Army Duck Fabric
Why canvas? The synthetics can’t compete.
Tents made of double-fill, Sunforger® treated Army Duck Canvas have been on expeditions around the world. They have always performed perfectly. If your adventures require the absolute best and most durable tent available, then Army Duck Canvas should be your choice.
There are all kinds of new synthetic materials out there. But canvas is the original, and it’s still around today for a reason. Nothing else has the natural ability of cotton to breathe. Nothing’s quite like the sight of that white canvas nestled in amongst the trees. There’s a smell to a clean canvas tent – the same smell as laundry flapping in the wind. A good canvas tent feels like home.
Army Duck: double-fill, 100% cotton, water repellant, mildew resistent, & flame retardant. Made in the USA.
Army Duck has the remarkable quality of being highly durable and also very breathable. Ours is a tightly woven (double-fill), 100% cotton duck finished with the best water repellent, mildew resistant, flame retardant treatment available. Made in the USA.
Normal moisture built up within the tent will pass easily through the fibers to create a very comfortable living environment, making it cooler in the summer and helping free your tent of condensation in the winter. And the tight weave will help your stove keep you cozy even in the snow and ice.
When it rains, the fibers swell up to make the tent even more water-repellent. The roof becomes very taut, preventing water from pooling at the eaves.
Our double-fill Army Duck Canvasis Sunforger® treated to be water repellant, flame retardant (CPAI-84) and mildew resistant. It’s a natural canvas color and finishes at about 12 ounces per square yard after treatment.
“Army Duck Canvas” is a military designation. It means that the fabric is of equal strength in both warp and fill. It’s hardy no matter which way you pull (or the wind tugs) on it. And the army does use army duck!
Double-fill means that two threads are twisted together, giving you a much tighter weave – which means stronger, more durable, more water resistant, and better at keeping the heat where you want it – inside the tent.
Treatment and Care
Buy a fly to extend the life of your tent. Whether you want to buy a Rainier fly or create your own, a tent fly will help protect your tent from rain and UV rays, will cause snow loads to slide right off your roof, and will make packing up easier since your actual tent will be dry and ready to be stuffed in its tent bag. Think of it this way: the fly will be taking the brunt of everything (which means your tent won’t feel it). And flys are much, much cheaper to replace than tents.
Never put away your tent wet! Canvas will last for years if treated properly, and Sunforger® treated canvas will be forgiving because of the mildew-resistance. But one of the quickest ways to ruin your tent (and develop a smell) is to put away your tent wet. If you must pack up quickly, unpack your tent as soon as possible, spread it out, and let it dry outside in the fresh air.
Clean your canvas. We ship a use & care sheet with each tent with “best practices” for cleaning your tent.
Canvas can be repaired. It’s one of the advantages that canvas wall tents enjoy over the new synthetics. It’s fabric! In the unlikely event that the fabric tears (which can happen after years of use), it can be patched.