How To: Tips & Tricks for Alleviating Condensation in Your Tent

How To: Tips & Tricks for Alleviating Condensation in Your Tent

Condensation on the interior of any shelter is an unavoidable fact of tent camping. It occurs in a wide range of scenarios, can require substantial effort to mitigate, and is impossible to eliminate completely. Tent condensation is especially apparent in single wall shelters, where there is no mesh separating you from those cold dew droplets.

Despite the pros of single wall shelters like Gossamer Gear's The One and The Two, such as lighter weight, smaller volume, and the ability to use trekking poles as tent poles, the con of directly dealing with tent condensation leaves some campers hesitant. In this article, we will explore the two main factors that contribute to tent condensation, how to best set up your Gossamer Gear shelter, and a list of recommendations to alleviate condensation issues.

The Two Main Factors Affecting Tent Condensation

At the end of the day, tent condensation occurs for two reasons.

#1: The temperature inside your tent vs. the temperature outside your tent (AKA: the controllable factor). Basically, if the interior of your shelter becomes warmer or more humid than the exterior, condensation will occur.

#2: Dew point (AKA: the uncontrollable factor).

Dew point is the temperature to which the air needs to cool down to in order to become completely saturated, or reach 100 percent relative humidity. When temperatures cool at night and approach the dew point, water vapor in the air will condense on every surface available (grass, moss, trees, your tent/gear, your CBD oil, etc.). The relative humidity will go up at night when the air temperature approaches the dew point. It will go down as the air temperature warms farther and farther away from the dew point during the day.

Recommendations for Alleviating Tent Condensation

Since we can't control anything about the dew point process, we are going to focus on what we can control. Below is a list of recommendations to combat the interior temperature and humidity of your shelter:

  1. First, take a look at how to optimally set up your Gossamer Gear shelter with our founder Glen Van Peski.
  2. Ventilate your tent by leaving one or both vestibule doors open so humid air and moist exhalations from your breath can escape (you can exhale up to a liter of water every night).
  3. Remove wet clothes or shoes from your tent at night, or move them into a stuff sack to dry out the next day.
  4. Cook and boil water outside your tent/vestibule to avoid increasing the interior humidity level.
  5. Steer clear of campsites near streams, lakes, ponds, or wet areas where the humidity is higher.
  6. Avoid setting up your tent at a low point in the landscape where cold air pools at night. If your tent's walls and fly are warmer, you'll have less condensation.
  7. If bug pressure is low, keep the zipper door slightly unzipped to increase ventilation.
  8. Make sure your tent pitch is tight and high with 125cm poles to increase air movement near the bottom of the tent.
  9. And, ultimately, keep a small pack towel to wipe down the walls when needed, and dry out your shelter/sleeping bag during a lunch break when possible.
It’s Time You Met The One. Or, How About The Two? Fall in Love with the Best Lightweight Shelters for the Trail.

It’s Time You Met The One. Or, How About The Two? Fall in Love with the Best Lightweight Shelters for the Trail.

We know you've been waiting for this moment. You've been searching, hoping that you'll find it. You'll know it's right as soon as you see it. We're talking about the moment you meet The One. Or, well, maybe The Two. The point here is that Gossamer Gear is stoked to share that our lightweight shelters, The One and The Two, are now back in stock and ready for your trail adventures ahead!

Both of these lightweight shelters are perfect for campers and backpackers who enjoy the privacy, comfort, and protection of a tent, but don't want to be hauling around a bunch of excess weight on the trail. The One and The Two can both be set up using six stakes and a set of trekking poles, eliminating the need to carry around extra tent poles. Both lightweight shelters are sold with the necessary stakes, and lightweight segmented poles or trekking poles can be added on separately.

The One: A Perfect, Solo Lightweight Shelter

The One is back with even more determination to keep you dry without weighing you down. Features of this sleek, simple ultralight solo shelter include factory-taped seams, reflective pull-outs, robust zippers, and fully-rigged lines. It's easy to set up, rugged, spacious, and weighs less than two pounds. The One is truly the lightweight shelter of your minimalist dreams.

lightweight shelters

Dimensions:

  • Packed size: 6 inches by 9 inches
  • Floor size:36 inches at the head, 24 inches at the foot, and 88 inches long for a total of 19.55 square feet
  • Vestibule area: 16.2 square feet
  • Head height at peak: 46 inches (when using 125-centimeter poles)

Materials:

  • Tent body: Custom-formulated 7d high tenacity nylon blended sil/pu coating waterproof to at least 1200mm.
  • Tent floor:Custom-formulated 10d high tenacity nylon blended sil/pu coating waterproof to at least 1200mm.
  • Guylines: 2.5mm reflective nylon sheath, 1mm dyneema core
  • Zippers: First quality, robust #4.5 double-pull zippers
  • ITW lineloc3 tensioners all main tie outs
lightweight shelters

Recommended Uses:

  • A full moon backpacking trip into the Blue Ridge Mountains to howl at the stars like the fierce lone wolf you are.
  • A night spent in Badlands National Park tripping over the fact that you're camping on an ancient seabed.
  • Honestly, it's roomy enough (while still being so light!) that you can definitely invite your new trail friend to stop by your new digs for an evening of story swapping.

The Two: The Best Lightweight Shelter for Lovers and Friends

The Two has plenty of space for two hikers, whether lovers, friends, furry companions, or whoever you like to adventure with. This two-person lightweight shelter can keep you dry without weighing you down. As The One's two-person counterpart, The Two also features factory-taped seams, reflective pull-outs, robust zippers, and fully-rigged lines. It's easy to set up, rugged, spacious, and still clocks in at less than two pounds. In addition, both sides of this lightweight shelter have doors for easy access and ultimate ventilation.

lightweight shelters

Dimensions:

  • Packed size: 8 inches by 12 inches
  • Floor size:52 inches at the head, 42 inches at the foot, and 89 inches long for a total of 29.04 square feet
  • Vestibule area: 32.4 square feet
  • Head height at peak: 46 inches (when using 125-centimeter poles)

Materials:

  • Tent body: Custom-formulated 15d high tenacity nylon blended sil/pu coating waterproof to at least 1200mm.
  • Tent floor:Custom-formulated 15d high tenacity nylon blended sil/pu coating waterproof to at least 1200mm.
  • Guylines: 2.5mm reflective nylon sheath, 1mm dyneema core
  • Zippers: First quality, robust #4.5 double-pull zippers
  • ITW lineloc3 tensioners all main tie outs
The Two

Recommended Uses:

  • That romantic getaway you're planning with your boo to check out Japan's new Michinoku Coastal Trail.
  • Your BFF thru-hike of Canada's Great Divide Trail.
  • Honestly, you'll love it so much that you might as well set it up in your backyard for the summer and just make yourself at home.

The One and The Two are Trail-Ready Lightweight Shelters

If you're looking for a tough, lightweight shelter, The One or The Two are ready to hit the trail with you. Check out each of their product pages for more information on their features, directions on how to set them up, tips for taking care of them, and reviews from others in the Gossamer Gear community. We also have a video demonstrating how to set-up your new favorite lightweight shelter.

Finally, make sure to share photos of your adventures with The One or The Two with us by tagging @gossamergear and using the hashtag #takelessdomore. Happy trails!