I've had both and clips are for me. Much easier set up and just as strong for any conditions I would ever camp in. I was recently looking for a tent with much the same requirements as you mention and bought the Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2. It has a good clip system. Quality aluminum poles, dual vestibules, available footprint, excellent ventilation, doors on the two sides, and has a good amount of mesh for warm weather camping. Not on the cheap side, but it will last me a very long time and you do get what you pay for.