Thanks for the replies to my sub-query.
As somebody who's never used a light solo shelter, I find myself wondering what the hell is the difference beteween a tarp and a tent anyway. As best I can tell, a "tent" has a zipped entry and a "tarp" doesn't. Which doesn't seem overly important.
Or maybe it's a state of mind -- "You must be comfortable with water dripping or running only inches from your gear", the key word being "comfortable. Tarps are for people who don't need belt and braces.
When I look at shelters, I'm looking for this:
- It's for use in Britain (seems quite like the PNW), for 3 season conditions. I'm partial to coastal areas. I'm worried about wind, rain, bugs, humidity, mud and snow in descending order.
- One person, I'm six foot, and I'd like to use a 3" inch thick and 25" wide air matress. I'd like just enough head/elbow room to able to change clothes whilst sitting up.
- Pitch/enter/exit/strike without getting rain on the inner/groundsheet.
- Some sort of vestibule or equivalent, for things that will drip, so they don't drip on the groundsheet.
- I don't use trekking poles as a matter of course, so poles count towards the weight.
I *think* a Hexamid + mesh ticks most of the boxes, and it's very light. It's weak on the vestibule, but a Skyscrape and Solomid seem weaker. [Does that make them tarps? ;) A RayWay oversized 10x8 tarp over a smaller bathtub groundsheet + bugnet, pitched lean to in a non-veering wind, ticks all the boxes. Does that make it a tent? ;) ]