Q:

I need a mmoth tent that’s durable and warm. Any ideas?

We go to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival every year in mid-June, when temperatures reach mid-80s in the day but can dip into the 20s at night. We need a tent that’s large enough for a double bed, duffel bags with 10 days of clothes, guitars, and headroom to stand up in without tripping over the bed. And, of course, the tent should hold in warmth. We were thinking a 10’x18’ cabin-style tent would work. Any suggestions? Bill Colorado

Oct 3, 2008
Outside
Outside Magazine
Cabela’s Outfitter Wall Tent

Outfitter Wall Tent

A:

Well, as most tents aren’t insulated, heat retention will always be a problem. And a lot of them do have quite a bit of mesh, because they’re most often used in the summer when ventilation is the bigger challenge. The Eureka! Headquarters ($360), for instance, is big enough to sleep six, but has mostly mesh doors.

Plus, 10’x18’ is a huge tent. They’re really not that common. I think your best bet will be to get a canvas outfitter tent. These tend to hold heat better than a light nylon-and-mesh tent and have fewer (if any) windows and mesh panels. Take a look at Cabela's Outfitter Wall Tent in the 12’X17’ size ($800). It’s a real palace with lots of room for double beds, duffels, clothing, gee-tars, and more. It’s very sturdy and weatherproof, as well. As a bonus, you even could add a Cabela’s Tundra Takedown Stove for use inside the tent (it’s equipped to take such a stove). The stove is $230. How cozy would that be?

Of course, this isn’t a tent you take backpacking. It weighs 80 pounds, and the stove would add another 40. Plus, do take care with storage. It’s canvas, so if stored damp it can mildew like a champ, even with its mildew-resistant treatment. Dry it thoroughly after use, and store it loosely where it can ventilate well.

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