Nylon cabin tents
Nylon cabin tents are lightweight and durable, making them ideal for long-term outdoor use. They are also resistant to water damage, such as mildew and rotting. This gives them a long shelf life and allows them to be safely stored when wet. They are usually treated with polyurethane coating to prevent water from seeping through gaps in the fabric.
However, this usually makes them less breathable and reduces insulation.
Some nylon cabin tents use rip-stop nylon, which blends heavier fibers with the nylon to control rips and allow easy repair.
Polyester cabin tents
Polyester cabin tents offer much the same features as nylon, except that they also provide ultraviolet (UV) protection to prevent heat and sun damage. They are also lighter and more breathable, and are often used as summer tents.
Polyester can be used both on the roof and walls, with the roof often using denser varieties.
Cotton Canvas cabin tents
Cotton canvas cabin tents offer extreme durability and weather protection. They are usually coated with an oil or wax layer to prevent them from absorbing water while keeping the gaps open to maintain ventilation.
Cotton canvas cabin tents are heavier than other tent types and can be hard to carry and set up.