Hunters who spend a lot of time in the back-country know that a quality wall tent is the foundation for a comfortable camp and successful hunting experience. Big Sky Canvas's Wall Tents are the perfect sportsman's home away from home. Long preferred by outfitters wanting a stable base camp, they are quickly becoming the choice of more and more big-game hunters who realize a tent is more than a place to sleep. We offer five standard sizes, or custom sizes, all affordable, and all generational. Made of tough 12 oz. duck canvas treated to be fire-retardant and water- and mildew-resistant. Sheds the most persistent wind, rain and snow.
Other features include window with storm flap; a stove jack with weather flap that can withstand extremely high temperatures from heating and cooking stoves; 12" sod cloth on bottom of tent provides weather-tight seal; reinforced ridge line, eaves, end-wall seams and tent bottom; 5 ft. walls on all tents; 7-1/2-ft. doors secured by heavy-duty zipper with storm flap, side-release buckles. Many make their own tent frames but we also offer them as an option (sold separately).
Yes, we are proud to say that 100% of our wall tents are made and manufactured in the United States at our own facility. Each stitch is sewn by a team that puts quality above everything else.
Canvas has a much longer life-span than nylon or polyester. Canvas can be re-treated for waterproofing, fireproofing, or UV agents. It is also very breathable, which keeps moisture out of the tent and prevents condensation. Our Wall Tents have been tested for decades. Many of our customers have had our tents in use for decades. Wall Tents have a steep history in our country. Our country was largely settled in the early years by travelers seeking protection from the elements in a wall tent or cabin tent. Whether you hunted, fished, mined or were trapping wild game in the woods the wall tent was your home.
Our designs, craftsmanship, construction and materials are the finest in the country. When you buy one of our Wall Tents you know that it will be a generational purchase. You will also know that it is was made by hand by the finest team in the Canvas Tent industry.
Can I order a Canvas Tent with a sewn-in floor?
Yes, we offer wall tents with sewn-in floors at the customer’s request.
Do I need a rain-fly?
No, a rain-fly is not necessarily needed.
However, a rain-fly can be used to help protect your tent from natures elements and sparks from your tent stove. This is inexpensive insurance for your investment and one we recommend. We do offer a rain-fly that is designed to fit your tent and already has a hole for the stove jack. We can also modify the fly to include a porch. We make our porches a variety of ways but can also manufacture your tent frame to include a porch so it ties seamlessly into your tent fly.
A fly will significantly increase the life span of your tent. A fly guards the tent roof from damaging UV rays, delivers an additional moisture barrier, stops stove sparks from burning a small hole in your tent roof, and keeps your roof unsoiled from natures elements.
How much do the canvas wall tents weigh?
10 oz canvas- fire treated and waxed with a finish that makes it water resistant and fire resistant. The weight will vary depending on your tent options and the size of your wall tent. Contact us to get an exact measurement of the tent spec that you choose.
13 oz. canvas - fire treated and waxed for water resistance. Contact us for 13 oz. canvas options. This option does add weight to your tent. If you are packing your tent in via horseback or mules weight will become a larger concern making the 10 oz. a popular option for those packing their tents into the back-country.
Do you sell used canvas tents?
No, to guarantee our customers the finest quality and craftsmanship, all of our tents are custom made at the time of order.
Do you offer outfitters a discount?
Yes, we offer our wall tents at discounted prices to outfitters based on volume of order size. Give us a call and we will see what we can do for you. (406) 543-8303.
Do you build custom tents?
Yes, there is very little that we can’t do. Bring us any idea and we will work to make it exactly to your specifications with the finest materials. If you need something made from a fabric we have a solution. We love working with customers on new ideas. Our portfolio of custom work is extensive.
How long will my tent last?
Our generational custom wall tents typically last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. Making your investment more than worthwhile.
What is the floor made of?
When requested by the customer, we manufacture our wall tent floors out of a revolutionary shelter-lite vinyl that will last generations. If your preference is to utilize another material we can discuss the properties of that material and how it will impact the function and life of your canvas tent.
Are the frames strong enough to stand up to a heavy snow load?
