I have a an MSR Zoic in my cart but I am reading about seam sealing issues for those made in 2019. I am living overseas so I don’t want to face issues. How can I be certain that the tent I purchase would not be one of those impacted?
Here is a link to the issue ...
First, just want to say thanks for asking that question--because I am sure this posting will be a great resource for others looking at MSR tents in the future. So, I just got have off the phone with a representative from MSR discussing your concern. MSR had immediately replaced all their affected tents with REI last year, so all current tents in REI's inventory have had their seam sealant issues addressed (including the Zoic).
In fact, all current MSR tents are not only seam sealed, but also utilize their propriety Xtreme Shield technology for additional protection. When the tent is properly setup (with enough tension in the rain fly), the stitching at the seams will offer excellent waterproofing. Once again, this technology is utilized along with a coating of seam sealant for increased protection.
If you purchase an MSR Zoic tent from REI, rest assured that the seam sealant issue from 2019 had been addressed. Thanks again for your question, and feel free to reach out for any future questions as well!
I read the article, very interesting.
I'd go ahead and buy the tent and then soak it in the backyard or leave it out for a few rainstorms to double check.
If it leaks, take it back.
BTW, we should probably do this anyway with any new tent before taking it out on trail.
That being said, soon or later you're going to have to re-seal it your self.
Tarptents.com has a great formula for DIY sealing on their website. (I'm sure REI has a video somewhere on this also)
You mix clear silicone with mineral spirits and then brush it on, cheap and super effective. For large areas I've had luck the past couple of years with a spray sealant from walmart.
Either way I highly recommend a test in the back yard.
I just received my new MSR Hubba Tour 2 tent at an unbelievably low price after being made aware of leakage problems. I've been trying to figure out whether this item needs seam sealant before using it early next Spring when I don't want to be wet in a remote area. I read a post on Reddit that shows the MSR support message from another retailer. My tent lot number: 0818 was part of the recall. It does not have an S stamped on the label. Having used another Seam Sealer product in the 1980s, I would expect some form of residue around the stitching, and relative stiffness in the fabric where the fabric has been sealed. My tent includes a bottle of Gear Aid sealant, but the directions say to hold onto it for when wear causes leakage. Should I trust these seams or coat it now?