I’m a keen tramper (hiker) and hunter down in southern NZ, with favourite my territory being the Southland and Otago “high country”, occasionally I venture into Canterbury. Many of my nights are spent above the bushline, that’s about 1000m minimum mostly, and I’m nearly always “off trail” and in all seasons – we can and frequently do get all 4 seasons in one day here.
I have recently started to review my gear and approach, a lot of which hasn’t changed much in 25 or more years, I’m a Macpac Torres pack, Fairydown Plateau tent, and Fairydown sleeping bag sort of guy, my pack weights have been 18-20 Kgs bu I'm trying to get that down to 12-15 Kgs.
Anyhoo I seem to be out alone a lot now my kids have “flown” and I need a new “one man” tent – the Plateau is over 4.00 kgs (9.0lbs) for a smallish two man tent – bulletproof it may be but it needs more and younger legs (than mine) to carry it !!
So I started looking and looking and looking (and reading to the same degree) – man there is a lot of choice out there !! I have also trialled a couple of tents, a Macpac Solo and a MSR Hubba. Both are only just OK. My biggest gripe with them both is pitching them on difficult ground – is it just me but do flat spots where all the peg points/guys are able to be set out “nicely” at the correct angle REALLY exist ?? Neither of these tents pitches well where there is uneven ground, the inner ends up touching the fly or your person if they can’t be accurately staked out.
I’ve now gooten two options in mind, the SMD Luna Duo (Outfitters version) and the TT Double Rainbow.
Can anyone offer any insight or experience about how these two tents might fare pitched on uneven ground etc. I should add that this isn’t about the durability of the tent floor, I am careful to “garden” the footprint area.