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    Winter tent floor? For those of you who use tents without floor. What is your go to floor set up? I personally used a Snowtrekker blue floor with ice house fabric sewn to one side. 100% waterproof, but very heavy. I have used tyvek, sil nylon, and regular tarps. The truck tarp floor that Snowtrekker sells is the most dependable I have had.

    LL

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    Originally posted by Lonelake View Post
    Winter tent floor? For those of you who use tents without floor. What is your go to floor set up? I personally used a Snowtrekker blue floor with ice house fabric sewn to one side. 100% waterproof, but very heavy. I have used tyvek, sil nylon, and regular tarps. The truck tarp floor that Snowtrekker sells is the most dependable I have had.
    I've used nylon tent "footprints" in the past, but I was thinking about Tyvek as a lighter weight option. Could you add some color to your experience with it?

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    • #3
      For me, it depends on what type of camping I'm doing.

      Base camping - Snowtrekker I'll use my heavy blue floor that I purchased with my tent, it's awesome in every way.

      Traveling light/solo toboggan - Solo tipi with a tarp I made out of 2.2oz coated poly 5'x7' (essentially a bit bigger than my sleeping pad) rest of my shelter will be snow pack or shoveled down to the ground.

      Hot tent hammock - (haven't built the tent yet) I imagine i would use something that is not slick so I wouldn't slip and fall getting out of my hammock.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hamingredient View Post
        I've used nylon tent "footprints" in the past, but I was thinking about Tyvek as a lighter weight option. Could you add some color to your experience with it?
        My experiences with Tyvek have been, that it is extremely light weight, affordable, and seems to last me about a season. The downside, if you use it in a heated shelter, but it is not insulated from the heat, it will stick to the snow/ice. You will have to chop it out of the ice/snow to remove if it is exposed.

        LL

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        • #5
          Still refining my setup, but what I have currently settled on is using aluminum foam mats like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X2YTSKM/ref=dp_prsubs_1 with minicell foam 3/8" thick on top of that. The aluminum sheets provide the waterproof barrier and the minicell keeps me warm when sleeping on the snowpack.

          However, I am looking at getting some nylon or even canvas for the bottom of the system so that the slipperyness factor is mitigated. The aluminum sheets aren't bad, pretty durable, but it could be better. Once I have that bottom layer figured out, I want to sew the whole kit together, basically making my own insulated tarp floor.

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          • #6
            I've gone to converting nylon tents and just leaving the floor as-is.


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            • Heavy Duty
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              does the floor become slick with that setup?

          • #7
            Not really. Everything is attached and staked/guyed/sod-cloth-packed to the snow so even if there is little friction between the nylon and the snow there is no slack for anything to go anywhere. You do have to limit the snow you track into the so it doesn’t melt on the inside.

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            • #8
              When I'm out in my hammock hot tent (10 by 12), here's the system I use:: clear as much snow down to bare ground as possible, 6 by 8 harbor freight cheap camo tarp at head end of hammock for gear storage etc., Extra small tarp to overlap and fill in other end of needed, plus a couple of cut up sections of foam yoga mats for kneeling on by the stove or under my feet when I get out of my hammock. Since I've got entrances at both ends, I usually keep the floor uncovered since I'm coming and going and don't want to get snow tracked over the floor. For the stove area, I've got a sheet of flashing under the stove and usually keep that area wide open, with the exception of my short sled which I use to store processed wood.

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              • #9
                This will be my second year hot tenting so I am still refining this set up . I recently grabbed a waxed canvas tarp at a yard sale and was thinking to use this as floor covering. Has anyone had experience with this as a flooring option? TIA.

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