This is the Ultimate TopNotch Review of Montana Canvas Wall Tent 2020.
An in-depth guide to a tent that makes the perfect outdoor base camp.
We put it to the test, along with other similar tents, in some fairly extreme environments.
If you want to know how it fared… keep reading.
In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:
- The features that made it stand out
- How durable it was and how it handled rough weather
- Ease of use and setting up
- And lots more…
If you’re looking for a tough, rugged camp that can withstand anything you throw at it, you’ll love this guide.
Let’s get started.
- Includes stove jack with flap
- 7’6” zippered door with weather flap
- A-grade cotton Army Duck
- Made in the USA
- Can’t be pitched by one person
- Floors sold separately
Montana Canvas Wall Tent
Outdoorspeople will love this heavy duty outdoor shelter.
If you’re one who likes braving heavy weather and adventuring in all conditions, it’s going to be the perfect companion for you.
It’s TopNotch for “base camp” situations, whether you close it up against the weather or leave it open like a gazebo.
It’s the hardiest tent you’ll find for miles and will be with you for years to come.
But if you’re into backpacking or light camping…
It may not be for you.
More than one person is needed to set it up as it’s fairly heavy.
For adventure travel that needs a comfortable, safe, durable base camp, the Montana Canvas range is TopNotch.
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Analysis Comparisons and Test Results
This one is geared for heavy weather, so we found the toughest conditions we could and put it through its paces. From the heat of the summer in the backyard to the cold of an overnight, frosty mountain, weathering heavy rains and hail (my ice machine worked overtime for this one!), we didn’t go easy on it.
We concluded that it’s extremely durable and weather-resistant.
We measured the Montana’s performance using a set of specific metrics, which we’ll explain in detail below.
In our testing experience, this hardcore shelter would be fantastic for any type of trip, as long as you have two or more people to help set it up. Backpacking may be a no-go, as it’s far too heavy to carry on your back. For that, we’d recommend the GeertopBiyy.
Let’s delve into how the Montana Canvas scored on our metric system against our other top tents.
After our in-depth testing, we agreed that the Montana Canvas is TopNotch for staying warm and protected in harsh conditions.
These metrics are a comprehensive round-up of the important features, so stick around to find out exactly where it scores big.
The Montana Canvas Wall tent is great for setting up a base camp when hiking, or creating a luxury camping experience in a “home away from home”.
Couples may find it hard to set up, although it would be super-cool for a romantic, luxurious weekend away.
Let’s have a look at what made this score high in comparison to other products for base camp-type camping.
We found the Montana Canvas gave a superb living experience.
As Montana says, ‘a tent is more than just a place to sleep’.
What makes it so easy to live in?
Whatever size you choose, multiple people can fit quite comfortably inside and it has some great features.
It’s a superior settled camping experience for the whole family or group of hikers, hunters, or mountaineers.
As well as its generous floor space, the 7’6” door meant easy access for tall and short alike. The buckled weather flap allowed the door to shut tightly to keep us warm, while in the summer months it could open widely to allow for great airflow.
A zippered, No See Um mesh window lets air in and keeps the biters out, while the 5” single stove jack means you can really set up a home environment.
Our final thought?
Whether you’re out on a hiking or hunting expedition or simply wanting to set up a luxurious, spacious indoor camp site, the Montana Canvas would do the job admirably.
The Montana Canvas was a tough shelter. It stood up extremely well to rough weather and was well ventilated for when it warmed up.
The 10 oz A-grade, cotton duck canvas for wall tent is pretreated and resists fire, water, and mildew for the safest camping experience possible.
Weather Resistance Rating
The strong buckled weather flap was a great addition that prevented sneaky cold breezes and the zippered window added an extra element of protection.
Double-stitched seams made this shelter very wind-proof. This was helped even more by the 12-inch sod cloth around the base.
The outdoor shelter is happy with wind, rain, heat, and snow, it’ll keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
It does get a thumbs-down for…
Although the sod cloth is effective, it’s always a good idea to have a full layer of ground protection, but you’ll need to purchase it separately.
Bottom Line on the Montana Wall Tent?
Whatever weather you’re camping in, this shelter will keep you comfy and safe from the elements with its heavy-duty canvas, double-stitched seams, and high-quality weather flap.
