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?
Edited by rustyb on 03/27/2012 09:24:15 MDT.
You should expect a regular non waterproof zipper without a covering flap to leak.
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.
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.Cheers
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.
strategically placed (split/halved) Velcro.this is what I'm going to add on my ID Silshelter vestibule
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