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I'm looking for a new tent. My experiences with other tents have led me to look for certain characteristics. This will be a three season tent used mainly for one person.
It should be a dome tent which helps with shedding rain, should have decent ventilation to keep condensation down and not be a single wall tent. It should be a very light two person tent where I can store my pack inside or a single person with a vestibule that will hold a pack and boots. If the bottom or tub were heavier fabric and more waterproof than the fly that would be great. Three pounds or less would also be great. I'm a firm believer in lightening up your load.
Here are some of the negatives I have experienced with the other tents I own (no, I won't name names :) )
Single wall tents and condensation.
Single wall tents and sagging which then lets water in.
Tents that leak through the bottom or through poorly designed seams.
Anything other than a taut dome seems to allow water some way in.
Single wall tents can be very light, the tent I just used on a rainy trip in the Trinity Alps did ok with keeping me fairly dry but it weighs too much. In all fairness to the tent it is over 20 years old and probably needs to be replaced.
Some of the tents I am considering are the MSR Hubba Hubba, Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1, REI Quarterdome, Sierra Designs (one person, light weight dome, can't recall the name)
Any real life experience with light weight one and two person tents along with any experience your friends have had would be welcome. Please remember the criteria listed above.