What To Look For
The two main strengths of nylon tents are that they are lightweight and reliably waterproof. By contrast, canvas tents are more durable than nylon, easier to repair and cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Many "tailgate" car campers make the mistake of buying a nylon tent. Because car campers rarely need to carry their tent very far, however, weight doesn't matter. The all-weather virtues and durability of a canvas tent probably suit their needs better. A common misunderstanding is that canvas tents are not waterproof because they don't have a rain fly. Actually, many canvas tents do have rain flies, and even those that don't still repel water.
Where To Buy
Canvas tents and nylon tents can be purchased online or in a brick and mortar store. The Internet offers greater selection and bargain-hunting power. However, sometimes it is a good idea to actually see the tent you have in mind before buying it.
Small two- or three-man tents are usually nylon. Small canvas tents are not very common, except for shops that cater to Civil War reenactors. Unless you are shopping for a large wall tent or something similar, canvas alternatives are hard to find.
Article Written By Edwin Thomas
Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.