Footprints are a good idea. We have a MSC pack liner cut open which is the perfect dimension for putting under our tent. It weighs 300g but can be used for other things such as a shelter over your heads when you stop for lunch, padding to sit on or to protect your gear when sleeping in a dodgy hut/biv. They need to be slightly smaller than the borders of your fly or the rain will land on the footprint and be transported to underneath the floor of your tent.
Thanks bernieq. So then going back to my initial Q, has anyone had any experience with the Luxe tent I posted a link too? I'm liking the light weight and big vestibule but not sure if the shape would stand up to windy nights - any thoughts?
tents made for less wet environments have lower water resistant ratings,
here in nz , tents designed here are designed for heavy rain with waterlogged ground where you could end up with your tent in a puddle after heavy rain, so they put in more waterproof floors.
macpac being a nz company where the design is done here.
a tent fly can cope with a lower waterproof rating, its when you put pressure on a material that has water on the other side of it that the water can get forced through the material, ie on the floor where you are sleeping or sitting...
I love my single-person Zephyros 1 tent. It's simply what I use when not hutting.
However, in October I've got a week off uni and am doing a 1053km cycle, so for simplicity and weight, I'm changing it up.
The Zephyros takes about 5 minutes to put up, and only weighs about 1.3kg. But I'm currently pretty unfit, and don't want to waste any time mucking around with a tent. Not to mention having to attach it to my bike.
So for the first perhaps ever, I'm tarping it. I'll just tie a tarp to my bike and peg the other side to the ground.
It'll provide about as much insulation and privacy as cheekless chaps, but it will give me more room, and will ensure my bike doesn't get stolen.
So yeah, what tent/shelter suits best depends on the intended trip. :)