AnswerID: 226078 Submitted: Thursday, Mar 08, 2007 at 15:05
Horses for courses.
When I travel, I don't tow a trailer and put minimum stuff on the roof rack. Therefore I have to utilise interior space to the max. I chose a dome nylon tent because it packs up into a small package, something I couldn't do with an earlier canvas tent.
True, nylon doesn't breathe, but the double-skinned dome tents allow moisture to pass thru the inner lining to the ventilated outer lining, so condensation is not a problem.
Both nylon and canvas can go mouldy when packed up damp. But the nylon does not rot, whereas the cotton does - the nylon just gets smelly. Saw a friend's new canvas tent ruined from rot after just one camping trip (nobody had warned him about not packing up damp).
True, the nylon is not as durable, but I get about 5 years out of a dome tent, before I see something new I like better and move on and ditch the old. All for a fairly low price.
Single-skinned tents can sometimes have leak issues at the stitched seams, tho on the outer skin of my current dome tent, the stitching is covered with a bonded tape, making the seams totally drip-free.
But I must say, I have used the canvas Oztent, and apart from its considerable size when packed, is a magnificent invention - truly the 30-second tent. But it did drip when it rained.
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