Leaving for the trail soon and buying a few things. I was looking through tents and reading reviews and I was thinking I was going to get the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 for $350 (I may able to reduce that price to $300 through some coupons) ... but then I saw the ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0 tent for $69.
Big Agnes is 2 lbs 10 ounces pack weight, the ALPS is 3 lbs 13 ounces pack weight (though advertised as less).
If anyone knows ... two questions:
1) Is the ALPS any good? Reviews on amazon.com are favorable, and one reviewer on this site seemed to like it, but never used it in inclement conditions as far as I can tell.
2) Is shaving 1 lb off of my pack weight worth ~ $250 - $300? I can afford it, but I'm not made of money.