How is it possible that the review completely omitted the issue of pitching the Squall 2 with the tail into the wind?
I've used one all summer in Rockies, Olympics, Sierras, Utah, with great results. To be clear, I'm a big fan, and intend to keep using it as my summer shelter for seasons to come.
But the wind issue is a big one. In windy conditions, you must pitch the tail into the wind if you want any kind of stability. This presents two problems:
1) If the wind changes direction, you're screwed. In the Wind River range, the wind did a 180 reverse at sundown, necesitating repitching the tent in the rain. It was nice that it wasn't dark and I wasn't in bed already. And, the beauty of the tarptent is that re pitching is quick. But it's an issue.
2) the other issue is that the optimal alignment for sleeping comfort (flat, or head slightly uphill if necessary) isn't always in aligment w/ wind direction. So you often find yourself w/ your head at the low hooped end, or rolling sideways down the tent. Not a disaster, but an important factor to consider.
How have other users dealt with this?
Last comment on the stuff sack issue: I found rolling let me stuff easily. But as the summer wore on, I just skipped stuffing it and threw it in my pack w/ fine results.