I'm looking for recommendations of the best up to date 2013 spec for a 4 Season Tent at around 2-3kg with a 10000 mm Groundsheet to defeat snow, ice and permafrost.
2 man would be ideal, considering the artic conditions of needing to buddy a team mate in case of emergency, but fly weight 1 man with support of 2 men tents would be considered.
I've spent numerous hours over the years searching for highly mobile tents of this variety, and have just spent another 8 hours looking again with no further advance on committing spend of a couple of hundred-thousand quid so all opinions would be very much welcome.
Just bought on of these for £300 cheap compared with some much higher priced tents, can't comment on the all round performance but it was quick to pitch with 2 people, purchased with the foot print as well, both ground sheet and foot print are rated at 10,000mm, camped in llanberis pass and it was blowing a hoolie and the tent barely moved, its huge as well front porch and rear porch area can be used to store a large amount of stuff, very impressed and wont hesitate to use in harsher climates, one negative it comes with 20 pegs and with the foot print nearer 30 would be useful
The Kangri, though slightly heavier than you want at 3.5kg, is pretty awesome for it's price. It's stable enough using just 12 of the potential 24 peg points and the guy lines, it would have to be seriously going for it for you to have to use all of them. Porch size is great, you'll fit a good size expedition pack in there, easily >85L. I wrote a few words about it at the following link:
In reply to Martin1978: A groundsheet that won't stop snow from leaking through is a really bad groundsheet!
You often get condensation between a mat and the floor of tent in cold conditions, I wouldn't want to sleep on the groundsheet for that reason even if you have a mat under it for insulation. Not sure where the condensation would form in that case but it might be still on top of the groundsheet, ie where your bag now is.
In reply to TobyA: I agree, and as I said, I haven't tried it. It was just a suggestion for the OP, and one that I think would work if your groundsheet was letting moisture through from beneath. Especially if you have two sleeping mats (which I might well do in extreme conditions). One under, one inside.
Regarding condensation on the groundsheet, I can see how this might well be reduced if you hat a mat under the groundsheet.
In reply to T45:
For a winter tent for one person under 3kg, I recommend the Vaude Power Odyssee.
It is oficially a 2 person tent, but two people in winter would find it VERY much a squeeze, even if they were small people. I only fit in when I sleep diagonally.
That said, it comes in between 2.5 and 2.8kg depending upon whether you use big winter pegs and include all the guys. It is very strong just with the two centre guys.
It is very strong in the wind, and most importantly I can set it up myself in atrocious conditions without any real faff and without any large risk of snapping a pole - external pole clips like the Jannu really help with this.
The fabric is really strong - silicon coated nylon of a similar strength to the Hillebergs.
Best of all is the price. You should be able to get a new one for £300 or less if you look around.
In reply to Martin1978: my suggestion to reduce groundsheet condensation would be to get some of that 1mm thick foam used as an underlay for laminate floors and cut it to the floodplain of the tent. Use it inside though, I agree with Toby on that one
In reply to ice.solo: I have the ortiek jetstream 2, utterly bombproof and well thought out. I especially like the fact that the floorplan is pretty much the same width as 2 karimats which avoids the warm island on a cold ocean scenario. Never used it lightweight setup as I like the reassurance of bombproof. It weighs the same as a full fat quaser. Definitely for 2 to carry.