Our frames are very strong and under normal conditions withstand snow. We don’t recommend letting the snow build up for a lengthy period of time and it should be brushed off the tent before it gets too heavy.
How many doors are there in the tent?
Our tents come with one door in the front center for easy access, measuring 8ft. We do offer an additional back door at the customers request.
Do I need an internal frame, or can the tents be hung externally?
Our canvas tents can be hung externally. You can use lodge-pole or another wood in the back-country or utilize one of our internal wall tent frames. If you are setting up a glamping tent we have a number of frame ideas to share related this setup as well.
With the internal frame do I need to anchor the tent?
Yes, we do recommend that when using an internal frame anchoring the tent, especially if it is windy. You will anchor the canvas tent to the ground via tent stakes and also along the walls of the tent via rope and stakes. Then when your tent fly is on there you will anchor that in the same way via rope an tent stakes. The combination of all of these anchors helps your canvas tent withstand high winds, snow, rain and other elements that you will encounter in the outdoors while camping, hunting and fishing.
Are Big Sky Canvas’s wall tents compliant with CPAI-84 fire requirements?
Yes, all of our canvas wall tents are compliant with CPAI-84 fire requirements.
The following states require that our wall tents meet CPAI-84 fire treatment guidelines:
All Big Sky Canvas tents sold in the above states meet those requirements.
How long does it take to set up a tent and frame?
To set up one of our canvas tents it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
What are the measurements of the side walls?
Our tent’s side walls measure 5’.
How to Choose the Best Canvas Tent for Your Next Camping Trip
Tents are the accommodation of choice for those who love to immerse themselves in nature, but did you know that the canvas tent also played an important role in our history?
Not only have tents been around since ancient times, but they've played a central role in sheltering and protecting soldiers in both the Revolutionary andCivil War. Nowadays camping out's associated more with leisure than survival, but it's still important to choose the right tent if you want to enjoy a comfortable stay.
Find out everything you need to know before you buy a canvas tent.
Why are Canvas Tents the Best Type of Tents?
You're probably wondering why you should choose a canvas tent for camping. After all, it's easy to find tents made from more modern-day materials.
Here's what makes canvas the fabric of choice for camping tents.
Protection from the Sun and Wind
Canvas tents are much tougher than their nylon counterparts. Once they're secured correctly, they won't flap around in high winds as much as lightweight tents do.
Since canvas is thicker than nylon and poly fabrics, less sunshine filters through into the inside of your tent. This means your tent offers cool respite in hot weather and can protect you from sun- and heat stroke.
Likewise, thicker fabric means less heat escapes from your tent in cold weather, so you stay warm and toasty inside no matter what nature throws at you. The thicker the fabric, the warmer the inside of your tent will be.
Best for the Long Haul
If you want to enjoy camping trips of a week or more, a canvas tent is a top choice for you. Canvas tents will stay in place without sagging for much longer than lightweight nylon tents.
They're also much more durable and show little signs of wear and tear even after years of use.
Condensation and Breathability
Cotton is the main component of canvas tents, so they're infinitely more breathable than synthetic fabrics. That means less condensation and more fresh air inside your tent.
Cotton isorganic and biodegradable, synthetic fabrics are not. It can take years for a synthetic tent to decompose, while canvas tents vanish into the landscape within weeks when you dispose of them.
Thanks to their long lifespan, few canvas tents ever end up in a landfill site for starters.
Heat and Tear Resistance
Canvas has the ability to shrug off sharp objects, like sticks and rocks with no ill effects. The thick walls of canvas tents can easily withstand the pulls and twists involved in setting up and transporting your tent too.
Always choose a tent that's treated with a fire retardant in accordance withCPAI-84 guidelines.
In the unlikely event that you damage your canvas tent, it's easy and quick to fix it. It's always more affordable to sew a patch onto a tear than it is to replace your tent, and you can patch your canvas tent as many times as you need to
The doorways of wall canvas tents are open to the floor. That means there's less chance of tripping over that annoying fabric ledge that's a feature of D-zipper tents.
