Nigor's Parula 2 footprint is designed to fit under the tent exactly.
It not only protects the floor of the tent from rocks, sharp twigs or pine needles, but also from mud and ground water. Can also be used as tarp keeping you out of the rain, wind and sunshine.
It can also be used for the Lite-Set option.You can create a functional shelter by using just the fly, the tent poles, and a our grommeted footprint. This resulting structure will keep off the rain, provides a dry floor, and has great ventilation at a fraction of the weight of the complete tent. With the grommets on the four corners, it is easily attached to the tent to prevent sliding.
We reckon that it you're buying a super light tent you don't want to carry a footprint as well - its kind of self defeating - however there are occasions when you know you're going to be camping out on very rough ground and it makes sense to carry a footprint on these trips to protect the tent.
Another angle on this is that I usually take a lightweight groundsheet on a long hike as its nice to be able to spread your gear out or sit outside the tent from time to time - a footprint can provide this facility as well as being a protector for the tent floor.
So, Nigor's Parula 2 Footprint may be a useful addition to your kitlist, its not the lightest footprint in the world, but that reflects the level of protection it will afford.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear