Watch this tent get hammered by gale-force winds.

Not only Formula One cars and Anna Meares’ helmet get quality time in air tunnels; sometimes other companies like Darche Outrent them out for a bit of product testing and promotion.

Now, this video is a pretty heavy marketing exercise, with lots of inspirational anecdotes and dramatic music. What we like about it is watching what happens to a tent when it’s confronted with gale-force winds, and doesn’t even have the chance to fly away. It’s a Darche Air-Volution tent, which uses air poles instead of tent poles.

On the Beaufort Wind Scale, a Strong Breeze is 38–49 km/h, a High Wind is 50–61 km/h, and a Gale is 62–74 km/h. At this point, twigs start breaking from trees, cars veer on the roads, and progress on foot is seriously affected. In other words, not great camping weather. It’s pretty fascinating to see what happens to these tents under such heavy forces.



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  • The wind strengthens and weakens in a wind storm, it’s not a constant speed. That introduces snatch strap like effects leading to pegs pulling out, poles snapping etc.

  • It’s a little unfair to use this footage for publicity. In a real world scenario you wouldn’t have cement with which to secure you lines or rope. Soil condition plays the biggest role with regards to a tent standing up to weather. Sure, there is no denial that the air poles allow this tent to be a lot more flexible and air/wind efficient, but still at the end of the day, the surface in which you’ve placed your tent pegs play the deciding factor.

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