Canvas Cabin Tents

Many of the smaller cabin tents, and some larger ones that are found in the market today have coverings that are composed of all cotton canvas. This is an age old material, dating back to China, around 3000 B.C. Canvas is thought to have originally been woven from hemp fibers, and as cotton became more readily available, it was used. Cabin tents using a canvas covering have both pros and cons, as with any item.

Canvas’ waterproof ability depends on the weave and how tightly stretched the material is, and the run-off capability of water. Loosely woven canvas will not be waterproof, regardless of coating. It is often coated with a light coating of bees wax, or a type of oil which lends to it’s waterproof abilities.

For those using cabin tents in the warmer climates, canvas is an excellent choice as it breathes quite well and is, for the most part waterproof. Some companies will include a lightweight polyester, or nylon rain awning, that covers the most vulnerable parts of the canvas. One of the drawbacks is that it can be quite heavy, due to the cotton fibers, and the coating. Canvas is extremely durable and easily repaired, often a needle and thick thread can close up any holes or rips that may form while camping. This is not quite as easy with other materials, as they are man-made and not quite as readily available, or may require kits for patching. For those camping in Northern climates, canvas may not be such a great choice, as it does breathe.

Cabin tents made of canvas may cost a little more than the other products, but overall, depending on the type of camping that you do, canvas may be a great choice. Cabin Tents, or an old tarp laid out on the ground- get out and have some fun!