PhilD28 wrote:Yes those are all valid and worthy points, but good luck in selling a 7kg tent that sucks up overnight condensation and takes hours to dry out compared to a 2kg tent that doesn't, to a solo cycle tourist.
I still have my Vango Force 10 and I did use it for touring on the bike many years ago, I wouldn't want to now. I rarely drive, and cycle everywhere I can(absolutely everywhere for 3 months of the year) and limit my use of plastics whenever possible, sometimes I have to take a balanced view on what's possible. Carrying a 7kg tent isn't any longer possible for extensive tours for my 67 year old legs.
In any case the OP was really interested in tents specifically for hot southern med humid climates, having used a Force 10 in those conditions I can confirm they are less than ideal compared to the others discussed.
the Force Ten wasn't my
suggestion but someone else's - it is the opposite of what the OP requires! (My own Force Ten Mark 2 weighs in at 4.5 kg but is no longer available and in any case is not suitable.)
So back to the needs of the OP. I'm suggesting a 2 kg single-skin, lightweight cotton tent with all the advantages of modern design and extras (recyclable lightweight plastic pegging points for example). And all the advantages of cotton - that's the arguable bit. But is one made and available? No. Might one be in the future? Yes, possibly, as the plastic tide is reversed.