"Footprint is key to long term tent reliability"
I've had this tent for a couple of years and just bought one for my 13 year old Boy Scouting son. The footprint is key to protect the bottom of the tent, and is easy to clean when needed. When I got my first tent. I had to order the footprint separately, now it comes with the tent. I had to return the one I just bought, as there is no need for 2 of them.