Big Agnes String Ridge 2
Design: 4 season
Ease of Setup: easy but practice before backpacking
Weight: 5.8 pounds
Price Paid: $500
What a dream tent. The extra 2 pounds was worth it.
–( Mt Sneffels Wilderness area 7 miles 4000 ft differential up over 13K pass and dealing with scree. 2 years ago, climbing MT Blanc, wife announced that the 20-year-old Sierra Design Clip FlashLight (maybe 3.8 pounds) was too small. (I carry the tent!)
Last year in Yellowstone we tried a North Face Spectrum 33. A true disaster. The tent failed to vent perspiration even with rear vent open 100% and strong winds. I sponged off 1/3 cup of water. First time I was cold sleeping in 30F weather.
Decided we needed a winter tent. REI gave me a full refund on the Spectrum 33.
The venting is fabulous. No moisture despite 10 hrs of rain and all vents were closed. Enough head room in the rear to sit up. Tent pockets big enough for paperbacks, glasses.
The tent got wind tested well over 40 KTs. The vestibule is very roomy-enough room for the pack and my Limmers.
Big Agnes will hold heat, but I did not measure it (the Sierra Design Clip Flashlight increased maybe 20F- no wind).
Bottom line- If you are going to spend a few days using a tent, the extra weight, $$ is well worth it- even when you are Senior.