Q. Dear Gear Guy, I have a summer pup tent, and whenever it rains, the tent leaks. The tag says not to waterproof it, but I need to stop the leaks. What do I do?
– Distressed Dylan, from the Internet
Hmm, that’s a tricky one, Dylan. First thing you should do is make sure you pitch your tent really well, and be sure that all the guy lines are taut. If it has a rainfly, make sure that it is installed correctly. Ideally, there should be an air gap between the fly and the tent, so that the rainfly is not touching the underlying tent.
Next, you could try stringing a waterproof nylon tarp above your tent. That should help.
Finally, I’m not sure why the tag would say not to waterproof it, but if your tent leaks in the seams, you could try using a waterproof seam sealer like Gear Aid Seam Grip.