Walter Underwood has posted a great review of the Mountain Laurel Design’s two pound Speedmid shelter:
It is plenty roomy inside. I’m 6’ 3” and my tent buddy is nearly as
tall, and we both had room, with our gear inside. The tent walls do
slope at a pretty low angle—the heavy nighttime rain was surprisingly
close to my head and a little distracting.
This was a very exposed campsite and it was uncomfortably windy and
cold outside. It was plenty windy, enough to blow down the cooking tarp,
but the tent didn’t show it. It felt very secure, much more so than my
other, heavier, tents…
The tent does take a fair amount of space to set up. The base is nine
feet square, so allow a 10×10 space, as much room as a big family tent.
On the other hand, there aren’t any guy lines to trip over.
All this for $170, the same price as a five and half pound REI Half
Dome. If you have the cash, you could upgrade to the roomier and even
more storm-worthy MLD
Supermid, but the Speedmid is a heck of a lot of tent at an
affordable price and a very light weight. Less is more.
Read the whole review here
I am a big fan of tarps and tarp like shelters: