Why Buy A Canvas Tent?

Feb 07, 22

Why Buy A Canvas Tent?

So, are canvas tents truly worth the money you ask? Let's delve deeper now. This will certainly depend on the scenario in which you plan to make use of the tent. We all go camping in various settings and for different purposes, so a canvas tent may or may not suit the needs of your group and what you plan to use it for.

Let's dig in! This is why buy a canvas tent over a regular tent:

In order to bring you an accurate view on what it's like camping with a Canvas tent, I have consulted the team here at Chamonix who all personally own one of our tents, and I have been in contact with a number of our customers to hear just exactly what their individual experiences were like, and why they prefer canvas tents, also researching what pushed them to make the switch.


Questions to ask yourself

First of all, have you thought about how your family and friends will be using the tent over the years, and in different situations? A Canvas tent's natural design and contemporary coloration are better suited for events where you do not need to travel far with the tent (it's heavy), and for multiple night or multiple week stays.

However, if you do a lot of backpacking, and you plan to use the tent for that. It may not be a great choice... You see, Canvas tents are bulkier, and therefore heavier, than other nylon tents. For this reason, Attempting to carry a canvas tent with you along the trail will likely cause significantly greater difficulty... and that added stress is just something you don't need!

Canvas tents offer a year-round sleeping space. During the winter months, they stay warm because they’re thickly insulated with Canvas. In the warm summer months, they remain reasonably cool in direct sunlight, also because of the cotton canvas fabric... it offers great breathability, allowing the air to circulate better throughout your tent.


Why our customers are choosing canvas tents

In order for me to sum up the advantages and disadvantages of people saying concerning their tents, these are the key factors that make general canvas tents that we will try to analyze. Naturally, this is with respect to the manufacturer and model of your tent or the kinds that you own. Some of these may not affect you directly, but I wanted to get a sense of all the plus's and pain points of owning a canvas tent.


Pros and Cons of a Canvas Tent


  • Can be used year-round. Canvas tents can be used for during all seasons, they tend to keep warm and insulated in the winter, while remaining cool in the summer.
  • Heating / cooking: Our Chamonix canvas tents come with a stoe jack, and can be set up to run a stove or another heating device with a chimney inside.
  • Repairability: Canvas fabric is much easier to fix than nylon/polyester.
  • Noise: Canvas Tents are much more quiet than nylon tents. With nylon, it can seem like it's hard to escape the sound of crinkling around, especially when you're trying not to wake other people up.
  • Durability: Canvas fabric is extremely durable, and the tents themselves are very sturdy, ours come with a Military-grade steel center pole. The feedback from our vustomers is that it doesn't budge.
  • Comfortability: Why buy a canvas tent? because it's simply much more comfortable. High walls, huge amount of room inside for hanging out and storing your gear, etc.
  • Waterproof: Our canvas tents hold up through heavy downpours, and probably my favorite feature about them is the 5" high ground sheet that they come with. This protects the inside of the tent incase there is a bit of flooding and a few inches of rain start to accmulate. A feature that no other canvas tent company has implemented in their tents.
  • Great for long trips: Let's face it, no one wants to sleep in a nylon tent for more than 2 nights, it's almost unbearable. Like being in Las Vegas for more than a weekend. This is where Canvas Tents save the day. Because all of the features mentioned above, it makes them great long-stay tents. the insulation and roominess of the tents usually allow people to get much better sleeps than they would when sleeping in an ordinary nylon tent.


  • Setup time: While experienced campers can setup a canvas tent in 15 minutes, newbies may have a harder time because of the size, weight, and number of pegs.
  • Weight: Tents made from canvas fabric are heavy... very heavy. Our signature canvas tents can range from about 50-100lbs, depending on size. Granted, the 100lb tent is a massive 20 footer that can house up to 12 people, but nonetheless it is very heavy to carry around, especially if only handled by one person.


Reasons why you should buy a canvas tent

It's ideal for anyone with some camping done year-round to consider a canvas tent as an alternative to other nylon and polyester materials. Canvas does a great job of keeping the heat in during the winter and cooling off during the warm weather. If you have any intention of continuing your camping streak once it gets colder out, definitely go with a canvas tent.

Canvas tents can be a very worthwhile investment if you're willing to spend the money on them. All I ask is that you please do your homework and evaluate multiple canvas tent companies before making your purchase. Even though I work for Chamonix Camping and am partial to our Signature Canvas Tent, I will say there are other reliable brands to purchase from too. Kodiak Canvas is a reputable brand, so is Montana Canvas. Just make sure whatever tent you buy, that is is equipped with most or all of the features that you will be looking for out of a camping tent, and make sure the company offers you a strong warranty, so you can enjoy your tent for years to come.


Happy camping :)