I am in a quandary. I have been thinking about getting one, and this is my chance to save some money.
Currently I use an REI Roadster for solo use, and a REI Quarterdome for when it is my son (9) and me. Neither tent is known for being "roomy". Which is fine as I am a cold sleeper, and prefer small tents. Cozy is fine with us. My son usually sleeps curled up next to me.
I am 5' 4", my son is 4' 5", so neither of us are tall.
Hence, here is my dilemma. Do I go for the Rainbow and squeeze the kid in, using it as both solo and two man tent? Or do I go for the bigger tent?
Neither of us carry much gear. Vestibules are not a big deal, I just need room for our boots. I stack our packs under my head or feet for insulation at night, so we don't need storage room.
Basically, I am looking for a way to cut a much needed 2 lbs off my pack for the coming summer, when my son is coming with me on another long trip. Since he is carrying 1/2 the food, I don't want him carrying any of the tent. I am not looking forward to carrying a 4.2 lb tent for the two of us.
He carries normally a 9-13 lb pack, I carry between a 18-30 lb pack (both with food and water added in, depending on length of trip.)
The freestanding option is not important, as I am used to staking tents.
I may end up ordering both, and sending one back.
Any input if you have either of the Rainbows? Henry gave me some insight, but I wouldn't mind more beta.