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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!