If you enjoy tent camping, the tent is obviously going to be one of the biggest determining factors as to if you are going to enjoy it or not! Because of this, you want to consider all of the different materials out there today!
So what are camping tents made of? Most camping tents you find for a family style camping experience will likely be made of Nylon or Polyester, however for the more serious campers, Canvas and PVC tent is also an option!
Let’s talk a little bit more about each option, and why it might be right for your purposes!
This is an extremely commonly used material, mainly because it is relatively inexpensive, as well as lightweight. Because of this, you will find it in tons of different stores, and widely available.
While it doesn’t hold up to constant use and abuse in comparison to materials like PVC or Canvas, it still works well for most uses like backpacking, and overnight camping.
It’s great strength to weight ratio makes it perfect for most people, and is why it continues to be the most popular choice.
This material is used heavily on tents that need to be water proof! While it is more expensive than nylon, it does prove to be the better tent over all. It isn’t nearly as elastic when wet, meaning your tent won’t sag quite as much when it gets wet in the rain.
It is also relatively lightweight, making it a decent option for those backpacking and day camping. However it by no means is as lightweight as nylon. This tent here is what you will find with Polyester!
3. Canvas (Cotton)
Are you looking for something better than the last two options? Canvas is great for people who are looking to build a more permanent tent structure, or for something that is going to be used for years to come.
You will find this type of tent in use at teepees, large tents, and companies that regularly host camping events. For camping, you are probably most familiar with tents like this one from Sportsman’s Guide.
The downsides to canvas tents, are that it is heavy, and expensive. Meaning backpackers, overnight campers, and people on a budget likely won’t gravitate towards this style of tent.
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4. Tarp (PVC)
PVC material is not nearly as common of a material in camping tents than the other three options on this list. However you likely have witnessed the material in use when you have gone to a wedding, or outdoor party.
Many of those large tents that have a dance hall inside tend to be made of this material. It holds up to wind and rain extremely well, however it is heavy and expensive, making it not a super usable material for the standard camper.
Regardless of what type of tent you choose, make sure you are getting the right one for your purposes! While most people will likely choose a nylon tents for its lightweight, and affordable structure, there are of course other options like polyester, PVC and canvas.
My favorite? You can’t go wrong with a canvas tent.