Scaling New Heights
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Do you need free standing or are you fine with old school style (and having to adjust tension)?
I bought a tarptent, made my own tarp tent, and have been quite happy with both of them. Yes, condensation can be an issue more than with double walled tents, but like with titanium pots and burning food, a bit of knowledge and a slight change in how you use them will mitigate this. I live on the west coast and have no problem with reaching for a tarptent in any season.
They do meet your criteria of light, small, durable and easy to put up.. the main knowledge you need (through practice) is staking out and adjusting tension, but setup itself can take under 2 minutes. Their enemies are tent platforms, or otherwise flat hard areas without rocks or other ways to anchor the lines. You also would need a set of trekking poles (though you can buy lightweight poles for most models).
If you take something like the Tarptent Notch (0.77 kg), you still get a double wall tent, with a removable inner that can be taken down separately and kept dry during heavy rainfall. I use the StratoSpire 2 (essentially a larger 2man version) myself.