What is a tent? It’s a frame, and most importantly the material on the frame, in our case canvas. Canvas is made of cotton, a superior tent material mainly because of the balance of durability with breathability. What makes our canvas the best choice?
Of course, there are a variety of tent materials out there, some perhaps more durable than cotton, but the advantage of cotton is that it is highly breathable. This prevents it from collecting moisture and mildew, but it’s also vulnerable to wear and tear. That’s where the Sunforger treatment comes in.
Sunforger is not a type of canvas, but a treatment that is applied to canvas. It makes the canvas tough enough to last a lifetime, while remaining resistant to moisture and mildew by retaining its breathability. So, if canvas is the best of both worlds of durability and breathability, canvas treated with Sunforger is the best of the best of both worlds, so-to-speak.
At Davis, we’ve been manufacturing and selling tents for over 60 years, and in that time we’ve learned a lot about what makes a tent great. Ultimately, we determined that Sunforger is the most effective canvas moisture and mildew treatment, and ours is applied at a facility in Butler, GA.
Sunforger not only makes your tent extra durable, but also helps it to repel water, resist UV damage, and be less flammable. Basically, it makes the canvas better in just about every way. With proper care, we’re not exaggerating when we say it should last the rest of your life, with normal use.
About Our Canvas
Even before it’s sunforger treatment, our canvas is of a superior quality. After decades in the tent business, we determined that a 10 oz. double-fill cotton army duck material was the lightest density without sacrificing durability. It also has an excellent insulation profile, so that it keeps heat in, and is thick and dense enough to keep rain out.
It’s important to understand that we ensure that our canvas is not combed. Canvas combing is a process of using multiple short threads woven together, rather than a smaller number of long threads. This means that it’s less likely to break down over time, since it’s made of more singular, intact, long threads.
In fact, the tear and burst strength of this long-fiber canvas is around double that of shorter fiber, combed canvases. This is determined using high-tech testing with machines that determine how much pressure is required to puncture the fabric. Now you can see why we only use uncombed, long-fiber canvas: it’s double the strength for the same weight.
All of our tents are constructed at our factory in Denver, after the raw canvas is treated in Georgia. We have complete control over every step of the process and have been doing it for over 60 years.