4 Season Canvas Tents

4 Season Canvas Tents

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!

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

Polyester Canvas vs. Cotton Canvas

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.