Sorry for lack of pertinent info. I live in the extreme northern Sierra Nevada, an hour south of Lassen VNP and a couple hours north of Lake Tahoe. I go bping any month of the year in the Sierra Nevada mostly, temps do not matter, although I like it warmer. I have been to the coast a few times bping. Looking for something to handle some high wind if it should come up and heavy snow if that chance of snow showers changes to snow likely.:) I don't want a full on 4 season tent as I won't be in those conditions if I can help it and they are too heavy and pricey. Always another time to go out. I've been out with our North CA group many times, most are seasoned bpers, and by myself mostly.
1. Good wind resistance
2. Moderate snow loading ability
3. Storm worthy, need to keep spin drift out
4. Under 3.5 to 4 lbs.
I like the weight of the Hilight and its free standing ability plus it has survived in conditions already that I would expect a new tent to perform in. It did great at Sky Blue Lake down by Mt. Whitney a couple years ago in high winds and last New Year's Eve with 7" to 8" of snow overnight.
Like Ryan had mentioned, some of the small companies do not have what I need and I agree. Floorless tarps won't cut it, not putting my life on the line for too light of a shelter. I've seen hammocks abandoned for the night as well as smaller tepees. I'll check suggestions out, maybe I just need to keep what I have, its paid for.
Ryan, I know a gent who ran across you on one of his bp trips, he collects stoves like I do and I met him for the first time Labor Day weekend at Diamond Lake, OR. I believe he was doing the PCT at the time, could have been in CO also.