The purpose of this article is to guide you in buying awesome tents for camping most suitable to withstand the rain and how to set up a tent to camp safely. This article was written based on tests conducted with Nautika tents, Coleman, Azteq, Cheetah and Mormaii, most common brands on national soil.
Participate in adventure forums, I read many blogs, and there are always stories of love or hatred for certain makes and models of camping for tents. There are some tents, like those more cockroaches that do not have on-roof, and should not be used during rainy periods or the mere possibility of rain. Some even resist against drizzle, but protection against rain is not the focus of these simpler equipment. I take as an example the tents: Nautika Panda, Nautika Kongo, Guepardo Athena and Mormaii Bali. These types of tents are to be used in covered areas or in dry climates.
What tent to buy?
Many of the stalls sold in United States, with over-ceiling when mounted correctly, can withstand stronger rain showers, this does not mean that will withstand prolonged rains. It is important to make a caveat: some manufacturers make it clear that some models even with over-roof are made to dry weather, such as Nautika Fox model Before buying, check the website of the manufacturer / importer for further information.!
You can have an idea of the ability of a tent has to endure the rain for the measure called water column. The water column indicates the amount and intensity of rainfall that the fabric of a tent can withstand being used as a unit of measurement millimeter (mm). Tents between 800mm and 1,000mm water column, depending on the finish and the materials used, can even withstand rain, such as Nautika Falcon and Coleman LX, by the way, the performances of these two tents was very good over time, even with the column water at lower values. But if you can, always buy superior equipment. The tents that have tested with the water column from 1.200mm have provided a great protection from the weather, but the tests are not made with continuous rain. Ideal for tropical climates are tents from 1,500 mm of water column, and the top quality stalls offer a water column from the 2,000 mm or more.
Many people who have their flooded tents, usually do not have the proper equipment to rainy weather or can not assemble the tent correctly, perhaps by negligence or lack of knowledge. Then the rains that are critical to equipment, often unfair. It is very common to see in the forums messages like “my tent was the only one not wet” – as if all others were bad. It is true that old stalls may have their ability to repel compromised water, that new tents may come with factory defects, certain brands can not maintain a good relationship with consumers, and it is certain that the quality between brands and models is well different. If you want a tent that really protect the rain, you will have to spend a little more.
If your equipment is new, it has no manufacturing defects and if you are happy with the selected model, below are some tips for proper assembly of your equipment.
Avoid buying tents similar to this. Tents without over-roof are not made to withstand rain.
The tips below are for tents with over-roof, that is, the tent comes with two distinct and separate parts. These parts are the interior, composed of the floor and mosquito net; and on-roof (awning) that effectively will give you protection from the rain:
Even the tents without an on-roof that completely covers the interior door is mounted so that the door is the opposite side of the wind, you can protect it from rain satisfaction.
Even at home, assemble your tent to see if nothing is missing and the product is not defective, especially in the support rods. Be sure to check if the stakes are sufficient;
First, choose a location, if possible, protected from the wind and sun. Over time, the long exposure to the sun will damage the sealed seams and waterproof treatment of your tent. Despite the demand for a shadow is something interesting to do, prefer to mount the tent so that you do not stand directly beneath large trees, because of the danger of lightning and larger branches falls;
Take good care of the land on which rides his tent, remove all rocks and branches that could damage the floor. Small holes in the floor can be a great inconvenience in case of rain;
Look for the side of the prevailing wind and mount his tent with the door facing the opposite side. If your tent does not have an on-ceiling long enough to protect the rainwater door, mount the tent on the side opposite the wind will help prevent water from entering (Cheetah Jungle, Guepardo Venus, Coleman LX and Mormaii Brava ). In case of extremely strong winds, not turn the door “to face the wind” can prevent your device fly off when the door is open;
Taking into account that your tent has on-roof, extend it properly, well stretched so as not to touch the interior. Well stretched does not mean arrochado! Leave a small gap for the material to work in case of wind. Recalling that call interior part composed of more fly floor. If there was a secret to prevent rainwater, it would certainly be this;
Place the cuttings in 45th position both in structure and in the over-roof. If the ground is too soft, improvise longer posts or anchor your tent tying it on stones or on the available vegetation. Take a good piece of 1.5mm rope can help you in situations where the terrain is not favorable.
