does this tent require a footprint?
"Require" would be a bit strong... I tend to use a foot-print on all my tents, but that's just me. I use one on this tent though it's certainly no less durable than other 3-season tents in my experience. Tyvek works great in this application though so can just about any other light-weight ground/moisture barrier.
I have not used one but I would recommend it. The bottom is relatively thick but I still feel as though it could easily tear on sticks, etc. Rain hasn't been an issue and it's held up well. Hope this helps.
I use a piece of painters plastic underneath to protect the bottom. Don't have to. This tent had been great.
I think it is a good idea, I have used this tent for a few years now and it is awesome, but the fabric is quite thin, to avoid the risk of any rocks or sticks making a hole, a footprint is a must. I have one and it is easy to use.
I used a 8'x10' light weight tarp for added protection, roll the corners in. It's a great cheap solution for a foot print.
I have the same tent and plastic footprint. A plastic footprint is better for any tents to protect your tent floor and also to cut on moisture.
I am very satisfied with this product.