Camping and Canvas– the Marriage of Reliability and Years of Outdoor Enjoyment

There are few things more exhilarating, more relaxing, and more widely loved than camping. It doesn’t matter if you live in the city or in the country, millions of Americans from all corners of the country love camping. And, along with this universal love of camping, there also comes a universal need for quality outdoor equipment, including adequate outdoor shelter.

That is where we come in. You see, everyone needs to have shelter, it is one of the basic needs of all human beings. When it comes to camping shelters, outdoors-men and women have lots of options including trailer-campers, tents, bivy sacs, and so on. However, today we are going to talk about the tried, tested, and loved tent. Not only are they versatile and movable, but they have also been a part of human culture for thousands of years.

However, there is a slight problem that one runs into with tents and that is durability. When people opt for the cheapest tent they can find they tend to get tents that aren’t durable and won’t last very long, but we are getting ahead of ourselves. Today we are going to talk about good tents, and we mean really good tents—canvas camping tents and what you are missing if you choose to go with a cheap dome tent from a department store.

Why you need a good tent if you are serious about outdoor adventure

Problems with cheap dome tents

Let’s take a minute and talk about what happens when you spend your hard-earned money on a dome tent you find at a department store. While they may seem good, they are less likely to be what you need if you are really looking to enjoy your time outdoors. You see, cheap dome tents are:

  • Cramped and Uncomfortable

Most camping trips that involve a dome tent are going to be very uncomfortable. Not only is the sleep capacity a lie (we all know that when that dome tent says it sleeps two people it really only sleeps ¾ of a person), but they are also very awkwardly built. Most people can’t stand up in a dome tent, which makes changing your clothes or packing nearly impossible.

  • Not Enough Room for Gear

Another problem with those dome tents is that they also don’t have room for you to keep your gear in there with you. So, if you have brought expensive stuff with you on your camping trip, you are going to have to leave it outside or in the car instead of inside the tent with you. This can be frustrating if you have things that you will need in the middle of the night, or just things you don’t want to be damaged or stolen.

  • Full of Leaks

Let’s face it, department store dome tents don’t hold out the water like they are supposed to. Even those with rainflies are hardly ever good at keeping the rain out of your tent. Even in the best waterproof dome tents available, condensation still leads to a wet experience. Anyone who has ever experienced a wet tent will tell you, that is the worst thing in the world!

  • Susceptible to Tearing

Another problem that you see quite often with cheap dome tents is that they are very susceptible to tearing. It doesn’t take much put a hole in one of their walls, rendering it unsightly and almost useless.

  • Cost

When you look at the costs in the long run, something we will do more in detail in just a moment, a cheap tent can cost you the same, if not more, than a higher quality tent.

The solution: Canvas Tents

A canvas tent remedies these issues by having a greater amount of space to move about and store gear, a thicker material that naturally repels water, and a stronger material that can withstand most ripping and tearing. Plus, in the long run they practically pay for themselves. When you buy a canvas tent you are investing in your outdoors future, and it pays off!

Here at Elk Mountain Tents, we pride ourselves on providing the average outdoors-man and woman with the solution to the drawbacks seen in dome tents while also addressing even more concerns seen with traditional cotton canvas. Our unique synthetic canvas is better than traditional canvas. These low-cost, rugged tents are some of the best you can find on the market, offering you many great benefits.

Elk Mountain Canvas Tents are Long Lasting

One of the amazing qualities of polyester canvas tents is that they last for a very long time. They won’t tear like a cheap dome tent, nor will they shrink like comparably sized cotton canvas tents. Plus, they have a higher rip and tear strength (see the tent features section on our site). A polyester canvas tent is the last tent you will ever have to buy because it will be with you and your family for a lifetime.

Elk Mountain Canvas Tents are Reliable

As a natural extension of the previous section, we have to say that you can count on our tents. You don’t have to worry about whether your tent is going to be in shape for this year’s hunting or camping trips; they will always be ready. Just check our our reviews on our website or those on Facebook or Amazon.

Elk Mountain Canvas Tents are Sturdy

Part of the reason that our tents last so long is the fact that they hold up well to the wind and the rain. As any outdoors-man or woman will know, Mother Nature can be pretty fierce and knowing that your tent will be able to stand up to that ferocity is peace of mind that you can’t put a price tag on. Naturally strong material, extra long and strong stakes, durable tie-downs and tensioners – your tent is secure!

