Getting totally fed up.
I designed a few tents back in the late 70's. I am an architect so I am always sketching etc. I could just design and dig in and build, but I thought some feedback might be helpful.
Figured out a few designs way back then. Built a tepee style tent. Thought it was dumb at the time and abandoned it but it did sort of work.
Now people are selling tepee style tarp setups. Maybe it was not so dumb after all.
I have an old Eureka tent that I have used for way too long but its too heavy and worn out.
I started searching for new UL tents to go with my other UL gear I have been acumulating although it seems like I am sending back 75% of what I order. THat said the newer materials are really nice.
Bought a Eureka Solitare for super cheap, like $35. Snapped a pole, but I think I will get new alum featherweights for it. I can get it close to 2#, but its almost a bivy bag.
Bought a Eureka spitfire, took it back.
A bit heavy.
I like the black diamond single wall tents but they are supposedly not 100% water proof.
One thing I like is a top shelf very waterproof tent that really works.
I have been caught in torential rain for days in the mountains, and I know how bad it can get.
Got a gogo, thinking gees, less than 2 pounds, I will put it under a cuben tarp for some extra room, well I got it and dont see how it could ever breath enough to limit condensation and it weighed over 2#. I bottomed out and my bag was wall to wall in the foot area. Way tighter than the Eureka. Sending it back.
Tried a Eureka velox 1. Pretty darn nice tent but a tad heavy. Also checked out a velox 3 and for 5# that tent was superb and huge.
#1 My critera for a 1 man tent
Want one I can sit up in, is preferably a double wall, can handle some stout wind, IE wont fold up. If its single wall it has to vent and breath enough not to condensate into a lake.
Also a vestible.
Most importantly 2 pounds.
Freestanding would be nice, but it aint going to happen at 2#.
#2 My criteria for a 2 man tent is about the same as the 1 man but
3# max and a bit roomy.
Freestanding wont happen at 2 or 3#, so that leaves me with a single hoop, or a hiking pole support.
Found this site that is interesting. 2 person Tyvek tent with plans, 2#-4oz.