Brady what kind of camping are you using the tent for? for car camping I love an old REI 4 man dome tent. Fast to set up in the dark, stands up to sever inches of snow and rain. almost tall enough to stand up in.
For backpacking I like Henry Shires Tarp tents. I use the two man squall. http://www.tarptent.com/index.html
Zero in on a quality tent and look for a used one. A good tent will last for years and still be light.
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My son hiked the north end of the PCT in 05 with a poncho tent. I dont think he would do it now.
This will be for car camping for a once yearly trip. I'll invest more in a family 6 person some day. But for this, if weather really got bad I could jump in the car. So a $200 tent just isn't an option right now for the amount of solo camping I do. I'm actually leaning towards this 2man - http://www.sunnysports.com/Prod/SMJTT2.html#ReviewInfoTab
Brady: years ago the sporting goods stores were selling a 3-man dome tent for about $39. They had a hex shaped footprint and 3 fiberglass poles and a rain fly. The weak point was the zippers. My family ended up with two of these one for the kids and dog and one for mom and me. I like the three poll designs they give better support in wind. You should be able to pick up one of these on Craig’s list or a garage sale for $10 or $15. I finally up graded to the REI 4 man dome tent that has been bullet proof for 2 people. Tent builders must be very small people. REI has great product support and often have parts available. I would avoid any tent with aluminum poles.