I'm a victim of information overload.
I'm looking to change up my gear and get back into winter camping at the same time. I have a 3-season, 2-person Marmot tent that's 10 pounds and 12 years old and it's time to lose that weight and make a 4-season solo setup at the same time.
There are a ton of options and I'm losing my mind (actually... )
- Tent - Can't find a decent 1-person 4-season. I'm not ready to go so hard core as a simple tarp either. Bugs bother me and I like getting them out of my way in the non-winter months.
- Igloo using the IceBox (http://http://www.grandshelters.com/) - Awesome novelty, really warm, but probably quite difficult to build within a reasonable time as a solo camper. Once you've got it built, that's your home... no trekking around after that. Also doesn't solve my non-winter problem.
- Bivy - Really simple to set up, light, small footprint. But.. condensation, on the ground, etc...
- Hammock - Awesome novelty, off the ground, possibility for modularity - i.e. changes from summer to winter. But... man... complicated... and the dreaded widow-maker.
I've watched the Shug (funny guy... possibly a bit unstable though ) and he's got lines galore, different whosawhatsas and stuff... pads, SPD, over quilt, under quilt... etc... yeah, I know, it doesn't sound like much
I've looked at HH and the SuperShelter but there's such a mixed bag there... 50% think it's awesome, 50% think it's freezing and stupid. It would be great if the HH/SS combo were "the setup" I could buy and just go.
The nice thing about tents and bivys is that they're simple. Essentially, just look for a thing, buy it and use it. Is there a simple 4 season hammock setup that'll be simple to pack, deploy, and use that's actually going to work?
Don't get me wrong, I love the DIY idea and totally get the tinkering that people go through trying to come up with the 'right' thing, but I'm just getting into this and want a solution that doesn't have such a steep entry point just to understand what's going to work. I can't actually figure out what "package" I can use to do what I need. Can someone simplify this problem down for me?
I live in Waterloo (southern ontario) and camp in Algonquin, the georgian bay area, and northwards from there. It would be really awesome if someone knows of a local person or group I could talk to and/or take a look at some setups in real life.