I am in the market for a canvas tourer tent. These tents are fast to set up and can be considered the original quick pitch tent. They are also heavy and bulky, but this is not a problem if you are touring in a car.
Having made the decision to buy a canvas tourer tent, I decided to conduct a comparison of the main features of the various extended tents on the market (much of the basic information will also apply to the standard single pole tents). I have generated the linked table below from readily available information on the internet — most has been compiled from the supplier web sites, but some has come from retail web site descriptions.
Canvas tourer tent comparison table (pdf; opens in new window)
The comparison table includes all brands that I could find, including:
- DMH Outdoors
- Outdoor Connection
- Primus Australia (including Kookaburra)
- Southern Cross Canvas
- Sunny Outdoor Sales (listed on eBay).
The information, as far as I am aware, is correct as at July 2010. There are a number of blanks on the table where I have not been able to easily find information on the internet. For the tents I was interested in, I e-mailed the suppliers to find out any information that was not readily available. Prices are the lowest I have been able to find on the internet, but do not include freight. The prices are sometimes lower than recommended retail prices.