Unveiling the Secret Behind Featherstone Tents: The Power of a High Hydrostatic Head Rating

When it comes to outdoor adventures, the quality of your gear can make or break your experience. One crucial aspect often overlooked is the hydrostatic rating of fabrics, especially in performance gear like tents. At Featherstone, we take pride in crafting tents that are not only durable and reliable but also rigorously tested to withstand the harshest elements. Join us on a journey as we unravel the importance of having a high hydrostatic head rating and how it sets Featherstone tents apart from the rest.


Understanding Hydrostatic Head Rating:

The hydrostatic head rating is a measure of a fabric's water-resistance and its ability to withstand water pressure. It determines the amount of water in millimeters a fabric can withstand before it starts to leak. In essence, the higher the hydrostatic head rating, the more waterproof the fabric.


Featherstone's Commitment to Quality:

At Featherstone, we understand that outdoor enthusiasts rely on their gear to keep them safe and comfortable. That's why our tents are crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specially treated fabrics that are tested to endure even the most challenging weather conditions.


The Featherstone Difference:

What sets Featherstone tents apart is our unwavering commitment to providing gear that excels in performance. Our tents are treated and rigorously tested to achieve a hydrostatic head rating of 2000 mm or greater. This ensures that the fabrics on your tent can withstand a tremendous amount of water pressure before it permeates through the walls.

Our standard rating ensures that Featherstone tents not only keep you dry in the most torrential rain but also provide you with peace of mind, knowing that your shelter is built to withstand the elements.


Advantages of a high Hydrostatic Head Rating:

Exceptional Water Resistance: With a high hydrostatic head rating, Featherstone tents offer outstanding protection against heavy rain, snow, and moisture-laden conditions.


Durability: The high hydrostatic head rating also signifies the robustness and longevity of the fabric. Featherstone tents are built to last, ensuring that your investment stands the test of time.


Versatility: Our tents are designed to accommodate various outdoor adventures, from weekend backpacking trips to extended backcountry excursions. Our rating ensures that you stay dry, no matter the conditions.


Disadvantages of a high hydrostatic head rating:


Increased Weight: Having a high resistance to water pressure means more coating of DWR or a higher thread count which tends to be heavier compared to fabrics with lower ratings. This additional weight can be considered for ultralight backpackers or those aiming to minimize the overall weight of their gear.


Reduced Breathability: Fabrics with higher hydrostatic head ratings may have reduced breathability. While they excel in keeping moisture out, they may also trap body heat and moisture inside the tent, potentially leading to condensation buildup.


Potentially Higher Cost: Achieving a higher hydrostatic head rating often involves using specialized, advanced materials and treatments, which can contribute to a higher manufacturing cost. This may be reflected in the price of the final product.



When it comes to selecting outdoor gear, especially tents, prioritizing quality is paramount. Featherstone's dedication to excellence is reflected in our tents' remarkable 5000 mm hydrostatic head rating which is used amongst our freestanding tents. This commitment ensures that our gear not only meets but exceeds the expectations of outdoor enthusiasts worldwide.


Embrace the difference and experience the ultimate in waterproof performance. With a Featherstone tent, you're not just getting a shelter; you're investing in a reliable companion for your outdoor adventures.


Discover more about our range of tents and experience the advantage!

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