Best tent on the market for backpacking
If you are looking for an ultralight 1 person setup, something simple to setup, something that doesn't suffer from the moisture issues of a single-wall tents, strong enough to handle all but mountainside blizzards, yet a shelter that isn't outrageously pricey, this is the best tent on the market today.
Dan nails the single person tent in a way no other manufacturer matches. The mass-produced premium freestanding tents are more cumbersome, take longer to setup and are higher weight. The custom ultralights often suffer from moisture problems due to them being single wall designs, or they use fabrics like dyneema which prices them north of $400 USD.
This tent checks all the boxes that most experienced backpackers want to see and does it at a very reasonable price point. You can clearly tell that Dan is an experienced backpacker and knows what's necessary to include in a tent, and what isn't.
If I had any recommendations, it would be these:
1) The tent inner could benefit from 2-3" of increased width on both sides, and 1-2" top and bottom. While not a huge issue, larger men may find their elbows brushing up against the sides. This may cause some to cool down at night under late season or alpine conditions. People over 6-3" may find this tent too short to be comfortable.
2) Include an additional, solid inner with the mesh inner. This tent is crying to be extended into more extreme conditions. It really is quite strong and study with the right tie-out setup. All that's needed is a proper solid inner to buffer extreme air movement.
3) Include spare cabling & 10 more stakes. To expand the conditions this tent can safely handle, I've attached additional guy-out cables. Two at each pole top, and additional stake tie-outs and guy-cables where loops are provided. This greatly increases the versatility of the tent and the conditions it can safely handle. The fabric is polypro, so it's much stronger than classic fabrics of this fabric gauge.
4) The tent should come with two seven piece carbon poles, or at least this should be an optional addition in the future. 7 pieces at 7" each are perfect as they fit into the stake bag.
5) Include a groundsheet. While not 100% necessary, the fabric on the tent floor isn't a super-heavy duty material. A groundsheet will help extend the life of the tent floor. I will be using one in the field, personally.
6) Change the stakes. Titanium is good, but it would be better if the stakes had V or X profile. The current stakes are designed more for hard ground, but lack the necessary metal gauge to handle it on a regular basis. This thinner titanium stakes always get bent. A properly gauged V or X shaped aluminum or titanium stake would cover all uses outside the weakest powdered snows.
7) Offer at least 3 color options: neon for safety, the current color, and a proper camouflage for stealth campers. The camouflage and neon probably could be optional rainfly covers in the future.
All this might increase the cost of the tent slightly, some of this might not be realistic until Dan offers his own storefront. Still, some of this could be done for future models and would be worth the increased cost.
Would recommend to a friend.