How Do I Find a Waterproof Tent?
Camping is always a great and exciting experience. Now that you are ready to escape from your city apartment and enjoy fresh mountain air, you must be sure that you can protect yourself and your companions against cold and rain. You want to return happy and braced instead of weary and dealing with a sore throat. The comfort and safety of your camping depends on your item’s type and quality. If you are planning to stay out for more than one day, you should take care to find a water-resistant canopy. Please be ready to use a specific approach and do a little research.
How do I know whether it is waterproof or not?
Even if the item you are looking at is labeled as waterproof, it is advisable to look closer and dig deeper. Please be sure to identify the canopy’s most important characteristics. There are double-wall canopies with a rainfly. Single-wall ones do not have it, yet they are made of thicker and stronger fabric. In fact, it is not the fabric itself (polyester, nylon, etc.) that is waterproof or not. It is polyurethane (PU) or silicon coating that prevents it from soaking and won’t let water through. There is a rating system that helps measure and evaluate the quality of PU coatings and therefore the degree of water protection. The characteristic is measured in millimeters (mm) and reflected in fabric specs. For example, fabric types of Oxford 300 PU 4000 and Oxford 210 PU 2000 are 4,000 mm (157 in) and 2,000 mm (79 in) waterproof respectively. In order to be deemed waterproof, the material should have a rating of at least 1,500 mm (59 in). You will be OK in light rain with a 1,500 mm canopy. If you expect your canopy to keep you secure against heavy rain, you’d better look for a canvas made of a 2,000 to 10,000 mm material.
Double and single walls
As mentioned above, there are double-wall and single-wall canopies. A double-wall tent features a two-layer canopy with the inner layer a little thinner than the outer one. Many campers prefer this type for better insulation and ability to retain heat for a longer while. Singer-wall tents come with a water-resistant rainfly, which some people buy single-wall canopies for better breathability, as they can leave windows and doors open and keep the interior ventilated even in heavy rain.
This component takes the brunt of bad weather, as it is more exposed to water and dirt. Therefore, it should be strong and water-resistant. A bathtub floor is the best option, because its edges are turned upwards and too high above the ground for water to get in. Some products come with a footprint, which provides extra protection from dirt and moist.
Seams and zippers
Seams and zippers are the most vulnerable part of a canvas. Due to permanent tension, they can come apart and begin to leak. Manufacturers offer canopies with taped or glued seams. Zippers should be taped properly on the inside. There are seamless canopies that actually solve the problem. In any event, seams and zippers require specific care. It is advisable to check all seams and zippers before going on a trip.
Choose the best affordable item
These are the most important criteria of waterproofness. When purchasing a waterproof tent, you should remember other aspects of comfort as well, such as spaciousness, transportability, ease of set-up, durability, user-friendliness, etc. There are a number of options, which are available right now. Here they are.
Night Cat Camping Tent 3-4 People
It is remarkably user-friendly in terms of set up. It features a hydraulic installation system that helps you install it in a matter of seconds. This sounds outstanding for a large item like this. The Night Cat has two doors and windows equipped with mosquito nets. The floor is made of a sturdy and abrasion-resistant fabric. The item comes with a rainfly that covers the roof and partially the walls. This will help you keep the inside well ventilated. This item is quite big and heavyweight, so it is better suited for car camping rather than for backpacking. Besides, it is not likely to withstand a heavy rain and strong gales.
All-Season Premium Outfitter Tent with Stove Jack – UP-5
This item is easy to pitch and handle thanks to the umbrella-type frame that boasts a reliable and durable mechanism. It features a double-layer canopy with a folding wing door that protects the inside against freezing cold and burning heat. The UP-5 is big enough to accommodate up to four campers on airbeds and up to eight campers in sleeping bags. It is very convenient for year-round hunting, fishing, and camping. There is a stove jack with a metal-rimmed smoke-pipe hole and a fire-resistant mat in the stove area. Thanks to the double-layer structure, the canopy retains warmth for hours after you have put out the fire in the stove (please don’t leave it burning or glowing at night without supervision!). The outer layer is made of Oxford 300 PU 4000, which means that it is highly waterproof (4,000 mm compared to a minimum of 1,500 mm). The inner layer is made of Oxford 210 PU 2000 (2,000 mm waterproof). All seams are glued safely and are arranged in such a way as not to be exposed to pressure from poles. The item comes with a sturdy and water-resistant floor. The frame is made of a sturdy aviation alloy (B95T1) that won’t snap or bend under heavy loads.
Hyke and Byke Yosemite 1–2 Person Ultralight
This one is compact and therefore lightweight and backpacker-friendly. It accommodates two persons and hence is great for couples. In fact, it is roomier than it looks at first glance. There are two doors, two vestibules, and pockets that allow campers to arrange their gear in a space-efficient way. The canvas is clipped to the poles and therefore does not have any holes. The set-up process does not pose any issues, not even for newbies. The Hyke and Byke Yosemite has a PU 2000 rainfly. The fabric will keep you dry even in heavy rain. It features a bathtub floor, so water from puddles won’t get inside. Mesh walls will keep crawlies out and keep the air inside fresh. Although the Hyke and Byke Yosemite is small, some hikers say it is a little heavy.
Abco Tech Pop-Up 2 Person Tent
This two-person tent is extremely user-friendly, as the set-up process is quick and effortless. However, it will take a bit of practice before you learn to fold it for storage properly. The product offers an attractive price/quality ratio. It features a rust-proof fiberglass frame and a heavy-duty UV-protected nylon canvas that boasts good water and UV protection. However, the fabric may be too weak to withstand a pouring rain. Besides, it may catch wind, so be sure to safely pin it to the ground. There are two doors placed opposite each other, as are the two windows. The doors are two-layered and have inner and outer zipper screens, so you do not need to worry about breathability and ventilation.
Coleman Cabin 4-10 Person Tent
It is really big and can house four people on queen-size airbeds and ten people in sleeping bags. Even a tall person can stand and move freely inside it. There is a divider, which can give you a bit of privacy. The Coleman Cabin is easy to pitch, and it is sturdy enough to withstand windy weather. The canvas is made of Polyguard fabric. The item uses Weathertec that includes well-protected seams and a bathtub floor. Combined, these features guarantee protection against heavy rain.
🏕 How do I know my tent is waterproof?
If you are about to buy a new product, look at the type of fabric it is made of. Canvases have a polyurethane (PU) coating that may provide different levels of water-resistance measured in millimeters. Canvases with a rating of at least 1,500 mm (59 in) are deemed waterproof. In the specs, such a canvas would be labeled as PU 1500.
📦 Will my tent keep me dry in heavy rain?
It depends on how waterproof your canvas and/or rainfly fabric is. If you expect your item to protect you from showers, look for a tent with a polyester or nylon canopy that is at least 2,000 mm (79 in) waterproof (PU 2000).
💡 How do I find a really water-resistant item?
Look for one made of the right type of material and be sure that all seams are glued/taped properly. Check all zippers and be sure they are reliable and will not leak.