Originally Posted by Kdunk1
Just got back from our first trip with or used 2013 x17a, have a lot of questions but not all hybrid related. Stayed dry during a 10 hour rain shower without the popup gizmos installed thank goodness. Question, I always hear that your not to touch the tent as it can cause leaks, if I install the popup gizmos could this lead to leaks around the edges of the popup gizmos?
PUGs won't cause or save you from leaks.
You can touch the roof all you want - the material is impervious to water. The canvas ends can be treated with Scotch Guard (as I have successfully done, using up to 3 coats - basically empty the can allowing drying between each coat) after which you can touch them and there would be no wicking.
The no-touch approach is more for the lightweight nylon (or whatever they are made of) tent material you find on tents.