I have been mulling this one over for a while, I seem to have too many backpacking tents in that quest for 'the one' My tent CV so far: 2 hoop tunnel tent; ancient and heavy. Tigerpaws pro action 'lighthike' bought from jimp? on OM but far too low and coffin like. Luxe Outdoors Mini-Peak 2 bought from @Lady Grey which was great size wise but too heavy. A borrowed Hilleberg Akto for a while which I liked the lightness and feeling of indestructibility in winds, but was again too small, very difficult to cook in (silly door arrangements) and soggy with condensation. MLD Trailstar; never really any good at getting an astheticaly pleasing pitch. I probably should have persevered but there was always a baggy seam or wrinkled panel or it would pull pegs, perfecting the pitch on flat ground would take an age because of my desire to get it looking fault, conversely on rough ground I did not care and just let it flap. I also fancied something with more usable space and the door was a pain as I use organised sites more than I do mountain tops. Hopefully @CEves will do this more justice than I could. Asta mid and solid inner which is as yet unused and un-errected ordered on a whim but having seen @el manana photos I think it is a bit small for my needs anyway. I thought it was more 50/50 living/sleeping area but it appears less, perhaps I am wrong. The controversial Knot 5 sided tarp, also unused and un-errected, probably kidding myself but though it would be handy if a friend wanted to come with me while I had the trailstar, however they have only shown any interest in credit card backpacking instead. So I was thinking of a twin vestibule tent for views, ventilation, storage etc etc and was almost settled on the trekkertent drift 2 when @FOX160 got me thinking about a Tarptent. I had seen the scarp etc before but they had never really appealed but somehow I talked myself into getting the Tarptent Stratospire 1 as my 'do everything' tent, the culmination of my search. Initially I was fixated on the Stratospire 2 for the extra room but talked myself out of the extra weight. Ordering was a breeze, dispatched within hours of Tarptent opening the next day. The declared value was 'aggreeable' but stupidly I had forgotten about the duty which was 13.5% which surprised me as I have only paid c4-7% in the past, add in the inevitable Vat bill and parcel force charge and it was £77 extra to pay so my cunning plan that it should slip undetected by the customs man into the UK on new year's day failed miserably and just caused a few days delay instead. Sunday was the first time I got to put it up, just before dusk in a local park as my garden is too small. It went up easy enough, c 4 minutes for a first pitch can't be bad. I didn't even have time to get inside it before it came down as my over half was waiting (im)patiently. I think I was a bit surprised by how small it seemed, having watched all the videos of @Franco Darioli lying down in the vestibules I was thinking it would be bigger, but then I didn't have time to get down on my knees in the mud and try and imitates him. (EDIT 2018: I no longer feel underwhelmed! Its a brilliant tent and has all the space I need, I think I was just a little despondent due to the credit card bill) Overall I feel a little underwhelmed but I think this is probably because I haven't quite paid for all of it and It still seems a hell of a lot to pay for a small tent. probably because other that the Aliexpress cheapies it's the first time I have bought a brand new tent, all the other have been 2nd hand and held there value well. I am sure my first camp in it will be vastly more satisfying but first I have to recover from this Saturday's hernia operation, at least it will give me some time at home to do some planning and be a real armchair mountaineer! I opted for the solid inner along with a few extra pegs and some pole jack's and seam sealer so the whole lot came in around £475 after paying all the duty and fees. The $75 shipping really had me gritting my teeth. It does seem to be extremely well thought out and stitched together. I love the pitchlock ends, they feel very robust. It does seem it will be very fussy about peg placement. Any hints on pitching or modifications appreciated. I was thinking of possibly adding either a second guy or a trailing Lineloc end to the pitchlock corners to give a few inches of variation in peg placement. Also the ridge guys are not long enough to peg further than a few inches from the door so I will replace them with some slightly longer ones in 3mm @Mole -proof cord just in case, it will also add a splash of orange If I finally get my hands on a sewing machine a little ridge line 'tent tidy' with a few pockets in it will be one of my first tasks, plus a loop to dangle my treadlite lantern from. I hope I am going to grow to love it, once it's all paid off and I have a night under it. Planning my first trip to be along the north Norfolk coast, perhaps with a night somewhere near the Holkham Gap, hopefully followed by a peak District jaunt soon after.