On Oct 18, 2007
So, I have read the wind warning… and I am wondering if there is anyway to more securely tie down one of your domes... and if smaller is better in high wind areas…and is it a question of it coming apart or breaking or what…
I know that in expedition tents, which are subjected to high winds… the dome system seeks to work… is it the way they are made or a matter of size or what…
I wish to use your domes in the south pacific… and there are winds and storms…
So, what can you advise.
All tents including dome tents will fail if the wind is strong enough, no matter how they are tied down. Indeed all structures will fail if loaded enough.
It’s a balancing act: how much mass do you want to put against the wind. Size is important: a larger dome catches more wind and must be much stronger to hold the wind. Our stronger domes are: 10′, 18′ and 30′ and these will hold up well in most storms. If you should get a freak wind your dome may still fail; in most cases only some poles will brake (these and PVC and are easy and cheep to repair replace) and your dome can be put up after the wind has passed. You can also if you have warning of a storm coming your way remove the lower level of poles and then re-secure your dome to the ground. This will make for a more streamlined affront to the wind.