Looking for tent sale or rental offers everyone have finally reached informations considering materials of which the tents are made. Used fabric has huge impact not only the the products final price but also provides special use for various situations.
In all those different materials, how do you pick the best material for your case? Which should be perfect in our situation and which is to be avoided at any cost? In this article we will talk 5 mostly used materials in tent industry.
Nylon is an artificial fabric that belongs to the group of polyamides. Artificial canvas usually bring mostly drawbacks to our mind, but there are several cases where they might be the best solution of all. Nylon, being of the first man-made fabrics is most known for it's high physical resistance. Its quite easy to keep clean because it doesn't crease and dries really fast. In context of tents it's mostly used for light-weight collapsible tourist models as it allows comfortable, long backpacking trips.
Polyester, just like nylon, is an artificial fabric and shares most of nylons parameters - it's quite heavier tho. Polyester's main advantage is higher physical resistance and lower water retention that make it a perfect choice for rainy overnight stays in the wild. Many of the touristic tents have their walls and roof made of polyester while the floor is made of nylon to make the construction both practical and as light as possible. On the other hand big tents and tent halls are rarely made of those because both these fabrics are not very breathable and may not provide enough ventilation.
Cotton canvas are fully natural material used in tent production. Cotton is extremely pleasant in touch, provides excellent breathability and absorbs water well. In the windy days they are not as noisy as artificial fabrics. Also, it has greatly better UV resistance compared to previously mentioned materials highly prolonging it's longevity.
PVC is an artificial fabric widely used in tent production. Usually it stands as cover on more flexible material to increase water resistance and protect from wind. Most tarpaulins are made of PVC.
Polycotton is a modern fabric sharing the best of cotton and polyester. It provides high water resistance, protects well from wind providing fantastic balance between weight and usability. This kind of materials is nowadays one of the best in terms of funtionality to be used in tent production. If treated well it will serve long years for it's owner. The main drawback however is the price - that's why this fabric has it's use mostly in tents and tent halls of the highest quality.
Each of the fabrics mentioned before has both it's advantages and disadvantages. Seeking for a compact tent to fill in our backpack on a mountains walking trip we should definitely focus on light, artificial fabric tents. If we only need to cover some machines on open space PVC tarpaulins will come in handy. For the most demanding, expecting highest class solutions there are modern fabrics like polycotton.
We strongly hope, that our article will help you find the right tent that will suit all of your needs!