Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow
Deluxe 8-Person Tent
As you may know from the main Eight to Ten Person Tents page, I was quite shocked that this canvas tent earned itself the absolute top position in our Top Five Choices list. Though I am, myself, quite a fan of canvas tents, I had never expected one to be so popular among consumers that it actually had the highest average consumer ratings and received the best consumer reviews of all popular, top-selling eight to ten person tents on today’s market.
This article is intended to bring you more information about the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe tent than I was able to fit into its overview on the main Eight to Tent Person Tents page. Since I based my “Best Overall” choice on consumer reviews, it should already be evident that this tent has received the best reviews. Instead of discussing that any further, I would like to focus on exploring some of the wonderful characteristics and features which caused consumers to give it such positive reviews.
Before we get too far into a description of this tent, I would like to point out that there are two other similar tents available on today’s market. The first is the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Basic and the other is the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow VX. Despite being the mid-range tent, falling between the Basic and the VX in terms of both price and additional features, this Deluxe tent appears to have impressed consumers the most.
I want to begin this part of the discussion by stating that this tent has been sprayed with something to make it slightly more water resistant than the typical cotton tent. Although this spray makes it a little less environmentally friendly than a non-sprayed tent, I would also like to point out that this tent is much more environmentally friendly than the typical polyethylene, polyurethane, or polyester tent found on today’s market.
As someone who tries very hard to reduce her ecological footprint, I find this tent’s environmentally friendly qualities to be quite appealing. Not only has this tent been made primarily from renewable resources, it is also mostly compostable over time. Fear not, though, it will not break down and disintegrate around you as you camp – cotton takes a very, very long time to break down.
It Can Weather the Storm
Between the Hydra-Shield spray added to this tent and Kodiak’s choice to give it a polyester floor, you can bet that this tent will stand up to most rain storms. I would like to say that, since I am not quite certain how well the Hydra-Shield spray actually works, you may want to weatherproof this tent yourself before taking it on a camping trip. To quickly and easily weatherproof any canvas tent, simply set it up and dowse it with water from a hose or allow it to sit outside in the rain.
The angled sides of this triangular prism-shaped tent allow winds to blow up and over them without much resistance. This will help the tent stay intact and on the ground during strong winds.
Measuring 10 feet by 14 feet, this large tent boasts 140 square feet of living space. One could easily set up two queen sized air mattresses inside this tent with plenty of room to spare for moving around or storing gear. At six and a half feet in height, this tent also offers sufficient space to move around in without worrying about hitting your head on the roof.
Easy Set Up
The strong steel poles of this tent are built in, allowing you to snap it together with ease. Simply unfold it, push the poles upward and utilize their spring action to help get them fully erect and into place. One person can set this tent up without any help from another and will finish the process in mere minutes.
Though absolutely no tent is recommend for extreme temperatures and all tents require the assistance of a good sleeping bag during cold nights, this tent has been designed to be one of the few which can withstand the tough winter months. It will not only keep you protected from heavy snowfalls with its extremely strong steel poles, the canvas will also insulate this tent well to keep you warm.