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This is the Ultimate TopNotch White Duck Outdoors (Large) Canvas Wall Tent Review 2021…
Do you have a large family?
Does finding the perfect family-size winter tent become a mind-numbing search for a needle in a haystack?
Are you by any chance a wannabe glamper?
If you’ve answered YES to one or more of the above questions, then boy have we found the best canvas wall tent for you!
It’s the White Duck Tent and after we pitted several canvas tents against each other, we gave this alpha tent our TopNotch Best Large Heavy-Duty Camping Tent award.
Don’t just take our word for it. Find out how we came to this decision.
In this we’ll cover:
- Just what it takes to set up this large tent
- Distinctive features you can boast about
- Getting real about the price and give you our take on the investment
- Lots more…
So if it’s a reliable, large 4 season tent you’re after, this is the review for you!
Let’s get started.
- Large capacity
- It has a stove jack
- High-quality materials
- Removable awning
- VERY heavy
- Needs multiple people to pitch
Our Verdict: White Duck Tent
When we set out to find the best large heavy-duty camping tent on the market, we knew we’d have to accept the inevitable.
Number one – we knew that the gear we were after would be uber heavy, with thick double fill walls and needing several helpers to pitch.
And for that reason…
Number two – what we were after would also weigh heavily on our pockets when it came to price.
That aside, we knew (as testers and avid campers ourselves) that in exchange, we’d be getting a product to fit a large camping party, a product made of quality, unrivaled materials that would last a lifetime with a bit of care.
We loved this weather-ready heavy-duty tent that was manufactured with hunters, large families, and glampers in mind.
We also love that this product is the result of the manufacturer’s willingness to listen and act on feedback.
We were very happy with the high quality, spacious living area, and weather resistance this white duck outdoors canvas shelter offers, and if you want to know the details…
Just read on…..
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Anything that appeals to a glamper has to be ultra livable – and comfortably so.
Features like the UV resistant polyvinyl skirting, three layer storm windows and a stove jack for cold weather, all add to the livability of this gear.
You’ll also find a 16’ eave at the top of the tent that protects against the sun and prevents rain from entering the tent if you want to keep your doors open.
The groundsheet is the closest you’ll get to the comforts of a great indoor carpet (that’s not to say you can’t take your own).
It has great insulation, prevents rain water from seeping in and condensation from building up.
But consider the possibilities…
You could dress this baby up to suit your mood and style. Throw in some faux animal hide rug and look like a bonafide hunting expedition of old.
String out some lights and turn your tent into Alladin’s Cave… Instagram perfect!
So whether you’re stuck in the snow, out on a long safari or just enjoying a weeklong music festival with the family, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy your outdoor excursion in comfort and style.
It’s 100% cotton fabric gives it natural UV protection and insulation in all weather conditions.
The 10.10 oz canvas with water mildew treatment that sits between the cotton pores swells in humid and rainy conditions and is the secret to this alpha wall canvas’ longevity and water repellent features.
Weather Resistance Rating
Speaking of water…
How will you keep rain and snow out?
Firstly, you’ll find that the doors feature an exterior buckle, a YKK zipper and an interior buckle. These 3 musketeers are designed to keep out the harshest rain and wind conditions.
But that’s not all…
Inside, you’ll find distinctive triangular windows. There are 3 pairs of windows running the length of the parallel walls. The windows are three-layer storm windows. When it rains or snows, just pull down the outer and inner flaps and secure them in place with the velcro fastening system.
The manufacturers claim that the windows will let in natural light without losing the heat from your stove or stove jack.
So, as testers who must verify things ourselves, we fitted one of our Top Notch Best ~Tent Stoves into the stove jack, cranked the heat up, and kept our windows up during a freezing night.
We were warm as a bug, without feeling suffocatingly hot.
So while we’ve ranked the Coleman Prairie Breeze and the Gazelle T4 higher in this metric, you’ll find that it would take something short of a hurricane for this tent to go under, and moisture and humidity is no match for it.
Value For Money
This White Duck Outdoors, hunting, and glamping tent is worth every cent.
Sure, the upfront cost will set you back a little, but you’ll quickly find you’ve saved yourself a lifetime hassle of buying tent after tent of cheaper quality products that add up to a costly investment.
Value For Money Rating
But get this…
With the army duck canvas, you’re investing in a tightly woven fabric with a breathable and high-performance finish.
And that’s not all…
We’ve already mentioned its mildew-resistant feature and the features that make for great livability.
After putting this White Duck Outdoors, heavy-duty tent through the elements; in this case, we’re talking rain, humidity and snow, we can confidently say this shelter has heavy duty durability.
Its workmanship as a whole made it weather resistant to a fault. And being able to withstand the toughest conditions means added life and durability.
Seams were double stitched and corners reinforced for added strength. Apart from the canvas, which we’ve raved so much about, let’s not forget the polyester UV resistant duro rope that holds the whole structure in place even in strong winds.
Try to find this key distinctive feature in any other canvas tents and you’ll search a long time.
Ease Of Use
Okay, for this amount of comfort and glam, you’d be forgiven if you thought this alpha wall White Duck outdoors tent came with a butler, or a handyman to help you put it up.
Cos’ you’re gonna need it!
But hey what are big families for – right?
The tent came in two boxes, one contained the floor and frame and the other the canvas tent.
You’ll find materials in each box that come with their own tent bag.
But wait….two tent bags?….that’s a lot of parts
But don’t worry, the manufacturers have made assembly easier by color coding each part, so you know exactly what goes where.
A minimum of three adults of average height is needed to take this gear out of the box and form it into a masterpiece.
But the more hands you have to help, the sooner you’ll be enjoying its comforts and drawing envious eyes your way (if that’s your thing).
We gave the White Duck Outdoors a 6 in this metric, one point above the midway mark, meaning that while a lot of elbow grease is required, it certainly is doable!
The most versatile tents are ones that you can use in many environments.
Unfortunately, because of its immense size, this isn’t the case for this alpha wall tent.
To be able to pitch this shelter you’ll need a flat surface away from large overhanging trees and branches.
The White Duck is the kind of tent that’ll need prior planning before taking out on the road.
So for these reasons, apart from its many other great features, we gave this gear just past borderline ranking for versatility.
Our Final Verdict: White Duck Cotton Alpha Wall Tent
The final verdict’s in!
After field-testing the White Duck Tent and putting it through its paces alongside our Top 9 picks, we’ve given it a well-earned 75/100 on the overall metric.
While we ranked it very high for weather protection – size and durability is a huge plus – we also know many campers also value versatility, portability, and affordability in their camping gear, none of which are this large canvas tent’s calling card.
This is certainly an amazing glamping tent in our eyes.
However, if you’re heading out to the wild, especially rocky and mountainous terrain or heavy bushland without a clearing, things will be trickier but not impossible.
As the winner of our Best Large Heavy-Duty Camping Tent, this is the tent you’ll want for the long haul.
Conclusion: White Duck Tent
So there you have it!
Everything you need to know about our award-winning White Duck Canvas Wall Tent.
If it’s size, strength, and endurance you’re looking for, this tent comes highly recommended.
Set up really isn’t as intimidating as its weight and size might lead you to believe.
And once it’s up, you’ll appreciate the unique features it offers like the 3 layered door and storm-windows, the UV resistant duro rope, and its water mildew treatment.
But once you see its value, like us, you’ll be racing out to make it yours before long.