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REI REI Trail Dome 2 Tents Review

REI REI Trail Dome 2


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Review Date
May 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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2.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Dane Shepherd ,  Backpacker , from Marlborough, MA

Summary:
I love this tent. Setup is simple and flexible. I have found that in tight wooded conditions you can omit the third pole, leaving you with a roomy rectangle layout that fits neatly between trees. In its intended hexagon-three-pole setup it is quite spacious for two people and plenty of gear. My only nags are that there are no opaque doors for the front and rear screens. The only way to have privacy is to install the rain-fly which sweats and retains condensation. Internal pockets and hook-straps are well placed and convenient. By divying up the poles and tent it is very easy for two people to backpack this unit. Definitely a great value of quality vs economy.

Customer Service:
I have a high opinion of REI staff. I have interrogated the in-store help as well as placing numerous web orders (both from REI.com and REIOutlet.com) and have always found them to be knowledgable and courteous.

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Lanterns, stoves, flashlights, knives, bed-rolls, water purifiers, sleeping bags, walking-sticks...


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Review Date
April 4, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Yagil Henkin ,  Backpacker , from Jerusalem, Israel

Summary:
bought this tent for 3-seson hiking in israel. used during a through-hike of israel (530 Miles -about 850 KM) and countless other trips. used the tent in rain storms, moderate sandstorms, heavy winds - performed wonderfully in almost all conditions. the only problems are the tents - 7001 aluminum, which i connect to the side of my backpack, and they bent easily. mine is 3 years old and still as good as new (exclunding pole conditions, and i use cground cover) despite harrasment. a bit bulky, but very larg - that is, if u ain't over 6 foot tall. if u r - it'll perhaps be too short for u.
overall - excellent value.

Customer Service:
the tent didn't need service, but i needed service for some other items - and rei were excellent.

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apex xt


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Review Date
May 30, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: Joey Schmoe ,  Car Camper , from Maryland

Summary:
Tried this tent for several days of non-stop rain. Only at the very end did the tent finally leak. The outer layer eventually sticks to the inner layer causing the water to leak inside. The floor began to leak at the vertice points.

Very roomy inside for 2 people and gear. I found the vestibule a great place to stash my shoes for the night, even in the rain! They were still dry in the morning.

Since our unit was a rental from REI, we found it slightly worn. The biggest wear item was the plastic snap buckles. After so many unbucklings, we found the snap part to be very loose. One big gust of wind would have ripped off the outer shell. Luckily that did not happen. Brand new, it would be impervious to mild weather.

Packs very easily. Not a struggle to unpack and set up, break-down and pack. The stakes were very durable. I pounded them hard without bending. This tent was set up in pitch black with a flashlight, not a problem.

Customer Service:
We rented this unit at REI. They were very generous on the return, they let us have an extra day for free to dry out the tent.

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Review Date
December 17, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Steve ,  Climber , from Virginia

Summary:
Good value for the cash; roomy enough for 2 and a bit of gear; slight leakage under heavy, sustained rainfall, have used it as a winter tent by allowing the fly to rest against the windows; however, summer ventilation needs improvement because the door window and rear window are situated too high off the ground (air doesn't flow over occupants).

Customer Service:
Excellent customer service - no questions asked on returns/trade-ups


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Review Date
October 13, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: j ,  Backpacker , from atlanta, ga

Summary:
i recently got rained on REAL bad. this factory seam sealed tent kept me dry. minor condensation inside (cold rain). we were able to stash our mud covered boots and other dirty and wet things in the vestibule. great deal!

Customer Service:
great service. i bought the 98 model and a week later they released the factory seam taped 99 model and they let me exchange it.

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