I am currently using a monstrous Mountain Hardware Viperine 3 for all of my camping/backpacking needs as it is all I have. It is a very large tent and very heavy and I am looking to lighten up the load. I have read and re-read many forums and I am actually getting to the point were I am not sure if a tarptent of sorts is what I am looking for, so I look to you guys for some advice and direction.
I am 6'4", 240# and will be hiking with my wife who is a bit under 6'. We both use a Big Agnes AC Insulated pad at 20x72 and I use a 15° 850-fill 6'6" sleeping bag without any DWR treatments.
My last trip describes my hiking the best. From trailhead to campsite, we hiked 7mi up a creek bed with large boulders and lots of side hilling for a 3500' gain. Our campsite was totally exposed and we experienced a fall blizzard with snow and wind with sustained winds continuing for the night.
Needless to say an 8# tents is much more than I'm wanting to take to these spots and I have recently been looking into tarptents, as the wife is requesting bug protection. The tents I have been considering, in no order, are the SMD Lunar Duo, SMD Haven, TT DRainbow, TT Stratospire 2, and the Nemo Meta 2P. I am leaning to the SMD Duo for length but question it's ability to handle high alpine situations.
So I ask the broad user base of BPL for suggestions to tents. I am wanting to get a tent under 3lbs that will fit my frame with my wife with room to spare if we get shut in for a while, and that will handle the wind and condensation issues that come with the high alpine. Price isn't much of an issue but will be a factor in deciding a tent. I'm open to suggestions or user accounts that are similar to mine, I know there are a ton for thru-hikes but I've never been in that area and have no idea how it compares to where I am.
If you're still reading at this point, thanks for your time and I look forward to any dialogue here.