Elk Mountain Canvas Tents are Comfortable-

No matter how much gear you bring, or how many friends come along, you won’t feel cramped in an Elk Mountain Tent. You will be able to stand up straight and move around in comfort instead of being hunched over as you are trying to change your clothes.

Synopsis of features of Elk Mountain tents

Elk Mountain Tents have many features but here are a few that we think you will find very interesting:

Lots of Windows

When you buy the basic 13 x 13 tent it will have 4 windows. However, if you buy a bigger size, you will have 6 windows to work with, giving you maximum ventilation. These windows have Velcro seals to keep them closed when they aren’t in use so you won’t have to worry about them flying in the breeze.

A Stove Jack

There are few things better than having a warm tent to come back to at night, and that is why our tents have stove jacks with 4, 5, and 6 inch circles sewn in making it easy to bring your stove with you on your next excursion.

Waterproofing

As would be expected from a polyester canvas tent, they are waterproof making them ideal for even the most wet destination. Want to take a trip to the Oregon Coast? What about New England? No problem. Our tents will handle them like champs.

Conclusion

Having the right tent for your outdoor adventure is of vital importance and that is exactly why we make the most versatile and affordable tents in the business. Check out our full features list and our videos to learn more about what we are all about or give us a call or shoot us an email, we are always happy to help.

What is a 4 Season Tent and why do I need one?

There are so many different tents out there it is hard  to know which one best fits your needs. While there is a host of different products out there, if you want to get the most bang for your buck, then a 4 season wall tent would more than likely be the best option. Here at Elk Mountain Tents, we sell true 4 season wall tents and we believe them to be the most versatile and durable of any tents, 4 season or otherwise. But, what is a 4 season tent, and why do you need one?

Definition of a 4 season tent

A 4 four season tent is, in essence, a tent that you can use all year round. It is a tent that you can use in blistering deserts, freezing snow storms, and everything in between so you can use the tent in more than just a few specific situations.

You can usually find 4 season tents at specialty shops for hunting and camping. Sometimes, however, they aren’t always labeled as 4 season tents. Sometimes you can see them labeled as ‘winter tents’ since they can be used in the winter time. In some instances, there are people that will only use their 4 season tents as winter tents. However,  Elk Mountain Tents are actually to be used in all 4 seasons. This means you can set it up in the snow, in the sand, and anywhere else you want to spend some time.

4 season tents vs. normal tents

So, let’s talk about normal tents for a minute. As you probably know a normal tent is one that is not designed to be used all year round. They may be designed for use in 1, 2, or 3 seasons, but not 4. When looking at multiple season tents, usually, you’ll find that they will only be made for the spring, summer, and fall, but not for winter. This is because of all the special material and time that goes into making a winter tent. So, if are looking for a tent you can use in the winter, you are either going to have to buy a 4 season tent or a tent that is specifically designated for winter camping.

Not to mention, normal tents tend to be, in a lot of cases, not as sturdy as 4 season tents. This means that they will not last as long. So, if you are looking to buy a more sturdy tent for your normal everyday camping use, then a 4 season tent may be the best way to go.

Features of 4 season tents

There are 4 main features that you want in any 4 season tent. These features include warmth, wind proofing, waterproofing, and ventilation.

Warmth

As you can probably figure, if you are going to use a tent in all 4 seasons, you are going to want a tent that is warm. Now, there are many ways that you can make your tent warm, you can have thick walls, you can bring in a stove, and so on. When it comes to Elk Mountain Tents, not only are the walls thick, but you can also bring a stove in. This means that, no matter how cold it gets, you can stay snug and warm inside your tent.

Windproof

The wind can make any camping or hunting trip just a terrible experience. It makes that cold colder, it makes it hard to rest at night, and it can just make everything more difficult than it needs to be. Normal tents will usually only be able to take a low amount of abuse from the wind, but a 4 season tent, especially a 4 season wall tent like the ones we sell, will be able to hold up much better against the wind. Not only is the tent material tougher but the number of extra long extra, extra durable stakes included make them secure in almost any windy situation when properly grounded.

