I'm looking mainly for a light 2 person "palace" to replace my 8 year old REI Half Dome 2, which weighs 6 pounds. With my new wide inflatable pad replacing the z-rest, I need something wider when I actually go with 2 people. I really never find 2 person tents ideal for 2 people who are not intimate. My Copper Spur UL2 which I recently bought will not work for 2 people my size. My criteria is:
1) Less than 5.5 pounds.
2) Wide enough for wide pads (I now have a exped ul7 which is 26 inches wide)
3) Long enough to handle a person who is 6'2" like myself w/o contacting the walls.
4) Double walled, with a good amount of mesh, but high enough solid inner breathable bathtub walls to block wind and rain that make it under the fly.
5) Hopefully well under 400 dollars and I prefer under 300 dollars (on a tight budget).
6) Does not require the use of trekking poles, since I often base camp.
7) Pretty storm worthy since it'll sometimes be used above tree line.
8) Good management of condensation.
The tents that I'm looking at so far are the GoLite imogene ul3 (3# 6oz.), GoLIte Wolf Creek L3 (5# 2oz.), Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3 (5# 4oz.), and REI Quarter Dome T2+--5#1oz. (the T3 is too short and the T3 + is too heavy). I don't want something that has to be "too" babied since it'll get a lot of use both backpacking and car camping. The Imogene UL3 sounds almost too good to be true at 3 pounds 6oz. At that weight I may not even mind taking it solo and I may just return my copper spur ul2, which I currently use as a solo palace palace, which weighs 3# 7oz.
Has anyone actually seen the Imogene UL3 yet in person? I hope that it's not like the FLy Creek UL3, which IMHO does not pitch tight enough in the middle. I'm also worried about the Imogene's length. I may be better off keeping the BA CS2 and going with the Wolf Creek L3 or Jack Rabbit SL3 for a more storm worthy and roomy tent. However, the Imongene UL3 would save me lots of money and mean that I'll have to carry less gear in my car during my 1.5 month road trip out west.
The tent will mainly be used in Colorado and Michigan (3 season with the occasional winter camp in Michigan). I'm open to other suggestions.