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Some people like to cozy up to the warmth of a fire with a cup of hot chocolate as the snow falls outside.
Meanwhile, others can’t imagine being stuck indoors when there’s a winter wonderland to be explored.
Perhaps you fall into the third category – and that’s the people who find a way to bring the best of both worlds together.
But did you know that it takes a special wall tent to do just that?
After testing the best wall tents on the market, our team of camping enthusiasts is so glad to have found one that can bring you the very comforts of your home and away from the frigid cold.
And that’s none other than the White Duck Canvas Wall Tent, our field test’s Best Wall Tent For Winter.
And we’ll tell you why in this ultimate White Duck Canvas Wall Tent Review
In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:
- The pros and cons of the White Duck Canvas Tent and what it means for you
- Unique features rarely found in any other canvas wall tents
- Why setting this heavy tent up shouldn’t intimidate you
- Lots more…
So if you want to find the best tent to take on your TopNotch winter wonderland adventure, then you’ll love this review.
Let’s get started.
Best Wall Tent On The Market – Browning Tent
Glacier Four Person Tent
- Large living areas
- Integrated groundsheet
- Double-stitched seams
- Perfect for families
- Very heavy
- The stove jack is a bit too large
White Duck Canvas Wall Tent
We’re loving how this alpha wall army duck canvas pulls out all the stops when it comes to bringing the comforts of home into the freezing snow.
First up, let’s talk about the structure as a whole.
The 10’ x 12’ floor space and 8’ 5” ceiling mimics a small cabin in the woods.
The tent comes with a high-quality detachable heavy-duty 16 oz polyvinyl groundsheet that’s designed to keep the wet out and the warmth in. Throw a rug over and you’re halfway into making it a den that can rival any other.
This is a great bonus because not all wall tents come with groundsheets. Sometimes you have to buy it separately.
But wait there’s more…
We loved how the windows were one of the most fortified and well-designed windows we’ve come across.
Unlike some canvas tent windows with cutouts and flimsy plastic rolled over the opening, this White Duck Outdoors canvas tent boasts three-layered storm windows.
They keep the cold and wet out and when you need to let in some light and fresh air, secure it with velcro fasteners and you won’t even lose the heat from your tent stove.
So what’s the catch?
Well, we found the stove jack to be a bit too large. This won’t be a problem if you take a large stove with you.
But considering the already heavy weight of the tent, we took a smaller tent stove, only to find the stove chute left gaps in the stove jack….oops!
But hey – that was a silly mistake on our part and could have been avoided.
Secondly, the whole 10 people capacity claim is a bit of a stretch.
But I mean if there was some sort of emergency and the White Duck Outdoors were the only option, 10 people sure can huddle safely inside the tent and share body heat.
For comfort and space, we recommend 5 adults or parents and 3 kids as a good number to work with.
But there’s more to say about this amazing tent….so keep reading
Related: 10 Best Wall Tents
Analysis Comparisons and Test Results
If you’re looking for an alpha wall tent that you can put a large cot into, throw over a rug, separate the cooking area from the living area, and really customize the space to your liking, then this 4 season White Duck Outdoors tentis a great option.
With its detachable thick groundsheet that keeps the floor nice and dry, breathable walls, and three-layered storm windows, the tent gives you a home-like atmosphere and security.
Glampers and Hunters will feel right at home.
The space is large enough to divide into separate areas, especially if privacy is a concern.
However, be aware that this is a single room design, it doesn’t come with dividers or partitions so that’s something you will have to invest in separately.
Want to know our experience?
This heavy-duty tent took the top spot when it comes to livability. As testers, we took her out to the snow and spent a couple of days inside.
The testers felt like kids again, playing house. One tester, in particular, spent another two whole days with the tent after the rest of us had already left.
We tried to bribe him out but it didn’t work. He only came out because he was running low on fuel for his tent stove!
2. Weather Resistance
This tent was made for high moisture exposure!
Ok, please understand that this can get very technical.
But here’s the gist of it.
The manufacturers use a 10.10 oz 100% cotton fabric for all their canvas tents.
This means that the fabric is double filled. It’s achieved by a two-ply yarn system that heightens yearn strength.
And on top of that, mildew and flame retardant chemicals are added to the surface of the fabric and in between the cotton pores, so that when the cotton gets wet, it swells.
This, in turn, closes the tiny gaps in the fabric makeup and makes the alpha wall waterproof.
Not only that…
When we pitched this tent, it was pretty windy. We found the UV-resistant Duro ropes used to hold the tent down to be strong and dependable in strong winds.
We don’t think even the big bad wolf can blow this baby down!
