Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow
(6-Person) Tent: Definitive Review (2020)

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This is the Ultimate TopNotch Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow Review 2020..

…an overview of a tent that won’t falter in difficult conditions.

If you’re looking for a reliable, well-crafted 6-Person tent then continue reading on… this one might be up your alley.

In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:

  • The Flex-Bow’s durability and weather resistance
  • General specifications and overall comfort
  • Set up requirements and ease of use
  • Lots more…

So… if you want an in-depth look at what the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow will add to your next outdoor adventure, you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started.

Value for Money
6
Ease of Use
6
Durability/Workmanship
8
Comfort
7
Weather Resistance
9
Overall Score
72

  • Weight: 73 lbs
  • Square Footage: 100 square feet
  • Height: 6’ 6”
  • Seasons: 4 Seasons
  • Manufacturer: Kodiak

Bottom Line : A tent that allows for rugged luxury in all conditions.

Pros


  • Premium grade duck canvas
  • Well thought out ventilation
  • Impressive quality and weather-resistance

Cons


  • Not free-standing
  • Not a super quick set up

Our Verdict:
Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow (6-Person) Tent

The Kodiak Canvas Tent Flex-Bow is a roomy, heavy-duty tent you can truly rely on.

It’s a great choice if you care about quality craftsmanship.

We found the cotton duck canvas to be tough yet breathable.

Furthermore, the galvanized steel rods are sturdy and able to withstand high winds.

These are just some of the reasons we found it to be the most weather resistant 6-person tent…

How can you beat that?

But… like any product, it has a few issues.

Mostly regarding its ease of use, and set up process.

However… If you’re car camping or attending a music festival, it might be just the ticket!

Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow hand crafted tent with super durable materials that will last a very, very long time if taken care of.”

Related: 10 Best 6 Person Tents

Analysis Comparisons and Test Results

We tested this tent alongside nine others in various outdoor environments.

Simply put… its ability to resist harsh weather blew us away.

Pun intended.

We tested for much more than just weather resistance, however, and found when we looked at packed size, and versatility, it’s not ideal for those wanting something lightweight or easy to set-up.

But, enough waiting around, it’s time to look at the details and show you exactly what we liked and didn’t like about it.

Value for Money

If you prioritize a tent’s Value for Money, then the Flex-Bow might not be the one for you.

Instead, we found the Eureka Copper Canyon 6 to provide the best ratio between outdoor value and total cost.

Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow

Value for Money Rating

Eureka Copper Canyon 6
9
CORE 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent
9
The North Face Wawona 6
8
Big Agnes 6-Person Tent
8
Coleman Sundome 6
8
CORE 6-Person Dome Tent
7
Coleman Weathermaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room
7
Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow
6
Nemo Wagontop 6
6
Marmot Halo 6
6

However, this in no way means the Kodiak-Canvas Flex-Bow is a poor relation- these were the very best tents we were testing it against afterall.

In truth, the Flex-Bow is jam-packed with value thanks to its reliability and weather resistance.

If you’re willing to spend a little more money, this tent will reward you with its TopNotch quality for countless seasons.

Ease of Use & Set-Up

This canvas tent is large, roomy, and an absolute dream to spend time in.

Unfortunately, its rugged luxury comes with a slightly more complicated set-up process (though it’s still marketed as ‘easy’ of course!

Kodiak Canvas Tent

Ease of Use & Set-Up Rating

CORE 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent
9
The North Face Wawona 6
9
Eureka Copper Canyon 6
9
Coleman Sundome 6
8
Coleman Weathermaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room
8
Marmot Halo 6
8
CORE 6-Person Dome Tent
7
Big Agnes 6-Person Tent
7
Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow
6
Nemo Wagontop 6
6

It’s crucial that it’s solidly staked into the ground before you raise it, to create sufficient tension we learned this the hard way. Also, the canvas material is heavy, meaning it can take some significant pulling to hoist it up onto its two large weight-bearing poles.

If a streamlined set-up process is something you need out of your 6-person tent, we can recommend the Core 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent instead.

Although we found the process of setting up a little challenging, it had quite a few handy features as well.

First off, there’s a surprisingly small number of Flex-Bow Rods necessary to create its incredibly rugged, strong structure. This makes packing up the tent much easier once your trip is over.

Also, since its material is completely waterproof there’s no need to install an extra rainfly, which cuts down on set-up time.

Durability & Workmanship

The durability and Workmanship of the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow is one of its most impressive features.

The canvas material is as rugged and hardy as we could have expected it to be.

