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Foot Prints

Post by maverick » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:44 pm

What are you currently using? If you chose "c", describe what you use and why you chose to use over the manufacturer's Foot Print?

a. Foot Print from same manufacturer as your tent

b. Foot Print made by company someone other than you tents manufacturer

c. Foot Print made by yourself

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Re: Foot Prints

Post by Jimr » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:34 pm

C. I have two made from Tyvek and one made from clear window film. Why? well, one Tyvek was cut by Tarptent,so that doesn't count. The other is for my 1980's REI 3 person dome tent, so there were no footprints back then. I used to use a piece of blue plastic painter's tarp. Still do when car camping with the Bellagio. The window film is cheap, tough and ultra light.
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Re: Foot Prints

Post by gary c. » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:41 am

I have a factory footprint for my larger Big Agnes tent that I use when my wife and I are together and a Tyvek one that I use with my Eureka Spitfire alone.
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Re: Foot Prints

Post by paul » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:17 am

I'll go with D: don't use one unless it's a very short trip where weight does not matter, in which case it's whatever old plastic drop cloth I have laying around that is close to size. For car camping my big Eureka has a dedicated 4-mil polyethylene footprint with an entry porch extension at the door which gets a doormat on it.

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Re: Foot Prints

Post by freestone » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:22 am

Factory footprint but only if I don't bring the inner tent and just pitch the outer rain fly... which is hardly ever.
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Re: Foot Prints

Post by bobby49 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:56 am

What is a foot print?

My current shelter has no floor. I have one thin piece of cuben fiber to go under my sleeping bag and pad.

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Re: Foot Prints

Post by rlown » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:39 am

d. None..

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Re: Foot Prints

Post by The Other Tom » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:34 am

Tyvek. Why? I can make it a little larger to suit my taste, especially to make a "landing spot" around the vestibule. It's also cheaper than the manufacturer's footprint.

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Re: Foot Prints

Post by oldhikerQ » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:09 am

a) for me.
i went with the manufacturer's ground sheet for my Big Agnes Fly Creek 2. Too lazy to make my own.
Never used one until i had the Fly Creek, as the floor seemed to border on too light for my tastes.
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Re: Foot Prints

Post by oldranger » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:10 am

D. None-permeable ground underneath helps to drain water in heavy rain. Even with ground sheet cut short I have had water bleed up thru floor with footprint. Never without footprint.

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