I'm looking for an affordable lightweight 3-season 2 person tent. I am also planning on occasionally using it for solo hiking, thus low weight is important! By affordable I mean a price point of around 350 euros, preferably cheaper. Unfortunately interesting brands such as Big Agnes, Tarptents, Big Sky International, REI aren't readily available in Europe (unless you are willing to pay large shipping & import fees), so those aren't an option.
Based on the BPL SMR on double wall 2 person tents[http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/2_person_double-wall_tents_sotm_2010.html] the Vaude Hogan Ultralight looks like a suitable candidate. It costs around 260 euros and offers excellent weather protection. Drawbacks are its small vestibule, its inner-tent version construction (inner tent gets wet while setting up in the rain) and its relatively small floor area. According to the BPL review it's too small to hold 2 persons and their gear, can a Hogan owner share his experience on this? The XP version of the Hogan UL is a bit larger and offers a more spacious vestibule while also being lighter than the standard UL version. It is however 100 euros more expensive (350 euros for the XP), which is a lot for what the little that get you get extra.
Vaude also makes a Taurus II UL tent. The main difference between the Hogan and the Taurus II is that the poles are outside of the rain fly in the Taurus II whereas they are on the inside in the Hogan. Apart from the outer-tent first benefit of the Taurus I am not aware of any other differences that the pole construction brings? The Hogan is a 100grams lighter than the Taurus though. Does anyone know what benefits/drawbacks outer poles have?
MSR Hubba Hubba (which is American but available in Europe) is an other interesting option. It's roomier than the Hogan with a larger floor area and two vestibules. But its webbing inner tent means that it's less warm. The small bathtub floor height of only 3 cm raises serious concerns on its rain protecting capabilities. It's also 200 grams heavier than the hogan and more expensive (290 euros where I live). There is also an HP version of the Hubba Hubba which is a bit lighter, but at 420 euros it's above my budget.
For now the Vaude Hogan UL looks like the best option, it protects better against rain than the MSR and it's cheapier. The only concerns I have is the limited amount of floor area for 2 persons and the small vestibule for storing two backpacks and two pairs of booths. The XP version might alleviate these issues but hardly seems worth considering it's 350 euros price point.
For the moment I'm considering these three models. Are there any other tents that I have missed and that meet my demands? Feel free to share your opinion/personal experiences on the matter.