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Big Agnes Fly Creek 2: Condensation dripping into tent
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Christine Thuermer
(GermanTourist) - F - M

Locale: in my tent
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2: Condensation dripping into tent on 04/21/2013 23:42:16 MDT Print View

Although I am very happy with my TT Rainbow I have bought a Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 as a lightweight double wall tent for an upcoming bike trip. Last weekend I have tested it for the first time and encountered the following problem:

The upper end of the door is directly above the head area of the tent whereas the inner tent is naturally even shorter. In the morning I had heavy condensation on the inside of the fly but the inner tent kept me dry - which is the whole purpose of a double wall tent. But when I opened the mesh door of the inner tent AND the fly door condesation was dripping down directly onto the head area from the fly because it is not covered by the inner tent anymore as soon as you open the mesh door.

Is there any way to avoid this problem? Maybe by opening the mesh door only partly so that the condesation drips onto the mesh? But that would make getting in and out of the tent very difficult. Any other suggestions?

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2: Condensation dripping into tent on 04/22/2013 00:34:15 MDT Print View

With my Fly Creek 1 and any of my other double wall shelters, I grab a supported area and give the shelter a good shake before opening any doors. This will force the water off the outside and underside of the fly before I open the doors (this is particularly important to do before opening the outside door of the Fly Creek series).

The only problem I have had is that sometimes when the under-fly is really damp in the Fly Creek, the fly will stick to the mesh. It hasn't ever dripped on me yet but I could imagine it could be a problem.

Todd Ler
(Toddler) - F

Locale: PNW
minimizing condensation on 04/22/2013 04:01:20 MDT Print View

Besides what Mike posted above, I'd try to minimize condensation first.

The zipper on the fly door is double ended. Open up the top of the fly door, making your own vent. If it's not raining, I usually leave the fly door open.

Christine Thuermer
(GermanTourist) - F - M

Locale: in my tent
Big Agnes Fly Creek: Shake before opening on 04/22/2013 04:22:08 MDT Print View

@Mike: Sometimes the solution is so obvious you don't see it..... Shaking the tent before opening any door should do the trick. Thank you!