Is this tent free standing?
You do not have to stake this tent to use it. I set it up in my basement and my daughter had fune walking in and out of it :) Hope this helps!
Yes but all "free standing" tents are also staked out..both to secure them from blowing away and to "expand" them fully. This tent fyi may not be suitable if you are a tall person as the slope of the walls might hit your head. So check out the interior dimensions.
Is it worth extra weight for 1 person??
This tent is freestanding. I have taken it on several trips since I purchased it and am very happy. I later purchased the footprint and have used it in cooler weather without the main body of the tent. I would recommend this tent if you are looking for a lighweight option but don't want to go the tarp route.
bought one about a month ago and haven't used it yet, but yeah, it'll set up and hold up if you don't stake it down. the fly would even work, but probably not in any moderate/severe weather.
Yes it is a free standing tent and very easy to setup.