I'm looking for advise on the best shelter for use in Virginia, Maryland, & lower Pennsylvania.
The biggest constraint is that it has to be misquito & spyder proof.
It also has to perform well in condensation prone weather (65-75 degree days with 35-40 degree nights) - with only a mild breeze.
It also has to have minimal windblown rain (even if the wind direction shifts) or rain splatter problems - even when I didn't stake it down tight to the ground (&/or lower any storm panels) because I wanted the cooling / ventilation and was hoping it wouldn't rain...
It also has to be relatively "fool proof" for inexperienced hikers &/or non-careful youths to stay dry despite their tendancy to bump the sides & top occaisionally.
So far, it sound like I'm stuck with a small, hard to move around in, 4 pound double wall shelter. However, I'm hoping there is something lighter, something that's not a sauna in hot humid weather, and has room to move around inside the shelter...
I'm thinking of using a Tarptent with mesh side walls and beaks. How do the Henry Shires and Ray Jardine tarptents compare to a small double wall tent without peak vents (like the Sierra Designs Lightning, or the MSR Hubba Hubba) in terms of keeping inexperienced hikers &/or non-careful youths dry during high-humidity weather or windy rainstorms ?
ps: The Big Agnes SL2 at just under 3 pounds sounded good, but was way too cramped...