A cabin tent is great for all sorts of long-term camping endeavors, rugged and reliable, most boast as being waterproof up to 3000mm with waterproof taped seams. These cabin tents come in a variety of sizes: some being only 60 square feet, and sleeping three to four people to the ten by twenty four foot tents, at 240 square feet.
A vast majority of these tents are made of all cotton canvas and are extremely waterproof. They come with all sorts of implements and amenities, some with double doors, screens that keep even the no-see-ums out, and with awnings. Others are made of polyester, while these may weigh less, they aren’t nearly as reliable: polyester tends to degrade faster than cotton canvas, if not properly cared for. Cabin tents range in prices from $150.00 dollars for the smallest, and all the way to $500.00 and beyond, depending on which company they are purchased.
Some common tent materials include items like, of course the classic Cotton Canvas, which in the early days had an oil, or wax coating to help improve water resistance. Even with this coating on it, the canvas could still breathe, making it favorable for those in the southern hemisphere, where the weather is hot and humid. Other materials are Nylon, which when first used for tents did not breathe, and caused tents to have a ‘clammy’ feel, trapping heat and humidity inside them. Polyester was made to resist UV rays, and if it is only used for a few weeks out of the year, a polyester cabin tent could last for a lifetime. The fabric industry recently came out with a product called “UV TEX 5,” which is a new type of polyester and helps to resist UV rays even better than the previous fabric.
Many of the more expensive tents that can be purchased today have a polyethylene floor in them. Polyethylene is extremely waterproof, but once unfolded doesn’t re-fold very well. It can also be heavier and bulkier than Nylon or the other alternatives.
Regardless of how big your cabin tent is, where it came from or what material it’s made of, I encourage you to get out and experience nature in it’s fullest. Go camping!