|Should be plenty big enough for most … but not too big.|
How about a ‘bathtub’ groundsheet? Uhm, potentially, a groundsheet with raised sides that pegs down to the floor, should put an end to nocturnal bivvy bag tobogganing and if you’re of a mind, might just convince you to leave the bivvy bag at home. Sounds good doesn’t it? I think so, which makes the fact that I’ve never really bothered with one long-term, slightly surprising. The reason I’ve never used a bathtub for longer than a single night is simple. I’ve never had one that actually worked as intended … until I got this.
The Trekkertent bathtub actually has sides that stay up. Now, you might think, that in the world of bathtub groundsheets, having sides that stay up would be a prerequisite design feature but my experience says otherwise. ‘Floppy’ is the word that best describes many and even when deployed on a perfectly smooth pitch and allied with precision pegging, it’s only enough to transforms floppy into flaccid. A droopy bathtub groundsheet isn’t a bathtub at all, it’s simply a heavier, more complicated flat groundsheet that offers the unfortunate user no advantage.
The sides on the Trekkertent bathtub form a 135mm high barrier to water, they also afford some protection from the wind and offer a last line of defence against marauding slugs. You’ll notice that apart from having sides which stand up, it’s also tapered which is a real bonus as it allows it to fit under more shelters – more easily.
|Rigid corner struts keep things upright – shock-cord, models own.|