May 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm #1274661
@pauldalleyLocale: Gulf Coast
About three years ago I purchased an MSR Hubba tent. Works well. It has been in storage for the past two years. (been car camping). This year I'm going to Isle Royale in August. So I broke out the tent and found that the silicon coating on the rain fly had become soft and tacky. The inside of the fly is tacky and coating comes off on to everything. The fly will not freely slide over anything.
Anyone else had this experience? I have contacted MSR's warranty department, I'll let you know how that goes.
PaulMay 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm #1742920
Ken T.BPL Member
The PU coating is done for. Did you store it in a hot garage? Might be able to get a new fly from MSR.May 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm #1742956
Ben WortmanBPL Member
I have heard of others having the same problem. When they contacted MSR, they sent them a new fly.May 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm #1742987
I always store my tent fly's and inners in mesh bags similar to ones you get with sleeping bags to eliminate that risk. Even just having them in plastic shopping bags is better than having them compressed and jammed into the factory stuff sack.May 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm #1742993
As Ben mentioned, this was a common situation with the older PU coated MSR fly. One had to absolutely make sure there was no moisture when stored. MSR has now gone to an alternative fabric.
MSR will replace the fly no charge in this case. There won't be any surprises.May 31, 2011 at 7:07 am #1743071
@clebowLocale: Orange County
Happened to me, they sent me a new one.May 31, 2011 at 11:44 am #1743184
Yup, a common problem w/some earlier Hubbas, & covered by warranty.
Storing tents in large laundry bags or some such thing, instead of the stuff sack, & in a cool dry part of your home, will generally help prevent such problems in the future. But these definitely had some problems.May 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm #1743282
Paul, I'm so glad I came across this post! I'm in pretty much the exact situation, except that I leave for IR next week! I just emailed Cascade and hope they do reply quickly, I had a trip last month where I woke up in the mddle of the night to drops on my head and thought that I just needed to spray it with some Nikwax. Good thing I found this!May 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm #1743283
@pauldalleyLocale: Gulf Coast
I did contact MSR today and sent the fly back. Just go to their website. They have a printable form and address to send your fly to. They said that they will replace the fly.
PaulMar 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm #2185729
Michael SirofchuckBPL Member
@mr_squishyLocale: Great Wet North
My gold/yellow fly also became sticky while stored loosely in the closet; I contacted MSR and they told me to return it for a free replacement – the new green fly. I just sent it in today.Mar 24, 2015 at 8:05 pm #2185741
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> found that the silicon coating on the rain fly had become soft and tacky.
Correction: that is a PU coating, and quite common. Silicone polymers do NOT do that.
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