How To Choose The Best Waterproof Tent

When looking for the best waterproof tent there are several things that you need to consider before you make your final decision. The first is to make sure that the tent is truly waterproof as not all tents are as leak-proof as described. The following tips will help you to find the best waterproof tent that will keep you warm and dry inside, even when it's raining and pouring outside.

Check The Seams

One of the most common places for leaks to appear is in the seams of the tent. A truly waterproof tent, or at least the best, will have sealed or taped seams. When seams are stitched together, the needles leave tiny little holes that water can seep through. If there is no sealant or taping over them, they could easily leak.

Welded Floors

Although this is not absolutely necessary for a tent to be waterproof, the best rainproof tents will have welded floors. Ideally, they will also be raised slightly off of the ground to prevent rain water or other kinds of moisture from coming up through the bottom of the tent.

Certified Waterproof

When a tent manufacturer claims that their tent is waterproof, read on through the specifications to learn what about the tent makes it waterproof. Does it come with a rain fly? Has the fabric on the outside of the tent been treated with a waterproofing solution? These are the important details that you must check out and if the manufacturer does not provide this information about the construction of the tent, then it might be a good idea to look at a product that does offer a full and detailed description.

Product Reviews

One of the best ways to find out if a tent is as waterproof as the manufacturer claims is to check the product reviews left by previous customers. People who have purchased the tents you're considering and who have given their feedback can let you in on the pros and the cons. Consumers are quick to let you know if a tent leaks or if it holds up well in a rain storm and keeps them dry. Always remember to check the consumer reviews.

Exterior and Interior/Seams and Stitching

The exterior of the tent deals with its attractiveness as well as its functionality. Look for a tent that has some mesh materials or at least built in mesh windows for the ventilation aspect. Tents can become stuffy and it's important to have areas that allow for ample air flow.

On the interior, also look for important features like welded floor bottoms and taped seams to keep unwanted moisture outside of the tent. Also think about organization, storage and other useful features. Built in pockets, light hangers and vestibules for storing your gear can come in handy. Some tents feature separate rooms and others come with screen rooms for more living space and getting in out of the elements during the day.

Choose The Right Size

When it comes time for sleeping arrangements, you'll want to have plenty of room for everyone to sleep comfortably. Make sure that the tent you choose has enough room and can be configured the right way to accommodate each camper and their gear.


The weight of the tent can make a big difference if you’re a hiker or backpacker. The best waterproof tent are under 6 pounds, and preferably will weight under 4 pound and fold up into a very compact size.

Final Verdict

There are many tent brands and models on the market today. Whether you're looking for a camping tent, a backpacking tent, a rainproof tent or a great family tent, start by making a list of the size, configuration and features that are the most important to you. Keep in mind that the best tent is the one that most closely meets your needs and suits your personal tastes and preferences.

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