If cost is no object but weight is, then the choice is pretty clear: A Bibler Ahwahnee. It's a very roomy tent, adaptable for summer or winter use (in winter, you can add an optional vestibule for storage), and extremely tough. Weight is a mere five pounds, four ounces, and even with the optional vestibule it's just a few ticks over six pounds. But the cost is shocking$698 for the tent, plus another $149 for the vestibule.
What it comes down to is this: Is it worth saving $300-plus to save two pounds? That's a question for you to decide. There are good alternatives. MSR, which recently took over the Walrus and Moss brands and is making them under the MSR label, has a tent called the Convertible Fusion 3 ($359). It'll hold up to three people, and has a roomy pole-supported vestibule. Weight is about eight pounds. Mountain Hardwear's Skyview 2 ($415) is another great tent for all-season use, with a big vestibule and a rugged three-pole design, but at about nine pounds, it's getting up there in weight. I also like Marmot's Swallow ($359), which is another tent that can manage all-year conditions, weighs a bit less than eight pounds, sleeps two, and has good storage space.
There are lighter tents out there. But I think tents such as the Sierra Designs Orion 3 ($289) are a little too well vented for winter trips.
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