Value For Money
While the Montana is superb for weather resistance and livability, we struggled to match up its price with the value.
Because despite its size and ability to withstand any weather, it has fewer features than other products of the same (or lower) price.
Value For Money Rating
If you need an all-weather shelter, the Montana Canvas can provide that for you. It comes at price, though. When you’re spending as much as this though, you could be getting something with more useful features.
The incredible weatherproofing is worth a bit more money, but the lack of a groundsheet bumps this shelter down to the lower end of the Value-for-Money scale.
The Montana is high up there when it comes to being durable. In fact, only one of the other products we’ve reviewed scored higher.
What makes it great?
The superior quality, treated cotton duck canvas will stand the test of time. It’s been expertly crafted into an outdoor shelter that features a double layer of canvas eaves and strong, six-layered seams.
The Montana frame is constructed from aluminum alloy with additional reinforcement at the gable with a 1” steel conduit.
Wind, snow, or hail, this frame won’t buckle.
You can choose between cotton duck and Relite, both of which are flame-proof, waterproof, and resistant to mildew, as long as you treat your shelter right.
A strategic double layer of canvas reinforces the most important seams.
Montana wall tents are supremely durable and its workmanship is impressive.
They won’t be tearing, leaking, going up in flames, or growing mold anytime soon if you look after them properly.
Ease Of Use
Ease of use is unfortunately where the Montana Canvas falls down the ranks. We put this shelter through some rigorous testing – and setting up was the hardest part for us.
Why did it lose points?
It’s large and it’s heavy – not easy for one or two people to set up by themselves. We needed extra hands for this one.
While frame tents are extremely well-made, they sacrifice usability. This frame weighs up to 137 pounds, which means it’s not easy to move around.
Frame tents are designed in such a way that a single person is meant to be able to set them up alone, but the weight alone makes it hard for anyone but a very strong person to set it up fast.
The material is also fairly heavy. Even two people may struggle to set this up quickly and efficiently – it works better with a group and plenty of time.
Don’t expect to set this up in a jiffy. You’ll need extra hands and extra time to set this up.
We made sure to scope out how the Montana tent fares in a variety of environments. Our testing trip proved to us that this tent works really well in some places, but not so great in others.
You’re going to need a spacious area to set this tent up.
A field or forest clearing would be great. The side of a mountain, not so much.
This tent is not small. You’ll need a large open space on fairly flat ground to set it up. Remember, the guy lines added about 5 feet to the space it took up.
If you have a big enough backyard, you could use this as a garden tent for some shade or an outdoor room, and the door is wide enough to provide an easy walk-in space for a crowd.
Where we struggled…
You’d have serious trouble fitting this tent in tight spots, or on sloping ground. It’s so big that you’ll need to consider trees and other things nearby before you pitch it.
Also, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to carry this around with you. It’s best for settled camping on a flat, large piece of ground.
Our Final Verdict:
Montana Canvas Wall Tent
While the weather-resistant properties of this tent make it superb for heavy weather, it scored a little lower in our usability and versatility ratings.
If you’re the type of camper who likes open space and flat ground, the Montana would make a great base camp. We suggest buying a ground sheet to round it off.
It scored high on weather resistance, livability, and durability. Whatever you throw at it, the Montana will endure. You won’t need to think about another tent for many years.
Conclusion: Montana Canvas Wall Tent
That concludes our Montana Canvas Wall Tent review. Based on our testing and the scores we gave, you should have a good idea of its quality in comparison to other tents in its class.
Here’s our final word:
The Montana Canvas Wall Tent is TopNotch for a comfy living experience and weathering the elements between hikes or hunts.
It’s pricey, but we can assure you the superior quality of these tents will last you many years – whatever the weather.
Learn from our experience!
We’ve done the hard work – you know everything we know – now we hand the baton over to you to make your choice.
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Montana Canvas Wall Tents
We tested the 12’ x 14’ version of this tent. It comes in a few other sizes, though, so whatever your needs you’ll find something to suit you.
- 8’ x 10’
- 10’’ x 12’
- 12’ x 17’
- 14’ x 17’
- 16’ x 20’
- 18’ x 23’
Whether you’re a small family or a large group of outdoor enthusiasts, there’ll be a size (tent and frame) to complement your adventures.