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I've always been a big fan of SD. They always seemed to be designing good, innovative, and most importantly, sturdy tents while the competition were chasing lighter and less durable designs. I always felt bad for SD because all their tents were always just a tad on the heavy side, which must've cost them some clientel. But I loved the original Lightning (they have recycled that name now into a non-related tent...shame on you SD!).
But I just can't get over their new wacky tents. What were they thinking? In any kind of heavy rainy windy weather, I just can't see those open, hollow, square-ish desings being a very pleasant shelter. I watched their wind tunnel test video, and while those little things seem to have a survival limit of 30 miles/hr (which isn't that much...my Lightning use to do well in 45), you can plainly see that they act like parachutes. I don't think putting people inside would stop much of the shaking and flapping.
The reason it ticks me off so much, is because I always liked them for designing a tent that pitches fly-first in the early 2000's when no one else had the sense to do it. I just wish they could finally turn that design into a conventional, non-wacky, lightweight tent! Come on SD!!
Anyway, does anyone actually own one of those wacky things adn what's your experience?