Thank you for asking Jennifer. I like that modular concept, if it works. I can get away with a very simple shelter or even a bivy late in the season here in the Sierra. I had to start somewhere with some parameters, some variance might be acceptable. However, three weeks ago when I was along the PCT just north of the Feather River and south of Lookout Rock on the Plumas NF here in CA, I got rained on at Bear Creek, it wasn't supposed to do anything. I had my Hexamid with me luckily. Even with a minimal shelter or cowboy camping I would have been screwed, even with the half hour rain. Ounces count. After having the ZPacks Hexamid tent at 12.5 oz. with stakes and tent pole, it is hard to back track to a heavier shelter again. I know, fish or cut bait. The other thing that would ease my having the heavier Skyscape X (see Gear Swap for my ad), is I want to get a EE quilt or ZPacks sb, saving me the weight of my 24oz WM Caribou sb, with a weight savings of 9 oz. over the gained 9 oz. of a shelter if it weighed 20 or 21 oz.
It was asked earlier, my base weight is around 8 lbs. for a week long trip with a 5 oz. Ursack, I was in the 22-24 lb. range last summer with a qt or two of water, so I am getting lower in base weight.
Im excited to get some snow soon so I can try out my new Zimmer, winter volume pack and XTherm pad. The new pack is over 3 lbs. lighter than my old Epperson pack and my pad system will be maybe 1.5 lbs lighter, using two GG torso length Nightlight pads and the XTherm versus my Exped DAM9 and blue ccf pad which was a pain to get uncurled.
PS, remember Im wanting a small staked footprint, not just light. 8'X12' or so is not small.