Okay bare with me here as I explain this, didn't want to write a novel in the subject header.
A good friend of mine for the past 4 years now has been taking 3 month trips to isolated parts of Patagonia (Argentina side). After we became friends a few years ago he has been very open to lightening his load, and flirts with UL standards on shorter trips here. He came to me for advice the other day on a new, lightweight but sturdy and very rain/wind proof shelter solution. On his last trip, he got rained on for 8 solid days and his weathered old and heavy traditional tent failed utterly on him after a few days (but thankfully after my recommendation, he took a space blanket with him, which he used on top of the tent to water proof it :) ).
But then the more he told me about his trip conditions, the more difficult things got in narrowing down some alternatives for a new shelter. I will just list all the things he takes into consideration:
-The shelter needs to be roomy and comfortable because it is literally his home for over 3 months. Where he camps there are no other built shelters to fall back on, nor are there any hotels or hostels that are close enough to consider an option to fall back on. At least one meter tall, and no solo shelters.
-Very, very water proof, especially over extended days of heavy rain.
-No center pole, i.e. no pyramid type shelters. He tried this, and says there is not enough room for him to move around inside the shelter, plus he has a big sleep mat that he is not willing to replace with anything smaller.
-Under 400 USD.
*EDIT: -Forgot to add, no shelters that rely on trekking poles only, as he does not use them.
I suggested the TT Hogback, but he thinks this might be overkill on size, and is worried that he might not be able to find enough flat space to set the tent up. Then I suggested the TT Double Rainbow, but he said he does not like the bug net on the bottom because the tent might flood, and said his last tent (which did not have bug netting around the floor) flooded some from the rain/wind. Then I suggested the MLD Supermid plus bug net and to just put up with the center pole, but he won't budge on the no-center pole thing.
Is there a rock to kill all these birds?