Why PahaQue Tents Are Better

Thank you for your intere20140315_114212st in our products. We began producing tents designed for car and family campers in 1997, with the express goal of taking all the best features, fabrics, pole materials, and design technologies available and translating them into a large roomy tent design, that can withstand the worst kind of weather. Our premise is that car/family/base campers are not as concerned about weight as a backpacker, and that we carry our tents to our sites in vehicles, not on our backs, generally speaking. So we traded extra weight for roominess and performance.

NL1 RichardMcFaddenBuffaloRiverWhy our tents are better: Most tents on the market do not have waterproof tent bodies – no sealed seams for example. To make the tent waterproof, a full-coverage rainfly is required. Full coverage rainflies create a ‘bubble’ over your tent that creates humidity, restricts ventilation, eliminates visibility from inside the tent, and makes entry and exit more difficult. So we took a different route – we made our tent bodies – sidewalls, floor, doors and windows – 100% waterproof by using quality fabrics with heavy waterproof coatings, and by tape-sealing 100% of the seams. No painting seams with sealer required – seams are permanently waterproofed. Therefore our rainflies are only partial coverage, which allows excellent ventilation and reduce humidity/condensation, keeps the tent interior cooler on hot days, allows you to open windows/doors on the downwind side even during rainstorms. The doors and the rainflies have awnings that can be used to create extra shade/dry area in nasty weather. Our floors are bathtub style, so even water running under your tent cannot get it. Bottom line, even in heavy rain your will stay completely dry inside our tents, while still having the ability to open a window or easily enter or exit the tent.

Our designs are near-vertical walled – so you have plenty of headroom even in the cornNL2Promontoryers. In nice weather, our tents open up – with mesh windows, doors, and roof – to provide a very open airy feeling. On dry nights, our mesh roof provides excellent star-gazing. But when the weather gets nasty you can button up and stay completely dry.

Our fabrics are heavier than our competition – for example Eureka uses a 4oz floor material, and a 1.6 oz 150T tent fabric on most of their better tents. We use a 6.5oz 210D floor material, and a 1.9oz. 185T tent fabric. All our fabrics have 1500mil waterproof coatings, along with UV inhibitor and fire-retardant coatings.

Lastly, we stand behind every product we make with a Lifetime Warranty which covers any and all defects in material and workmanship for the life of the tent.

We dont claim to be perfect, but we will do our very best to make sure every PahaQue product performs like brand new, no matter how long you have owned it.

Tent Camping Tips

Stay Dry in Your Tent

The first rule to keeping your gear dry is buy the niceest tent you can afford. After that the object is to remove yourself as far from the ground as possible. Don’t rely on the tent bottom for this. You want to have a water impermeable tarp down first. This will also save on wear and tear to your tent bottom.

If you are buying, most manufactures sell tarps that fit your tent footprint. PahaQue offers custom sized footprints that provide an extra layer of moisture protection and protect your tents floor fabric from excessive wear and tear.  Aftermarket options are polyethylene, (available at most hardware stores) or a vinyl tarp. The tarp should never extend past the edge of the tent. If it does, it will collect water sheeting off the tent and be WORSE than nothing!

The next most important item in the tent is an air mattress. If you are planning on doing any amount of camping and/or backpack camping, I can’t suggest enough a Thermo rest type insulated air mattress. These units have foam inside an airtight nylon cover. Even though they are only about 1” think, they really insulate well. The small volume of air in them makes the easy to blow up without an air pump.

Another very helpful item is a tent rug.  PahaQue will be offering custom sized tent rugs, with a soft fabric top, and a plastic, water-proof layer on the bottom.  Tent rugs help insulate against ground dampness and coldness, and make cleaning dirt, leaves, and other debris out of your tent a breeze – simply shake it off and you have a clean tent!

Last, but certainly not least, choose your tent location carefully.  Avoid low spots where water can puddle during a storm, and avoid areas near slopes where water can run downhill and into or through your camp.  A level, slightly elevated spot is ideal for pitching your tent and keeping dry.