- I've heard of UL guys loving Tyvek...when I bought my hilleberg the Hilleberg person told me that in Sweden(Norway or Finland, which ever the company was founded) don't use them and it's an American thing...so I opted to not. They camp mostly on snow as did I with the tent, no footprint. More ground condensation but not a big deal or drastic amount in my experience. JohnMuir likely more rocky so might want the extra durability...I'd opt to say no footprint and just a little extra duck tape to patch as needed.
--- In email@example.com, "Darryl" <dabrahms@...> wrote:
> I have a Big Agnes UL2 tent and I am considering purchasing a footprint for it. The one made specially for that tent is about $60, which is a lot, in my opinion, but I'm sure it is good quality. Previously I have used a standard tarp from a hardware store, which wouldn't work for the JMT because it is bulky and heavy.
> Because I could not get exactly the right size, the tarp width exceeded the footprint of my tent. This actually worked to my advantage because it left a strip of ground covering on which in the morning I could lay out my bags, stove, toiletrries etc without get them dusty at the bottom, which many campsites on the JMT apparently are.
> I once stumbled on some PCT thru hikers while I was day hiking in Oregon and they were sleeping on a large sheet of tyvek. However it seemed quite noisy and I wouldn't want to make a racket every time. I turn over in my sleep. My question is, what lightweight ground covering you would recommend and whether it makes sense to get a larger one than the exact footprint of my tent for the reason described above? Thanks.