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Hi, I'm in UK and am walking the South West Coastal Path in England later this month with my dog to raise money for Prostrate Cancer UK. After a lot of searching for a light 2 man tent within my budget, plus being claustrophobic ruled out the tunnel style tents, I bought this one which I think is a copy of an American tent. It's an inside first tent with a throw over fly.
As this will be my 1st venture at multi day hiking, it's 630 miles and between 45 - 60 days with a mixture of Campsites and Wild Camping, I wanted to test everything out so for the past week I have been sleeping in the tent with the dog.
We're both getting there but I have a question about ventilation. At the moment we're going through an unusual spell of 25 deg C hot weather with zero no wind. So at night I have been leaving the Fly door open, the inner mesh door closed and at the other end of the tent there is a small mesh window in the Fly with an outer flap which is also fully open
Each morning the inner surface of the fly is wet, which is what I expected, and the inner tent, which is 50% mesh, is bone dry - all good so far.
However as the night progresses I'm aware that the air is becoming damp and consequently smells a bit. Of course it's not helping having a dog in the tent but it's the same even if I am on my own and this moist air inside the inner tent is making it difficult for me to sleep through.
Having looked at some other backpacking tents, eg; Vango Zephros 2, I'm wondering if I should modify the mesh triangle at the end of the fly and have it on Velcro pads so it can be opened rather then permanently sown to the fly. It's covered by the flap on the fly so shouldn't let rain in and although the mesh is breathable it does restrict airflow quite a bit. As the fly is not fixed insects can get between the fly and the inner tent anyway so I can't see that modification making any difference other than allowing a better air flow and perhaps getting rid of the moist air quicker.
I have attached a couple of photos so you can see what I mean.
Any other suggestions - other than get a new Tent, I will be using this one as I have nothing left in the budget - would be most helpful :)
Is it ok to leave the inner mesh door open at night for added ventilation if walking around the coast ?
Maybe this is just because there is no wind at the moment and it will be a problem that solves itself out on the actual trail but I thought I'd ask seasoned backpackers for their advice anyway.