Didn't want to start a new thread so i thought I'd continue this one for more opinions. My cheap little single wall, single person tent ripped apart at the end of fall last year. So I'm in the market for a new shelter. I'm torn between a tent or a tarp system. I haven't ventured into the hammock world yet so i might do that eventually, but for now I'm looking to stay on the ground.
For a tent I've been looking at the Alps mountaineering Zephyr 1. I like the full mesh so if it's a nice night I can leave the rain fly off and have it full open with basically a bug net. it's listed as 3lbs 14oz. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MATC52/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3K90JHFOGRITA
For a tarp, Well i'm just looking into a getting a nice light weight tarp and some sort of bug net. I have the kelty Noah's 9x9 in mind for a tarp and either a suspended bugnet or a little popup bednet. http://www.amazon.com/Kelty-Noahs-Tarp-9-9x9-Feet/dp/B009R9FVAE/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1363215484&sr=1-2&keywords=kelty+noah%27s+tarp+9
and maybe a bug net like this, or just a hanging net. http://www.amazon.com/Iguana-Mosquito-Repellent-Woodland-camouflage/dp/B00BPBOOU0/ref=sr_1_8?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1363215521&sr=1-8&keywords=pop+up+bug+net
My main concerns are weight, because I hate lugging around too much gear, it makes the trip crappy. Then theres mosquitos, creepy crawlers, and rain.
I've never done any tarp shelters yet so I'm a little hesitant, but I'd like to get a little more versatile with my skill set and maybe lose a little hiking weight in the process.