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I've got some long weekends planned for the Sierra high country this year and am thinking about adding a 4-person tent to the kit. Last year saw us taking several trips with 3 folks (my brother and my adult-size 14 yr old son) and our tent situation included a 3-person tent for my son and I and a small 2-person for my brother. We were obviously overtented, but I feel claustrophobic with 3 in a 3-person, so there we were.
Now that we're getting a bit more serious about this fun stuff, I think a 4 person tent will let us shed some group weight and maybe make for some warmer nights (by bro froze his butt sleeping alone in his tent at 12k on Langley).
My current front runners are: Big Agnes Copper Spur 4: 57 sq. ft. (plus 2 vestibules), just under 6lbs.; and the Nemo Pentalite 4: 77 sq. ft, about 5.5 lbs WITH the mesh nest.
Does anyone have experience and pro/cons for either tent?
The Nemo looks tough and should shed the occasional dusting of snow (this is to be used as a 3-season), but I worry about those walls closing in. Is the center pole intrusive for 3 folks? What's it like setting up in rocky area, the stakes basically erect the tent - any issues?
The Copper Spur is a more familiar construct, but those huge vertical walls look like they could become sails in a wind. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance.