You know those strings extras that come along with the tent and a lot of people don’t know what they are for? Each gives a different name: strings, extenders, stretchers, risers, cordeletes, stabilizers, etc. We, here at FuiAcampar, we have adopted the term stretchers – they serve to attach the sobreteto to the ground, giving greater stability to the tent.
Check out a few more details and explanations to know everything about the binders!
Types of Binders
Most are simple strings, made of nylon. The amount and length vary in each tent model.
In some models, as in Quickhiker, the binders are reflectors, which makes it easier to be displayed during the night, when it is common for people to stumble in the strings that get around the tent.
Function of Binders
When arrested by the rods, your primary function is to give more stability to the tent, especially in situations of wind, creating more attachment points directly from the sobreteto to the ground.
When they get stuck to the sides of the tent, your function is also to keep the sobreteto away from the room, making the air circulation and preventing condensation in sobreteto wet fabric of the walls of the room.
Eventually are attached to a window of air circulation, allowing also keep them open or closed.
When to use
There are some cases in which we indicate obligatorily use the strings:
-If you are setting up the tent in sandy soil or with a very soft Earth;
-In situations of wind and rain;
-If your tent does not look good stretched without the strings;
-Or if you’re very careful with your tent!
Now, if your tent is stable and you will only spend one or two nights in a quiet place, with the Mainland, without rain or winds forecast, it’s okay that you don’t hold them down.
See this video below the behavior of a tent with binders doing stabilization in a wind of 12 knots (about 22 km/h).
It is worth commenting that some models now come with the strings properly placed; in others, to use the tent for the first time, you have to put them on. Take a look at these images below to understand the “schema” on how they should be positioned and tensioned.
To be clearer, we’ve prepared this video explaining about the binders and showing how to put them in the tent and how to adjust tension on time to take them down with the espeques.
Once they are placed the binders, you no longer need to take.When you finish the camp, let the prisoners to the tent, just wrap and fold together with the sobreteto.
Loss or Exchange
If you have lost or damaged any cord, you can easily replace them buying new strings that can be found in any hardware or store that sells this kind of material.
The only thing you need to make sure is that the thickness has to be similar to the original, to pass easily in the plastic peg that allows tension. When in doubt, take the next peg.
My tent has no extenders, and now?
If your tent does not have Extenders with the rails or on the sides of the tent, that means she was not designed to be used in situations of wind and rain.
If you intend to camp outdoors and want to have assurance that the tent will be fine by the time the weather gets worse, it is legal to invest in a tent a little sturdier.
Now that you know what are and what are the binders, take a look at this article about How to use the espeques, so that you know right tent and attach strings to the ground! Always be prepared in case of a sudden change of weather and rains and wind-the stretchers and the espeques will have an important role to protect your tent!
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