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Our footprints are designed to be multifunctional and can be used as Shelters, Picnic Mats, tarps and any other uses you may think of. The main purpose of the footprint is to provide protection against abrasion, but if installed correctly, it can also be used to further waterproof the tent floor. No matter how dense the footprint material is, it should never be used with the purpose of providing extra insulation, as it has almost zero insulation capabilities.
A tent footprint or often called groundsheet is nothing more but a sheet of very durable fabric, often made out of polyester or nylon, that is applied underneath the camping tent to protect the floor against rips, wear, and tears when camping out on the rough ground.
Why Do I Need A Tent Footprint?
Tent footprints are certainly not necessary, but they can help extend the life of your tent. If you have an ultralight tent with a low denier floor, it might be worth it to shell out the extra dollars for a footprint or to make your own. The footprint we offer is high quality & is custom made to go with most of our hiking tent. However, our tents itself are made to go without footprints for your lightest hikes!
- Prolong the life of your tent: A footprint is highly recommended to make your precious lightweight hiking tent last longer - Among a variety of uses, it protects your lightweight hiking tent from damage by sticks & stones on the ground where you are pitching your tent.
- Extra warmth and cushion: Your body won’t heat up or cool down the earth below you much at all. On the contrary, your body will take on and feel whatever temperature the ground is. This is why a thick sleeping pad with a high R-value is so important. However, especially if you are trying to keep it ultralight and minimize every ounce, a tent footprint can add a smidge of additional insulation from the ground as well as provide a smidge of extra cushion.
- Extra waterproofing: Double the layers, double the protection! A heavy rain can drench the forest floor and act like a sponge, wetting your tent when you set up on top of it. The additional second layer of a footprint will blockade that rain from seeping upward into your tent, drenching your sleeping bag, clothes, and gear.
- Easy positioning: Finding a good tent site can be difficult. Lay down on top of the footprint before setting up just to make sure the ground is flat and level. you’ll get a clear idea of where your tent is going, where it will fit and where to start pegging from the outset. This will save you precious time.
We also have a collection page specifically for a broader range of tents categorised as hiking tents and ultralight tents, plus other hiking gear & camping gear. We know that for outdoor adventure beginners, choosing the right tent may sometimes be difficult. Should you ever find yourself unsure of which tent to purchase, do not hesitate to contact us! Our friendly customer service can assist.