Oof-da. This turned into a bit of a novel. Any help would be most appreciated....
I want a roomy two-person tent that can handle life above tree line in the Wind Rivers. I also want this for about 4 pounds or less. Finally, for frame of reference I want something more stout in the wind and rain than a TT Double Rainbow or Big Sky Evolution. I’m looking for more info on the Scarp 2, Hilleberg Anjan 3 and any other reasonable alternative that could hope to handle 40 mph winds while providing a good bit of room at 4-4.5 pounds.
When I’m on my own I tend to go ultralight (unless I’m somewhere very wet or cold), but most of the time my wife is with me and we prefer more of a lightweight style: canister stove, lightly framed packs, tarptent or light double walled tent, light inflatable sleeping pads, base weights around 11-15 pounds etc. Over the past five years we’ve spent time in Glacier, the high sierra, the SHT in Minnesota, the Pasayten and most recently the Wind Rivers with some paddling and winter trips mixed in. We really like the Winds, and plan on going back frequently. Together we’ve put about 60 nights in a double rainbow and most recently have moved to a big sky Evolution 2P (3 pounds or so). These are both great for their intended purposes. She doesn’t like ‘mids or tarps.
During our most recent trip to the Wind Rivers in late August we set up above tree line one evening when the weather was quite calm. Later that evening the wind picked up a bit and I’d estimate we had frequent gusts to about 25-30 mph. With four guy-lines (in addition to six perimeter stakes) the evolution handled this fine aside from some noisy flapping, but obviously conditions get much worse and I certainly don’t think this tent could handle blowing rain or 40+ mph winds. We really like camping in he high country so a more robust shelter would be worth an extra pound or two to us. Interpretation: Looking to buy a tough new tent.
As a starting point, I’m looking for something that can handle more of a storm than the double rainbow or our 3 pound Evolution 2P. Based on my preliminary research, here are a few tents I’ve come across:
1. Tarptent Scarp 2. I have a Scarp 1 and love it for rough whether. I took it to Scotland last year and it kept me warm and dry in wicked conditions, even without the crossing poles. I’ve read mixed reports on the Scarp 2, though. Specifically, some seem to indicate it doesn’t handle wind as well as they’d like, and if you get the solid inner and crossing poles you are nearing five pounds but still possibly not extremely wind-worthy. If the Scarp 2 can consistently handle 40-50 mph winds I’m interested. If not, its off my list. I could be talked into or out of this one.
2. BA Copper spur UL 2 and Seedhouse UL: very light and would be enough room for my wife and I, but would be cramped with one of my buddies. It doesn’t sound like these would offer any improvement over my evolution 2 regarding space or storm worthiness. I think they’re pretty much out.
3. Stephenson's Warmlite. The lack of a vestibule i think is a deal-breaker for me. They also tend to be expensive, and I don't trust the company as much as say, Hilleberg...
4. Hilleberg Anjan 3: These have caught my eye, but the price is painfully high. Hilleberg of course has a stellar reputation. I’ve not seen much around here about the Anjan 3, but it is essentially marketed as a 3+ season version of the Nallo 3. Looks like it would weigh about 4 pounds in my pack, offer plenty of room and much better wind/weather resistance than any other 4 pounds three-season tents I’m aware of. From the limited reviews I’ve found, people find fault in the fly sheet (doesn’t go all the way to the ground), in the the lack of a peak vent, and of course the $590 price tag. Otherwise I can’t find much based on real-life experience. On paper it seems to check all of my boxes, but the price gives me pause and means I’d be saving for a bit to purchase it, and probably waiting for a sale (rare). If someone could suggest a 4-pound alternative that offers similar performance in wind and wet weather I wouldn’t even have to consider saving up to buy such an expensive tent. The Anjan 2 I think would be a bit too small/short (presumably the same specs as the Nallo 2.
Any insights would be most welcome.