A buddy posted this on my FB page last week...
I use this with the wife.
5.5lbs - so not too heavy on a touring bike. My wife is a slower rider then me, so the extra weight just helps even things out.
The lighter you go, the more expensive....
It doesn't keep you dry though if it rains.
I thought the same, but they actually come with mosquito and rain cover.
I more wounder how difficult it is to find a good location/trees.
"4) Thermarest - man, this was the innovation of a century if you ask me. A thermarest makes all the difference between sleep and not. I really wish I had one on the last night of Haute Route - I froze to death with nothing but my bivvy sack and stolen table cloth. Therma-rest ... no issues!"
I second you!
An essential part of any cycle tourist's kit!
I've been using an REI tent to much satisfaction.