Hello Francois! In response to Tony regarding the waterproofness of tents. The 1500 or 10000 or what have you refers to the amount of water pressure that the tent material can withstand before water is allowed to permeate through it. So a 10000mm coated tent can withstand 10000mm of water pressure (that is if you had a 10000mm long tube filled with water and covered the end with the tent material, the material ought not to leak. I have an MSR Hubba Hubba and it has a 1500mm coated fly and I have definately been in rain storms where the rain was hard enough that I would get a little spritz right through the fly occasionally (I still think the Hubba Hubba is among the best tents available today... although you might find yourself in a hiker/biker site getting lost in a sea of them trying to find yours haha). That being said, 1500mm is a very common fly coating, normally with 10000mm coated floors. The 10000mm coatings will definately be more durable. However, normally, the lighter you go, the less waterproof the material will be. (For example, a Big Agnus Seedhouse has only a 2500mm coated floor). I noticed some talk about MEC tents on here as well. They are definately among the most durable tents you will find (but not as light as say a Hubba or a Seedhouse). The MEC Gemini (or the Appolo for a slightly larger tent) is my personal favourite (I work at MEC so may be biased...) -- easy to set up (similar to the Hubba Hubba), lightweight, durable, spacious, and well vented. And like Tony said, using a ground sheet, keeping your tent clean and using a solar/waterproofer every now and again will extend the life of your tent considerably! Cheers! (PS: Enjoy the ride through Central Asia, if/WHEN you get stuck for visas in Bishkek, might I recommend Sakhura Guesthouse, you won't be disappointed!).