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REI Half Dome Tents Review

REI Half Dome


Description
2-person, 3-season


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Weight
5 lbs. 14 oz.


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Review Date
July 15, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Jasper ,  Car Camper

Summary:
My family has had this tent for 29 years. Yep - 29 years. My (now 56) year old mom just gave it to me, and she bought it when she was 27. It's still great. It's not watertight, and the bottom seam tape needs a repair (an easy fix). It's durable as all hell, though.


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Review Date
March 30, 2008

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: auburn3556 ,  Car Camper

Summary:
I said 'car camper' because that's my main method, but also backpack and kayak camp. Obviously this wouldn't be the tent I'd use for packing or paddling since I'm usually solo, as I think it comes in around 4.5#, although for 2 people to split the weight, it would be fine. I live in Minneapolis and and camp extensively from April through October. This tent is the best piece of equipment ever!! Water tight, even during the four-day deluge in Fall of '07, camping on the Root River, which unfortunately lead to severe flooding and loss of homes and lives, but I was dry. I've been through lots of rough weather with this over the two yrs I've had it and no probs. In warm weather or on a starry night, it's easy to just reach out a throw back the fly for a breeze or great view of the heavens. Can't comment on two-person factor as I haven't had someone with me in it :-(

Customer Service:
I buy most of my gear at REI because of their return policy, however, customer service has never been needed on my half dome. Retail was around $160, but used dividend and 20% coupon.

Similar Products Used:
Hubba hubba is a little roomier, but I'm 5'3" and didn't want to spend the extra $.


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Review Date
December 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Trent Davis ,  Backpacker

Summary:
best tent under 120$


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Review Date
May 11, 2002

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Carl May ,  Backpacker , from Sacramento, CA

Summary:
Bought with bike touring in mind, secondarily for backpacking, for my son's tour of California. We tested the tent in the store...it held my son on a Z-rest sleeping pad AND his bike AND four panniers AND handlebar bag AND rear-rack bag! It worked out that way in practice on the road too. When windy, the fly must be guyed at the four main points where the fly meets the pole, and to ensure a smooth and wrinkle-free flyguying is needed at the ends and midway between the longest side-span at the loops provided. The fly never touches the tent walls in this improved model. Plenty of ventilation via mesh side walls and peak vents in the new model (Half Dome 2) and the eye-shaped window is sooooooo kewl too. Replace the soft-bendy stakes with MSR or Kelty octagonal stakes. Use Kelty reflective guy lones to avoid tripping at night. Seam-seal the velcro on the fly where it attaches to the poles. Quick, easy pitch, easy to strike. Great golden, blend-in color with a huge REI logo to advertise that you are the common man. With the optional footprint and bug juice, leave the tent body at home for lightweight backpacking. Cheap, well-made, versatile, strong, roomy, great headroom...all for $150...hard to believe, but true!

Customer Service:
REIcannot be beat for cheeful customer service...they back up everything 100%. I know from past experience...since the late 60''s.

Similar Products Used:
Trailwise 2-person Mountain tent.Sierra Designs A-frame Mountain tent, Clip Flashlight and Basecamp. Black Diamond Megamid.


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Review Date
March 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Chris ,  Backpacker , from San Jose

Summary:
I have used this tent a few times and I feel that it is decent. My friend actually owns it, but he has had very few problems with it. The stuff sack is falling apart but the tent itself is in good condition. Other than the smaller size, there is not too much to complain about. The light weight makes up for the lost space.
This is a good tent for decent weather and when weight is crucial. However I would not recomend it for car camping or severe weather.

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Eureka Timberline, Sierra Designs Omega


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