Montana Camping: Everything to Know About Canvas Tents

Many American's have turned to the joys of camping and other outdoor pursuits during these troubled times. Yet, camping's been on the rise in the USA since long before the words 'social distancing' ever echoed through our lives.

According to the North American Camping Report for 2019, more than 7.2 million American households have taken up camping in the last five years.

If you're one of these outdoor enthusiasts intent on taking advantage of the wide-open spaces more often, you'll need your own tent sooner rather than later.

Here's what you need to know about picking the perfect tent for your next Montana camping expedition.

The Best Type of Tents for Montana Camping

If you've started your search for the perfect tent, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed with options.

There are nylon, polyester, and other synthetic materials to choose from. Then there's canvas - the original and the best type of tent material for serious campers.

Here's what gives canvas tents the edge over the other types of tents available today:

Protection from the Elements

Canvas comprises heavily woven cotton or hemp fibers that can withstand UV rays for longer than synthetic fabrics. Thanks to this, canvas tents offer excellent protection from the sun.

Since canvas is a thick fabric, it resists the wind too, as long as you've guyed it out properly and pitched it in a sensible location. During heavy winds, you won't have to listen to that ominous flapping sound common to synthetic tents either. 

Thermal Superiority

Due to the density of canvas material, it's a good option for camping in Montana when the temperatures start to drop. Just like a thick blanket keeps you warmer than a thin sheet, the interiors of a canvas tent stay cozy when it's chilly outside.

When daytime temperatures soar, the superior sun-resistance offered by canvas helps keep your tent cool and shady inside. 

Breathability and Condensation

Canvas comprises a high percentage of natural fibers that add breathability to the fabric. Since air passes through these natural fabrics more easily, you won't experience condensation on your tent walls.

Synthetic materials, like nylon and polyester, offer minimal breathability and can turn the inside of your tent into a muggy, dripping mess in humid weather. 

Canvas Tent Longevity

Canvas is a thick, durable fabric, so your canvas tent will stay in great condition for years to come. Good quality canvas tents can last for 15 to 20 years.

Thick canvas resists rips and tears from sharp objects. However, in the event your tent does tear, it's easy to replace the offending part with a new section of canvas, or simply repair the rip.  


As a nature lover, protecting the Earth's one of your top priorities, right? Nowadays, we need to consider everything we do in the light of sustainability. 

When synthetic materials, like polyester, end up in a landfill, they can take decades to decompose. Canvas is a biodegradable material.

Of course, all types of tents are recyclable too, so it's best to skip the landfill altogether 

Canvas Tents are Heat Resistant

Reputable manufacturers of canvas tents treat their products to comply with CPAI-84 fire requirements.

You can run a cylinder stove inside your canvas tent in total safety and the best canvas tents come with a vent for that purpose. So, you needn't worry about cooking on rainy nights when you have a canvas tent. 

Wall Tents Offer Easy Accessibility

Canvas wall tents with metal frames have doors that go all the way to the ground. Most dome-shaped synthetic tents have D-shaped zippers that leave a wide margin between the ground and the entryway.

It's incredibly easy to trip over this innocuous-looking flap of fabric on your way in and out of your tent.

Canvas tents are also taller than dome-shaped tents, so you don't need to crawl in and out of your canvas camping tent, or stay hunched over while you're inside. 

You Can Customize Your Canvas Tent

Perhaps the best part about canvas tents is how versatile they are. Superior tent manufacturers make custom tents to order, so you can modify your tent according to your needs.

You can choose:

  • The type of canvas and thickness 
  • The tent dimensions 
  • Window size and location
  • Number of doors

For best results, always opt for a hand-sewn tent made locally in the USA. 

Most Popular Types of Canvas Tent 

Thanks to all these characteristics, canvas tents are ideal for glamping and a popular choice at Montana campgrounds offering this accommodation option.

Glamping tents are large, framed tents. They're usually set up on a permanent wooden deck and feature many luxury amenities inside. These types of tents can accommodate luxurious beds, storage space, rugs, and other comforts.

Range tents are a great choice for those who want a rustic camping experience. They're lighter than most other canvas tents and easy to set up using just two poles, a single-pole, or by suspending them from a convenient branch. 

Canvas wall tents offer all the best benefits of canvas tents. They're spacious, sturdy, and ideal for longer stays. If you enjoy hunting expeditions in Montana's beautiful wild spaces, this is the perfect tent for you.

Choose the Best Quality Tent

Are you ready to head out to experience some of Montana's wonderful campgrounds or wide-open spaces? 

Take your first step towards the freedom of camping vacations by browsing our catalog and placing your order. We custom make all our canvas tents right here in the USA according to the highest standards.

Get in touch to order your canvas tent today and get your Montana camping adventures underway.  

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