Rain flies and tent awnings
A Rain fly is a tarp made to cover the tent top. The benefits achieved from a rain fly over your tent top can vary depending on how you plan to use your tent.
The late season elk hunters normally use a rain fly to help slide the snow (as a plastic tarp is slicker than the canvas) and the protection it offers keeping the sparks from the wood burning stove from landing on their tent top. While a person setting a tent up for extended use will enjoy the benefit of the UV protection the fly offers - extending the longevity of their tent.
Here is a picture of a green fly over a tent (our normal flies are made from a white material which allows the natural light in- we used the picture of this green fly to help identify as to what a fly is).
Awnings - there are several ways awnings are done. The most common way is an oversized rain fly. The fly covers the tent as always (as in picture above) but is made oversized to protrude out over the front of the tent to accomplish an awning (as in the pictures below) -
The best way to get the rain fly with awning as in these pictures is with the internal frame, an extra set of angles and eave sleeves in the tent. The eave sleeves allows you to run the frame on out through the front of the tent to support the awning. Click here to learn more about eave sleeves.
Ordering Rain Flys and Tent Awnings
To order a fly - click on the size of your tent in the fabric / option you desire
There are many benefits to a rain fly. It slides the snow, protects from burn holes, is an additional barrier in the rain, provides a heating or cooling pocket of insulation due to the air it creates between the fly and the tent, and provides protection from the Ultra-Violet (UV) rays which can break down a tent top (more of an issue when tents are set up for prolonged periods).
We make our rain flies from a milky white poly material. We like this tough material because it allows the light in, is slick so it slides the snow, and is fire retardant. We sew webbing around all four sides and reinforce the corners with canvas to insure that the grommets are securely fastened. The appropriate number of ropes are supplied as well.
|8 x 10
||$122.00 -- 5' awning
|10 x 12
||$172.80 -- 6' awning
|12 x 14
||$235.20 -- 7' awning
|12 x 18
||$245.00 -- 7' awning
|14 x 16
||$257.40 -- 7' awning
|15 x 18
||$315.80 -- 7' awning
|16 x 20
||$378.00 -- 7' awning
*A fly with an awning The first thing we do when someone asks us about an awning is try to talk them out of it! The reason for this is that awnings can be a real challenge to hold in place in a light breeze and nearly impossible to keep secure in heavy winds. If you are going to do an awning, the best way is to get an oversized rain fly that protrudes beyond the front of your tent to create the awning. (It's easier to hold 1 large tarp in place than 2 separate tarps.) If you are using an internal frame and an awning is desired, the use of eave sleeves is the best way of accomplishing this. This allows you to run the frame from inside the tent out through the front to support the awning. Having a fully connected frame (tent and awning) gives you your best chance of success in high winds.