The Rab Nylon Ground Cloth is a ground cover cloth with a variety of other purposes. Use it with a tarp for a minimalist
shelter, or under your bivi bag for added protection from wet or muddy ground. You could also use it as a make-shift footprint
under a tent on rocky terrain, whilst the corner webbing loops allow it to be used as a basic tarp or wind shelter. It also
can be used as a great waterproof picnic blanket.
Lightweight coated nylon is waterproof and hardwearing. It comes in its own stuffsack for easy transportation and storage. The ground cloth is available in either a single or double person size - please see the dimensions below.
|Single||8 x 20 x 2.5cm||140g||Black|
|Double||16 x 20 x 2.5cm||270g||Black|
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This was bought for a solo backpacking trip with the intention of providing additional protection for a Roben's Starlight 1 tent in the absence of a dedicated footprint which Robens don't appear to make.
It meet the criterias of being extremely lightweight and also having a minimal pack size so it easily slipped into a backpack without adding too many extra grams or taking up too much space..
Pitched with four tent pegs, one in each of the four corners, it stayed put while the tent inner was pitched over. It has only been used once, to date, on a grass pitch in damp and drizzly Cornish weather. It coped admirably with overnight rain and misty conditions keeping the tent groundsheet dry and the occupant comfortable.
After the trip the ground cloth was hung, indoors, where it dried promptly. The material should be easy to keep clean with a quick wipe down with a damp cloth if desired. So far so good.
I already have this product in its smaller single person incarnation. It is great for it's intended use and has proven its worth during winter bivi's in Norway. I bought this double groundsheet for use as a very lightweight groundsheet to take with my family on bike rides so that we have a place to sit and spread out then it is time for cake. It is so very much more compact and packable than the traditional picnic blanket we had been using not to mention that it waterproof. I purchased some MSR Mini Groundhog Tent Stakes to fix the groundsheet firmly and this has been a good idea because with being staked down the wind has a tendency to blow the groundsheet away. For the money you really cannot go wrong with this. Recommend.
This is such a bargain! Given that its main purpose is that of a groundsheet, it is designed to be durable. At first glance, it may appear a bit thinner than you would expect, but it seems to be perfectly tough enough after quite a bit of use. I actually bought it for its multifunctionality, as I often don't know when I set off if I'll be bivvying on the ground or up a tree. It's both cheaper and more durable than most tarps available, which is pretty impressive. My only experience of it as a tarp has been up trees, so haven't really needed any pegs (it doesn't come with any, by the way), but it could do with an extra loop half way down the length of it, just to keep it tighter. That said, you can easily sew some on yourself!
Came across this by accident on the FW website - didn't even know such a thing existed before! Well, I mean one that's cut to a convenient Bivi size anyway. It's simple, but hugely effective, and much better for trekking than the blue tarpaulin you'll get at the local hardware shop or in the supermarket, as it's much lighter, more packable and it's not noisy like the blue tarpaulins when you roll over. I've added 4 light titanium pegs which I picked up in China - worth adding if you're not on rocky ground for people like me that constantly move in the night. If you're bivi trekking (or even if you're using a conventional tent) it's handy to have as well as a small shelter should the weather turn, or even as a shelter at night if the rain is heavy (if you've got a decent bivi that can cope without the sheet underneath). Very happy with this, great service from FW as usual.
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