How to care for your Cinch!

Welcome to your NEW Cinch! pop up tent

Showing your Cinch! some TLC will more than repay you in the long run. You look after it and it will look after you, with many years of camping trips together.

We have pulled together a list of best practice hints and tips, along with care instructions, so you can continue to enjoy your Cinch! for years to come.

Cinch care instructions
You’ve just received your Cinch! and of course you want to set off on a camping trip, but here’s some friendly advice.

Have a test run
Set it up at home first before heading off to a campground or into the backcountry. This way you become acquainted with the pop up and pack down process, in a no-pressure setting. 

When you’ve arrived at your destination

Select the right spot to pitch your Cinch!

Established campsites usually have smooth, level surfaces with little or no vegetation which is great, but still take note, especially those who like to go off the beaten track!

Make sure you clear away any debris that could pierce or damage the floor e.g. pine cones, twigs, small rocks etc etc. These little blighters can also cause an uncomfortable night’s sleep, so even more reason to make sure the ground is clear! Avoid sleeping on top any uneven surfaces as Low spots can collect runoff.

If you experience under hard ground conditions, stakes may bend. Your Cinch! may also be tied using guylines, to rocks or other stable objects as a temporary fix.

LED Tent Pegs
Do not use excessive force or a mallet on your LED tent pegs, this will damage them. Make sure they are also fully switched off when packing them away so you don’t run the batteries down.

Extra Protection
Your Cinch! Comes with a built in bottom sheet, which is super thick and waterproof at 12000 Hydrostatic Head (HH). Many of our clients however, choose to also use a footprint to ensure extra protection, minimizing wear and tear, it also makes it easier to clean…. Bonus! A footprint also discourages rain water from collecting under the tent floor.

Light and position
In order to extend the life of your tent, avoid extended UV exposure. UV rays can damage all fabrics over time. Try to look for a spot that has the right balance of light and shade.  Australia gets very hot in the summer so try and position your tent in an area with some shade to ensure you don’t get too hot.

If you have a Cinch Solar Pack, you can affix the solar pack to either end of your Cinch! Make sure you place it at the end that will get most sunlight in the position you have chosen.

Limit Moisture
Cinch! pop up tents are 100% waterproof at 4000 HH, assess your weather conditions and peg out your guy lines, making sure you keep the rainfly taut as this helps the water run straight off the tent.

Condensation occurs when the ground and bottom sheet  are cold, and the tent floor is slightly warmer. You can't prevent this, but you can manage it. As your Cinch is double skinned your sleeping compartment doesn’t touch the side of the tent, which is great! Opening up the tent is the easiest way to ventilate, open all windows and both entrances for a short period of time to circulate fresh air. Please note that if you are in inclement weather, condensation is not leakage.

Keep damp clothes and shoes to a minimum, this will again minimise moisture in the tent.

Keeping your Cinch! clean and tidy!

When camping try to keep as much debris outside of your tent as possible, leave shoes in the entrance / storage area and use rubbish bags to pick up as you go.

Before packing down your Cinch! Make sure you empty all rubbish, debris, and give it a good shake to make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom sheet underneath.

Cleaning you Cinch! is easy.
Use a non-abrasive sponge, cold water and a non-detergent soap. Gently scrub soiled areas by hand. Avoid household cleaners such as dishwashing liquid, bleach, spot removers or laundry presoaking products. (Why? Virtually all household soaps are perfumed and will attract bugs, mice and other critters. Then set it up in a shady spot and let it air dry completely.

NEVER Machine-wash your Cinch! this is a no no!

Packing up
Try to take down your tent only when it is completely dry after a rainstorm or morning dew. Packing down your tent when it is wet will cause mold, mildew and odours. If you have no choice,
you must make sure you pop up your tent as soon as you get home to allow it to dry fully, preferably outside.

When your tent is stored between camping trips, a cool, dry place is ideal.

Removing the pegs
Do not pull tent pegs out by pulling the tent body or the peg loop as this will rip the loop, or even worse, the tent. Our advice is to use a stake puller or the end of a mallet to remove stubborn tent pegs. Ripped stake loops can be sewn into the tent again, but be sure to seam seal the stitching.

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