What is Weathering?
Weathering is a process required to make canvas tents truly waterproof. This is a process if soaking the fabric to ensure all the thread swells up filling stitch holes and creating a watertight surface. When you pitch your tent for the first time soak the fabric with a garden hose until the fabric looks visibly damp. Allow to dry, and repeat, two or three times.
Your tent will get more watertight the more you use it. Do not be concerned if a small amount of water comes through the seams on the first few times you get heavy rain.
Why is the waterhead rating lower on more expensive Canvas tents than polyester tents?
Canvas fabric and polyester fabric work in different ways to keep you dry. Because canvas poly cotton is breathable it relies on the cotton to swell with water to fill the gaps between the threads preventing the fabric from leaking. So although it holds a lower water pressure than polyester the thickness of the fabric means it is incredibly waterproof and will get more watertight the more it is used. Polyester fabrics rely on a PU coating on the inside of the fabric to prevent leaking. It is important that this coating is thick enough to remain durability waterproof as the fabric itself does not have any waterproof qualities. Hence Polyester fabrics are coated to a higher level than Canvas as there is no breathability in polyester that can be compromised when increasing the waterhead rating.
Will the inflatable tube on Aerodomes burst when it gets hot?
No, the tubes in all our tents are tested to a very high pressure. Tents are inflated to 7PSI and most tubes have a burst strength of over 20PSI. The tent will also stay pitched at anything above 4PSI. So even if the tent is pitched during the cooler morning, the increased pressure created by the mid day sun will not cause the tube to burst.
What is does 75D and 185T mean?
The "D" refers to the denier of the thread which is a measurement of the thickness of the thread. The "D" refers to the Thread Count of the fabric. This number is the sum of threads vertically and horizontality in a square inch. So the Denier tells you how thick a fabric is and the Thread Count tells you how dense the fabric is. While both are important in camping tent fabrics a heavier Denier provides greater durability and resistance from UV damage.