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!

How Well Do Elk Mountain Tents Work as 4 Season Tents?

There are few things as cathartic as spending time in the great outdoors. Americans everywhere venture out almost every weekend of the year, no matter the conditions, just to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of this great earth. However, to really enjoy the great outdoors, you need to make sure you have a good quality tent with you. Now, if you plan on only going camping or hunting in the summer, or the winter, then you can probably get away with buying a single season tent, but, if you want to have the option to go camping whenever, regardless of the season, then you should look into buying a 4 season tent. A 4 season tent will give you the versatility you need to go camping any time of the year. Whether you are hunting in the cold mountains of Montana or spending a week in the summer by a refreshing lake, a 4 season tent will be all you need. The real question of the day though is how well will a canvas tent by Elk Mountain Tents work in all 4 seasons? Today we’ll talk about what you are going to want out of your 4 season tent and then we’ll examine how Elk Mountain Tents stack up to these expectations.

4 season tents need to be:

Durable

Durability is the most important thing you need to look for in a tent. If you buy a tent, you want it to be able to take a beating. Spending time in the great outdoors, whether it is in the summer, winter, fall, or spring, can be a bit abusive on your gear. So, you want to make sure that the tent you spend your money on has the durability to endure the situations you put it through.

Long-lasting

Even if the activities you are putting your tent through are not that harsh, there is still the issue of longevity when it comes to buying a tent. You want to make sure that your tent can last for years, even if it is only used lightly or on rare occasions. There are some tents that can’t be stored for too long without succumbing to rot or mildew.

Waterproof

We all know that mother nature can bring rain down just about any time, so it is important to make sure the 4 season tent you buy is waterproof. Keeping yourself and your gear dry can be the difference between a great weekend in the woods and the worst weekend of your life. So, whether you are going to get snowed on, hailed on, or just rained on, then you are going to want to find a waterproof 4 season tent.

Comfortable

Another important thing to look for in a tent is how comfort it is to be in. Being comfortable on a camping or hunting trip is integral to having a good time. The question now though is: what does a tent need to be comfortable? The first thing a tent needs to have is enough room. You have to have enough room to move around and comfortably sleep (this also includes enough room to stand up straight). The second thing that a tent needs to be comfortable is warmth. If a tent is not warm then it will not only be uncomfortable but could also be dangerous for those sleeping inside of it.

Elk Mountain Tents’ canvas wall tent features

Non-cotton Canvas

One reason why Elk Mountain Tents are a great candidate for 4 season tents is the fact that they are made out of polyester instead of cotton or a cotton-polyester blend. This makes them 100% waterproof and makes them resistant to mold and mildew. The polyester they are made of also makes it so they won’t shrink like cotton tents. Many companies make their canvas tents out of cotton or cotton-polyester blends which can shrink over time if they are not dried properly. This is not a problem with a polyester tent though.

Another benefit to our unique canvas is its strength. Our canvas boasts a higher break and tear strength compared to traditional cotton canvas. It can also last for a very long time in storage and still function just like it did the day you put it away.

Stove Jack

To keep you warm in your tent, the best thing to look for is a tent with a stove jack. Elk Mountain Tents are made with stove jacks which are designed to vent the smoke from wood burning stoves. This way you can keep your tent warm during even the most bitter of cold nights.

Windows

Then, of course, there are windows. Now, this may not seem like a huge perk at first, but windows are important during the summer months because they allow you to cool down the tent without exposing yourself to mosquitoes and other bugs.

The Verdict: how well do Elk Mountain Tents work as 4 season tents?

While there are many tents on the market today, we believe that a canvas tent by Elk Mountain Tents is the best 4 season tent you can buy. They are lighter, more durable, and naturally waterproof – not to mention they are affordable. The tents we sell here are great and can easily go toe-to-toe against tents from any other tent shop on the web. If you have any questions or want to place an order, be sure to give us a call or shoot us an email at any time.

Canvas Tent Living: Is living in a Wall Tent Possible?

Living in a tent, whether you are living in a canvas wall tent or any other sort of tent, can be a major change of pace for some people. However, it brings with it a lot of benefits and lifestyle changes that attract more and more people to it every year. But is it even possible to live in a wall tent? What are the benefits and downsides of canvas tent living and what makes a good tent in the first place? In this article, we are going to cover these questions and more, so if you have ever wanted to live in a canvas tent, then you are in the right place. However, before we begin, it is best that we tell you that there are some legal issues that one must maneuver if you want to live in a tent. So, be sure to take the time to properly research the topic in the area where you live before venturing to live in a wall tent.

