If you like tarp camping - you'll appreciate the openess of the Lighthouse.
My wife prefers a fully enclosed shelter also. When looking for a 2
person tent to use for any conditions, including winter, I purchased
the Black Diamond Lighthouse and have been very pleased. We have had
the Lighthouse almost a year, out in all kinds of weather: wind, rain,
light snow, even a hailstorm, and lots of nice weather too. The key to
our happiness with the Lighthouse is the ventilation and view. We leave
the window and door open whenever possible.
Tarp camping is the lightest way to go, and has great ventilation, but
we are often in regulated areas that require using established sites -
with the associated insects, pests and privacy issues that made a fully
enclosed shelter the choice we made. We have used an 8 pound
"backpacking tent", a 4 pound "ultralight tent",
tarp-netting-groundsheet combinations and tarp-bivy combos. The
Lighthouse with the aftermarket carbon fiber poles has the balance of
weight, storm protection, ease of setup, ventilation, insect/pest
protection, and privacy that we decided on.
The Lighthouse has performed excellent on all fronts, The only moisture
we have ever noticed was during an all night rain in the Ozarks last
November. The top of the dome formed some moisture and the rain would
knock it loose to fall directly on our sleeping bags. The moisture
evaporated faster than it accumulated, so we ignored it. Rain will
enter through the door when open, a poncho tarp set up over the
entrance and top of dome would solve both issues if long periods of
rain are encountered again.
I have no experience with the ID tents, or the eVENT fabric. The SilNylon floor of our Lighthouse has not had any punctures or leaks. The epic fabric does not form moisture on the walls.