My mind was made up on a tent selection, but some recent conversations have me back on the fence. I'll be floating for ten days out of the Brooks on a moose/'bou hunt next September with a buddy of mine. We'd settled on a Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 (13 lbs, 57 sq-ft interior space, http://www.mountainhardwear.com/trango-4-OU9657.html), which is known to be solid and reliable, if not terribly lean in the weight category. We'd disregarded the floorless style shelters because we perceived that they would allow weather to flow/blow/seep under the walls and create a messy/uncomfortable situation inside. Granted, that perception isn't based on personal experience.
I've spoken with two separate contacts recently who have both highly recommended a tipi/woodstove setup over the tub-floor style of tent. They used these shelters with great comfort and success. Conversely, they witnessed a couple of other groups last fall who were cold/wet/miserable using different setups. Having access to a limitless source of dry heat was key to comfort and high morale.
I know that this subject has been discussed ad nauseam, but I was hoping some of you who have experience with both styles of shelter (tipi vs. bathtub floor tent) might offer insights comparing/contrasting the user experience in the field in sub-ideal circumstances. How would the user experience between using a MH Trango 4 and one of the preferred 6-man tipi/stove combos compare in bad (high wind, rain, cold, etc.) weather?
I need to make up my mind and purchase some equipment. Any thoughts, suggestions, criticisms are well-taken and appreciated.