What would you recommend for a footprint?
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Chemrat
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Mar 14, 2020
Footprints aren't always a good idea. I used one in Arkansas on a campsite that had very good drainage, and during an extremely heavy night of rain, the footprint caused a lake to form around the tent that led to considerable seepage through taped, but old, seams. If I had just pitched on the gravel, we would have been dry (or if the footprint had been been much more form-fitting). So, whether buying or making your own, measure well and consider the quality of available drainage.
Good points. It's a common problem that footprints are too large and then they collect rain and funnel that under the tent.
Chemrat
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Mar 20, 2020
Thanks. It was less than fun going out in the dark in a massive downpour to pull the footprint out from under the tent at 3 am, which was about two hours too late- we were soaked but had slept through a lot of the storm after a long day in a canoe. I do love the look of your tents and I wish I were in the market for one, but I don't have time to camp these days. It has been quite a while (decades) since I have, so I would be fooling myself. Brilliant, though..., if I were younger or had a different kind of job..., but so it goes. Be well!
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mab0852
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Mar 12, 2020
Make your own. You can go with heavy window seal (polycyro) for an ultralight option. For a more durable option, I really like the lightweight 43gsm Tyvek. It's soft, quiet, light, and very durable. You can get it on Amazon pretty cheap.
bsar170
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Mar 19, 2020
I use an old space blanket I had laying around. It's strictly there to protect underside of the tent though, not for added waterproofness or anything.