Due to the nature of footprints, they tend to wear out faster than other components. It is cost-effective to manufacture footprints at the same time we produce the tents meaning they are made to match a specific tent. In our quest to constantly improve our tents, dimensions and attachment methods change from one model to another, and sometimes from one year to another. A footprint from a similar looking tent or newer tent probably will not perfectly fit a tent that is a couple of years older.
Do you have a footprint that will work for my tent even if it is not a perfect fit?
If you know the dimensions of your tent, you can find some newer footprints that can work with your tent, they just will not be a perfect fit. They likely will not clip to the body of the tent in the same way or exactly match the dimensions, but they still can be a great option to protect the base of your tent. Just look for a footprint that is a bit smaller than the base of the your tent but has similar dimensions. You want your footprint to be smaller than the base of your tent to ensure that water does not collect on the top of the footprint and channel underneath the base of your tent. Alternatively, there are many do-it-yourself options available online. It is a rather easy and inexpensive project to do at home and can yield great results!
How to make your own footprint:
Making a footprint to fit your tent is a fairly easy process! The point of a footprint is to protect the tent floor from moisture and rough terrain alike in the hopes of preserving the tent for as long as possible. The general rule for making a footprint is measuring the sides to be at least 2" shorter than each side of the tent. A footprint should always be smaller than the tent floor, as a longer footprint will likely collect moisture which will seep between the tent and footprint, essentially rendering the footprint useless. Alternative to making a footprint is purchasing one which has dimensions already smaller than your tent floor. To make a footprint, please follow the steps below:
- Measure and record all sides of your tent floor from corner to corner. Take 2 or more inches off of each measurement and record as well.
- Using a ground sheet, a tarp, or an outdoor material such as something acquired from QuestOutfitters.com, measure and mark where you need to cut the material to match the shorter measurements recorded previously.
- Optional: Purchase a grommet kit and attach grommets to all 4 corners of your new footprint. This is not necessary as the tent should keep the footprint secure on its own but is a helpful step if you prefer securing your footprint with ground stakes as well.
- If your footprint material is not already waterproof, it is highly recommended to waterproof the material prior to use. We recommend Gear Aid products best, but your preferred waterproofing products should be fine as well. Most come with application instructions of their own.
Now you have a new footprint to take along camping! If you need any further assistance or clarification on these steps, please don't hesitate to reach out here.