Aug 31, 2011 at 6:47 am #1278728
We've had our Big Agnes Fly Creek 3 out in about 6 rainstorms of 2 to 4 hours each, with no problem. But on our last trip we had quite a drencher and ended up with water in the tent. It appeared to be leaking along the seam at the top of the fly.
I checked the seam tape and it looked good. I picked at it a bit and it felt good. Then I pushed the seam into a 20 ounce plastic cup, filled it with water and lifted it out.
If you have a FC3, I suggest you do the same.Aug 31, 2011 at 10:19 am #1774676
Whoa! Nice camp shower bag.
Keep us updated on how the resolution goes with BA. I'm considering getting a Copper Spur.Aug 31, 2011 at 10:23 am #1774680
Thanks for posting this Greg. I am blown away. Please let us know what BA comes up with. Are their flys PU coated? I wonder if the PU had not been applied (or silicone for that matter)…..Aug 31, 2011 at 10:44 am #1774685
This is not an issue of the coating.
It is an issue with the factory Seam Taping.
I did check a few other seams on the fly and they were OK.
A "Form Comment" to BA Tuesday AM has gotten no response. I was not able to attach an image. But, in fairness to BA, I did mention that I would simply return this to REI.
I'll shoot them another "Comment" and include this BPL link.Aug 31, 2011 at 11:07 am #1774691
Rick DreherBPL Member
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
This must be some of that sil-nylon "misting" I've read so much about. :-)
Yikes, that's a lotta water. I hope BA does right by you and if it's not an anomoly, kicks some factory butt. It's not something anybody would be aware of until they're unlucky enough to get hit by a downpour–the last place I want to discover my shelter's not actually a…shelter.
RickSep 1, 2011 at 9:13 am #1775031
Any updates????Sep 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm #1775150
No word from Big Agnes as of 4 PM Thursday the 1st.
Hopefully someone there will wake up and post some info.
Tomorrow morning I head to Lone Pine for a 9 day trip to Toulumne Meadows, and don't expect to be back on line until the 19th.Sep 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm #1780225
Has anyone else tested a Fly Creek 3 rain fly?Sep 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm #1780238
Did BA get back to you Greg?Sep 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm #1780240
Nope!Sep 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm #1780273
Dan DurstonBPL Member
I've been in a BA FC UL3 in the rain on a few occasions. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 3 moderately heavy rainy nights plus lots more with light rain. I've never had an issue with the fly leaking. The only rain issue I've had is that the fabric sags a bit so a taut fly becomes a not-so-taut fly and it ends up being stuck to the inner along the long sides of the tent…even if you fully stake it out and do all the tricks like pulling the the tent into the longest shape possible when you stake the 4 corners.
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