At Boutique camping, we’re always checking out what’s new in the world of glamping and looking for inspiration to help us bring our customers the best possible camping experience. Over the years we have noticed a big trend by all the leading tent manufacturers who use Canvas Polycotton as the choice of tent fabric instead of 100% cotton.
As avid campers, we decided to put this to the test, together with some of our regular camping site customers, we tried manufacturing tents made from canvas polycotton, as opposed to the traditional 100% cotton tents we were generally use to. Canvas polycotton is a cotton fabric with polyester weaved into it, making it easier to care for and more hard-wearing than traditional 100% cotton canvas. All the good qualities of cotton canvas can be found in canvs poly-cotton tents, so you get all the benefits of the cotton and polyester fabrics all in one. From 2018, we made the switch from manufacturing 100% cotton bell tents to canvas polycotton bell tents and the feedback from our regular customers, including large camp sites has been amazing. Our tents are now stronger and more durable than ever before, more resistant to mildew, which was a big concern for many customers when outlaying good money on a tent, they want to last for years, also our customers found that Canvas polycotton dried a lot quicker, so they could pack away their tents easily and quickly after a downpour. All this whilst remaining a fully breathable fabric.
Below is a summary of the reason, why canvas polycotton is a far more suitable long term option for your tent fabric then 100% cotton.
More durable and less likely to rip than cotton,
making it more suitable for extreme conditions.
Less maintenance required and more
resistant to mildew.
Fully breathable just like
Quicker drying time than standard
Holds colour better and less likely to fade
as quickly as cotton.
Looks and feels just like traditional cotton
canvas and less prone to creasing.
Polycotton Tents Trustpilot Reviews
Bought the 4m poly cotton bell tent and also the protective cover, both excellent, the cover was well worth the money.
by Mrs Smith
Brilliant quality item, well thought out and the family loved it from the moment they laid eyes on it.
8M Bell Tent. Next day delivery. Tent FANTASTIC, really good quality canvas. Easy to put up, easy to take down.
by Jo Hud
We were often asked by some of our regular customers if there was a fabric that was more cost effective, hard wearing but would still give you the traditional feel of our traditional canvas bell tents.
We worked closely with our fabric manufacturers and developed a synthetic man made fabric which we called the Oxford canvas. This material is tremendously hardwearing and there is no need to weather the fabric before your first trip. It’s also more robust against rot, mould and mildew making it the ideal choice for campers who want a bell tent, but aren’t keen to take on the additional care and upkeep associated with 100% cotton canvas. As this is a synthetic and non-breathable material, condensation can naturally occur.
Oxford fabric Trustpilot Reviews
We were so eager after putting it up in the the garden that we slept in it that night! Easy to put up, fabric and zips look really strong
by Vanessa Ralph
We love our Oxford Bell Tent. The bag is naturally extremely heavy but the tent is so easy to put up.
Bought the Oxford Bell tent from Boutique Camping for the wife, I was a little dubious, but I absolutely love it
by Brian Taylor
Our Polyester tents are half the weight of our canvas tents and are ideal for festivals and weekend camping trips. Whilst this range of tents has been developed with this in mind, they have not lost the traditional feel of our bell tent. The lightweight polyester fabric is also quicker to dry, and far easier to take care of than other traditional tent fabrics - an excellent option for those that want to stand out in an amazing tent, at a fraction of the cost. As this is a synthetic and non-breathable material, condensation can naturally occur.
Please note, all our polyester tents are premium made quality tents, made from thicker hardwearing quality polyester material, please do not compare our polyester tents to cheaper poor quality alternatives on the market.
Weekender Polyester Tents Trustpilot Reviews
Real value and loved by everyone. Stood up to all sorts of weather, children and adults alike loved it. I shall be buying another.
by Wayne G
Love my lightweight bell tent - so versatile with the roll up sides during the gorgeous hot weather last summer
Very pleased with the polyester rainbow tent, it was great for our daughter's hen do weekend at the Big Festival.
by Darra Carberry
Benefiting from all the features including the breathability of the standard canvas and also the lightweight from the Weekender range, our new Lightweight polycotton canvas is our best yet.
The weight of the canvas is 200g per square meter (200gsm) rather than the 285gsm of our standard canvas so Its lighter to transport, quicker to dry and still robust due the polycotton mix.
Perfect for those last minute camping trips where you may compromise on time given to plan your trip, but you wont have to compromise on the quality of your tent.
We have created a purpose built rain test facility at our factory. We vigorously rain test all our new tent designs, fabrics etc making sure our all our tents are water tight.
Our weekender tents achieve an outstanding hydrostatic rating of 3000mm HH due to their polyester nature which grants you excellent protection from heavy rain.
Our canvas tents are all treated with water resistant agents which grants them good water resistant capability to keep you warm and dry during rainy nights when out camping.
Please find example below of our new polyester Aztec pattern test being put through its paces.