On my PCT hike I used a tent sometimes, and a tarp others, and cowboy camped as much as I could.

I used an Etowah II alchohol stove for some of the trip, and also used an MSR Pocket Rocket.

I liked all of my gear, and used different gear in different circumstances. I'm either switching back and forth between cults, or I'm in a third cult that believes that the "right" gear depends on where you are, what you're doing, the weather, the altitude, what other weight you're carrying, how many people you're traveling with, and other factors.