Why live in a wall tent?

There are many reasons why people like to live in tents. We’ve listed here a few of the more popular reasons for living in a wall tent, but you may find some different ones if you try it yourself.

Reason #1 for canvas tent living: portability

For some people, the biggest problem with normal homes is that they are stuck in one place and can’t be moved :). Well, with a tent, you don’t have to worry about that. Canvas tent living means that you can pack up your shelter and move it to a new location with ease. So, if you find that you don’t like the location where you live you can put your roots down somewhere else without much trouble at all.

Reason #2 for canvas tent living: the great outdoors

Another reason that a lot of people decide to live in a wall tent is that they want to be close to the great outdoors. Whether you are living in the city or in the woods, you are so much closer to nature and surrounded by its beauty every hour of the day.

Reason #3 for canvas tent living: cost

While you sacrifice a lot when you start living in a tent instead of a home, it does end up being a lot less expensive in the end. There is no cost for electricity, nor are there taxes involved with living in a tent. While the exact savings is not clear, it is perceivable that costs of living in a tent are much less than those of living in a home. However, that is yet to be seen.

Why to not live in a wall tent?

Now, as with everything, there are reasons why many people don’t like to live in a canvas tent. Again, we have listed a few of the reasons that people list against canvas tent living.

Reason #1 against canvas tent living: sanitation

Now, we are not saying that living in a tent is naturally unsanitary, we are merely explaining that there is a natural lack of modern sanitation devices. For instance, plumbing and waste removal. While there are public facilities where one can take care of this, it can become very inconvenient for the tent dweller.

Then there is the fact of there being no showers in a tent. Again, there are public showers, especially near places like campgrounds and beaches, but those may or may not always be accessible when one may need it. However, there is also the possibility of bathing in a river or other body of water. This is probably more doable for those who are out in the woods when living in their tents; however, heavy winters may make it near impossible to do.

Reason #2 against canvas tent living: warmth

If one plans to live in a canvas tent during the colder months of the year, they need to find some way to stay warm. In a traditional home, there are at the very least, thick insulated walls and a solid roof between residents and the elements, something that the tent dweller does not have the luxury of. Granted, there are plenty of ways that a tent dweller can keep warm. Many canvas tents have holes built in their roofs that are made for the stove pipes of a wood burning stove. This allows them to keep warm with a fire while staying inside the canvas walls of their tent. This can be problematic though for those who don’t live near burnable wood. However, with some careful planning, wood can be gathered before the cold months come.

Is it possible to live in a wall tent?

So, now the question is, ‘is it actually possible to live in a canvas tent?’ and the answer is yes… mostly. See, it is completely possible to live in a canvas wall tent, just as our ancestors did it for centuries. However, the problem comes when you start looking for a place to live. As we mentioned earlier, there may be laws or regulations restricting you from staying in one spot for long periods of time. Most camping areas and BLM land will put limits on how long one can stay in a certain camping spot, which would require a tent dweller to move every few days or weeks.

Not to mention, there are many cities that prohibit camping within city limits (unless in a designated area). However, if one really wanted to live in a tent without leaving the city, they could potentially buy land and set up their tent there. This would need to be a plot of land that has access to clean water though. Without it, a tent dweller would need to make sure they had free access to public water and waste disposal systems.

Now, if you are one of those that are ready and willing to spend some good quality time in a tent, then the next question would be, ‘what kind of tent should I buy?’. We here at Elk Mountain Tents would suggest that you invest in one of ours because they have a stronger rip and tear strength, are naturally water proof, and will last. For more information about our canvas tents, check out the links above or give us a call today!

What Makes a Good Hunting Tent

Hunting is one of the most popular sports in the country. It is a great way for men and women to get out into nature, spend some time with family and friends, and bring home some good meat. With hunting’s growing popularity, there are more and more products out there to try and make the hunt more enjoyable, more efficient, and more comfortable. Out of all the products you can by though, there are few as essential a good hunting tent, and since the tent is so vital, we are going to address the question, “What makes a good hunting tent?” to help hunters like you make the right decision.

Space

Space is one of the most important features that makes a good hunting tent. Whether you want to store gear or want more space for people to come along with you, you are going to want to have enough space. Now, when we say you want space in your tent, we aren’t talking about just floorspace, we are talking about headroom as well. Headroom is such an important part of comfort, and something that a lot of people take for granted. So, when it comes to buying a hunting tent, we definitely suggest that you stick with buying a canvas tent— also known as wall tents. These will give you both floorspace and headroom giving you the best of both worlds, and, more importantly, keeping you comfortable.

