@REI-JohnJ yup! definitely getting a footprint for whichever one I end up getting. Still a very tough pick between the 2. I feel like I need the weight savings of the BA and also the durability of the MSR and supposedly a warmer interior and also better water-proofing qualities. Additionally the 3 years warranty (MSR) versus the lifetime warranty (Big Agnes). can't have it all unfortunately. haha. Thanks so much for your input!!