Getting a new bike

Yo! I'm looking at finally upgrading to a new mountain bike, and thought maybe you kept up with the times better than I have so thought I'd get your take.

I'm not totally decided between another hardtail and a full suspension. I'm going to rent a couple 29ers (full and hardtail) while up in Bend OR in a couple weeks just to see how those feel by comparison too.

But overall, any particular companies you like these days? My main criteria is light (at least lighter than my current 24.5 lbs). I'd prefer something US-made, although reading reviews I see some recommendations towards staying with a big company when it comes to full suspension for reliability & engineering & such.

My good ol' Stumpjumper is still hanging in there in the meantime!

Any thoughts?