Furthermore, it’d be hard to find a spring steel tube that’s better made than the ones provided by Kodiak to support this structure.

Kodiak Canvas Tent

Durability & Workmanship Rating

The North Face Wawona 6
9
Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow
8
Eureka Copper Canyon 6
8
CORE 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent
8
Marmot Halo 6
7
Coleman Sundome 6
7
CORE 6-Person Dome Tent
7
Big Agnes 6-Person Tent
7
Nemo Wagontop 6
7
Coleman Weathermaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room
6

If, like us, you love outdoor products that last year in and year out, then this could be the one for you.

It held up better than almost any of our other 6-person tents, earning an impressive 8/10 for durability and workmanship.

Comfort

Although the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow is not in our top 5 for comfort, it’s certainly not uncomfortable.

The ceilings are well lofted, and allow for most people to stand within the tent without needing to crouch down. This, coupled with its large front doors creates a roomy and spacious feel.

Kodiak Canvas Tent

Comfort Rating

CORE 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent
9
The North Face Wawona 6
9
Coleman Weathermaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room
9
Eureka Copper Canyon 6
8
CORE 6-Person Dome Tent
8
Big Agnes 6-Person Tent
8
Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow
7
Nemo Wagontop 6
7
Coleman Sundome 6
7
Marmot Halo 6
7

If, however, you’re looking for a little extra in this metric, and want the absolute most comfortable stay on your outdoor adventures, then we’d highly recommend the Core 6-Person Instant Cabin. Although this tent outshone the Flex-Bow in terms of comfort, the Flex-Bow’s unique storage capacities were a super useful feature.

Its storage is TopNotch, coming with a gear loft to store your kit overhead, and a detachable storage bag that hangs on the walls. This provides plenty of space to organize your gear – allowing you the time to better enjoy your vacay in the Great Outdoors.

Weather Resistance

Where did the Flex-Bow outshine the competition?

Hands down.

Weather Resistance…

We guarantee this structure will be a reliable safe haven for you if the weather ever takes a turn for the worse.

Kodiak Canvas Tent

Weather Resistance Rating

Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow
9
Nemo Wagontop 6
9
The NorthFace Wawona 6
8
Marmot Halo 6
8
CORE 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent
8
Eureka Copper Canyon 6
7
Big Agnes 6-Person Tent
7
CORE 6-Person Dome Tent
7
Coleman Sundome 6
7
Coleman Weathermaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room
6

The best part is this tent’s weather resistance doesn’t lower its breathability.

The canvas material is incredibly breathable and regulates temperature well.

It also has pre-installed airflow vents in the top corners which regulate temperature and humidity.

Its heavy-duty canvas fabric will shield you from whatever nature throws your way, whether it’s rain, snow, hail, or sleet!

“This is the tent that you want for desert sandstorms and dry, dusty areas.”

Our Final Verdict:
Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow (6-Person) Tent

This tent’s materials are durable, and it’s incredibly weather resistant.

Although it’s on the pricier side, the peace of mind it’ll give you if the weather is on the turn is more than worth it.

If you find the Kodiak’s ease of set-up or weight to be an issue, then we’d have no hesitation in recommending our best overall 6-person tent, which was the Core 6-Person Instant Cabin.

But… if its ‘heavy-duty feel’ sparks your interest, we guarantee it won’t let you down!

Our Final Verdict Rating

CORE 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent - EDITORS CHOICE
86%
The North Face Wawona 6
86%
Eureka Copper Canyon 6
82%
Coleman Sundome 6
74%
Big Agnes 6-Person Tent
74%
CORE 6-Person Dome Tent
74%
Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow
72%
Coleman Weathermaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room
72%
Marmot Halo 6
72%
Nemo Wagontop 6
68%
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Conclusion:
Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow (6-Person) Tent

At this point… you’ll have come to understand the Flex-Bow’s various pros and cons.

We believe it could be perfect for weekend hunting trips, music festivals, or classic car camping scenarios.

Its durability and workmanship mean that it’ll hold up for years.

Also, its weather resistance will fully protect you from harsh conditions.

Although it can be hard to set-up at first, it provides a comfortable stay for 6 people thanks to the ample storage and impressive breathability.

So… if you’re looking for something that’ll stand the test of time the Flex-Bow might be just the one for you!

We’ve done the work – now it’s over to you to make your choice.

Which is the right tent for your next great adventure?

Other Versions

Other similar Kodiak products are the Kodiak Screen House and the Kodiak Cabin – both made from similar canvas material.

These products have different set-up processes, however, and are noticeably different from the Canvas Flex-Bow we reviewed in this article.

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