Lightweight

When it comes to hunting tents, another feature you should always consider is how heavy the tent is. Canvas tents, though they may be made out of heavy duty materials, are actually quite light. If you have it all packed in a convenient bag, it shouldn’t weigh too much. They obviously can’t compare with those less-than-one-pound tents you buy for backpacking, but they aren’t unbearably heavy either. However, the poles do make it a bit more of a challenge for some circumstances. If you are going to hike into your location at all, then a canvas tent may not be the best option for you, but, if you have an ATV or are taking the truck all the way in, then a canvas tent will do the trick without putting any strain on your vehicle.

Durable and Reliable

If there is one thing to be said about hunting tents it is that they sure better be durable. With the mixture of harsh weather, loads of gear, and repeatedly being folded, unfolded, set up and taken down, a tent needs to be able to take a beating. Most dome tents you will find at the store will probably not do the trick. They may be alright for normal camping if you are really easy on them and only use them once a year. However, if you plan on taking it hunting at all, you had best invest in a more durable, and reliable tent. Again, canvas tents are the way to go in our opinion when it comes to reliability since they won’t tear or rip easily.

Easy to Set up

Something that a lot of people don’t realize is a big deal until it’s too late is the difficulty of assembly. There are some tents that are more difficult to assemble than an armoire from Ikea. So, while you are looking around for the perfect tent, be sure to check out the assembly instructions while you are at it. We would suggest not buying anything that takes more than two people to put together so you aren’t left out to in the rain if it’s just you and a buddy. Another reason why difficulty of assembly is so important is because, after a long drive into camp, no one wants to take the time to set up a complicated tent before they can go to bed.

Inexpensive

Price is a really big issue for a lot of people when it comes to buying hunting gear. Especially after they’ve slapped down a couple hundred dollars on their gun or bow, food, and so on. So, it is important to find a tent that can take meets all the other criteria we’ve discussed, while still coming in at a price point that doesn’t break the bank. Here at Elk Mountain Tents, we feel like we have solved that problem— not to toot our own horn or anything. Our tents are not only good quality, but are also inexpensive. Before you are done here, be sure to check them out. We are sure you are going to like them.

Warm

Keeping warm on a hunting trip is another big issue that hunters always need to consider. When you are using a normal tent you are limited to the warmth that a sleeping bag can provide. However, if you invest in a canvas tent, you can usually add a wood burning stove to it without much trouble. Most canvas tents come with a whole cut into the roof so you can send the pipe for the stove out while you enjoy the heat inside. It is a great arrangement. If you do it right, sometimes you can even cook some of your food inside the tent on your wood burning stove. That way you get to stay out of the cold while you are scrambling your morning eggs.

Conclusion

As you can probably guess, we really suggest buying a canvas hunting tent. They really are the way to go when it comes to choosing a good hunting tent. Quality hunting tents are valuable assets to have, even if you don’t go hunting that often. There are thousands of different uses for them as well. So, needless to say, investing in a canvas tent will not be a purchase that you will regret. They are great if you like to go camping, sell things at fairs or conventions, or just need a shaded area for a family barbeque— the possibilities are endless. Give us a call or shoot us an email today if you have any further questions, and be sure to check out the list of features each of our polyester canvas tents have to offer before you go.

Camper vs Canvas Wall Tent

A wise man once said, “anyone can rough it, but it takes a smart person to be comfortable.” While it is secondary to survival, being comfortable in the great outdoors is really the pinnacle purpose of all your camping gear, and there are few things that offer you more comfort and protection as your shelter. However, as an outdoorsman or woman you are faced with many choices for outdoor shelters. Today we are going to talk about the two most useful and comfortable of shelters out there, campers and wall tents, and outline their pros and cons. We’ll also talk about why it is important to invest in more protective and comfortable shelters like these instead of the typical dome tent you might find at the store.

Why You Should Ditch the Dome Tent

Floor Space

The biggest issue with a standard wall tent you might find at a department store is the fact that they don’t have much floor space. With limited floor space, you will find yourself without enough room for all the people who want to come along and all the stuff you want to bring! Sure, you could bring along another dome tent for more people and gear, but that means you are having to buy two tents for something that could easily be handled by one.

