A groundsheet, also called a footprint, is a lightweight but durable protective layer that is placed on the ground underneath your sleeping set up, whether that is a tent, swag or bivvy. Most good quality groundsheets for camping are made from durable, waterproof material, designed to shield your gear from damage, moisture, and dirt. You can also get breathable mesh groundsheets that are suited to dry conditions where the ground is rough and abrasive.
A quality tent can set you back anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands, so using an affordable groundsheet for added protection just makes sense. As well as keeping your gear in good condition for longer, a groundsheet shields you from the elements. Especially if you are wild camping with a bivvy or swag, a swag groundsheet goes the extra mile to keep you dry and cosy.
Weighing only 295g (including 4x aluminium pegs), the Ultralight Bathtub Groundsheet has some huge benefits. Once staked in, this groundsheet has taut 15cm side walls that keep you in place throughout the night, deter creepy crawlies, protect against any rainfall runoff in wet weather, and help keep your sleeping setup free from sand, dust and dirt.
Our flat groundsheets are more versatile compared to the bathtub design. Laying flat to the ground with no barrier walls, these groundsheets are perfect for use as a footprint under a tent, a picnic blanket or even an emergency tarp shelter. The single-sized Ultralight Groundsheet only weighs 182g (including 4x aluminium pegs), while the Ultralight Double Groundsheet weighs 335g.
Whichever option you choose, getting a good quality groundsheet is one of the best investments you can make to protect your gear from wear and tear.
As with all our products here at Alton, our Ultralight Groundsheets are covered by our All Good Guarantee, a Lifetime Warranty* against manufacturing defects. For as long as you own it, you can be confident that your groundsheet will perform as it should – and if not, we’ll repair or replace it.
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