The 3rd pole is recommended for use in high wind and/or snowy conditions. For general use, the 3rd pole is not typically needed.
The structure will withstand light to moderate snow loading with optional 3rd pole.
Yes! Please refer to the "how to seam-seal" video to see the full procedure.
You have several options for seam-sealing your Tarptent:
Every Tarptent comes with a stuff sack, aluminum stakes+stake bag and the necessary guyline cording. The Cloudburst 3 also includes dual aluminum arch poles.
Yes, we use “no-see-um” netting which stops bugs quite a bit smaller than mosquitoes.
Yes, the fabric is waterproof, however the seams of the shelter need to be seam-sealed.
Use of a groundsheet depends on the conditions you expect to encounter and your style of camping. The sewn-in flooring is remarkably tough and does not usually require a separate groundsheet. We sell optional Tyvek groundsheets which are very tough and great for sleeping out or taking a break, but generally heavier than you need for floor protection on longer hikes, in most conditions. For use on very rocky ground and desert conditions where puncture wounds are possible, a groundsheet is recommended.