The White Duck Outdoors was only outperformed by our TopNotch Top Pick Award Winner The Coleman Prairie Breeze and Editor’s Choice Winner the Gazelle T4
3. Value For Money
The big drawback of this 4 season tent is its weight.
When a tent is heavy, it’s usually not the first choice to take out on a camping trip unless absolutely necessary.
We found out that some campers were concerned that they were forking out a lot of money for an alpha wall tent that they wouldn’t use all too often.
But you can also look at it this way…
It could also be more economical to invest in a tent for 10 people than to purchase a tent for each person. Right?
With a TopNotch quality canvas tent like this one, you wouldn’t even need to keep buying tents year after year….that saves you money in the long run.
Bottom line – The high ticket price comes with a high return on investment.
Value For Money
White Duck Canvas Tents are made to last
It has TopNotch design and quality material. If you want us to get into specifics we will.
For instance, the tent frames are made from strong anodized aluminum (hence its weight and bulk….surprise!).
The tent stakes are a solid V-shape, coming in at 14 inches and ⅛ inches in thickness. It even has large, durable YKK zippers.
And we’ve already mentioned the White Duck Canvas Tents Duro ropes that hold the tent steady in strong wind.
But did you know that it also has UV-resistant weather-proof wall skirtings that act like mud-flaps?
This means that this tent can be dug into the ground – wow!
This reduces wind linkage into the tent.
We know what wind damage can do to a tent, but thanks to the great workmanship of this shelter and unique features like skirting, you can use it over and over again even after heavy use.
5. Ease Of Use
Unlike the Browning and Kodiak Canvas Tent– both of which can be erected by one person- the heavy-duty White Duck Canvas Tent will require 2-3 adults to erect as it weighs just over 100 lbs.
The tent comes in 2 separate boxes. Each box contains polyester waterproof carrying bags.
One carrying bag contains the canvas while the other contains the frame and floor.
We liked how the poles and brackets of the tent are color-coded. It made things so much easier.
If you have kids with you, they will enjoy matching the colors together!
Why does it have a rating of 6, you ask?
Well, one of the hardest things we came across was making sure that the ground where we pitched the tent was as flat as possible. This tent isn’t made for uneven camping ground.
If you’re camping in your backyard, a deck, or a well-maintained ground, this shouldn’t be a problem because these are controlled environments.
The next thing was putting the canvas over the frame.
It was heavy. It can be exhausting. We hope you don’t pull a muscle.
But the results are worth the effort!
This is not the most versatile shelter in our Top 10 list of canvas tents.
For one, it doesn’t come with wall partitions which would have been a huge plus for large camping parties.
This would have given some versatility in how you wanted to set up the interior of the tent.
In addition to that, we’ve already mentioned that it’s best to pitch this tent on a flat surface, preferably a firm ground because of its heavy frame.
So though we’ve awarded it the title of Best Tent For Winter, we certainly don’t recommend it as an ice tent.
However, we do have two things to say…
Firstly, you can add a porch for extra functional room and storage. This is great because the tent doesn’t come with a vestibule like the Kodiak Canvas Tent.
… say, for instance, you lost or damaged one of the frame pieces (highly unlikely, I know) or you just don’t want to haul it to the great outdoors, the White Duck Canvas Tent has frame sockets that will allow you to use wood log frames with a diameter of 5 inches instead…now that’s versatility!
Our Final Verdict:
White Duck Canvas Wall Tent
We really had high expectations for this tent, as we do for all White Duck Outdoors Canvas Tents.
And it lived up to expectations…
…from its 100% cotton duck canvas walls that are fire and mildew retardant to its 3 layered storm windows.
And we can’t forget about its strong UV-resistant Duro rope and wall skirting, features that are hard to find in any other canvas wall tent for the asking price.
But despite that little issue with the large stock jack…guess what?….we were still able to cozy up to our tent stove and enjoy a hot cup of hot chocolate in the snow.
Most of the setbacks we encountered had to do with portability, ease of set-up, and limited versatility, however, once the tent was up, we agreed it was worth the effort.
White Duck Canvas Wall Tent
Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of our review. If you’ve stuck with us this far, you really are a SUPERSTAR.
But we know it’s because you want to make sure you’re getting the best value for your buck.
We’ve covered everything from the pros and cons we found when testing this gear out, to its unique features like tent skirting and Duro rope.
And don’t forget that you can use logs as frames instead too!
We’ve also tested the materials used to make this high-quality canvas tent and saw how they work together to give you the best camping experience in the snow.
These are all things a buyer needs to take into consideration when investing in a tent.
Now that you know this much, you’re really only one step away from that great TopNotch adventure in the snow.
Just follow the White Duck trail and enjoy everything it has to offer
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