Rated 5 out of 5 by JLYL keeps tent clean
The footprint covers the sleeping area as well as the screened porch area. When we went camping in August we had a very clean sleeping area. It was so nice to leave our shoes in the screened porch area on the footprint. This left our shoes dry and clean as well as our feet. When it rained there were a few puddles in the screen room but our stuff was dry. It was easy to brush out the sand from off the footprint in the screen room. It will help keep our tent nice for years to come.
September 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by adnor Like peas and carrots!
We had purchased the King Dome tent and decided we didn't need the "footprint" made for it. We used the ubiquitous blue tarp. Big mistake. Since the blue tarp isn't made for the tent we bought one that was a little bigger than the footprint of the tent. Well when it rains the blue tarp collects it and delivers it right under the tent!
So that's when we decided to buy the "footprint". They go together like peas and carrots! The footprint is made just a tad smaller so that it doesn't collect the rain like the tarp did. It's also color coded, as is the tent for ease of use! LOVE IT!
July 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JeepCamping Keeps things dry
Wet and windy weekend. Having the footprint gave me a nice dry area in the screen room to store food and other items. Most importantly, a dry area to put something on my feet.
May 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Raysgirl62 Easy to install
It did exactly what it was suppose to do with no complications at all. The color coding made it even better. We are glad we purchased this footprint at the same time as our tent.
October 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by mayk not an option!
Experienced tent users know that a ground cloth improves weather performance and extends the life of the tent. In truth, one can get by with poly sheeting or a blue tarp but that takes time and effort to position, it is slippery and noisy plus the stuff will not allow moisture to wick out. Using a better fabric such as cordura improves moisture control but you need to cut, sew, install grommets...
Without the footprint, the King Pine screen room is okay but may not be as useful in wet weather. With the footprint, the screen room can be another bed room or another clean and dry place to get some space from other tent occupants. The LL Bean footprint is cut to fit the tent so rain will not pool on the edges and wick under the tent floor.
Sewn on web tabs, bungy cords, delrin hooks all assure your ground cloth will remain attached to your tent. As an added plus, tabs are color coded so you have no doubt the correct side is up and in the proper position. Well designed and executed.
The product video shows two people pulling the footprint under a tent. One person can simply roll the tent on its side, match color coded taps and snap to tent rings on one side. Roll it the other way and repeat. Ready to pack up? unclip one side and pull out to dry, reattach and roll everything up.
I plan to leave the footprint attached in storage (clean and dry of course) to further protect the tent when packed.
Scoff at the price but if you consider making one yourself of this quality:
1. Your value of your time/labor must not be a consideration.
2. Your skillset as well as equipment puts you on the same level as professional tentmakers.
3. You really like making stuff. I get that and can appreciate the "home made from scratch" camping ethos.
Coupled with the King Pine, I think I just purchased my last tent.
June 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by ColoradoSwede Nice footprint but some Velcro could improve it.
We have sewn in industrial Velcro so that we can "seal" the screen room of out tent and the footprint together, but allow it to be removable if we so desire. It would be helpful if a modification was done like this in the factory.
June 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by jakure footprint a must
it has been my experience that you always want to have a footprint to protect your tent. It's well worth the additional $.
April 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by LLbeanbicyclingshopper King PINE Dome 4 Person Footprint
Easy to use and effective.
November 9, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by QualityFirst Mediocre
This item is perfectly sized for the King Pine Dome Tent, however, the durability is not the greatest. I am recommending this product because I like how the footprint provides a very easy base to establish the tent without the excess of an oversized ground cloth or tarp. However, you do have to take additional care in how you handle the footprint because it will tear if you are not careful. I allowed the footprint a moment to flap during a windy day and I now have an approximately six inch tear where it impacted a piece of wood. My oversight completely, hence why I have not returned it.
October 8, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by JoyfulCamper Some wet spots
I used this footprint during a time when it rained a lot and was very humid. Moisture did start to seep up through the floor of the tent, unfortunately. I think the ground was saturated and places where objects touched the floor of the tent encouraged seepage.
The way the footprint attached to the tent was really great. It made the tent easy to move as a unit. You definitely want the footprint but I would put a tarp under the whole thing if you expect a lot of rain.
July 18, 2011