We’ve been asked many times how to seam seal our tents, so here are our recommendations and the process we usually follow.
Our tents come with taped seams, meaning that they should be waterproof out of the box. That being said, seam sealing a tent is a good way to extend a tents lifespan and add extra protection. Additionally we recommend seam sealing if you plan on using the tent for an extended period of time, such a thru hiking.
Generally for seam sealing we recommend using Gear Aid Seam Grip WP. It bonds almost permanently to our tent fabric and provides long lasting protection. Other seam sealers will work as well, just check that they are compatible with PU coated polyester.
- First make sure that the tent seams are clean and dry. A new unused tent is perfect.
- Set up the tent as you usually would. Try to get the ridgeline seam tight for easy sealing later.
- Apply seam sealer to all exposed outer seams of the tent. A thin unbroken layer over the threads should be enough.
- Apply seam sealer to the inside corner seams over and around the seam tape. The corner seams are hard to seal externally due to the stake out points.
- Let the sealant dry completely before taking down the tent.
If you have any questions let us know!
We are excited to announce two new, ultralight, carbon fiber backpacking poles. We designed these trekking poles to be comfortable to use, lightweight and versatile. They are a great choice for backpacking, camping and hiking. When used with our Trekking Pole tents they, decrease your pack weight and offer a convenient alternative to conventional tents.
For a limited time, we will be offering these two high-end trekking poles at half price!
Check out our two new trekking poles today:
RCP Carbon Fold
Convenient, lightweight, folding trekking poles.
- 7.4 oz per pole
- 43″-51″ (110 – 130 cm)
- 15″ folded length (38 cm)
RCP Ultralight Carbon Trekking Poles
Durable, ultralight, comfortable.
- 6 oz per pole
- 43″-53″ (110 – 135 cm)
- 26″ collapsed length (66 cm)
While Hammocks aren’t for everyone, here are Our Top Four Reasons to use a River Country Products Hammock on your next backpacking trip:
Hammocks make it easier to fall asleep
Researchers have found that the rocking motion of hammocks
allows people to fall asleep much faster, which can be nice after a long day on
the trail. It can even help people with insomnia and other sleeping
Hammocks provide deeper sleep
A sleep study found rocking while sleeping allows people to sleep better in a noisy environment. A benefit whether you’re camping with loud friends or can hear the constant sounds of nature.
Hammocks are more comfortable
Many people report hammocks to be more comfortable and better for their backs and hips. Comfort while sleeping is the number one reason people give for avoiding camping or backpacking, so switching to a hammock might just provide that much-needed comfort.
Hammocks allow you to set up camp faster and in places less accessible to tents
Sometimes you just don’t want to hunt for a nice, flat spot to pitch a tent, if in a wooded area Hammock spots can be easy to locate and Hammocks are often much faster to set up then pitching a tent.
Bonus: RCP’s Hammocks include a rain fly and cost only $35.95, one of the cheapest and lightest sleeping options available.
We are excited to release the newest iteration of our Trekker Tent 2.2! The updated tent is now for sale on our website. We have worked hard to improve this tent to meet your, and our own, expectations for quality. While we have maintained the design and size of the tent, with internal mesh walls and side vents, we have improved the quality of the seams and overall weather-proofing of the tent. We redesigned almost every seam on the tent. Thank you for your patience as we have worked to improve this tent and bring it in line with our vision to provide high quality and budget friendly backpacking gear.
We are also working hard on new tent designs building on the changes that we have made to the Trekker Tent 2.2 and combining them with new features such as a detachable rain fly and the frequently requested 2 person tent with a vestibule. Keep an eye out as we hope to release new tent designs later this year.
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Although a seemingly small change, the addition of two 10 foot tree straps to our backpacking hammock makes a huge difference in set up time and convenience. These hammock tree straps are simple to use and are now included with every hammock.
The tree straps are rated at 400lbs (though the hammock holds just 320lbs), and are made from a durable stretch resistant polyester. The stitching is also reinforced making the straps stronger. Another great feature are the 15 connection points for your hammock. These small loops make it easy to adjust the tightness of your hammock setup without retying a knot or removing the straps.
Finally they weigh just 5.2oz each and pack down to a small size, perfect for taking backpacking, camping, or in your backyard. The orange stitching also makes them more visible in the evening and at night.
The Trekker Tent 1V is a great one person backpacking tent. We took some of our favorite features of our other Trekker Tents and combined them into one fully featured backpacking tent.
The Trekker Tent 1V features a vestibule, a must have for storing bags and other items, side vents similar to our Trekker Tent 2.2, and a large interior, almost big enough for two people. We also worked hard to keep the tent affordable and lightweight, and we think we succeeded. At only 2lb 8oz with stakes The Trekker Tent 1V comes at an affordable price when you consider the features, size and weight.
We are excited about the vestibule and side vents as they allow for more air flow and reduce condensation inside the tent, a problem most tents suffer from. Inside, the tent the side walls are 2-layer, meaning most condensation will run down the wall and outside the tent. The vestibule can be left open for increased ventilation, or closed to protect you and your bags from rain.
Finally the internal dimensions are 7′ long, 48” wide, and 42” tall in the front and 32” in the back. Seven feet of leg room and 48 inches of side to side space give you plenty of room to roll over in your sleep.
Take a closer look at the Trekker Tent 1V here.
We recently added a backpacking pack to our ever growing collection of backpacking gear, and we are very happy with it. The backpack is large, 65 liters, and quite comfortable with lots of features.
The River Country Products backpack has an easily adjustable torso height so it fits a large variety of body shapes and sizes. We also really like the comfortable split waist strap and removable rain fly, which is super convenient if you ever get trapped in an unexpected rainstorm.
Take a look at our backpack for yourself. And let us know what you think in the comments below!
After designing and testing this tent out ourselves we are excited to introduce you to our new favorite 4 man backpacking tent, the Trekker Tent 3.
Despite being a 4 person tent, the Trekker Tent 3 has one of the easiest set ups of all of our other backpacking tents, simply stake down the four corners, attach our trekking poles together (an extension is included if the tent is bought with poles) and then extend the single resulting trekking pole in the center of the tent.
We are also excited about this tent because of its weight. At 4lb 10oz, with stakes, it is one of the lightest per person 4 man tents out there. Only 1lb 2.5oz per person.
Lastly we love the vestibule, large mesh door and 6′ 8” peak height. We think you’ll love this 4 person trekking pole tent too.
Check out the Trekker Tent 3 here.
A couple of weeks ago, backpacking expert and outdoor adventurer Jessica “Dixie” Mills spotlighted the Trekker Tent 2 and compared it to the ZPacks Duplex, a similar ultralight trekking pole tent at more than 10 times the price. She started her YouTube video saying that she was curious how well an inexpensive, light-weight tent (under 3 lbs) would compare with a top-of-the-line model. After a brief introduction of the ZPacks, she followed with a more thorough review of the Trekker Tent 2. Although the Trekker Tent 2 doesn’t have the vestibule that Dixie liked on the Duplex, it passed her test for ease of setup, overall weight, interior roominess and compact size. After sleeping through a night of light rain, she was happy with how the Trekker Tent performed but didn’t stop there: she just had to give it the hose test! Of course, it passed that test, too, and we’re happy with how well our tent compares with the Duplex. But, don’t take our word for it, check out her video and subscribe to her Homemade Wanderlust page for more high-quality videos about backpacking, thru-hiking, and just plain enjoying life!
We are excited to announce our lightest tent yet. 2 lbs and 7.5 feet long so you can fit with your gear, includes an awning. On sale for the next 3 days, just $19.95. For this reduced price we would really like your feedback on this new tent.