Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Wall Tent

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Canvas 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!

Elk Mountain Tents – 4 Season Tents

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.

What Makes a Good Hunting Tent

What Makes for 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.

Canvas Tent Features

Our Canvas Tent Features

Windows

6 screened windows

The 13 x 13 comes with 4 windows, two on each side. The 13 x 16 and the 13 x 20 come with 6 windows, 3 on each side. Each window is screened and reinforced. Windows velcro down on the sides and bottom to seal the window up when not in use. Windows can be rolled up and tied open.

Stove Jack

All of our canvas tents come with a stove jack and cover in the roof in the front right corner. The stove jack comes with a 4, 5, and 6 inch circle sewn into it. This allows you to cut out your stove opening once you know what size of stove you will be using.

Sod Cloth

Our walls come with an extra 6 inches of material on the bottom to create a sod cloth. This helps seal up the bottom of the tent.

Pole Ties

There are ties on the inside of the tent that allow you to secure the canvas to the poles. This helps keep the frame in place and reduce the fabric from flapping in the wind.

Ridge Openings

tent ridge openings

Openings on both sides of the tent that Velcro close and can be opened and closed by a pull string.

Eves

The roof extends beyond the walls creating a eves to help prevent water from running down the walls.

Reinforced Corners

Anywhere the tent comes in contact with the poles there is at least two layers of canvas. The four main corners vecro and tie shut. The velcro corners help eliminate the issue of the corners ripping while taking the tent on and off the frame.

Angle Kit

Your canvas tent will come with all of the angle pieces to make your complete frame. Angle pieces are zink coated to help prevent corrosion. Angles are made for 3/4″ EMT conduit.  You can upgrade to the premium angles if you want to use 1″ EMT.

The Canvas in Our Wall Tents

canvas tent material

Science has improved the types and quality of material available these days.  We believe in using the best materials to make you the highest quality canvas tent possible. Unlike other polyester-based tents, we do not have condensation issues.

Our unique polyester tent material is an 11 oz canvas with a breaking strength of 449 lbs (warp direction) and 382 lbs (fill direction), making it significantly tougher than traditional canvas which has a breaking strength of 382 (warp) and 241 (fill) for 12 oz canvas and about 210 (warp) and 140 (fill) for 10 oz canvas. The tear strength is 67 lbs (warp) and 40 lbs (fill); this is roughly double that of the Sunforger canvas material used by other tent companies.

With over 25 years hunting experience in the backcountry, our mission was to design a wall tent with a high quality material at a reasonable price. We wanted something better. The material we use is superior to traditional canvas.

Rot and Mildew Resistant

  • Resistant to mold unlike cotton canvas
  • Resistant to mildew unlike cotton canvas
    • High humidity areas can develop mold/mildew on the material.  You may need to treat and clean your tent to prevent mold/mildew.

Lightweight but strong

  • Ideal for packing into backcountry
  • Easier to set up and move
  • Our 13 x16 tent weighs only about 60lbs

Highly durable

durable tent

  • Higher break and tear strength
  • More resistant to ultraviolet rays
  • Should outlast cotton canvas
  • Does not shrink like cotton

Waterproof

  • Will not absorb water like cotton
  • Made from a waterproof fabric and sealed seams.
  • Does not require a rainfly but a rainfly does help protect the tent.

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