I got to field test my tx-250 last weekend on a Linville gorge, NC 22 mile loop hike. Overall I like it a lot. I modified he suspension to use 15 foot tree straps, dutch buckles and chain links in the end channels. The modified suspension worked great. I never thought I would use the pockets underneath but they are extremely handy for storing your clothes up off the ground. I would say one pocket is enough for me but I ended up using two to spread out the "lump". I like the warmer micro environment the weather shield gives. I really like the self stowing pocket. Overall I wouldn't hesitate to buy again, especially at the once in a lifetime sale price.
I think I may have overdone it with the tarp. The vertex is great but its so big that its hard to find a clear place to put it up. One night I went without out it for that reason. It was clear that night and there were too many saplings and scrubby bushes in the way. Sooooo.....
Question: What non-stock ultralight tarp do you use with the tx-250 that you like/recommend that is big enough to cover in a hard rain but small enough to be "nimble". I would call the vertex a very capable lumbering giant that is great for established campsites and not so great for small trail campsites.
Things I would change are: The hammock is a little heavy and bulky. Removing the stock ropes removed a good bit of the bulk. It would be nice if you could leave the weather shield and some of the zippers at home in good weather. I think the hammock could be home modified to have this feature but I don't think it would be worth the trouble.