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Footprint, yes or no?

Postby rayfound » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:32 am

So... I just became the joint owner of a Sierra Designs Sirius 3, and it came with a footprint (It doesn't come standard, but did come with what we bought on Steep and Cheep - back when they used to sell actual outdoors gear, not watches, man-purses, Luggage, and sunglasses).

I've never used a footprint before, and I'm not really sure as to what advantage there is to carrying the extra weight. I'm heading out next weekend and I am not sure if I want to take it or not.

What do you guys do? Leave it home or take it along?



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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby cvr » Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:35 pm

I have never used a footprint with any tent I have owned. I currently use an '05 (maybe '04) Sierra Designs Lightning. It logs 20+ days in the backcountry each season and shows very little wear on the bottom. Somewhat careful site selection (although not obsessivley so) and quick removal of large twigs and rocks is all the effort I have ever put forth.

I say, save the weight and leave the footprint at home...instead, bring along extra fishing gear or libation. :drinkers:
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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby ERIC » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:37 pm

I have a Sirius 2 and don't use a footprint. I've also ditched some stakes, the guy-lines, tags and everything else I could to drop a couple of ounces.
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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby gary c. » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:54 pm

I've never taken mine along eaither, so far I've seen no damage to the floor.
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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby markskor » Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:39 pm

Regarding whether a footprint is needed...RE: floor damage - yes or no...debatable. While I eschew the "store bought" type...(I feel it is too expensive and always way too heavy), I always do take along a 2 ml plastic footprint sheet for my tent (a TT Rainbow).
I usually find that my groundsheet bottom (the footprint), in the morning, is regularly damp and muddy - an overnight ground water barrier/collector, and it is so much easier to pack up a dry tent and hang the groundsheet to dry, then wait for the tent to dry ( if without one) before packing up. The plastic sheet is always the last thing added to my "now-ready" packed backpack.
Thus, I use the footprint primarily as a time-saver, (saves 1/2 hour), rather than a tent-bottom protector.
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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby copeg » Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:10 pm

Rarely use one for my Hilleberg. If I plan to sleep out under the stars or under a tarp, which is quite dependent upon the conditions, I'll bring one along in the form of a pre-cut 2mil painters cloth. Otherwise I normally leave it at home.
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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby hikerduane » Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:28 pm

I've heard the foot prints are too heavy, I save the weight and money and just use some polycryo plastic or my heavier Tyvek piece when weight doesn't matter. Last week on my trip, the coated nylon piece I have had for a long time came in handy and was sturdy when settin up over rocks that were unavoidable as that was the only place to set up before the rain kicked in harder.
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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby The Other Tom » Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:31 pm

Perhaps more answers found here........
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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby oldranger » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:18 am

I never used a footprint until I started using insulated air mattresses. Now I do to reduce the odds of a puncture.

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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby trav867 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:26 pm

Exactly what Eric said. I've got the Sirius 2 and have done away with all extra cords and stuff sacks. The matching footprint from Sierra Designs weighs 10 ounces. In about 30 nights in the tent, only once did I wish I had brought it, when I camped in a clearing that would become a large puddle by the next morning. A bit of water seeped through the bottom of my tent and robbed me of an hour or two of sleep.
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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby cmon4day » Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:13 pm

My rain poncho serves double duty. I use it as a ground cloth for either my sleeping bag when I sleep under the stars or for my tent. I like items that have multi uses.
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Re: Footprint, yes or no?

Postby freestone » Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:11 am

I believe in using the manufacturer's footprint. Early on I discovered that I was not very good at cutting out the perfect footprint. I always had an edge that was off and sticking out...an invitation to collect moisture and roll into the tent. In the interest of saving weight, I had to chose between the footprint and the innertent. My current setup is to remove the inner tent and pitch it with just the fly and the footprint. This way I still have 4 season protection and more wiggle room.

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