Tent footprints are important for several reasons. From keeping you comfortable to protecting your tent, they are a small investment compared to what you get out of them. We went over everything you need to know about tent footprints, or groundsheets, in this post. Now, let’s look at which ones are the best.
What to Look for in a Footprint
Sizing and material are the most important things to look for when purchasing a footprint for your tent. These two things will ensure that it will do its job in protecting the bottom of your tent and keeping moisture from seeping in through the bottom.
The best practice is to buy a footprint that fits your tent exactly. Any extra material can pool water and actually make things worse for you. Check the dimensions and shape of your tent before you go shopping.
You might be unable to find the right size for your tent it is okay to go slightly smaller or larger. If you go smaller, only the edges of your tent will be unprotected. If you go larger, you can just fold the excess material over to make a perfect fit. We think it’s best to go a bit larger if you have to for maximum protection.
Tent footprints are most commonly made from polyester or nylon. The qualities you are looking for are the same as those we covered in depth on tent materials since the materials are the same.
You want to pay attention to the T and/or D ratings of the material. We talked about these for footprints in this post. Basically, the higher the T and D ratings, the more durable the material is going to be. So look for the highest numbers you can find.
Secondly, look for the PU ratings. PU is the polyurethane waterproofing rating. The minimum number is PU1000mm. Again, you want the higher number for the best quality.
What if You Can’t Find the Specs?
Unfortunately, a lot of manufacturers don’t always include these specs, even when they are offering a good product. You can always ask what the ratings are. Or shop the products that have fully disclosed their ratings.
Also, remember that PU1000mm is the minimum waterproof rating. So, if it is advertised as waterproof, it is at leas PU1000mm. You’ll see a ≥ on the ratings we couldn’t find if they are labeled as waterproof.
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Best Footprints for Your Tent
We looked for the footprints with the best material ratings and best overall reviews to help you pick the best footprint for your tent. Check out the chart and then the individual products below to see which one is right for you. Click any of the links or photos to shop the one you want.
Price (as of date posted)
$16.99- $29.99 Based on size
$16.99- $25.99 Based on size
$15.99- $32.99 Based on size
1. Gold Armour Tent Footprint
Our top pick for a footprint is this one. What sets it apart is the 5-year warranty offered which you won’t find with other groundsheets. With a 210 thread count and PU2000mm, you probably won’t need to use the warranty, but we love that it’s there.
2. Redcamp Ultralight Tent Footprint
This footprint comes in eight different sizes and is highly recommended. There are grommets and double-sewn straps making it easier to use as more than just a groundsheet.
3. Rottay Waterproof Tent Footprint
This footprint comes in four different sizing options and there are a few colors to choose from as well. We love that there is an option to purchase with stakes and ropes to make it easy to use as a shelter if needed.
If you go with any of these three footprints, we think you will be happy. If you choose to shop a different route, just make sure that you are comparing the materials to make sure you are getting something that will hold up to the elements.
Are you looking for a new tent, too? We are loving our blackout tent. Remember to make sure that the sizing of your footprint will work for your tent.