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Does a sewn in groundsheet matter?

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TwoLeftSocks Thu 01-Jan-15 20:48:13

I'm looking for a new tent and think I've found one that would suit us but it doesn't have a sewn in groundsheet. Does this tend to matter? We mainly camp in the UK, so plenty of rain.

Redtartanshoes Thu 01-Jan-15 20:48:45



Iamcuriousyellow Thu 01-Jan-15 20:50:16

Does it have a zipped in groundsheet though? Or no groundsheet at all?

plum100 Thu 01-Jan-15 20:50:54

Without a doubt. No draughts, no bugs, no rain.

TwoLeftSocks Thu 01-Jan-15 20:55:55

It has a groundsheet but it's pegged in separately to the sleeping compartments.

SaucyMare Thu 01-Jan-15 20:56:39

Can you provide a link, as i dont think i ahve seen a tent without a connected grounsheet my who.e life and i am 40+, so there must be some confusion or really weird retro crap.

TwoLeftSocks Thu 01-Jan-15 21:03:55

It's this one...

DH has just pointed out though that our current tent has the same set up, with separate groundsheet for the living space. The sleeping bits definitely do have sewn in groundsheets.

I think I may still be a little hungover and muddled from NYE.

MissWimpyDimple Thu 01-Jan-15 21:09:17

For that price I would definitely want a sewn in groundsheet. It does make quite a

mumonashoestring Thu 01-Jan-15 21:10:31

We have one that's a similar setup (sewn in groundsheet for the sleeping berths, pegged groundsheet for the 'living area') - we camped in it in very heavy rain last summer (hah) and didn't have any problems with groundwater. The only leaks we had were the attachment points for the toggles that hold up the flaps for the windows, doors etc. so as with any new tent make sure you've got some spare sealant (or a puncture repair kit) with you just in case. It can be a bit draftier with the separate groundsheet but that's the only real noticeable difference. The pegged bits of the groundsheet put a 4 or 5 inch 'wall' all the way round so unless you're camping in a stream or a hurricane you should be okay grin

mumonashoestring Thu 01-Jan-15 21:12:10


Muchtoomuchtodo Thu 01-Jan-15 21:12:13

For me, yes. Bugs out, water out, less draughts.

That tent's pretty expensive for what it is imo.

TwoLeftSocks Thu 01-Jan-15 21:43:04

Yes, I think it might be the draughts that might get to me, as they sometimes do with our current tent. Will have to think about that.

I thought I might see if it comes up cheaper at some point as we won't need a new one till the spring, we just really liked the design - we found we really needed our own space in our week away this year, DS1's adhd combined with bickering with DS2, cooped up in the rain and gales were all quite stressful.

profpoopsnagle Thu 01-Jan-15 23:27:22

Personally, I would choose a zip in groundsheet over a sewn in one anyday- you get the same benefits of a SIG but you can remove it when you strike. The groundsheet is the hardest part to dry and can wreck the rest of your tent if it's put away damp. Plus if it's muddy, you can store it away from your tent and clean it too. But a zip one all the way round would be different from toggle points- would keep out more draughts I imagine.

TwoLeftSocks Fri 02-Jan-15 13:20:44

I shall look out for a zip in one, that sounds a really good idea.

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