Tyvek footprint for Cuben Fiber Tent
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Rich J
(PNWhiker) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Tyvek footprint for Cuben Fiber Tent on 08/22/2013 11:51:33 MDT Print View

Hi. I have lucked upon a Skyscape X CF tent. I do a lot of camping in rocky areas (e.g. on Mount Hood) and I am concerned about a rock poking a hole in the floor. I cut a Tyvek footprint that is nearly ideal for this type of protection. However, it weighs in at 4.2 oz. This puts me squarely on the horns of a dilemma. On one hand I want to protect the most expensive item in my pack. On the other hand it seems a bit silly to go to such extremes to get a low weight item only to give back nearly 30% of the weight with a footprint. Some of the things I’ve thought about:

- Only bringing the footprint when I’m pretty sure there will be a rocky pitch.
- Bringing a few of the Tyvek scraps and placing them directly over the most troublesome rocks
- Just using the tent as-is and patch punctures with CF tape if they occur.

I’m curious what others with these expensive tents are doing.

Thanks in advance for your inputs.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 08/22/2013 13:07:23 MDT Print View

Your footprint only needs to be the size of your sleeping pad. If you go polycro you can get it under 2oz. I have a 25 x 75 piece that weighs under 2 oz I think, I can weigh it when I get home.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Tyvek footprint for Cuben Fiber Tent on 08/22/2013 13:17:26 MDT Print View

Polycryo is the way to go. I like more coverage to protect from mud and dirt so I cut it to fit the per emitter of the tent. I have a pet theory that a full ground cloth in a floorless tarp/tent will reduce condensation from evaporating moisture in the ground. In a floored tent I would at least cover from doorway to the sleeping area to protect from sharp stuff and my weight on top.

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Rich J
(PNWhiker) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Polycryo on 08/22/2013 13:50:30 MDT Print View

Thanks for the comments. I do have a polycryo sheet. This does a good job for water/mud protection. But, it won't do much in terms of puncture resistance. The Tyvek, on the other hand, is very strong.