Hello all :) First post here but I've been reading a lot over the past couple of weeks.
I'm preparing to cut a lot of weight from my current 2-person backpacking setup. We're starting with the big things first, and acquiring the gear gradually over the next few months. I would really like to ditch our current tent, a Sierra Designs Hyperlight 3, which weighs in at a whopping 7lbs (with the footprint) for a Tarptent Rainshadow 2. I have a couple of questions for seasoned Tarptent users though...
Firstly, the tent will be for myself (5'2" 120lbs), my hubby (6' 250lbs) and our two 70lb-ish dogs. We all fit pretty well in the SD tent, though it has a sort of diamond shape which makes it a pain to get two rectangular sleeping pads in there. Looking at reviews and the floor shape of the Rainshadow 2, it seems that we'd all fit much better in it, even though the square footage is slightly smaller overall, because the shape is more rectangular.
Having never used a single wall tent, I'm a little concerned about condensation buildup from the 4 of us inside... has anyone noticed a problem with that? We mostly camp in the Tahoe/Sierras area so the air is fairly dry... but I'm a cold sleeper so I'm concerned that if we ventilate too much, I will get too cold.
The next question is about durability vs dog claws. Since the Rainshadow is so much lighter than our SD tent, would it be advisable to also carry something like a tyvek sheet to put on the inside to avoid any dog claw punctures? Also, what about a footprint? Are these really necessary, or is that something we could do without in order to save weight?