are probably more uses for a canvas wall tent than we can list here. This means that the answer to the question “who buys canvas wall tents?” can really be anyone! Just about anyone can find a use for a wall tent, making them one of the most useful pieces of gear you can buy. So, be sure to buy your own wall tent, like the polyester ones we sell here at Elk Mountain Tents! A purchase which will be one of the best you ever make If you plan to spend any extended period of time outside. So, be sure to check out our wide selection of tents, they come in several sizes, and have many different features for you to utilize. If you want to know more about canvas tents be sure to check out our other blogs or give us a call today!

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Wall Tent

At some point or another, you have no doubt seen someone who has brought a wall tent to a camping trip, an exhibition, or some other outing. When you saw it, you probably noted how large it was and how useful it could be. However, many of you have also probably thought, ‘why buy a wall tent?’, which is a perfectly understandable question given that not as many people use wall tents as they do dome tents. Today we are going to take a moment to explain a little bit about why these tents are so popular among many outdoorsmen and women and give you the top 5 reasons to buy a wall tent.

Comfort

If you have ever spent any extended period of time outdoors then you will know that comfort is of utmost importance. Now, for some, comfort just means having a sleeping pad and a roof over their heads, but they are missing out if they stop there. There are a lot of things that go into being comfortable when camping, and the first thing on most people’s lists is vertical space.

Now, as you can probably imagine, a dome tent, while it is inexpensive and convenient, is not very comfortable when it comes to vertical space— a problem that a wall tent like ours at Elk Mountain takes care of with ease. Since wall tents are built with… well walls, they are taller than a typical dome tent. This means that when you are trying to change your clothes, or just move around for that matter, you aren’t going to be hunched over the whole time— rather, you are going to have all the head room you need. However, floorspace is important as well. With a normal dome tent you are limited to anywhere between 15 square feet to 25 or 30 square feet at most. However, with a wall tent, you can get over 150 square feet of space easily.

Another comfort factor that you have to consider is that you can put a wood burning stove inside a wall tent which will keep you warmer than any tent by itself could. So, if you are planning on winter camping, a wall tent is going to be the most comfortable and convenient way to do it.

Lastly, there is the fact that our wall tents have several windows you can open and close to ventilate the whole structure. This makes it easy to manipulate the temperature and freshen up the air inside of your tent.

Protection

Protection is another very important part of enjoying yourself out in the great outdoors and wall tents do a great job of that. Whether you are being peppered with hail or drizzled on by rain, the thick walls of a wall tent will give you much more protection than a dome tent from a department store. While most wall tents will do a pretty good job of keeping you protected from the elements, we strongly recommend you invest in a wall tent like the ones we sell here at Elk Mountain. Our canvas tents are naturally waterproof so no matter how much it rains, you are going to stay dry. Not to mention, the canvas will hold up better to hail since it is tear resistant.

Versatility

One great perk of having a wall tent is its many uses. You see, what a lot of people don’t realize is that a wall tent is not limited to being used in the woods. In fact, it has a plethora of uses that can prove valuable in your everyday life. For instance, you could use your wall tent for a booth at a fair or convention, as the headquarters for an event, as a storage area in your backyard, or even a hobby area—the possibilities are endless. This versatility is not available to those who buy simple dome tents. When you buy a dome tent you are limited to using it for camping and that is about it.

So, if you have a scout trip or a yard sale coming up, you will definitely find a wall tent to be useful.

Strength

Like we mentioned earlier, our wall tents are made out of a unique polyester canvas which boast a higher break and tear strength than traditional cotton canvas. However, the strength of these tents does not come only from the fabric of its walls, it also comes from its frame. You see, when someone buys a typical dome tent, the poles that they use to set it up are thin and flimsy. However, the poles that you use to set up a wall tent are typically made out of metal conduit making them tons stronger. This means that, in a wall tent, if the wind picks up or if you get a lot of snow dropped on you, you won’t have to worry about a thing.

Convenience

The convenience of a wall tent is also something to note when you talk about their benefits. Wall tents are convenient because they give you the most protection out of any other outdoor shelter (after a house or cabin) while still being transportable. Just like with other tents, you can bring your wall tent pretty much anywhere since it is lightweight and collapses down to a manageable size. Not to mention they can be set up pretty easily. Even by one person in some cases.

Now, obviously there are plenty more reasons why you should buy a wall tent; for a lot of people though, these 5 tend to be at the top of their lists. However, to really understand how awesome it is to use a wall tent like the ones we sell here at Elk Mountain, then you need to try one out for yourself. Our tents come in various sizes at many affordable prices. If you have any questions, or just want to learn more, about our tents, be sure to check out our other blogs, the tent features lists, or give us a call/ shoot us an email today!