I'm pretty familiar with the features of the Firstlight (as well as reviews), but I'm curios about the Direkt 2. I've seen very little on it in way of reviews/field use. Basically, I'm saving up and browsing possible winter tent purchases for mountaineering next year. My criteria: 1-2 man (primarily used as a 1 man, but cramped for 2 is OK with me), freestanding, light, simple and fast setup. I know both of these tents are very short (I'm 6'2") but I'm willing to deal with it in return for weight.
The Direkt 2 appears pretty comparable in many regards, but is perhaps slightly more robust. Versus the Firstlight, here are the pros and cons I can see:
-slightly lighter (about 6 ounces: 2,15 vs. 3,5)...though 6 ounces is hardly a big deal to me for a winter tent.
-apparently fully sealed/waterproof (PU coated vs. "breathable" nanoshield). Waterproofness of the Firstlight is still a question to me, as reviews of the Firstlight are very mixed. People I trust say it's waterproof. I'm wagering that many of the people that complain it leaks might not understand either seam sealing or condensation.
-more tie outs; it has a mid tie out on the floor as well as a mid panel on the long sides. Betting it has better wind stability/strength due to this. This is the biggest selling point to me.
-door entry could (?) be more snow-free; can unzip from bottom/side to facilitate crawling in from underneath as opposed to fully opening the Firslight's door.
-slightly more headroom (making for steeper walls)
-cost $140 more ($399 for Direkt 2 vs. $259 Firstlight at Sunny Sports)
-while it may be more waterproof (and that's ???) it's likely more condensation prone
-apparently has no door mesh, though this isn't much an issue to me in winter
-slightly less floorspace (Firstlight is1 inch longer, 3 inches wider. But because it's 3 inches shorter, the walls might slope slightly more making the "feel" similar).
Any thoughts on these two appreciated.