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Re: Foot Prints

Postby cahiker » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:43 pm

A, B and D, depending on the tent and trip.

I usually use tyvek with my REI Half Dome 2+. I thought it would be protective for car camping in the desert (it is). I also like that it holds a crease so is easy to shake out and fold up. It can be a little crinkley, though (I didn't wash it as some suggest). The tyvek is a little heavy (but so it the tent!) so sometimes it gets left home for backpacking.

I use polycryo (from Gossamer Gear) for my cuben fiber Zpacks Duplex and my Marmot Tungsten. I cut it a little smaller than the floor. It seems to provide some abrasion resistance and keep the bottom of the tent cleanish. Much tougher than it looks, and very light, but blows around in the wind until the tent is setup and stuff put inside. I've used one of them for maybe 60 nights and the corners are a little chewed up, but it's otherwise in good shape. Gossamer Gears sells two sizes/thicknesses. I've used the thinner one more, and it's tough stuff, but a little harder to handle than the thicker one.



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Re: Foot Prints

Postby Digforfire » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:28 pm

A.) Factory. It was on sale and fairly cheap.
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Re: Foot Prints

Postby TurboHike » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:18 pm

I use polycro, cut slightly smaller than the tent footprint.
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Re: Foot Prints

Postby Dave_Ayers » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:24 am

C, always make my own from polycryo or tyvek. Reasons: 1. lower weight and 2. I can customize the footprint shape to have better vestibule coverage and a more useful shape for the nights I don't set up the tent.
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Re: Foot Prints

Postby Ashery » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:21 am

A) After a year or so of backpacking without one, I was becoming aware of the damage the floor of my tent (REI Dash 2) would take when camping in less than ideal circumstances. On a trip to REI around that time, I noticed that they had discontinued the production of the Dash 2 and so I was able to pick up a leftover footprint at a pretty solid discount.
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