First post here. Hope I chose the right forum for this question.
I'm going to be living outside for about 6 months of this year, and possibly beyond that, if I'm brave enough. While keeping my day job, I plan to gain more backcountry experience by sleeping, cooking, exploring, and otherwise enjoying myself in the woods, relying on nature to sustain my needs as much as possible (and civilization where nature falls short).
While many of you would dissuade me from relying on a tent, I deem carrying one prudent, due to mosquito-infested summer nights and the occasional stretch of several rainy days.
Apart from the need to shelter a guest on occasion, I have sundry tent needs:
1. Light, for packing in from the road every weekday; hoping for the 4-pound range.
2. Durable enough to last sustained daily use in all 3-season weather conditions. If (despite due care) it falls apart in 6 months, I bought the wrong tent.
(These, to a degree, contradict each other.)
3. Reasonably quick to set up and take down. Potentially every day, every necessary clip, guy-line, and pole joint will be dismantled (and later, mantled).
4. Vestibule door that can turn into a little stick-and-guyout-supported awning. I like sitting outside the dark 'cave' without getting soaked in the rain. More of a tent want than a tent need?
5. Flysheet in as woodsy and subdued of a color as possible. Dark browns, greens, and grays. Consider me self-conscious, but as a denizen of the woods, I'll feel the need to blend in.
The only tent I've found that claims to meet these needs is the Big Agnes Lynx Pass 2. Having little experience with non-Walmart tents, I don't know if this is a good choice. If not, what should I be looking for? Any favorites that are proven in the sort of use described above?
More about my plans...
There are large tracts of reforested land, totaling five-figures acreage, within a few minutes' drive of my job. Herein, responsible(!) backcountry camping and exploring are blessed by the authorities. I don't plan to sleep in any one spot for more than 2-3 consecutive nights, because that's more squatting than camping, nor do I plan to taint the forest by leaving anything erected in my absence. Sleeping in/near the car will be avoided, because that compromises the point of being out there.
(I have no illusions of long-term self-reliance. I still need to drive to work and back, and the YMCA en route will make a quick shower convenient, for the sake of keeping my job. Supermarkets nearby will limit, at least by waging psychological warfare against my preparation instinct, just how self-sufficient I'll become.)