It replaced a Fly Creek UL1 - same weight, more room. I bought it for use as a solo tent, and have used it once so far. I'm really impressed with the 2-person version so far - the slight bit of extra headroom is nice, and the extra room inside is a real treat.
I haven't used it with another person. Based on my first impression, I think it would be awfully crowded with two people my size (5'11", 195 pounds) in it. Two slender people, or a very romantic couple, might find it OK. I'd really call it a 1.5 person tent. For me and my honorary 3-year-old granddaughter (next door neighbor), it would work fine.
I've never really found any tent to be a delightful place to sit out prolonged rain.
It looks like the people responsible for ridiculously overpriced cycling gear have set their course for backpackers now, too. This must add a new ranking on the backpacking hierarchy: - Expedition Weight - Lightweight - Ultralight - Sub-ultralight - Wealthy lunatic fringe
I will never hold a person's gear choices against them, "run what ya brung" as they say in Toyota 4X4 circles. As long as it works for you and you can actually put it to good use, go for it; but this make me wonder if something like this can become "status symbol gear" among hobbyists with their priorities in the wrong direction.
"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready." "The joy of living is his who has the heart to demand it." - Theodore Roosevelt
I forgot one minor point. The Fly Creek 1-person versions have a design feature that always bothered me: the slope of the door and vestibule meant that, if you opened the vestibule when it was wet, any heavy moisture tended to drip inside the tent; that is, the drip point was positioned "behind" the tent door.
On the two-person versions, there's enough extra headroom and vestibule space that the drip point has moved outside the tent door, so the odd drips fall onto the ground instead of through the mesh onto the floor. It doesn't miss the floor much, and there still might be the occasional drip that hits inside instead of outside the tent, but the problem seems to be almost non-existent in the 2-person versions.
Loc: Portland, OR
Do they sell these through Nieman-Marcus? I think this sort of object is what Thorstein Veblen had in mind when he coined the term "conspicuous consumption". At a certain point of having mountains of money, you run out of sensible uses to put it to and must embark on a career of senseless ostentation.
Loc: Ozark Mountains in SW Missouri
Originally Posted By aimless
At a certain point of having mountains of money, you run out of sensible uses to put it to and must embark on a career of senseless ostentation.
That is so true. When I was a car builder we catered to that market. After watching someone pick up a particularly ugly car I asked the designer, George Barris, why anyone would want such a car and he responded without any hesitation saying, "Bill, there's an ass for every seat."