How should I store my tent?
Before storing your tent make sure it is completely dry. Drying a tent can take a few days. Storing a wet tent will lead to mildew or permanent damage of the coatings. Store your tent in a dry place.
Should I treat the seams of an "Extreme" version tent and how?
The seams of a silicone coated tent cannot be factory seam-taped. The seams are sewn with cotton-wrapped polysester thread that expands when wet to seal the stitch holes. The seams of an "extreme" series tent can be treated with a special silicone seam sealer.
Do I need to use a footprint?
The footprint protects the tent floor from abrasion or damage through sharp objects.
What is the best way to set up a tent? Wind direction, sun?
Our 4-season tents are designed for optimal protection against wind and rain. This means that on one side the rainfly reaches the ground to protect the canopy from driving rain, wind and sand. The opposite side has a gap that allows free flow of air for venting. This also hinders high concentrations of carbon monoxide.
Why is the water column of the tent floor higher?
The floor requires a higher water column to cope with the pressure created by standing or kneeling on the fabric floor.
Why does a tent rainfly have a relatively low water column compared to a rain jacket?
This is because a rainfly does not require the same water column a jacket may need to cope with the pressure created by backpack shoulder straps as an example. The waterproofness of a rainfly can be compared to an umbrella that is waterproof purely through the tension of the fabric.
What does the water column value mean?
Water column or hydrostatic pressure is a unit of measure used to describe the waterpoofness of fabrics. A 10 cm² fabric sample is tensioned under a water cylinder. The point under which droplets are pressed through the fabric indicates the water column.
What are the properties of PU coatings?
A PU coating makes the fly fabric waterproof. PU coatings remain flexible in cold temperatures and do not stretch when wet. PU coated rainfly seams can be factory seam taped for waterproof performance. PU coatings are less UV resistant than silicone coatings and can turn brittle with time. PU coatings are slightly heavier than silicone coatings.