I will share a tent. Should we squeeze in the Stratosphire1? I have a Squall2 but I hate the “dog door” entry, esp. with two people. Nope, I can’t do it on a long hike. I need two side entry doors for many reasons: pee in the night, rifle thru my pack on MY side of the tent…. The Stratosphire is freakin tiny but we fit; the two side entries and vestibules accommodate our gear – plus we can both make our own coffee and oatmeal in the morning at the same time. Love that. It is a killer tent (I do love TarpTent) but we might need something more… rugged. Great weight savings for two. But small, would be tight in storms and some gear is bound to get wet.
The CDT. We will have storms. There will be snow. There will be rain, hail, thunder and lightning, and wind. It’s more of a 4-season experience, apparently. Choices…
The idea of a freestanding tent is always appealing, but the UL in me can’t abide. I saw lots of MSR Hubbas. I was jealous at the quick set-up, no stakes, and mesh tent star-gazing options. But the 2p is 4 POUNDS. EEEEK! It’s terrible, I know, but I don’t like to cowboy. Bugs bite my head. They love me. I’m delicious. Then my ears are like Dumbo and my eyes are swollen shut. Stargazing would be nice, so the mesh tent with rain fly/tarp is appealing.
Right now this SixMoons Haven Tarp and Mesh Tent look like the best compromise. Two side entry doors. Two pounds. Sets up with trekking poles and stakes. I want a closer look. Here’s a review: http://portlandhikersfieldguide.org/ph/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=9331