If you need a tough tent for extreme conditions, reviewers say the Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow Tent (Est. $450) is a top choice. The walls and roof of the Kodiak Flex-Bow are made of Hydra-Shield canvas, which many experts regard as the most durable of any tent material. Thanks to its unique ability to breathe without sacrificing water impermeability, canvas tents also prevent condensation buildup and keep humidity inside to a minimum.
In reviews, owners and experts alike say they have taken the Flex-Bow into some of the most extreme weather conditions and remained dry and comfortable. Setup is a breeze, too. The tent comes in four, six, eight and 10-person configurations. Campers say they provide adequate space, and they enjoy the extra headroom the cabin-style ceiling provides. The Flex-Bow includes a large canopy, which must be staked out to stand. Although not completely enclosed, users appreciate the extra cover.
Similar to the Kodiak Flex-Bow, the Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent ($200 ) has multiple rooms. Extra features like a lighting system (available on the Elite model) and hinged door are a big hit with campers. The rainfly provides cover for the windows through "hoods" propped open with small rods. Campers can keep the windows open, even in the rain.
The WeatherMaster may seem like a luxury suite compared to the simple design and look of the Flex-Bow, but reviewers say the Kodiak Flex-Bow stands out because of its unparalleled performance in any weather conditions.