Unless you are a seasoned camper, who understands the technical terms and jargon used frequently in the outdoor industry then buying a new tent can be a daunting and often confusing process thanks to the vast selection of tents available.
A term you may or may not be familiar with is ‘polycotton’. What is a polycotton tent and why is it different you ask, well we are about to give you the low down on tents using this fabric and why you should consider them when purchasing your new tent.
What is a polycotton tent?
You’ve probably already guessed that polycotton is a mix between polyester and cotton - our Vango Polycotton tents have a 35% polyester to 65% cotton ratio. We have a variety of polycotton tents, offering different berths, specifications and features, so you can find one to best fit your needs.
Due to cotton being the higher percentage of the ratio, Polycotton tents are similar to canvas tents but incorporate the properties of both materials. Before kicking back to relax on your first camping trip, we strongly advise ‘weathering’ your tent to improve its waterproofness, but we will cover this later.
The benefits of polycotton tents
What advantages can a polycotton tent offer you, as a tent buyer, over the common polyester fabric tents? Well there are several advantages, that you should consider when buying a new tent.
Breathability is a commonly discussed factor in the outdoor industry but is often focused around clothing and footwear. It is in fact, a very important factor in tents and is one of the main benefits of polycotton tents. Breathability is increased in a polycotton tent and they also adapt to the environment around them.
For example, when camping in the sizzling summer weather it will be able to remain as cool as possible inside giving you an escape from the heat and vice versa – when those chilly winter nights come around you can still enjoy camping as it will stay warm inside keeping you cosy and comfortable.
Reduced condensation is a further advantage of polycotton tents that comes as a result of it being a breathable fabric. Polycotton fabric allows for moisture to pass through to the outside of the tent reducing condensation and creating a more comfortable atmosphere. If you want to find out more about how to successfully reduce condensation in your tent head to our YouTube Channel and watch our condensation video.
Long life expectancy in a tent is something all campers are searching for, and polycotton tents offer great longevity. This incredibly durable and strong fabric stands up to the suns UV rays for a longer period of time than polyester meaning deterioration is less likely to happen.
Things to consider when buying a polycotton tent
Whilst polycotton tents offer some great advantages, you should always be aware of the differences they have that may not be as appealing to you.
The higher ratio of cotton, 65% to 35% polyester means that the material is thicker and therefore that bit heavier than you would expect with a polyester tent. The blend of this fabric also results in a slight increase in your overall pack size. However, the Polycotton fabric used by Vango is the lightest kind available so weight is only slightly affected. Therefore, if you have space in the car and don’t mind that little extra weight, then you should definitely consider a polycotton tent when looking at your options.
Due to the high-quality nature of the fabric, Polycotton tents tend to be a little bit pricier than your standard polyester tents. However, if you look at its longevity, breathability and other superior features, this price difference is easily understandable.
Weathering your Polycotton Tent
Our Polycotton tents are treated with a PU coating that will offer protection from UV rays and rain. However, one thing a polycotton tents is missing, is fully taped seams. During production, tiny holes are left between the stitching of the seams meaning small gaps exists that rain could potentially sneak through - therefore weathering your tent is a must.
Below is an easy solution for protecting your tent against the rain. It is advised that you carry out this process before you leave for you holiday, however, if you can’t you should get away with doing it on day 1 of camping.
Pitch your tent
The ‘wetting’ process - Leave your tent out in a light rain shower or wet it yourself with a hose for approximately 10 minutes. If wetting it yourself, ensure to continually move the hose, do not keep it in one area for a prolonged period of time.
- Let your tent dry – This is where the magic happens. During the drying process the thread within the stitch holes expands and completely fills any gaps that water could potentially get through.
- Pack your tent away –The weathering process is now complete and shouldn’t need repeated for the rest of the tenst lifespan.
All information included in this blog was provided by Winfields Outdoors.
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