Is a Tent Footprint Worth It?

Yes and no, but mostly no.

A tent footprint protects the underside of the tent from abrasion and moisture, helping to extend the lifespan of the tent and keep it drier on the inside. Footprints exactly match the shape of the tent, which minimizes the amount of fabric required for full coverage, and feature corner grommets to secure it to the tent frame, ensuring the footprint is correctly located underneath.

Depending on the size and materials, most footprints for two-person backpacking tents weigh roughly 5 to 10 ounces and cost anywhere from $30 to $60.

When is a tent footprint worth it?

When is it not worth it?
When should  you buy one?
Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.