They laughed when I took out my Cinch! pop up tent, but when I pitched it

The Cinch tent with an extension canopy

They laughed when I took out my Cinch! pop up tent, but when I pitched it

Waterproof rating

The Cinch! has a hydrostatic head of 4000mm.

To label a tent waterproof, it needs to meet a hydrostatic head requirement of at least 1000mm.

I don’t know where they found this info, but it’s one of the claims on their FAQ page. (Not sure if this applies to British tents only.)

The higher a tent’s hydrostatic head, the more waterproof the material it’s made from.

Don’t take your Cinch! for a swim though. There are many factors that make up a tent’s actual waterproof level, such as how the tent is put together. Read the Crua Hybrid article for more info.

What’s the hydrostatic head of other tents? Let’s take a look…

 Hydrostatic head (mm)
Cinch!4000
Oztrail WayfarerN/A
Bushtec Kestrel1000
Arctic Monsoon1000
Quechua 2 SecondsSee below *
Vango Pop DS 2003000
Coleman FastPitch™2000

The Cinch! beats all the other tents in terms of waterproofing. Not only do they use a material with a high hydrostatic head number, they also double tape their seams to further prevent water from coming in.

* Quechua makes it clear on their site that their 2 Seconds model’s seams are not sealed and does not provide full waterproofing.

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