Height

After not having enough floor space for all the people or stuff you have coming with you, then there is the issue of height. Anyone who has tried to spend any amount of extended time in a dome tent will tell you that it is uncomfortable. Being hunched over while you are trying to set things up, take them down, change your clothes, or anything else for that matter, is one of the most stressful and uncomfortable parts of camping.

Not Waterproof

In the world of camping, there is one constant, and that is rain. For some reason, even if you are camping in a dry area, you are certain to get rained on at some point or another if you are there for long enough. That being said, even with the aid of a rain fly, there isn’t much you can do to keep yourself dry in a standard department store tent.

Easily Torn

If you take your tent out camping you will soon discover that there are a lot of things out there ready to snag and tear them apart. Whether it is a thorn bush, a rock, or just the gear you put in it, there will always be something trying to attack your tent. The unfortunate thing is that a lot of these tents you can find on the market are very easily torn, rendering them useless right when you need them.

How Campers and Wall Tents Solve the Dome Tent Problem

More space

Whether you decide to purchase a camper or a wall tent, you are going to instantly gain a lot more floor space. This means you can bring all those people and all that gear we talked about earlier.

Taller

Along with the extra floor space, you are going to be able to stand up straight in a camper or wall tent. No more hunching over to change your clothes!

Waterproof

As you can probably imagine, a camper is going to be waterproof since it is tightly constructed of much tougher stuff than a tent. However, the wall tent is a close contender. If you purchase a canvas wall tent, you are almost guaranteed to have a nice dry camping trip, no matter the weather. Our unique material polyester material does not require additional treatments like cotton canvas.

Sturdy

As you might have guessed, both campers and wall tents are very sturdy, and don’t tear that easily. For a camper, that is due to the thorough construction we mentioned earlier. For wall tents, any canvas material is naturally quite durable. And our unique canvas material is even stronger than traditional canvas (see our FAQ section). The frames used in wall tents are also significantly sturdier than the poles of most tents.

Pros and Cons of Wall Tents

Pros

Long Lasting

One of the greatest pulls for people who buy quality wall tents is their longevity. With a tent that will last you a life time, you won’t have to worry about dropping any more money on shelter.

Greater Privacy and Protection

Since you will have tall walls that surround your area, a wall tent will easily protect you from the elements, like we talked about earlier, and it will give you greater privacy as well.

Price

One of the greatest things about a wall tent is that, even though they cost a bit more than a good quality dome tent, they are much more affordable than a camper.

Easy to Take with You

Since wall tents can be taken down and folded up to a pretty small size, they are easy to take with you no matter where your next adventure is.

Wood Burning Stove

Another great benefit to the wall tent is that most are outfitted for a wood burning stove. You can keep yourself warm at night and even cook a little without having to leave your tent at all.

Cons
Set Up Can Take Longer

Since a wall tent has a frame and support tethers that have to be set up, it can take a bit of time to set it up before you can use it.

No Sink, Toilet, And Shower

While a wall tent is pretty useful, it has everything but the kitchen sink… and a toilet or shower. So, you will have to figure out other arrangements for water while you are using a wall tent.

The Pros and Cons of Campers

Pros
Long Lasting

Campers can also last quite a long time when compared to department store tents. This is thanks to their sturdy construction.

Greater Privacy and Protection

Just like with the wall tent, the camper can offer you the greatest protection from a storm aside from an actual house. Not to mention you will have added sound privacy that comes from large thick walls.

A Sink, Toilet and Shower

The biggest benefit of a camper for a lot of people is that they have everything they might need, including the kitchen sink. With the water hook ups that come with a camper, you can have running water which means a sink, a shower, and an indoor toilet.

Cons
Price

The deal breaker for a lot of people when it comes to buying a camper is the price. Some campers can come with $10,000+ price tags making them pretty unattainable for a lot of people.

Prep

Another problem with campers is that there is a lot of prep you have to worry about. You have to make sure the water tanks are full and working, there are no holes, everything is strapped down, and on and on. Not to mention everything has to be as level as possible or else the water and other systems won’t work.

You Also Need a Truck

Towing the camper is another big issue for some people. They are big and heavy which means you will need a truck or some other vehicle with a tow package, adding to the price tag we mentioned earlier.

Elk Mountain Tents

We here at Elk Mountain Tents believe that everyone should have access to good quality outdoor shelters. That’s why we offer our affordable canvas tents. Check out our selection of canvas tents and their many features to find out if a wall tent will fit your outdoor needs.