After serious thinking firstname.lastname@example.org wrote :
Some used nothing, just bare cotton canvas which would swell up when
wet and self seal - providing you didn't touch it, the water would run
off. Later came waxed cotton, then spray on water proofing solutions.
Ventile is still going, and despite its cost it's still being used for
tents for polar regions.
| Ventile, originally designed in the UK, is densely woven from 100%
| cotton using the worldβs finest long staple fibre.
| Ventile is not coated or laminated yet the combination of the dense
| weave and the swelling properties of the fibres when wet provide
| excellent weatherproofing.
Yep, that's pretty much my experience. It's why you had to pitch the
tent taut, hence all those "best pitched tent" contests on arrival
day. You also had to go and tighten the guy ropes after the first
rain or first dew.
large scout tents often had a linen fly sheet and a much smaller
On Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:57:30 +0100, Andy Champ wrote:
Hmm, I'd be interested to hear any DIY mixes for such things - I've got
an old wax jacket which is years past needing re-waxing, but AFAICT they
don't seem to do such things on this side of the Pond, so getting an off
the shelf product isn't possible.
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