Waterproof

If there is one universal enemy to every hunter or camper, it is precipitation. It seems like no matter where you go or what time of year it is, you have a 50% chance of getting dumped on by snow or rain. So, even if you only plan on using your tent once every year, you are more than likely going to need some sort of waterproofing. 4 season tents are designed for rain. That being said, most people prefer to add extra waterproofing to their tents as well as use a rainfly. Elk Mountain Tents are naturally waterproof and require no additional waterproofing or a rainfly (although both may help protect your tent from natural wear).

Ventilation

Ventilation is key if you want to have a comfortable and safe sleeping arrangement. The great thing about our 4 season tents is that they are made with windows and vents so that you can manipulate the air flow coming through your tent. No matter what kind of weather you are dealing with you can get your tent just right. This also prevents the condensation issues that many people report about the Alaknak. For more information on the ventilation features of Elk Mountain Tents, check out our tent features list!

Benefits of buying a 4 season tent instead of single season tents

As you can probably guess, buying a single season tent means that you are limited to camping or hunting in one season. So, if you want to go camping all year round you need to buy multiple tents, which can get expensive. But, if you invest in a 4 season tent, while it may be a little more of an investment up front, you will save yourself time and money in the long run while also adding much needed storage space. It is an all-around superior option.

Elk Mountain Tents as 4 season tents

As we have mentioned before, Elk Mountain Wall Tents are true 4 season tents. They are built to last you through the spring, summer, fall, and winter. They are perfect for anyone who wants a little home away from home. If you invest in an Elk Mountain 4 season tent you will definitely be making the best decision for yourself and your wallet.

4 season tents are great products and one of the greatest investments you can make when it comes to camping or hunting gear. If you want to learn more about how an Elk Mountain Tent can make your outdoor adventure more enjoyable, check out our features page or shoot us an email today!

Best Hunting Tents Review

Hunting Tents on the Market – Who and What to Consider

There are few things as fun and exciting as a good old hunting trip. Besides putting meat on the table, they are opportunities to spend time in nature with friends and family, participate in age old rituals, and the dreams of bringing home a trophy that you can put on your wall. However, no matter how fun it is, it is important to remember how the shelter you choose for a trip can affect the trip overall. Without the right shelter a hunting trip can go from good to bad in a matter of minutes. For that reason, we have put together a list of the top 4 best hunting tents on the market today.

   1. Elk Mountain Tents

We don’t want to toot our own horn, but we honestly do believe that the tents we sell here at Elk Mountain are some of the greatest on the market. They come at a low price point, are durable, and are more versatile than any other tents you’ll find. However, let’s take a look at some of the features that you’ll see in your Elk Mountain tent so you can see why they deserve to be in the top 4.

Price

One of the biggest factors that most of us have to consider when trying to purchase a large piece of equipment like a hunting tent is price. On the market today you can find tents for all sorts of prices and types of tents, some reasonable and some not. Wall tents can range from $700 to $3000.  Many companies will list their tent a good base price by the time you add all the features you want and need you can easily add a $1000 to the purchase.   Our approach is completely different than any other wall tent company.  We give you all the features at price point less then what other companies base prices start at.  There simply is no other tent company that beats our prices.

Durability

After price, someone looking to buy a hunting tent should be looking at how long the tent is going to last them. This is another area where Elk Mountain Tents shine. Elk Mountain Tents are made of high-strength polyester that not only makes it waterproof but also makes it more resistant to ripping and tearing. Not to mention, since it is a polyester hunting tent, it won’t shrink like any tent made out of cotton.  We bring modern technology to traditional hunting.

Mold and Mildew Resistance

A problem with a lot of tents made of cotton canvas is rot, mold, and mildew. This is because of the fact that cotton is porous and organic. Polyester, on the other hand, is not organic and will not succumb to rot or mildew, meaning it will last you for a very long time.

Ventilation

The ventilation in our Elk Mountain Tents is easy to control. No matter what climate you are in you can keep your tent from getting hot, cold, or stuffy with ease.  Although wall tents are made specifically to be able to use a stove in the winter, we have found that most people use their tent all year around and having the windows for ventilation is a must.  Elk Mountain Tents come standard with either 4 or 6 windows.

Wind Resistance

Often people ask how the tents will stand in the wind.  A tents ability to withstand the wind ultimately comes to how well it staked down and tear resistance of the material.  As stated already our material has a higher tear resistance then cotton.   In order to make sure your tent is staked well, we send 18” heavy duty steal stakes with ropes and tensioners.  We also have medal d-rings around the bottom of the walls that attach to the tent with heavy webbing.

