Mar 27, 2012 at 8:22 am #1287894
Rusty BeaverBPL Member
Prior to reading about the positive experiences a few here have had with nothing more than a regular coil zipper on a shelter door (no flap), I would have used a waterproof zipper.
I don't care for the drag of the waterproof zippers though. Besides the hassle of it, seems the extra difficulty would add extra stress on the my .51 oz cuben seams. I see that a couple people have recommended zipper lubricant to make things easier. That works on my drysuit but by the nature of the zipper, there's still a lot of drag. I assume a small waterproof zipper would have similar results (easier but still draggy).
I'm having my Hexamid converted to a Wild Oasis like shelter. I need to decide by the end of the day what zipper I should use. I like the simplicity of no zipper flap. I'm in S Idaho. Some rain but it's not like the Pacific NW.
I'm leaning towards a regular coil zipper. Anyone think this is a mistake?Mar 27, 2012 at 8:59 am #1859936
John S.BPL Member
You should expect a regular non waterproof zipper without a covering flap to leak.Mar 27, 2012 at 9:05 am #1859939
K CBPL Member
@kalebcLocale: South West
I put in a zipper in a MYOG tent recently. I set it up the other day in 10 hours of fierce rain and I didn't have a problem with water coming through the YKK #3 coil zipper, it would be easy to put a zipper flap over it with cuben if you wanted to. On top of that, when you get in and out of the tent water goes everywhere around the zipper area. I think regular zippers are fine for vesibule use.Mar 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm #1860157
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
I use a #3 coil-coil zip on all my tents (summer and winter). They have worked fine for years.
Yes, there is a silnylon flap which is *meant* to go over the zip. Sometimes it does sit there … But I have never had any problems with large leaks through the zips.
You could try adding a little silicone spray to the zip of course. It would not hurt.
CheersMar 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm #1860296
Rusty BeaverBPL Member
Thanks, all. Based on these comments as well as comments in two other threads, I'm going with the regular #3 coil. If it drips a little, no big deal. It will be away from me and my gear. If I totally hate it, adding a flap should be easy enough.Mar 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm #1860316
@goonch92Locale: Northern California
strategically placed (split/halved) Velcro.
this is what I'm going to add on my ID Silshelter vestibule
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.