I have spent a lot of time pondering over which shelter to take to Lapland this summer and have decided that it will be the GoLite SL2 (with the GoLite SL 1 a close second)
Why I hear you ask, well I suppose I just like the SL 2 for the following reasons.
- It has a slightly smaller footprint, which may prove useful in certain areas
- It has a two way zip on the door which allows me to look out from the top of the door
- Venting, may not be that useful, but it is there.
- Weight, about the same as the SpeedMid
- Bug inner provides a haven from the insects, if needed, or can be used as a groundsheet
- There is ample space outside of the innernet for gear, cooking, etc.
- 4 stakes and trekking poles will erect the shelter quickly and thus provide the protection from the weather.
- Spacious and when closed up provides a “wet and dry area” for the user.
- Not as wind sturdy as the MLD SpeedMid
- Large side panels will flap in the wind
- The cross section piece of fabric at the bottom of the door
- Entry in wet weather will result in the inner (and possibly sleeping gear) getting wet
- Innernet dependent on the string connector between poles
- Requires two poles to set it up
- Smaller footprint
- Lower profile
- Similar weight using the GoLite inner
- Lack of a wet and dry area, the front vestibule is the only place to store wet gear.