Jun 15, 2017
On this week's pod, tips for dealing with a wet tent on bicycle
tour... from how to pack a wet tent to drying the tent out, and
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Gear Talk: Wet Tent Edition
If you camp, you probably camp in the rain at some point.
But how do you deal with a wet tent on tour? I have tips, many
tips... English tips. (late 80s movie reference)
- Make sure the tent is properly waterproofed to begin with.
Seam seal that tent and tarp if it's older than a few seasons. Some
do it every year.
- Choose where you pitch if you can. Under trees seems like a
good idea at first, but a rain shower that ends overnight continues
to drip on you under trees. Ditto if the spot you're in will have a
- Scenario 1 - it's not raining in the morning and you're in
no rush. Shake off as much wetness as you can. If you have a camp
towel (you should! they're great!) wipe down the surfaces. Take the
tarp off and angle the tent under as much sun and wind as you can
get. Put it on its side if necessary. Dry it totally and throughly.
If you can't, roll it up with the wet side out and bungee to the
rack so it can dry as you pedal. Pack it up when you get a break
and the tent is dry.
- Scenario 2 - It's raining still. Hard to shake off that much
wet, but do what you can. Segregate the wet tent from other things
as much as possible. It's best not to pack a wet tent in a
waterproof bag, even in the rain. Exception: If the inside of the
tent is still dry and there's steady rain that would make it wetter
if carried outside. Roll the tent up so the dry side touches the
dry and the wet touches wet. Keep the dry on the outside if going
in a bag, on the inside if there's dry weather coming that day and
you have a shot of airing it out as you ride.
Hammock person? You probably have it easier... pack up under
the fly and keep it dry. Worry about the tarp after you shake it
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