Hi, I'm currently in the process of shopping for a tent.
Tents have a lot of specifications, and one of which is the "waterproofness" of the tent's materials. The salesman at MEC (Canada's REI-like store) told me that number was the height of a column of water you can put above hte fabric before it leaks. Is this number worth considering or is it just marketing hype, like Watts when shopping for an amplifier?
Also, looking for opinions on some tents:
I need a tent that:
- Can sleep two in relative comfort;
- Is cyclo-touring friendly (i.e.: not too bulky/heavy);
- Isn't so big that I'll want to buy a second one should I go on a solo trip;
- Is waterproof (rain stays out);
- Has proper ventilation.
I don't mind paying for quality, but I want value.
So far, I've been to the local stores: MEC, La Cordee and SAIL. This is my short list:
- MEC Gemini
- MSR Hubba Hubba
- Marmot Limelight 3
- The North Face RoadRunner 33
If you have one of the above tents, please let me know if they've lived up to your expectations.