A sturdy, solid canvas option, the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow 6-Person Canvas Tent, Deluxe is easy to set up but arguably challenging to put away. The tent offers its fair share of pluses and minuses, so the decision to purchase ultimately comes down to your region’s climate and where you intend to use the tent.



Design

Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow 6-Person Canvas TentCreated with Hydra-Shield, 100% duck canvas, the tent features a Flex-Bow frame for keeping it taut and sturdy. Ceiling height is 6’6”, so if you’re over 6 feet tall you can easily stand in this tent without crouching. It features two large, D-shaped doors–one in the front and one in the back. Both feature durable zippers that actually work well and won’t catch.

Other design features include four sizable no-see-um mesh windows for ventilation and privacy, two funnel-flow vents for airflow and temperature management, and a large, 72×78-inch awning. The tent also includes organizer pockets, a customizable gear loft, heavy-duty 12-inch steel rod stakes, and a strap-and-cinch storage bag.

In no way lightweight, this option is 68 pounds when you include the stakes, storage bag, and poles. This is a tent that you only want to carry to your truck and then directly to the tent site. You’ll probably do well to have another person help you carry it around.

Very Spacious

This is an ideal tent for family camping if you camp a lot and want a good quality canvas tent that will last throughout the years of  use and weather.  This tent provides plenty of room for a family of four or more. We use this tent in my family and  it comfortably fits all six of us and all our gear for an overnighter or two.  Our two oldest kids sleep on a cot while the two yongest two sleep on pad next to my cot.

Must Be Staked

There’s no using this tent unless you can stake it to the ground. It is not freestanding in any way! And because the stakes are so heavy, pounding them into the ground takes some time. Setting up the tent is a one-person operation once it’s staked, however you might want some help with the staking.

Windproof, But Not Waterproof?

Incredibly sturdy in the face of strong winds, and some people have indicated that you may deal with minor roof leaks when using this tent in the rain. Personally, I haven’t had that problem.  And while there’s certain sprays that protect against rain droplets, it’s always better to work with an option that’s waterproof from the get.

May Not be Suitable for Rainy Environments

If you live in a rainy environment or enjoy camping in wetter climates, this tent is may not for you. If you don’t care for this tent while in use and after, like all canvas tents, this one is incredibly susceptible to mold and mildew. Be sure to hand this tent out to dry after any use in wet conditions.

I live and use this tent in all the climates that Utah has to offer.  We’ve taken it up to the Uintas in the mid-Spring season, Southern Utah in the heat of the summer and it has never let us down.

Thick Floor

A durable, thick tent floor is nice to have, but considering what a beast this tent already is the flooring just makes rolling it up that much more challenging.  I highly recommend bringing a broom to sweep out the dirt and needles that gather with everyone entering and leaving the tent. It also makes putting it away clean much easier.

Rope Fraying Problem

Another known issue with the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow 6-Person Canvas Tent, Deluxe is rope fraying. Some have noticed the awning and zipper ropes fray after a few months of use.  This can easily be fixed with heat shrink wire wrap or some Natural Simulated Sinew

Wrap-Up

Sturdy and spacious, this tent is a great setup for families. Ideal for dry regions, but if proper care is taken it can be work in others, it’s also the perfect four-person tent. Features are useful, setup is easy, and the canvas is quiet enough for peaceful nights of rest.

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Review of Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow 6-Person Canvas Tent, Deluxe
4.3 Overall
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Pros
  • Made with Hydra-Shield Canvas, 100% cotton duck canvas that is durable, watertight and breathable
  • Spacious 6'6" ceiling height provides walk-around comfort
  • Two large D-shaped doors (front and back) with #10 YKK zippers
  • Four large windows with no-see-um mesh
  • Two funnel-flow vents help improve air flow and temperature management

Pack Weight: 68 lbs. (includes 6.5 lbs in stakes).
Pack Size: Tent-- Length 30 in. Diameter 13 in., Poles-- Length 50 in. Diameter 5.5 in.
Capacity: 6-person.
Ceiling Material: 10 oz Hydra-shieldTM canvas.
Wall Material: 8.5 oz Hydra-ShieldTM canvas.
Floor Material: 16 oz vinyl. Polyester reinforced, seamless. 
Frame: 1-inch, galvanized, steel tubing.
Flex-Bow Rods: 3/8-inch, solid, spring steel.
All-season: Use year-round, but not designed for extreme winter mountaineering or heavy snow accumulations.
Warranty: Lifetime limited warranty.

Cons
  • Heavy Tent coming in at 68 pounds.
  • Requires extra effort of care after each campout
  • Tent instruction are not clear or well written
Summary
As I mentioned in the post, I personally use this tent and love it. It s strong, made out of heavy duty material and well made. This is a great family tent that if taken care of, will last for years and years and provide you and your family tons of great memories.
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