8.5 x 6 ft. Flex-Bow VX Tent

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Meet the newest member of our Flex-bow line of tents. This is a generously sized 2-person tent with plenty of extra space for gear. A perfect choice for someone looking for the quality and ruggedness of a Kodiak Canvas tent in a smaller more compact package.


  • Hydra-Shield™, 100% Cotton Duck Canvas. Durable, watertight and breathable.
  • Flex-Bow Frame: Exceptionally sturdy. Keeps tent taut. Quick and easy, one-person, setup.
  • Two D-shaped doors (front and back) with #10 YKK zippers.
  • Four windows with no-see-um mesh.
  • 2 sewn-in storage pockets.
  • Designed for compact storage.
  • Stainless steel, wire stake loops.
  • Heavy-duty 12-inch, steel rod, stakes.
  • Zippered storage bag.


Pack Weight: 30.5 lbs. (Tent 15.5, poles 10.5, stakes 4.5 lbs.).

Pack Size: Tent-- Length 30 in., Diameter 10 in.

Capacity: 2-person (8.5x6 ft. floor, 4 ft. ceiling height).

Ceiling Material: 10 oz Hydra-shield™ canvas.

Wall Material: 8.5 oz Hydra-Shield™ canvas.

Floor Material: 13.5 oz vinyl. Polyester reinforced.

Frame: 1-inch, galvanized, steel tubing.

Flex-Bow Rods: 7mm diam., solid, spring steel.

All-season: Use year-round, but not designed for extreme winter mountaineering or heavy snow accumulations.

Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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  • 5
    Great Tent!

    Posted by Chris on 5th Oct 2020

    I purchased this tent in July and have taken it out five times. It keeps me and my gear dry and comfortable. In temperate weather, the windows and doors provide a panoramic view. It is super easy to set up and take down. I love, love this tent!

  • 4
    Great Tent

    Posted by Chad on 4th May 2020

    I purchased this tent because two co-workers of mine have Kodiak tents as well. I have been hunting with one of them who has the 10x10 flex bow, and it was in some pretty cold snowy weather, and the tent worked great. Any way, I did not need one that big and they were sold out of the 9x8 that I wanted so I when't with the 8.5x6 since it would be just me and my son using it. Over all the tent is great, it holds heat well, and keeps you dry during wet weather, and to be honest, there is more room inside than I thought there would be so me and my son can keep our essentials inside so they stay dry. I only have two complaints, and they are it is only 4ft tall so you cant stand in it, and there is no awning for the door, so I rigged up my own and it worked pretty good. Over all it is a great tent and does exactly what I want it to do, and with proper care, it should last a very long time. The only reason I gave it 4 stars were the reasons stated above. I would recommend Kodiak Canvas tents to anyone looking for a great quality and well built tent.

  • 5
    FINALLY - 2 PERSON Tent Done Right!

    Posted by Keith on 12th Feb 2020

    I'm over the moon with this tent, and I own a bunch of high quality tents. First, you probably know that this isn't exactly a lightweight tent for backpacking. That said, if I am not directly carrying the weight (atv, car, sled, etx.), this tent is my first choice to take with. The canvas is warm and breathable while not letting in a drop of water in even harsh storms and there's no rain fly to mess around with. The VX design is something that I wish my 10'x14' Kodiak Canvas tent had, but it's in great shape still so I can't find a reason to replace it. Now, on to why I love this tent... I am a big guy (6'7" and 270lbs) and there is more than enough room for me and another person my size to sleep in the tent, with room over the head or foot for gear. Most 2 person tents are short in length and width and this tent solves both of those. Additionally, I love the fact that I can leave the windows open for really nice ventilation and if a surprise rain shower or gusting wind shows up, I don't even need to get out of the tent to make that a non-issue, like I would if I had a rain fly open (which in my case still doesnt seem to allow the airflow that this tent does with the windows open). Beyond that, this tent holds up REALLY well in wind and snow. No need to stake and tie guy out lines. Just set it up and there's no need to give another thought to taking care of your tent. Lastly, the thickness of the floor and the quality of the materials and sewing is top notch. I still use a footprint (a tarp) for its additional protection and other utility uses if needed, but the bottom of this tent will stand up to almost anything that wouldn't puncture skin. In short, if you want a tent that's good for any season, has room for real sized people, is easy to setup and use, can last a lifetime, and you're not needing to go ultralight, this is it!

  • 5
    8.5 x 6 VX Tent

    Posted by Kevin on 9th Feb 2020

    Like every Kodiak tent top quality tent. I’m amazed at how well these are made and stand up the hard PNW rain. Always stays dry inside now matter how how much rain. This tent is the best size I have seen for a solo elk hunt. Plenty of room for me and my gear. By far my favorite tent of all time. Good job Kodiak!

  • 5
    I love this tent

    Posted by Eli Goswick on 20th Nov 2019

    I've had my kodiak tent for the last 6 or 7 months now. I've taken it to the mountains and deserts. It has served me well and I cannot say enough good things about the company. It's worth noting that the first tent the company sent me had a minor defect, but the company sent me a new one and haven't had any problems since. It's a wonderful tent.

  • 5
    8.5x 6 flex bow VX tent

    Posted by SallyBurkhart on 28th Aug 2019

    Excellent quality and quick service. We look forward to using this quality tent to replace our old 60+ years canvas wall tent. and expect to use this one for as many years.

  • 5
    8.5x6ft flex bow VX tent

    Posted by David Swanson on 2nd Jul 2019

    My father had an old colman tent before it became kodiak, he has had it for 45 years and is still using it today. Great tent, easy set up and roomy. I am looking forward to many years of using this tent.

  • 5
    Kodiak 2 person tent

    Posted by Andy Walters on 2nd Apr 2019

    Great tent. Weathered 2 rounds of thunderstorms camping this past weekend with no problems. Love it.

  • 5
    Snug Get-A-Way tent

    Posted by Desert Mom on 9th Mar 2019

    I was so happy to receive this tent for Christmas! My 6 year old and I used it for a quick getaway in the local foothills of Ramona. It was the perfect size and easy to set up on my own with an energetic child running about. It was 28 degrees with no moisture. We felt secure and snug as bugs in the tent on our therm-a-rests. If it were raining I would consider erecting a tarp porch if possible. I am also looking forward to putting this on the back of the Ural for a quick get away for me and the hubby in the desert. It fits nicely on the sidecar rack. We have a teardrop trailer so this is perfect for the kids as their mini bunks while still keeping the ease of set up. I figured if these tents were good enough to hold up at Burning Man according to the forums then it'll be just the ticket when the winds pick up in Joshua Tree. If we didn't have the trailer I would definitely consider one of the larger flex-bows as well. Thank you for a quality product!