Time

Most wall tents are custom made.  This can mean waiting 2 months for your tent.  Make sure you take this into consideration.  Most Elk Mountain Tents arrive within 3 days of ordering.

   2. Montana Canvas Tents

Montana Canvas is the most well know wall tent company.  They sale in places like Cabela’s and other retail stores.  Like the rest of these tents on this list, tents from Montana Canvas are not only just for use when hunting, they can be used in many different ways. However, as a hunting tent, products from Montana Canvas are quite good quality. They put a lot into research, development, and marketing.  If you have the time they can even make custom tents to fit your individual needs.

Natural Fabrics

The traditional Montana Canvas hunting tents are made out of natural canvas that is treated to be mildew inhibiting. You can also get some that are fire-retardant and, according to their website, meet “the California Marshall fire specifications.”  They also make a tent out of product they call Relite.

Zippered Windows

Another good thing about the Montana Canvas tents is that their windows are opened and closed with zippers. This allows them to be closed up tight with ease.

Internal Stake Holes

One great trait of these hunting tents is that they have grommets on the inside of the walls so it can be staked down on the inside or outside of the tent. This, coupled with the 12’’ sod cloth that extends from the bottom of the tent, makes it harder for water and wind to come underneath the walls and into tent.

   3. Selkirk Spike Tents

It combines the functionality of a wall tent with the style and performance of a spike tent. They are great for hunting because of their wide array of uses and many features. Here are a few of the features of the Selkirk Spike tent.

Snow Load

While spike tents can’t normally handle heavy snow loads, the Selkirk Spike Tent can. This is thanks to the 6 vertical poles holding the roof up it has more support for when the snow comes. Other spike tents don’t have as many poles so they buckle under the weight of a lot of snow.

“Bug Proof”

One of the features that Selkirk prides themselves in is their sewn-in floors. These are very handy for keeping out bugs and pests of any kind leaving you tent free of anything small you don’t want crawling around your stuff.

Treatments

Like most of the other tents, the Selkirk Spike Tent’s canvas material can be treated for several different things. While it appears that you can’t choose more than one treatment, they are both useful for all types of environments. The two treatments that they offer are ‘water and mildew’ and ‘fire’.

   4. Cabela’s Ultimate Alaknak Tent

As with most of the gear that Cabela’s sells, the Alaknak tent has a lot of features. You can get one as big as a 13’ by 27’, making it the largest tent on our list, and comes in at a price point of roughly $1,500.  If you have a Cabela’s local, you can walk in and pick one up saving you time.

Size

If you are looking for a tent that will have room for the whole gang then this is a good one. The Cabela’s website says it can hold 10+ cots along with a wood burning stove.

Strength

Although this is a polyester material that gives you some of those great benefits, it really is nothing like the Elk Mountain Tent.  It is much thinner and is almost like a nylon tent that does not breath as well.

Ventilation

This tent got a lot of negative reviews when it came out because of the poor breathability of the material.  They then added some upper vents to help with this.

Wind Resistance

Off all the wall tents on the market, this is the one we don’t suggest.  These tents will buckle and collapse with high winds and a little amount of snow.   You do get a lot of features with these tents and the price is right, but the risk of having your tent fail is too great.

    Summary

Hunting tents are amazing and can really bring a whole new dimension to your next hunting trip. If you want to get the most out of your outdoor experience, we suggest you get the kind of a tent that you only have to buy once. Each company has its strengths and weaknesses. For overall overall durability and value, we recommend Elk Mountain Tents.

Polyester Canvas Tents Vs Cotton Canvas Tents—Which is better?

When you invest in a canvas tent, what are some of the things you look for? If you are like most, you are looking for a tent that is durable, spacious and inside your price range. You want a tent that you can rely on, one that you can use year after year in any condition— rain or shine. But which wall tent is going to be ‘the one’? Which one will be durable enough, spacious enough, and priced just right? The answer is simple: the Elk Mountain Tent with its unique polyester fabric.  A tent made to last life time.

Most wall tents on the market are made of cotton, but if you really want the most bang for your buck, be sure to buy a polyester tent. Now, there are many reasons why you should consider a polyester wall tent over a cotton one, but before we get into that, let’s look at the pros and cons between polyester wall tents and cotton wall tents and then dive into the details.

