The Canvas Tent

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Wall tents have been in use for much longer than at first thought. Paintings from 1544 show open-faced wall tents standing with pavilions and wedge tents.  A model of a tent dated to the mid-17th c., profusely decorated with taped seams outside and fully embroidered inside, stands in a European museum.  There are drawings of wall tents being used in military settings circa 1740.  A sketch brought back from England shows a wall tent with an overhanging eve dating from 1780.  Paintings recording Long’s expedition of 1819 show the tent in use.  Numerous other paintings attest to its continued use during the 19th century.  Truly a tent that has never gone out of style, the wall tent appears in all the camping and woodcraft books of the early part of the twentieth century and is still in use for guided hunting trips and native winter living throughout northern Canada.

Wall tents have been popular due to their efficient use of materials for space provided, transportability, and quick set up.  Wall tents ensure a dry, trouble free, comfortable camp.

All of our Wall tents include overhanging eves (as did many of the originals) to shed water away from the walls, overlapping doors to discourage wind-blown rain from entering, and internal mud flap to further ensure against weather entering from beneath the walls.

Materials we use and why,peg-and-ring

It stands to reason that if you are going to produce the highest quality tents, it is necessary to start with the best quality materials.  We do.

Our standard fabric is cotton.  Cotton with modern finishes makes the best tents ever available to anyone.  Given the opportunity to prove itself, cotton will amaze with its ability to be a comfortable living space in almost every environment.

The Finished Fabric

Outpost Co. uses a 10.38 Army Duck Canvas.  Army Duck is woven in a tight and balanced pattern.  This high thread count, cotton fabric is preshrunk and factory finished with Sunforger.  Sunforger is a finish; it is not a fabric.  Sunforger is baked in, invisible and durable.  A sunforger finish makes the canvas mildew resistant, and important attribute in a tent that we all know will get packed up wet more than once.  Sunforger also transforms the canvas by making it water resistant.  NOT Waterproof- a vapor barrier, but water resistant- which is breathable.  A vapor barrier is good for a floor but you need breathability for the tent walls and roof.  A water resistant finish allows your tent to breathe while keeping the rain outside where it belongs.  Yes you can touch the tent when it is wet and it will not leak.  Sunforger Army Duck offers the best of the old world and the new, a fabric with the appearance of the past with the livability we demand today.

Flame Resistant

Outpost Co. makes every tent with a flame resistant finish.  The finish is applied to the Sunforger Army Duck.  Our flame resistant canvas meets the Industrial Fabric Association Tent Specification “CPAI-84” adopted in many states, Federal Historic sites and Canada as the Standard


Small Details

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Our canvas products and tents are manufactured with double sewn, flat-felled seams.  This technique, while taking longer to construct, offers far stronger seams than any other method.  The seams are used as a structural “skeleton” for the tent, which when combined with our generous reinforcements, produces a structure able to withstand the nastiest weather.  All of our tents have seams that line up with roof seams.  We believe that this is the only way to build a tent.  A carful look at our sewing will reveal the absence of raw edges.  All seams, reinforcements, and edges are finished for long lasting beauty and strength.  We do sweat the details and pay very close attention during design and cutting and construction.  We examine every inch of the canvas for imperfections in the canvas and remove any flaws well before it becomes a tent.

Doors on our tents overlap from 6 to 8 inches and tie inside and out.  If the door is a vertical wall, there are ties to secure it to the adjacent pole.  All this makes for  very waterproof security.

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