First things first, how will you use your tent? Is it just to get you through festival season? Do you have a family vacay coming up? Or are you planning to embark on an expedition or several multi-day treks?
So, why does it matter? If you’re driving to and from your chosen campsite with the whole family in tow, then the weight of your tent will be less important, as size, practicality, and durability will be the main drivers. Whereas for fast and light trips, which involve a lot of carrying, a lightweight tent that provides reliable protection from the elements is essential. And, for the more adventurous, a bivi, tarp or hammock will deliver shelter without adding much weight to your pack.