Fabric For Our Tents

Fabric For Our Tents

January 17, 2021

All about OXFORD material

OXFORD cloth is an innovative material suitable for a variety of uses. It’s in high demand for camping equipment manufacturing, and sometimes furniture manufacturing.

In today’s market, there are many types of OXFORD brand cloth, but the original OXFORD cloth is unique in its characteristics.

OXFORD is a synthetic material with a special type of weaving called "gunny" or Panama weaving. The canvas fibers are intertwined to resemble staggered squares. The material is then coated with polyurethane or polyvinylchloride to ensure water-resistance. In most cases, OXFORD cloth is manufactured from polyester or nylon, so while it’s not a natural fiber cloth, its synthetic components provide significant advantages for camping, clothing, and equipment manufacturing.

History of OXFORD cloth

Material with a woven pattern resembling a reed basket appeared in Scotland during the XIX century. In contrast to a typical woven pattern, in this fabric, the warp and weft threads overlap not singly, but in whole groups, resulting in a surface covered with relief squares.

Oxford fabric is divided into several types depending on the thickness of the thread underlying the fabric: 210 den, 240 den, 300 den, 420 den, 600 den, and 1800 den.

In addition to strength, Oxford boasts other characteristics such as resistance to chemicals and reagents, durability, wear-resistance, and water-resistance. If the material is made with polyester, you can also add heat-resistance and light-resistance.

Oxford cloth is used in the production of different types of tents, canopies, backpacks, bags, shoes, and workwear.

Positive characteristics of Oxford cloth

  • water-resistant and water-repellent properties
  • long-lasting
  • dirt-resistant
  • thermal stability - the material can maintain its properties at a temperature range from -58° F (frost-resistance) to +230° F (heat-resistance)
  • high strength
  • increased resistance to abrasion of filaments
  • easy care

PU coating (polyurethane) is an internal colorless coating that provides the fabric water-resistance and windproof properties. It’s also resistant to organic solvents. The water-resistance of the PU-coated fabric varies from 200-5000 mm of water column.

The breaking load for different types of Oxford is 80-160 kgf* (standard requirement is not less than 50 kgf) on the basis and  45-120 kg (standard requirement is not less than 30 kgf) on the weft.

*kgf - (kilogram-force) - a unit used to measure the maximum force a particular fabric can withstand.

The outer layer of our tents is made of Oxford 300D PU 4000, an extremely strong synthetic cloth made of profiled thread that is washable and resistant to abrasion and ultraviolet light. Polyurethane coating (PU) gives the fabric increased water-repellent properties.

The inner layer of our tents is made of Oxford 240 PU 2000, a strong fabric suitable for making tents, backpacks, equipment for tourism, and outdoor activities. Combined with Oxford 300D PU 4000, it’s the most effective in preventing condensation on the tent walls.

Advantages and disadvantages of OXFORD cloth


  • high strength
  • elasticity
  • abrasion-resistant
  • chemical resistant


  • tends to accumulate static electricity


Care of OXFORD cloth

  • Can be hand or machine-washed at 86° F+ degrees. If there is stubborn soil or staining, (earth, dirt, chemicals), rinse off with water.
  • Use laundry products indicated on the product label (often combined with other fabrics that require the use of special products).
  • Use only liquid detergents.
  • Use normal washing machine rinse and spin options.
  • Product can be used in a dryer at low temperatures.
  • Product can be ironed at temperatures no more than 230° F.

Our company has been using Oxford fabric for more than 10 years for the production of the best tents!

Tents from Oxford — the choice of hunters and fishermen!


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