Having a larger door also means you'll experience less claustrophobia in a wall tent and you can relax in comfort with a view of your surroundings. Wall tents come with a full-length screen to keep unwanted visitors out when the door's left open.
What Type of Canvas Tent Suits Your Needs?
The first thing to consider when choosing a canvas tent for camping is how many people you want to accommodate in it. Canvas tents are available in a range of sizes from small tents measuring 8' x 10' to large ones of 16' by 20'.
Your next consideration is the type of tent you prefer. There are four main types of canvas camping tents:
Bell tents are sometimes called yurt tents and have a central pole as well as an A-frame pole for the entrance. They're quick to set up and have good wind resistance but can be a little cramped inside.
This versatile tent is ideal for those who want to travel light. It's simple and quick to set up and you can even suspended it from a tree branch if needed.
Usually, you'll pitch yourrange tentusing a simple outside two-pole system.
Wall tentsare also called safari tents, or outfitter tents and are the perfect set up for large parties and long-term camping. The walls are usually about 5 ft tall and the interiors are spacious.
While wall tents can be cumbersome to transport and set up, they offer the most comfortable stay by far and are often a feature in permanent tented camps.
The versatility of wall tents mean that you can easily modify them with all kinds of conveniences for high-end campers.Glamping tents are usually permanent fixtures offering private bathrooms, decks, comfortable beds, and seating areas.
All our canvas wall tents are customizable according to yourexact specifications. So, let us know if you have something unique in mind and we'll be happy to accommodate your wishes.
Choosing Canvas Weight
The general rule regarding canvas weight is heavier canvas means better sun protection and more strength. Thicker canvas is also tougher and more resistant to tears.
Manufacturers rate the tensile strength of canvas fabric in ounces per square yard with 10.1 oz/sq. yd being the most common type of canvas. This is perfectly adequate for occasional summer use.
If you plan to camp for weeks on end or in very cold weather, it's best to choose a canvas that's heavier than 10.1oz.
Even the best canvas won't stop your tent from falling down if it's supported by flimsy poles and low-quality guide ropes. Always ask to see the hardware that comes with your tent before you buy
Bamboo poles are often used for lightweight, short-stay tents and do a good job thanks to the high tensile qualities of this bamboo. If you're looking for more substantial though, pick a tent that comes with asteel conduit frame.
Tent pegs are one of the most important parts of your camping gear. Thin pegs will bend and break on rough ground, so avoid aluminum and plastic pegs.
Steel pegs or stakes are a far better option for securing your tent.
You probably won't give a second thought to the zippers on your tent while shopping around but it pays to remember that your tent is pretty useless if you can't seal it.
Look for the SBS or YKK marking on zippers, or at least try them out before you buy your tent.
The larger your tent, the more guy lines you'll need to secure it. A good quality rope won't tear when you tighten your guy lines and should last for many years.
A minimum thickness of ¼” is best for guy rope sliders. Check that the sliders on your guy ropes are quality wood, metal, or aluminum. Avoid plastic sliders.
The main purpose of a floor is to keep the inside of your tent clean and dry. Vinyl is the best type of flooring for tents as it's durable, waterproof, and warm.
Bell tents usually come with a waterproof floor, but this isn't always the case with wall tents. You lay the floor down once you've erected your canvas tent.
Often you'll need to order a floor for your wall tent separately. If you want a sewn-in floor, you should specify it when you order your wall tent.
It's important to order your floor from the same company that made your tent. That way you're assured that the floor is compatible with your tent and the right size.
Like zippers, stitching is one of those often overlooked checkpoints when buying a tent. Yet, the way your tent's sewn together affects how waterproof, rip-proof and durable it's likely to be.
It's easy to see if seams have been carefully and fairly sewn in with strong, thick thread, so check your tent before you buy it.
Although canvas is a breathable material, canvas tents can get stuffy and hot in humid weather. Choose a tent that comes with mesh screened windows to help with ventilation.
Wall tents don't usually feature vents at the top of the tent, but we can add extra windows if you want more ventilation in your tent.
We are certain that our canvas tents will tick all your boxes when it comes to tent camping. We're proud to say that all our tents are proudly made in the USA and manufactured with extreme attention to detail.