Bonus: Best Canvas Base Camp Tent
Available from Amazon.
Price: $339 at time of publishing
- Waterproof canvas walls are far more rugged than nylon or polyester.
- 5 feet of headspace makes the tent feel roomy, according to reviews.
- Steel-tube tent frame is exceptionally sturdy and can stand up to inclement weather.
- Assembly instructions are hard to understand, many owners say.
- Does not fit all truck beds.
- Bugs occasionally sneak in under the flaps.
Takeaway: Before nylon and polyester were invented, most tents were made from cotton duck canvas. Although very heavy, canvas is an excellent insulator, keeping tents cool in hot weather and drying quickly after rain. It's also durable, making it a good choice for long-term camping. On the downside, canvas tents are very expensive (some models cost more than $500). Despite the steep price, owners — many of them hunters — say they love how this Kodiak canvas tent allows them to turn a truck into a backcountry base camp. The biggest drawback: The tent's many straps and poles make it a bear to assemble — even for two people, reviewers say. We read a number of complaints from otherwise-satisfied buyers who say it took an hour or longer to set it up correctly the first few times, and several share setup tips in comments on online retailers such as Amazon. Once it's up, it's very sturdy, owners say.