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Best tents for Rain - Buying Guide

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Tents make one of the three fundamentals of backpacking, the other being quality sleeping bags, and backpacks and sleeping pads. They also make for the 4 heaviest items you carry along with you.

Looking to buy a tent for your next where you know there is a very good chance for it to rain? Look no further. We got you covered.

What to look for?

There are the normal things that you want to look for in a good backpacking tent that I go through below but also you want extra protection from the rain.

Let’s go through the basics first and then we can touch upon tents that can withstand a heavy downpour.

What to look for in a tent for rain?

  1. Price
  2. Fabric
  3. Hydrostatic head measurement
  4. Ventilation
  5. Easy Assembly
  6. Strength
  7. Weight and Size


Of Course, you have a budget that you want to buy tents and you have other things to buy for your backpacking trip. You can get good quality tents for anything between $150 to $450 depending upon your budget but keep it flexible.

Once you have your price out of the way here are the must haves for your waterproof rain tent.


You have the option to choose from Nylon, Polyster and PVC coated canvas or poly cotton. Nylon and Polyster are the popular choices by many who buy waterproof tents and we swear by it.

Polyster tents are also coated by polyurethene making them waterproof.

Definitely look for that.

Hydrostatic head measurement

What is it? It is the fancy talk for measuring how much water can a tent withstand without leaking.

It is measured by filing a tube with water and placing the tent fabric underneath and when the water seeps through the material the distance from the material and water is measured in millimeters.

Yeah, fancy measurements but all you gotta remember is buy tents with rating of 1500 and above. Tents with 1500 or above are considered waterproof and we can vouch for it.

But the higher it is, it is always better.


Condensation is a huge problem in tents. It can quickly build up. So choose a one with some ventilation and rainflys as well. That will make sure you don’t get condensed.

Easy Assembly

Nothing to worry about this if you are a good camper but if you have newbie hands definitely take this into consideration. Get something easy to setup.


When checking strength, look for Wind Resistance and quality of the guy lines.

Weight and Size

Got 200% waterproofing, got your HH ratings to 9000+. All good. But it weighs a ton. Just buy another. At the end of the day you have to carry it. If you can’t there is no use for it. Take weight and size into consideration as well.


here you have it folks! Let us know what you picked in the comments.