Rating: 5 / 5
My rating is based on what this shelter was designed for, and not to be understood as part of the "best tent ever, for anybody ,anywhere" award.
Most of the good points have already been covered and I do agree with the above comments. The reason I have used this more than any of my other shelters since I received it ,was not clear to me at first ( for example I prefer the interior space of the Rainbow) but recently it dawned on me that I really like the "fiddle" factor. By that I mean that according to the location and weather conditions, I can pitch it high or low. You can have it as an almost open tarp or a batten down, not much bigger that a poled bivy, shelter.
(as illustrated above by Quoddy), with the two poles you can have a totally unobstructed entrance, or if need to be, using the apex guyline and the middle rear pole, a very taut wind resistant set up.
It does only require four stakes and I have set it up in ideal conditions in 70 seconds, usually 90 to 120 in the bush. Typically I have 8 pegs with me, including 2 or 4 5" Easton, one Titanium nail stake and two Y shaped ones.
Ventilation is the key to low condensation. It also means that (as with any non breathable single skin shelter) it is not a good choice for below freezing conditions. Since I always wake up a few times during the night, if it needs to be, I wipe the interior down with my kitchen cloth and that ( in less than a minute) fixes the problem.
The only minor problem is the one about the guylines not holding at times when tensioned. My fix is to have them fully extended, that means re-staking just before going to sleep . The other solution would be to use a thicker line.
A brilliant extremely light and versatile solo shelter.
Recently I received the 08 version. Pretty much all of the "annoying" little bits have been redesigned.
The rear section is tidier and easier to lift up and down.
The bathtub sits up better without fiddling.
The beak has a much larger Velcro strip that is secured from the inside.
As for the "pole in the middle" , it is easy to use two poles to have an unobstructed entrance( see pictures from other reviewers). Sometimes I do, often I don't because I sit inside leaning against the pole when it rains... (not recommended, but I do it)
Note the drop of 3000 meters in altitude between the two set ups.
( the middle rear pole is there because I like it that way)