My current solo tent has lived a good life, but it is old and weighs more than my 2p Tarptent Stratospire. So, it is permanently retired.
I love my Stratospire 2: but it only weighs about 6 oz more than a Stratospire 1, per the website specs. I’m not spending $350 to gain 6 ozs when I don’t usually go solo. When the kids were teenagers, it was important to have different possible tent configurations, but that’s no longer a consideration.
So, I could spend way more than $350 on a dynema solo tent. But I’m not made of money. I’m guessing I’ll just carry my Strat2 on my solo trips this summer/fall. I travel fairly light—6 ozs won’t kill me.
Unless someone has a Strat 1 or comparable tent they’re looking to sell...
Such are the choices we live with. 6 ounces certainly isn't nothing, but after the first meal, it seems like nothing. However, 6 ounces carried for 6 days adds up to over 2 pounds in the total trip pack weight. Just one more way to be a gram weenie.
As for my own choice, I will stay with my current set up, which is mostly use my hammock, and carry a tent only when no hammocks are allowed.
FDR: “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
Yeah...everything's up in the air, but I'm probably looking at a number of smaller solo trips in late summer/early fall, if conditions allow for that. So, no carrying a week+ worth of food/fuel. On a one- or two-nighter, I'm not going to kvetch too much about 6 ounces.
Without realizing it, I think I have gone for over 2 years without carrying a tent on a backpacking trip. I almost exclusively use tarps nowadays. A Solomid XL in silnylon wouldn't set you back too much, and weighs barely over a pound. Or, even cheaper and lighter, an 8x10 silpoly flat tarp.
I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. -Soren Kierkegaard