I have used the Spitfire 1 since 2005, on all my tours. The Spitfire design is great for Texas summer camping due to the extensive use of mesh fabric. The 1 is most useful for the shorter, budget and weight conscious cycler. It can accommodate a person up to about 5'10" tall, be bought for about $90, and weighs 3 lbs 4 oz packed. Set up is quick and simple. There were no leaks during a couple of heavy thunderstorms I've experienced. The 40" peak height is a definite plus. With the fly attached, there is a small vestibule area where panniers can be crammed.
Tent poles are aluminum and collapse to a length of about 20". I've had no problem with the poles, zippers, mesh, or fabric.
I recently(2008)discovered that, with a full length Thermarest, the tent is actually free standing if the rain fly isn't needed. Very useful when pitching under a pavilion.
If over 5'10", or you just want a lot more room, the Spitfire 2 is recommended. Size of the 1's vestibule area and it's relatively short length are the reason it didn't get a 5 rating.
Addendum by Jerry Harp on Sun Nov 7 13:56:19 2010 PST:
A footprint is highly recommended, and is now available thru several online merchants. I made mine from tarp material and have it attached to the tent with velcro strips I sewed on to make a double bathtub floor. The tent and footprint stay together when I pack, making it very simple to just lay them out as a pkg. If the tarp gets puncture, Duct Tape to the rescue.
Addendum by Jerry Harp on Tue Nov 9 04:49:30 2010 PST:
It keeps getting better. I've recently realized another reason I like this tent so much. You can step into and out of it. No crawling. If there is another solo tent where you can do that, I haven't found it.
Addendum by Jerry Harp on Fri Jan 28 12:55:16 2011 PST:
The more I use this tent, the better it gets.
With a bit of ingenuity, the fly can be pitched first. The easiest way I've
found to do this is a cord with loops in each end, spaced to maintain correct
pole flex for the fly. Does a great job. Very simple.
Lay out the flexed poles, throw the fly over them, stake each end, elevate the
poles. Adjust one of the stakes for proper tension. Go inside the fly with the
inner tent and attach the hooks to the poles.
Easy, and very useful if raining, or if all you want is the fly. Practice
Addendum by Jerry Harp on Sun 30 Sep 2012 17:43 (US/Central):
How to enlarge the Spitfire living space and reduce the bulk and weight. Refinement of other posts on this review.