Now that Golite have their 'sale' I am torn between which to spend the $$ on. I have set myself a $350 budget for my next tent. Background, I have a 10 year-old boy who comes on every adventure with me. I want to get a tent that will serve us for hunting; up in the Kodiak wilderness for Blacktails and/or Goat and maybe for fly-ins as well. I also have 2 boys of 5 and 6 who will be joining us in a few (3 or 4) years. Whenever we go out we are always with at least one other adult hunting buddy and usually a son or daughter. Always bring 2 tents. I currently lug a 9# 4 man tent which is comfy for the 2 of us but too heavy.
So I am torn between getting one of the Henry Shires Tarptents (Double Rainbow or Stratospire 2) or a Golite SL3 or SL5. The tarpents obviously have the advantage of low weight (2.5#) but that is at the cost of size and I think possibly strength - those of you who have been to Kodiak know how quickly the weather can close in. How strong do you think a Tarptent is?
Next option(s) are the Go-lite SL3 or 5. Extra weight (about double) of the tarptents, but a great deal more space and comfort. This obviously gives me more versatility for Fly-ins and longer hunts. I think if I went for the SL I would go for the SL5 as the weight differnce (vs SL3) is only 1# and I have the versatility of it 'growing' as my other 2 sons start coming out with us.
Thoughts, opinions welcomed. Especially on how well you think a SL3/5 or Tarptent would stand-up to Kodiak weather.