Is a tent always necessary?  It does come in handy in winter conditions, but in warmer times, a bivvy sack, with or without a tarp, will do just fine, and give you a better view of your surroundings and the night sky.  I generally carry an emergency bivvy anyway, just cause you never know.....

It is really an individual exercise, striking the balance between comfort and weight - doesn't happen ovrnight....

Superusers do not speak on behalf of REI and may have received
one or more gifts or other benefits from the co-op.
0 Likes