Don’t adjust your eyes, you did read that heading right. Army duck canvas has made a resurgence back into the Australian camping market place. Say hello to “Kodiak”, the new leader in top quality canvas tents. For those of us old enough to remember the original 100% pure cotton canvas of times gone by, the minute you touch this stuff, the memories will come flooding back.
Not only is the original back, it has been put into what I consider (personal view only), possibly the best tent design I have ever seen. This tent frame system is called a Flex Bow design and by flex, I mean it has four spring rods running from the centre galvanised steel pole supports. These spring steel rods apply constant and equal pressure to the canvas tent and they absorb energy (flex) should some heavy gusts start to blow.
This gives two brilliant benefits. (1) the flexible spring steel rods absorb a lot of the stress that is usually given to the two weakest parts of all tents. This seems to be the pegs and stitching and it adds incredible strength. (2) this makes for a super quiet tent in windy weather. The stress is constant and consistent. No loose flapping or noisy synthetic material to be seen.
As we all know, pictures speak a thousand words, so what I thought I would do is shoot some footage and showcase how this beauty is erected.