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Alpha Kilo 6-person Bow Tent

Regular price$899.00

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A True Four Season Military-grade Tent 

The Alpha Kilo Bow Tent is one of the most well-designed and durable tents on the market. Most canvas tent companies cut corners. Not Bushtec. You won’t find tear-proof 17oz canvas on other tents like you do on a Bushtec tent. Bushtec tents are leak proof, UV and rot resistant, and fire retardant. There’s a reason that Bushtec has been outfitting NGOs and military operations for over fifty years. Bushtec tests its tents in wind tunnels. They obsess over quality components. They’ve been fine-tuning their tent designs for decades.

Accessorized with Premium Components

Most canvas tent companies use 0.8mm steel. Bushtec uses 1.2mm. Their stakes are unbendable. Their zippers are the best in the industry. Their reinforced seems don’t leak, and their waterproof 17oz PVC flooring conjoins with the walls to protect from rain, snow, and flooding.

Great Value

When it comes to tents, you get what you pay for. A Bushtec tent is a true four season tent. All of the parts have lifetime warranty. These tents are built to last for decades, not years. They have a modular design that allows expansion over time without replacing initial parts. A Bushtec tent is truly a tent you can pass on from generation to generation

alpha kilo tent

The Alpha Kilo Bow Tent features a comfortable main room with the flexibility of an extended porch for extra space. This popular tent is an ideal option for families and small groups. Designed to repel rain and stand stable in high winds, the Alpha Kilo is excellent in adverse weather.  Storm straps, mosquito gauze windows, PVC floor with side walls add an extra level of comfort. The awning that covers the porch creates a second living space for chairs and gear storage – a perfect place for visit with friends.

Note: People often ask us what the difference is between the Alpha Kilo Tent and the Nomad Bow Tent. Here's the answer: The Nomad is a slightly more lightweight version of the Alpha Kilo. The Alpha Kilo's extra weight means you get a porch cover (which is nice!) and a slightly thicker rip-stop canvas. The advantage of the Nomad is that it packs up smaller (42"x9"x8 vs  50″ x 18″ x 13″) and weighs about 30lbs less than the Alpha Kilo.


  • 550gsm Rip-stop Military Grade Canvas
  • Bow tent suspended on spring steel frame
  • Canvas top cover with extended porch
  • Waterproof (550mm water head tested)
  • CPAI 84 Fire retardant
  • Taped seams
  • UV and Rot protected
  • No noticeable color fading for 15+ years
  • Two large windows with mosquito gauze
  • Inner and outer flaps for extra warmth or cooling
  • Extendable outer flaps
  • Heavy duty #10 YKK zippers
  • Sewn-in 550gsm PVC floor with flood walls included
  • Electric supply socket pocket
  • Storm straps included
  • Unbendable ground stakes included
  • Water proof carry bag
  • Wind tunnel tested to withstand extreme winds
  • Easy installation in under 20 min
  • Safe to use internal heating with normal precautions


  • Capacity: 6 persons
  • Open size: 10′ x 10′ x 7′
  • Material: Military spec Rip-stop canvas
  • Floor: 19 oz. PVC
  • Frame: Spring steel frame
  • Packed weight: 90 lbs
  • Packed Dimensions: 50″ x 18″ x 13″

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Mark Ball
Durable, sturdy tent

There are many pro's. I love the tent. It is very heavy duty.
The only con is the price, but if you want something for one weekend go the Walmart

Now for the details,
I bought this tent for one main reason. To setup long term (4 months a year during deer season) at a campsite on my property in the North Carolina mountains. This tent is sturdy and made of very durable fabric.
The window screens and roof vents help to keep air flowing in and the rain out.
I have had 1 other canvas tent that lasted over 60 years. I believe that the key to keeping one around (IMHO) is to keep it dry. The two worst enemies of a canvas tent are mold and dry rot. The old tent had both. I believe that the Alpha Kilo will also be around a very long time.
The Alpha Kilo has the best bathtub floor I have ever seen. I believe that the vinyl will be great with keeping the ground moisture out, and it appear that it will not absorb moisture. The vinyl floor is easy to clean after a heavy rain splashes dirt and leaves up on the tent. I plan to put the tent up on a platform about 18 inches high.
I like the darker color of the alpha kilo because it warms up in cold weather and it is darker to sleep in. When I am in the tent during the daylight, I miss the brighter light of the old tan canvas. The darker, thicker window screens in the alpha kilo give more privacy and again keep the inside a little darker.
The fabric description, "the heavy-duty rip stop canvas prevents tearing", is completely true. It is very heavy duty and I believe that it will be extremely tear resistant. It also states that it is "impregnated during the production process". But it doesn't tell what it is made of or what it is impregnated with, maybe silicon.
The fabric feels less breathable than a traditional canvas but very waterproof. You don't have to worry about something touching the sides during a rain, it doesn't leak. The tent’s breathability is enhanced with the ceiling vents, window covers that can be staked out and the covered "front porch". I have only slept in the tent one night when it was below freezing. I did not have a very good sleeping bag and so I zipped up tight and had a small amount of condensation. I would normally leave the vents partially opened. I think that would have taken care of the moisture.
I have read reviews of the tent leaking, mine has not.
Others say they do not like the door design. I am actually liking it. A "D" shaped door might be nice but this works. It took me a little while to get used to stepping up over the bottom of the door. But hey, that is what is going to keep the water out.
Some also complain about the steel frame. The pain does chip off. It is tedious to set up the first time. But it is well made and it works.
The Alpha Kilo is heavy enough so that the wind doesn't flap the fabric around. It also handles high winds very well. The front awning can easily be put up and down depending on the weather.
I use an XXL cot that is 86 by 40 inch. When I’m by myself the tent feels like an outdoor bedroom. I can also include my children (3) in the tent and not worry about the weather.

Bomb proof tent

Heavy duty tent, isn’t light weight !! Great tent for camping in the elements.