I'm in need of some recommendations. During the family outing this past week our trusty Kelty Vortex 3 (yep, Kelty, heavy old and reliable) bit the dust. This has been a worthy shelter for the past 13 or so years. So now the fun begins...
Here are my needs and what I'm considering:
Need: a shelter that can accept 3 people (one adult two kids, getting close to middle school age), OR two adults and one 30 pound dog. One of said adults (me) is 6'4" so the shelter has to have some length to it. I'm not a fan of having a wet head or foot. The shelter has to be bug proof due to most of the use being in the upper midwest.
one of the "mids", although ventilation is a concern consdering the summer upper midwest camping and the potential for condensation. I'm assuming this could be solved by going with an inner net w/ bathtub floor so you could pitch higher and get more airflow even in rainy weather. I'm also toying with just the sewn in bug netting at the bottom, but I don't know if that will really protect the gang from the bird sized mosquitos we get.
More of a standard 3 person shelter (long version, if I can find them). My fear with any of these are really the weight of them all. My kids are starting to get to the point where they want to do longer trips and I'm not a fan of playing sherpa with a 7 pound tent (which is what the beloved Kelty weighed). Considering some of the Big Agnes tents, Nemo, other?
Finally, I'm considering one of the tarp tent models (either the rainshadow 2 or the hogs back). Both look like they would work, but I do have some concerns about the length. A little bit of a slide and one could end up with wet down (of which I'm not a fan).
Thanks for your help. Looking forward to the collective wisdom!