Polyester Canvas Tents

ProsCons
Rot & Mildew resistant

Doesn’t Shrink

Durable

Waterproof

Some do not Breathe as efficiently

 

 

Cotton Canvas Tents

ProsCons
Breathes

Softer to the touch

Shrinks

Rots

Easily Combustible

Has to be treated regularly

Heavy

 

Ok, let’s dissect this information now by first examining the pros and cons of a polyester wall tent.

Polyester Wall Tents

As listed above, the pros of a polyester wall tent include their durability and waterproof capabilities, their rot resistance and the fact that they don’t shrink.

Durability of Polyester Wall Tents

Polyester is a tough material. It can take a beating, which is something you want when you are out and about in the great outdoors. Our polyester is a type of synthetic material that it is much more resistant to tearing than its cotton counterpart.

Waterproof Ability of Polyester Wall Tents

As mentioned before, polyester wall tents are essentially made of synthetic material making them waterproof. No more having worry about rain ruining your next big hunting trip or being woken up in the night by icy water dipping on your face the next time you go camping. The weather is unpredictable when you are outdoors, but with a polyester wall tent, you will be prepared for anything.  People often ask if they need a rain fly.  The short answer is no.  However, the rain fly will give you that extra protection from the elements, including UV rays that will break any material down over time.

Polyester Wall Tents Don’t Shrink in Storage

We’ll touch on this a little more when we visit the cons of cotton wall tents, but shrinkage is a pretty big issue with large tents. Luckily, polyester tents don’t do that. You can store it in pretty much any condition and you won’t have to worry about it shrinking at all, which means you can rest assured that it will fit its frame every time.

Polyester Wall Tents are Rot resistant

This is another thing that sprouts from a con of the cotton wall tent list, but it is worth mentioning nonetheless. If tents made of organic material are stored with any moisture they can be subject to mold and rot—another situation that will put a damper on things.   We found rot to be the number one reason someone is looking to replace their tent.  However, with a polyester wall tent, you won’t have to worry about that. Polyester is not organic making it unsusceptible to rot and mold.

Polyester Wall Tents Don’t Breathe Well

While they are waterproof, some polyester wall tents also don’t allow the air to flow as freely as a cotton tent would. We have not found this to be an issue with Elk Mountain Tents.  Polyester is a tight knit synthetic fabric so depending on polyester used, air might not flow as well. However, we have not found that to be the case with our tents.  We have also helped eliminate this concern by providing vented eaves and windows with every tent. If properly designed, the ventilation on a polyester tent should breathe just as well as a cotton tent would.

Let’s take a minute now to check out the cotton wall tents

Cotton Wall Tents Breathe

In contrast to what we said earlier about polyester tents, cotton tents are very breathable. Their organic nature and looser weave lets more air through its walls than polyester would. This doesn’t mean that they expose you to the elements, but rather that they allow for a healthy airflow.

Cotton Wall Tents are Soft

It is said that cotton wall tents are very soft compared to polyester. This is because cotton is made from the cotton plant which is very light and fluffy, or rather lighter and fluffier than its polyester counterpart. This is, however, not that big of a difference. It takes a very sensitive touch for a person to be able to tell the difference between the two.

Cotton Wall Tents Shrink

We mentioned this a little earlier, but cotton wall tents can shrink over time and especially after the first time it comes in contact with water. Just like a cotton shirt will shrink in the wash, it is possible for a cotton wall tent to also shrink. This is something that happens because the fibers are flexible and malleable while the fibers in polyester are not. There have been many an outdoorsman or woman that have gone to set up their tent after a few months or years in storage to find that it is too small for its frame.  Cutting a frame to fit while you are trying to set up camp is no fun.

Cotton Wall Tents Can Rot

Since cotton is an organic substance it is susceptible to rot. This means that if a cotton canvas tent is stored in a moist environment they will rot and fall apart over time.

Cotton Wall Tents Are Combustible

Unlike polyester which tends to be more fire-resistant cotton wall tents can catch fire more easily. This means that if something happens with the heater in your tent, or if the embers of your campfire start flying, you could quickly see your tent ablaze.

Choosing the right tent is of vital importance for those who love the great outdoors, so it is best to know what you are getting yourself into. The polyester wall tents we offer at Elk Mountain Tents are sturdy, durable and ready to take on anything so be sure to check them out! If you want to know more be sure to email us at info@ElkMountainTents.com or check out our FAQ page.