I'm fed up with hauling my four-pound Alps Mountaineering Zephyr Solo tent.
That said, I do like the Alps tent's quick setup, freestandingness, and most of all bugproofness. There's so many tics in shelters, as well as the nicer six- and eight-leggers. I almost always setup my inner tent to sleep in a shelter. At this time of year I'm usually alone in the shelter so it's not a problem as far as hogging too much room.
I guess at this time of year there might be something of an insulation factor as well: i.e., a tent has a bit of insulation from the cold, a tarp mostly lacks it (some wind protection).
So I'm thinking of going with a tarp and one of those inexpensive, fairly light bug tents like the ones at the Harper's Ferry Outfitter.
Or maybe this one:
Any thoughts? Just to specify, this will be shelter for one. And I'm shooting for light weight (within reason, meaning no exotic super-expensive fabrics just to save a couple of ounces -- sorry if I just horrified any gram weenies reading this) with low price.
I'm gonna figure that the parachute type cord I already have .....
.... is good stuff for tarps.
Tarp how-to sites?