- I searched every thread on the topic - most of the comparative threads I have seen, do not offer any first hand experience with the Duplex (since it is relatively new). I am considering a cuben shelter (Zpacks Duplex, Cuben Solong 6, skycap x) or maybe even a hammock. I primarily hike in Ky, Tn, WV and nearby those, with a bigger trip every two years (acadia, AT sections, colorado.....). This will be 3 season tent (summer and the milder parts of spring and fall). Bugs are usually a problem in these areas as well.
Concerns for shelters. I am 6'3"/6'4", I enjoy my large neoair. The places I will primarily be using this are prone to humidity and condensation - looking for maximum ventilation, and minimal condensation issues.
Another concern is footprint size. Most of the areas I will be using this will be wooded and hilly/mountainous areas. I often have a hard time finding a flat open area with enough space for a standard tent - without longer guy lines. I think I will always be able to find a spot, eventually, but a larger total footprint would eliminate a great deal of areas.
For the reason above, I am also considering a hammock (WBBB XLC), although I have no experience sleeping in one aside from the the old rope hammock in my backyard I nap in when pretending to do yard work. I don't foresee any problem sleeping in one, though. But since the neoair came out, I have little trouble on the ground either.
I always use trekking poles as well.
Any input, guidance or suggestions is greatly appreciated. These are all fairly pricey shelters, so I want to make sure I make the right choice - although I think any of them could work, as they all seem like quality companies.