10 Man Arctic

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The 10 Man Arctic tent is a popular option for small units at East Wind. It is a light weight tent owing to it's low side walls and Sateen material, not that bulky to pack and own, and heats well due to it's relatively low interior volume. There are both U.S. Army and Canadian Forces versions of these tents available. Both are similarly constructed however the Canadian tent lacks a rear door.

In warm weather, the 10 Man ventilates moderately well through large door or in the case of the U.S. model doors on either end of the tent.

With the U.S. Model of the 10 Man Arctic, multiple tents can be interlaced to form a larger tent but owing to the odd shape and low door height, little is actually gained by doing so.

The 10 Man Arctic can and should be fitted with a liner.


Can-Am_10_man_Arctics.jpg Canadian and U.S. 10 Man Arctic tents.

The hexagonal floor plan of the 10 man arctic is exactly the same footprint of the GP Small offering ample floor space for sleeping but, like the GP Small, the shape is somewhat hard to efficiently use.

Selecting a 10 Man Arctic tent

The 10 Man Arctic tents are all made of tightly woven cotton Sateen material which is light in weight but not as durable as duck canvas. Tears are common, and it is an unusual 10 man arctic tent indeed that is not speckled with small patches. We have found that in most cases, we can effect repairs using Seam Grip generally right over the tear or hole without a patch just bridging the gap with the Seam Grip itself. Larger tears obviously will need a patch, structural tears generally require sewing but since the Sateen material is fairly light weight it can easily be sewn by common household sewing machines.

When inspecting an Arctic tent the big thing to look at other than the obvious physical condition is the state of the thread that is used to hold the sateen panels together as well as hold the little hangers for the liner inside. The sateen material is quite long wearing but the thread frequently will dry rot and start to fail on an otherwise quite sturdy tent. Give the thread a good looking at when you are shopping for an Arctic and if you suspect it at all, just plan to use Seam Grip the full length up and down every major seam to mummify the thread in place and keep everything together.

Components required to put up a 10 Man Arctic tent

Tent fabric

center pole

24 stakes (minimum 12 inch)

Tent diaper


Lessons Learned Living in the 10 Man Arctic tent

The 10 Man Arctic is a sturdy tent but is entirely reliant on it's stakes to keep it's shape. Poorly staked out, it droops oddly losing a great deal of interior space then flaps wildly in the wind. Take the time to get stake positions right so that the tent shapes well and be certain to have the doors closed and clipped when drawing guy lines tight or you will end up with a difficult or impossible to close door.

The door guy lines are very long in order to allow you to stick a pair of skis mid way down them in order to better shape the doorways. We do not usually have skis at East Wind but careful selection of a suitable forked stick does go a long way towards having a doorway that shapes better and a guy line that you hit you head on a lot less.

Layout wise, people tend to want to set bunks up along the edges of the tent which limits the amount of racks you can install and nearly promises that people in cots will get flogged by tent fabric when the wind kicks up. Better results are generally had by orienting sleeping positions radiating out from the center pole like spokes on a wagon wheel.


10_Man_Arctics.jpg 10 Man Arctic tents at East Wind II