I just wanted to mention how satisfied I am with my raft. I’ve had a Saturn raft for over 3 years now. I’ve used it it A LOT. It has met all of my highest expectations. Best of all, I can tell it’s well built; after three years, it shows almost no wear and everything is perfectly intact.
I chose Saturn because they are one of the more economical choices. Cost is always one of the most important factors for me. I was a little worried that maybe I was sacrificing something by getting a cheaper tent, but having used it for three years, I definitely don’t feel that way as the tent has held up incredibly well. No regrets whatsoever.
Last year, I took my 14ft raft down the Middlefork of the Salmon. That’s my dad and brother in the picture with me, by the way. Anyway, I knew going in that the water was going to be incredibly low, so I anticipated a lot of scratching on the bottom, a lot of wear and tear, maybe even a hole or two. I was way wrong.
The water was indeed incredibly low. We spent ⅓ of the trip rubbing over rocks or getting stuck. Although this was a little frustrating, to my great surprise, relief, and pleasure, the raft held up extremely well. The bottom looked almost the same as when we started. It is a STURDY vessel. It’s for these reasons, I give my highest recommendation of Saturn rafts.
Buying a wall tent can be a little intimidating, mostly because it’s a huge investment, but also partly because of the wall tent thick jargon. So, I’ve written this article to ease you into the terminology used.
Stove Pipe Jack
This is a heat resistant fabric that is sewn into the tent to allow the stove pipe to pass through the tent. Our stove jack comes with sewn in circles that can be cut out to fit the size of your stove pipe.
Sod Cloth is typically a vinyl layer of fabric sewn onto the bottom of a tent wall. This allows the bottom of the wall to be tucked inside or outside the tent to keep the weather from blowing in. As our material does not rot like cotton canvas, we don’t add a vinyl layer. However, we do make the walls extra long so they can still serve the function of a sod cloth.
An angle kit is all of the pipe angles/joints needed for building a frame. We make ours with a 1″ pipe so that a 3/4″ EMT medal pipe can slide in. We add thumb screws to help hold your poles in place. We also have holes in the angles to accommodate pole clips (see below) if they are added to your poles. We supply more angles than any other company.
Pole Clips are a push button clip that can be installed in the poles to help hold them in place with the angles.
A ridge opening is a triangle section of the tent that opens on each end just under the peak of the tent. This allows for ventilation and for a log or rope to pass through the tent if you’re dong a no frame set-up. Our ridge openings have a draw string for opening and closing them with ease.
Eve ropes are the ropes that extend from the roof edges of the tent to the ground. They provide stability. Our 13 x 16 and 13 x 20 tents come with ten sets of ropes – four on each side and one off each end of the tent. The ropes are attached to metal D-rings that are attached by heavy webbing to the tent.
Tensioners help tighten the eve ropes. Ours are made of a piece of wood with a hole on each side through which the eve ropes slide. You can tighten the ropes and hold them in place by simply pulling on the tensioners.
Should I get a Canvas Wall Tent with a Sewn-in Floor?
Sewn-in floors are not necessary and should generally be avoided if you are using an internal frame. The reason is that it is quite challenging setting up a tent while you are inside of it! For this reason, tents with sewn-in floors usually take a small group of people (I recommend at least 3) to set up
Plus, wall tent material is expensive! It just doesn’t make sense to be walking on it.
There is one advantage to a sewn in floor and that is that it keeps out pests. If you are very concerned about spiders, snakes, and mice then a sewn-in floor does help. In my opinion, however, the benefits do not outweigh the hassle.
Can I order an Elk Mountain Tent with a Sewn-in Floor?
No, the material used in our tents is very expensive and very few people request this feature. Keeping a separate model for each tent that includes a sewn-in floor would require us to raise the prices on all our tents. However, if you’d like some separation between you and your gear and the ground, I recommend using a tarp – they’re cheap and can be replaced easily. There are also some great indoor/outdoor carpets that work.
No, they are nothing like plastic. The tents feel like a cotton-blend canvas, which is already very similar to regular canvas. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free sample of the material.
At Elk Mountain Tents we use a unique polyester canvas that is much lighter than cotton.
The weights for our polyester canvas tents are as follows:
The 13×13 weighs about 50lbs.
The 13×16 weighs about 60lbs.
The 13 x 20 is about 70lbs.
Cotton tents weigh about twice as much as what’s listed above.
Cotton-blend tents weigh about 20~30% more than the polyester canvas.
Nylon tents are the lightest. This material is great for backpacking tents but don’t make for very sturdy wall tents.
**Don’t forget to include the weight of your poles! This also varies depending on the material you use and the size of the tent. However, just to give you an idea, the poles for our three tent sizes weigh about 90lbs, 100lbs, and 110lbs respectively. Most people choose to make their own poles to avoid the large shipping cost.
Davis Tents: I could not locate a policy on their website, so I contacted them directly. Here is what they said, “Our warranty might sound a little hokey – but we call it a “handshake warranty.” Basically we want you to be happy with our product. If you’re not, call us and we will figure it out. If you read our online reviews you will see we always go the extra mile. “
Wall Tent Shop: – I could not find any information on their website, but I have emailed them. I will post as soon as I hear back.
Do Elk Mountain Tents come with a warranty? And what is the return policy?
Yes! All tents come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. We also have a very generous 30-day return policy. If you get your tent and don’t love it, just send it back! The specifics of the policyare located on the checkout page of our website (www.elkmountaintents.com).