So after some thinking I've decided that the lunar solo is (probably) the shelter that is best for me. I came to this conclusion because I like the way the design handles wind (it seems elegant) and it has a vestibule which will allow me to cook in the rain. I don't think I could get away with cooking in the rain under the refuge vestible. The lunar solo also seems to have a great guy line system to deal with the sag of silnylon and also, that adjustable strap and buckle at the center pole guyline seems like a good feature.
I am 5'8" so I don't think I should have too much trouble avoiding the walls. I was thinking how a bigger tent may mean less condensation as my breath shouldn't have as great an impact, but I don't know how much of an effect my breath would be...Overall I think a bigger tent would just be more roomy and I don't mind being cozy.
I was reading the review right here at BPL (from 2004) and I was wondering about changes. They mention a hook and loop system (they mean velcro right?) for the awning, but I'm most sure this has been changed to a zipper. Are there any other improvements from year to year? Can the walls be pitched closer to the ground now to prevent wind from swooping under and trying to make the tent a kite? Any change in how the tent is pitched now? I'm interested in every upgrade that has happened up to now and any upgrades people feel are missing.
Also, what color is better for stealth camping in the New England region, Green or Grey? I've always had tents that are more colorful, so I don't knwo how to judge this. It seems like they would both be ok, but for some reason I feel like grey may be more stealthy..am I wrong? Anything else I should consider when choosing a color? I guess green may be a nicer color to sit a storm out in...
Also, I know that "The One" is the big thing right now, but I am too scared to deal with spinnaker. It's my first tarptent and I think I should give myself some learning space. I love certain things about the contrail also, but those big sidewalls (seems likely to catch wind) and the way it closes on the feet, not to mention the front entry have me leaning towards the lunar solo.
Thanks for any opinions guys and gals!