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Weather Resistance

Hopefully you won't have to face wet and windy weather but if it comes then your tent had better be up to scratch. Look for the 'hydrostatic head' shown within the tent information - this is a measure of how waterproof the skin of the tent is, the higher the better. As a guideline, 2000mm is standard for a lot of waterproof jackets and some tents will exceed 5000mm. While this is fine for the outer skin, water will find its way through any weakness in the joins and zips so look for double-taped seams and velcro closures over any zipped areas.

A sealed outer layer where the shell is attached completely to the groundsheet is preferable to just a loose flysheet which doesn't touch the ground. This provides a better seal against draughts, rain and insects as well as a more solid foundation. It's also preferable to have a tent where the outer is erected first, meaning the non-waterproof inner rooms can be added in the dry if it's raining on arrival.

Finally, wind resistance is something to look into. Steel poles, whilst heavier and thicker will survive much stronger winds then their aluminium counterparts. Look for extra guy rope loops as these will help keep your tent's shape in strong winds. Chunky plastic tent pegs hold best in wet ground, while the traditional metal pegs are much easier to hammer into hard, dry ground.