Your SlingFin tent is made in a factory that has been making tents for over
55 years. The materials used in your SlingFin tent have been chosen for a
balance of seam holding strength, tear strength, waterproofness, air
permeability (tent body canopy), durability, UV resistance and overall
durability. Your tent will last a lifetime if properly cared for. Keep
in mind that nearly all fabrics are affected by UV (Ultraviolet Light)
degradation so even the Nylon 6,6 fabrics and Titanium Dioxide coatings
will eventually degrade with UV exposure.
Following these eight important points will eliminate the vast majority of tent damage:
- Never store your tent while it is moist, dirty or wet. Storing your
tent wet in inclement weather is often necessary, just make certain that
you clean and dry your tent thoroughly before storing your tent for
prolonged periods of time.
- Never store your tent in humid environments.
- Make sure your tent pole sections are fully assembled before pitching
your tent. Failure to fully engage the tent pole sections leads to tube
failure near the tent pole ends.
- Never use a washer or dryer to clean or dry your tent.
- Do not store your tent in an area of excessive heat such as the trunk of your car.
- Do not keep your tent pitched for long periods of time in the outdoors.
If you plan on keeping your tent pitched outdoors for long periods of
time make sure you cover your tent with a tarp or some type of cover
- Stake out your tent and flysheet properly at all times. Free-standing
tents need to be staked out just like any other style tent.
- Keep your zippers as clean as possible. Keeping dirt, sand, silt
(especially glacial silt) out of your zipper chain will help keep the
inside of the metal zipper slider from wearing out. Once the inside
zipper slider tolerances are lost the slider will no longer engage the
zipper chain rendering the zipper slider useless. Zippers are often the
first point of failure on tents so keeping your zipper off the ground is