On yesterdays trip during the rain, my REI Quarter Dome T2 fly suddenly started leaking a bit, from many separate places along the seams. I can also see some white material (sealant?) peeling everywhere along the seams of the fly and tent bottom.
Never had this problem before and I wonder what could have caused it?.. so I could avoid this in the future.
1) Improper storage after the last trip? IIRC I dried it out as usual but I can't recall. Would packing it wet do this?
2) Stuffing the tent & fly into a tight stuff sack? I've never done this before but had to on this trip due to pack volume.
3) Something else I'm not considering?
The tent is 7yo, but I've only used it on few dozen nights. Also it's strange that the sealant would fail everywhere at once if it was age.