Marmot Thor 3P Footprint

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If you can get one, the Marmot Thor 3p footprint gives…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50

Summary

If you can get one, the Marmot Thor 3p footprint gives you the option for the barebones setup with just the fly and ground sheet. It's definitely not as sturdy as the standard setup, but it does cut down on weight and might be suitable for a warm weather/rainy camping on the go.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Converts your 4-season tent into a decent summer tent

Cons

  • Not exceptionally sturdy
  • Clumsy design

I got the Marmot Thor 3P footprint as a ground sheet to extend the life of my new Thor 3P.  I was also interested in the fast bare bones setup option advertised online wherever they sell the footprint.

I've tried the barebones option a couple of times and it was a bit disappointing.  The rain fly and the ground sheet together give you decent rain coverage but zero wind protection. The poles are not that well designed for just the rainfly and footprint. In fact, there are four pieces of velcro on the inside of the rainfly to secure most of the poles but there is nothing to secure the center pole which slides all over the place and has a tendency to fall over. 

In addition, the footprint is smaller than the tent so don't expect it to be the same size as the tent floor. You end up staking the footprint and causing the stakes to be underneath the tent itself. (How does this extend the life of the tent?)

If I had to do it again, I would forgo the footprint and simply buy a cheap ground tarp that I can stake on the ground.  The Thor 3p tent is excellent, but the footprint itself is an accessory I wish I had passed on.  

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Protect the bottom of your Marmot Thor 3 Tent with this foot print exclusively designed by Marmot for the Thor 3 Tent.

- CampSaver.com

Marmot Thor 3P FootprintThe Marmot Thor 3P Footprint is an important camping accessory to bring during your outdoor trips. The footprint was made a little smaller at 93 inches x 74 inches compared to the floor of your tent so that pooling of water between the tent and the ground sheet may be prevented during wet weather. It is lightweight enough at 13 ounces to bring along your trips, and is made of nylon to protect your tent floor from wear and tear. It has webbing stake-outs at the tent corners so that you can attach it easily. Enjoy your mountaineering trips without worrying about damaging your tent as this investment will be worth it in the long haul. Pick up a Marmot Thor 3P Footprint today.

- SunnySports

The Marmot Thor 3-person tent Footprint will greatly prolong the life of your Thor tent by protecting its floor from sharp rocks and other abrasives. This footprint also enables you to perform fly-only pitching. Leave the tent body at home, and pitch just the fly over the footprint to create a lightweight shelter that shaves pounds from your pack or works as an emergency rain shelter or sunshade.

- Backcountry.com

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- Massey's Outfitters

Protect your investment! Designed to fit snugly beneath the tent: This rugged footprint effectively repels moisture, and protects the bottom of your tent from abrasions, scuffs, and punctures. To be used with Thor 3P tent.

- Rocky Mountain Trail