Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Canvas Tent Review

PROS:

    Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Canvas Tent

  • Incredibly easy to set up & tear down.
  • Toughest tent – Bombproof construction.
  • Strong steel stakes.
  • Very durable.
  • Excellent ventilation.
  • Very Comfortable.
  • Ample headroom – Tall ceiling height.
  • Good stability in wind.
  • Cleverly designed strap-and-cinch storage bag let you put the tent away super easy.


CONS:

  • Heavy! Even heavier when wet.
  • Not freestanding.
  • It’s canvas, so must make sure tent is completely dry before storage.
  • Floor has a plastic look & feel. (Tip: Cover it with a ground tarp to look & feel better)

BOTTOM LINE:

The Kodiak Canvas 8-Person Flex-Bow Tent is so rugged and well-made that it can endure the most extreme weather conditions. The secret is the 1-inch diameter steel poles plus a special canvas material called Hydra-Shield canvas used for the tent’s roof and walls. However, this also gives rise to the only drawback of the tent–very heavy, 79 pounds (includes 6.5 lbs in stakes)! So, if weight isn’t an issue, the Kodiak Canvas 8P Flex-Bow Tent (or the 4-person or 6-person versions) is the perfect tent for your car camping, family camping, base camp, or hunting trips. The Flex-Bow is the type of tent that’s so durable that it will last for generations! It comes with a limited, lifetime warranty (See Owner’s Manual for details).

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Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Canvas Tent Overview

Flex-Bow Deluxe 8P Floor Plan

Quality Materials:

The Flex-Bow 8P Tent is made of a superior, marine-grade, 100-percent cotton duck Hydra-Shield canvas. The custom-woven, treated canvas is ideal for tents, as the double-fill design is strong and durable, while the silicone, dry-finish treatment is watertight, breathable, durable and also resists mold and mildew. As a result, campers will stay comfortable and dry even in a downpour. Unlike synthetic fabrics or canvas with a paraffin- or oil-based treatment, Kodiak’s canvas allows water vapor to escape, minimizing condensation, humidity, and mugginess. Plus, you’ll rarely (if ever) have to retreat Kodiak canvas.

The frame is made up of 1-inch galvanized steel tubing and 3/8-inch Flex-Bow spring steel rods keeping the tent taut at all times. Tent floor is made of 16-oz vinyl polyester reinforced, seamless.

Note: This tent is designed for all-season use, but Kodiak Canvas does not recommend use for extreme winter mountaineering or heavy snow accumulations.

Good Ventilation:

Campers won’t feel claustrophobic inside the Flex-Bow 8P tent, thanks to the tent’s spacious 6-foot 6-inch ceiling height, two large D-shaped doors (front and back), and four large windows, all covered with no-see-um mesh. To further improve ventilation, the tent includes two funnel-flow vents that help improve air flow and temperature management.

Ease Of Setup:

Although not freestanding, the Flex-Bow can be set up easily with one person (see video). Since it is not freestanding you’ll have to spend little more time to stake it down. You’ll also need good soil because this tent is a pain to set up in soft or sandy soil.

Check out Amazon customers share their real tent setup experience.

Other Goodies:

A large 84-by-78-inch awning; a customizable gear loft and organizer pockets; and a handy strap-and-cinch storage bag.

Optional Accessories:

Ground Tarp

Notes:

The model number for Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Canvas Tent is 6014.

The Flex-Bow also comes in four and six-person sizes:

Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 4-Person Canvas Tent, model number 6098

Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 6-Person Canvas Tent model number 6010

Owner’s Manual PDF (For All Flex-Bow Models)

Full spec, features and prices of all 3 sizes are summarized in the comparison chart below.

Model 6098 6010 6014
Description Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 4-Person Canvas Tent Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 6-Person Canvas Tent Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Canvas Tent
Capacity 4 people 6 people 8 people
Estimated Cost of Ownership $420 $520 $620
Buy from Amazon Kodiak Canvas 6098 Kodiak Canvas 6010 Kodiak Canvas 6014
Ceiling material 10-ounce Hydra-Shield canvas 10-ounce Hydra-Shield canvas 10-ounce Hydra-Shield canvas
Wall material 8.5-ounce Hydra-Shield canvas 8.5-ounce Hydra-Shield canvas 8.5-ounce Hydra-Shield canvas
Floor material 13.5-ounce polyester-reinforced vinyl with welded seams 16-ounce polyester-reinforced vinyl with welded seams 16-ounce polyester-reinforced vinyl with welded seams
Frame 1-inch galvanized steel tubing 1-inch galvanized steel tubing 1-inch galvanized steel tubing
Rods 3/8-inch solid spring steel Flex-Bow rods 3/8-inch solid spring steel Flex-Bow rods 3/8-inch solid spring steel Flex-Bow rods
Tent dimensions 9′ x 8′ 10′ x 10′ 10′ x 14′
Ceiling height 6′ 1″ 6′ 6″ 6′ 6″
Awning size 70″ x 57″ 72″ x 78″ 84″ x 78″
Doors 2 D-shaped doors (front and back) 2 D-shaped doors (front and back) D-shaped doors(front and back)
Windows 4 windows covered with no-see-um mesh 4 windows covered with no-see-um mesh 4 windows covered with no-see-um mesh
Pack weight 54.5 pounds (includes stakes weighing 6 pounds total) 68 pounds (includes stakes weighing 6.5 pounds total) 79 pounds (includes stakes weighing 6.5 pounds total)
Pack size 24 by 13 inches, with pole bundle measuring 35 inches long and 5.5 inches in diameter 30 by 13 inches, with pole bundle measuring 50 inches long and 5.5 inches in diameter 30 by 16 inches, with pole bundle measuring 48 inches long and 5.5 inches in diameter
Interior goodies Customizable organizer pockets A customizable gear loft and organizer pockets A customizable gear loft and organizer pockets
Storage bag A handy zippered storage bag A handy strap-and-cinch storage bag A handy strap-and-cinch storage bag
Warranty Limited lifetime warranty Limited lifetime warranty Limited lifetime warranty