So i am looking at getting a new tent and there are all manner of optional extras that didn't exist last time I was looking! Like carpets and extensions and footprints?
And as far as I can tell the footprint is, in fact, jsut an extra ground sheet to stop the SIG getting dirty? Is this really it? Because if that is all there is to it I am not spending upwards of £50 on a bit of plastic when I can just wipe the SIG before I put it away!
Is that really it or am I spectacularly missing the point?
We just got a new tent and DH did get a footprint groundsheet because he reckoned it would help protect the sewn in groundsheet, in case on stones/holes etc and better to trash the extra one than the main tent. And bit more insulation.
Thats all I know, he is the camper, I am a hotel person
we bought our first tent last yr,and bought the footprint,i would def buy one again,it depends on the site also,if its got tree's etc around,it prevents sticks etc ripping the SIG, it also makes insulates the floor of the tent,and if the weather is rubbish it stops the SIG getting filthy and wet. last time we went away it rained,we managed to leave the tent up long enough to dry so got it all packed away fine but the footprint was soaked and really muddy.meant when we got home we only had to hose the footprint and hang it over the line to dry, otherwise we would have had to try and lay tent out and wipe clean the bottom! we sold our tent this yr,and will buy a new one for next yr,we are def getting one with footprint and carpet
Footprint can also help remove the need for a spirit level in tent erection if you actually take notice of where its been laid. We placed it on slope & therefore spent every night sliding down the length of the bedroom & clawing our way back up. So, yes, with the benefit of hindsight, its worth it. DH says, stops the groundsheet getting dirtier, makes cleaning it easier & did I mention it eases erections.