Nigor's PioPio footprint is designed to fits under the tent exactly.
Nigor says: 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.
We reckon that it you're buying a superlight 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 PioPio Footprint may be a useful addition to your kitlist, at 200grams its not the lightest solo footprint in the world, but that reflects the level of protection it will afford.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear