Hi, The seam on this tent has been incorrectly finished, it is twisted and that's why it leaks. The main amount of water came in because the wind flaps the window covering back and forth thus actually sucking the water that is running off the top into the tent. It's just a bad design all round. I'm glad we had the option to go into a cabin, the other option was to come home. I'll be using this tent only when I'm positive it's going to be dry, but as you know we can get 4 seasons in one day in Melbourne!
I suppose I could have packed a lightweight tarp and draped it over the top and fixed up some guy ropes and pegs and it may have helped, but sort of takes away from the idea of having this sort of tent, what it has to have is a proper fly made for it.
Yes I know its canvas but most dome tents are poly and are waterproof.....
I was more referring to the tent design. They just need a bit of a rethink maybe to avoid these types of things happening.
Like if it was better designed so that the rain from the tent roof didn't get sucked into the windows. Maybe they need to test their prototypes in heavy rain and wind and see how they go and work on it from there.
Have to agree with Gypsy,I don`t care how good a tent you buy,they are not a house and if you get bad weather the majority will give you one problem or another,TARP TARP TARP TARP AND MORE TARP..yes it adds more time but i have been in almost cyclonic weather in my tent with my tarp and came out dry as a bone.
The Lord is my shepard,i shall not want......only sometimes.
I have camped in torrential rain in a few different dome tents without a tarp and the only one that ever leaked was one of which the poles were broken so the fly touched the inner tent.
So I do expect a tent to stay waterproof in any weather, without the need for a tarp.
My old Coleman tent will also cope with pretty strong wind without guy ropes. So I was grumpy when I discovered my newer Black Wolf flattened in only moderate winds. But that I can live with. Leaking tents I cannot!
And Richard is right in saying that having to tarp over a tent really defies the purpose of a 30 second tent.
I would never sleep in a leaky tent, even if the chances of rain seemed nill. I've been surprised by rain too often to risk it.
"We will be adding a rain fly to the new Instant Tents, and will have rain flies available for older models during the upcoming season. Please check back with us early in the spring for this accessory. Thanks, Derek at Coleman"
That is good news. But of course the fly will add to the set-up time. It will depend on the system how much though. I hope the fly will have decent windows too. I decided against an Instant Up tent (http://www.colemanaustralia.com.au/adve ... t-4p.aspx#) because the lack of windows in the fly would make for really bad ventilation when it's hot.