If your tent has cordeletes to anchor it, use them. The runners are important to protect your tent from the wind and to keep the on-roof away from the passenger compartment;
Manipulate the zippers carefully, open and close the doors and windows with caution. Any damage to any zipper of your tent can spoil your camp to leave it vulnerable to insects and venomous animals;
There are regions of Brazil in the dry and rainy seasons are well defined, but in general, in situations where rain is possible, it may not always be a good idea to put a tarp under your tent, it may cause rainwater empoce between the floor and the canvas. If the tent floor has a small hole, no matter how small, you can get a lot of water inside your tent. Some manufacturers preach the use of tarpaulins on the tent background to prolong the life of the floor, but this is not always necessary to assess case by case. If you choose to use the canvas, be sure to cut it in the exact measure of the floor of your tent, or even a little lower, to avoid the “pool effect”;
To increase the durability of the tent floor is interesting to place a bag inside, so as to form a concave area. This can save you from getting in contact with rainwater in the case of a hole in the floor. This may also prevent cuts and accidental punctures and will help keep the interior of the earth free tent or sand, facilitating cleaning. For those who will walk long distances with the bag back, the use of canvas should perhaps be avoided to not compromise the backpack with both weight and volume, but if you go set up camp next to his car, take a few pieces of canvas not you will disorders;
Just enter the tent barefoot, to prevent friction between your shoes and the floor will eventually damage the equipment;
Ventilation is important part and prevents air condensation of his breath, which may wet your equipment just like the rain. Tents with over-ceiling mounted correctly usually form an air pocket between the carrier and on-roof, causing the air condenses on the ceiling-and not in the passenger compartment. If the on-roof is taut, the water will drain away from the passenger compartment. An example to know what happens to the air condensation of his breath is observing a cold can of soda, that “your” when in contact with hot air;
If you can not keep on-roof away from the passenger compartment, press some birthday balloons or even condoms. Fill them just enough and the position between the cabin and on-roof. This is a tip for use in tents that are not designed for rain or when the on-roof is pushed by the wind against the carrier;
Be careful not to put backpacks or other objects in order to pull the fly in on-roof, which may facilitate the entry of water;
Carry it with you a piece of tape Silver Tape type, which can help you in emergency repairs;
Clean your tent, preferably before returning home to avoid laziness. Take a cloth to assist in this task;
Never store your wet tent!
Although the most common stalls, if assembled correctly, get protect it from rain, always try to buy the best equipment that money allow. Buy good equipment, is guaranteed to not have to buy twice! If your budget allows, always prefer the most renowned brands, this will prevent you to be “cannon fodder”, testing still little known tents.
How to buy a tent (materials)
Currently, the stalls are made of tissues called polyester or nylon (known in Brazil as polyamide). It is a common mistake to treat as nylon material of most of the tents, since most of the manufacturers prefer polyester. The polyester has properties similar to nylon, yet is a relatively smaller and also cheaper tissue, but it is not a bad product, especially when it comes to tents. Polyester, for example, supports better abrasion and UV rays of the sun. On the other hand, the best stalls known use nylon in at least some item of equipment, such as floor or almost all parts of the tent, the same with the polyester abrasion properties were superior, perhaps this is a good indicator of top quality nylon. I’ve seen importers sites calling nylon polyester what is, in fact, most manufacturers put in their informational sites that the tent is made of nylon when it probably is not. I do not know recognize the difference just by looking, but it is likely that almost all manufacturers use polyester. I hope this is due to ignorance and not bad faith, after all, hardly anyone knows differentiate one tissue from another. It is also very common that the manufacturer or importer omits what are the fabrics used. This happens even with the most renowned manufacturers in Brazil, such as trails and Rumos (at least until the date of this writing). I find it regrettable. I like to know all the details of what I buy.
The floor is usually made of polyethylene, commonly known as plastic! These floors can have different densities and durability. The best tents bring nylon floor, lighter, durable and less bulky. Are few stalls with different levels of polyethylene.
The most common rods are of glass fiber. The more fragile the tent, will be thinner rods. Great tents bring duralumin rods, which, of course, is reflected in prices.
Cuttings can be either steel as aluminum. Many articles say that the steel piles are heavier, but stronger. Disagree. The durability of a steel stake is directly linked to gauge the play. Most tents brings very thin steel piles which easily warp to find the toughest terrain. Aluminum stakes can be quite resistant, also depend on the gauge or the shape of the part. Some cuttings, usually sold separately at camping stores, have a different format, and are very strong, as in the next picture.
It is very common also find made of fabric nets called SEE NO ONE. nice name, is not it? As I have evaluated several tents, and most announces nets SEE NO ONE, I decided to put the name in Google. SEE NO ONE is a mosquito tiny. So when the manufacturer puts these terms for his mosquito net, he means that the equipment ensures optimal protection even against the smallest insects. In time, most of the nets are made of polyester of different grades, some weaker, other stronger. Among the good quality mosquito nets, much like those used in Coleman tents.
With few exceptions, the overwhelming majority of tents sold in Brazil are manufactured with on-roof and polyester mosquito nets, polyethylene floor and steel piles almost always fragile, or warping easily.
But I must buy a tent 3 or 4 seasons?
In my humble opinion, these terms are best suited for places with extreme climates blizzards and strong winds and do not apply to Brazil. In general, tents sold in our country would fit in term 3 stations, except for some technical mountaineering tents facing, that is not the focus of this article. Of course we have possibly snow in some regions of the country, but does not compare with the European climates or North America.
“Il Gran Finale”
Tips seem too, is not it? But if you take a moment to consider, most of what is written is kind of obvious and ululating. Other tips are easy to memorize and you certainly will remember them when setting up your camp! The tips on the materials used in manufacturing are geared for those people who like to know all the details!
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