I am racking my brain on deciding which of these would be a better option for me...
I have a HH Ultralight Explorer that I will probably be selling as camping in MN tends to be mostly "colder weather" and requires insulation underneath me most of the year thus defeating the "lightweightness" of it. On the same thought, I would like to go ultralight from my current lightweight status and thus go with a poncho/tarp.
MLD P/T: more lightweight, catenary cut, more ventilation, more flexible setup options than cape, less expensive bug protection options?? requires a bivy
SMD Cape: more protected shelter, don't need a bivy thus making up for it's extra weight, because of shape it seems you are stuck with their bug net for bug protection or maybe not???, better shelter in snowy conditions, better protection in rain,
FYI, I am 6'4" and need the extra length of the longer poncho/tarps, thus eliminating many of the poncho/tarps on the market.
Is the significantly less price of the equinox extended length poncho/tarp worth the savings?? I realize that I would probably have to add ridgeline tie-outs, but in some ways it is hard to justify the approximately $100 more for the SMD and MLD.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and feedback!