Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Review Summary
In this Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow review will be looking at the pros and cons of a traditional tent that is growing in popularity again. The tent has a high-quality build that sees a Canvas material wrapped tightly around a solid frame. This premium build isn’t the most affordable or lightest to carry, but is it worth it? Without further ado, let’s get started.
- Size: 4-6-8-Person
- Rating: 4-season
- Weight: 54-70lb
- Fabric: Duck Canvas
- Floor: Reinforced vinyl
Who is the Kodiak Canvas for?
In short, this tent is ideal for people who want a durable tent for long-stay camping trips. It is perfect for car camping and for camping in the dessert, which is why it is top of our list for our recommended burning man tents.
As a 4-season tent, the Kodiak will keep you protected in all seasons of the year. Which brings us onto our next point – this tent is ideal for those who want a tent that will provide a lifetime of use. The tent isn’t the most affordable, and there are certainly more budget options on the market. But few are built to the same quality and will last such a long time.
Although this is a waterproof tent that can deal with wet weather and mild winds, we wouldn’t recommend this tent for torrential rain and winds. It will keep you dry, but there are better family tents for rain.
With such a high-quality build, it will come as no surprise that this tent is heavy and hard to carry. As such, we wouldn’t recommend this tent for those who have a lot of walking to do. It is more suited to those who will be camping from a car or driving most of the way to the pitch. The tent is also better for those who aren’t in a rush to get set-up, and who don’t mind taking a bit of time to build the perfect fortress their stay.
- Tough and long-long-lasting
- Protects against sand
- Good headroom
- Not for harsh rain
Size + Liveability
The Kodiak Canvas comes in three sizes: 4-person, 6-person, and 8-person. No matter which size you decide to use, you will be rewarded with a spacious tent that provides ample headroom. The tent also comes with a large awning that is perfect for sitting outside in the rain for dinner or your morning coffee.
The liveability of a tent depends on the weather during your trip and how well the tent can cope with conditions. You’ll be pleased to know that the Kodiak will protect you in just about every type of weather, despite stormy conditions. This is due to the lack of an additional fly and walls that aren’t angled. If you’re going camping in the desert, then there is no better tent for desert camping. The light-colored canvas will reflect heat and keep you cool inside, while the thick flaps keeps sand at bay.
It is wise to practise at home before heading out on your adventure. It will take a few goes, but the tent isn’t too difficult to put up once you learn the ropes. The tent can be erected by one person, but the materials are heavy, so be ready for a workout in the summer heat! It takes me under 10 minutes to get the tent set-up, but I am experienced. You may want to watch a video (like the one below) before setting out on your camping trip.
Materials + Weather
The main material and benefit of this tent is the thick cotton fabric that provides protection against sandstorms and other dusty areas. Basically, it will keep out the nastiness, and allow for a comfortable living space inside. Although the fabric is thick, it is still breathable.
The Flex-Bow has walls that are made from cotton duck canvas, which is excellent at repelling water. These walls are coated in Hydra-Shield, which is a silicone product that enhances the waterproof rating of the surface. The floor is made from 16-ounce polyester-reinforced vinyl that is also resistant to water and will not break under heavy load.
Even though the flex-bow uses waterproof material to keep you dry, there better tents for rain storms. With that said, the Kodiak will keep you dry during any sudden downpours. The only issue is the back door that is angled upward, which could allow water to fall inside the tent if it is open while the heavens are open.
In regards to wind, the tent will hold up well if it is properly staked down and well tensioned. If not, high winds will treat this tent like a kite and blow it over. You must really ensure it is pitched properly when the winds pick up.
Storage + Other Features
With a large awning, there is an area outside the tent that can store gear. However, there aren’t any vestibules for secure storage. With that said, the Kodiak is very spacious. If you’re planning to bring a lot of gear, then we recommend sizing up and going for the larger size. On the inside of the tent you’ll find a customizable gear loft that can store clothing and bags. You can also make use of the built-in mesh pockets for your essentials.
The tent also comes with a range of features that adds small touches of luxury to your camping trip. The #10 YKK zippers are solid and near-impossible to snag or break. We also appreciated the reinforced seams that prevent damages in rough weather, such as sandstorms.
We hope this Kodiak Canvas review has helped you to gain a better perspective of this durable tent. Although it has a traditional style, this is a luxury tent that won’t let you down. To sum up, if you want a canvas tent that provides excellent living conditions, the Kodiak is the one to beat.
The only thing we aren’t crazy about is the weight of the tent, which does limit the situations it can be used in. For example, this is a great festival tent, but it will be hard to use for groups who want to travel light.
This tent is suited to individuals who are aware of how to put a tent together and who are confident that the positives (strength, durability, and weather-resistance) outweigh the few negatives (weight and set-up).
If desert car camping is what you enjoy, then this really is the one for you. You’ll also love this tent if you require a tent for long-stay trips at festivals, fishing, or simply relaxing with family.