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REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tentis rated4.5909out of5by88.
Rated5out of5byAnother Scout DadfromAs Good as it Gets for the Price RangeI've had the tent for about a year now. I have used it for a 2-night backpack trip and several more times car camping.
Setup: After the obligatory backyard setup, I found it very easy to set up. I can pitch it and have gear inside in 5-10 minutes without it feeling like a race. I have the footprint, but have never tried the minimalist setup with fly and footprint.
Ventilation: Ventilation is decent with the upper vents open and the ends of the fly guyed out. I left the vents open during a significant thunderstorm while not in the tent (oops), and no water found its way in. I was very surprised it stayed dry. The vents can be closed while in the tent by unzipping the tent doors and reaching up.
Space: Practically cavernous for a 2-person backpacking tent. It's fabulous for one person car-camping. I really enjoyed the extra width while backpacking with a friend. I've shared other 2-person tents and know what it's like to squeeze in. The 2 Plus' width really helps.
Temperature: It stayed reasonably comfortable during some hot days camping last summer. I used it while "winter" camping this year in the Poconos. It was rather ironic that we picked the one rainy weekend during one of the coldest winters I've ever experienced. The temps were in the 30's and 40's, so I wasn't ever that cold. I have slept in it on other weekends where temps went to the high 20's and was very cozy in my 0° bag. I made the mistake of forgetting to open at least one vent and was left with some condensation turned ice on the fly and poles. No big deal.
Water Resistance; The tent has stayed dry in all events except the winter camping rainstorm. The fly and upper body performed well. But it was groundwater that came up as the rain melted the ground beneath the tent. I did not have standing water, but a couple spots on the footprint and floor of the tent were damp. Most of the other tents on the outing performed significantly poorer. One poor guy had inches of water in his dome tent.
Weight/Packed Size: Yes, it could be lighter, but how much more money do you want to spend? I was comfortable enough with it and my other gear in a pack since my friend carried the food and stove on a 2-nighter... The included stuff sack is fine, but the tent can be compressed quite a bit smaller than the sack. The poles fold up to a reasonable length, but still seemed a bit long. I have a Deuter Act-Lite 65+10. If I have sleeping bag compartment flap in place, I definitely need that extra space up top for the tent to fit.
Modifications: There are not enough guy lines with the tent, but I replaced them all with reflective guy lines anyway. I also replaced the cheap stakes with MSR Groundhog Mini stakes. The weight savings was minimal, but wow! The Groundhog stakes are awesomely easy to step in and pull out.
I love this tent and think that this could be a good choice for a troop, especially in the applemint/boxwood green colors. Those colors are far more pleasing to the eye in the woods (a good Leave No Trace bonus) and look more scout-like. The extra space may be a bit of a luxury for a scout troop, so the Halfdome 2 may be the better choice. It's lighter, packs a bit smaller and is also cheaper.
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated4out of5byAngling ManiacfromGood quality at a great priceUsed this tent in temps ranging from 30 to 75 degrees and have always had mild condensation buildup. That said it is very roomy, I have the plus, and easy to set up and breakdown. Only one more wish would be that the poles packed down shorter. For the price it cannot be beat given the quality.
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated4out of5byBePreparedfromDarn Good TentI bought this as a replacement for my old and ailing Half Dome (from another manufacturer), expecting to be disappointed (as I hate sequels). I was not disappointed at all. I use this tent as a scout leader for car camping and short backpacking trips. At 6'3", I really enjoy the extra space. Even with the extra wide sleeping bags and the extra wide pad, I still have room for my pack inside... and my boots outside.
There are a couple of downsides... One, it is a bit heavy. All the space and fabric durability come at a cost, of course. Two, the doors and fly design make it tough to get in and out in the rain without getting the inside wet. Three, all zipped up and fly on, there can be some troublesome condensation, though this can be minimized by staking the fly out at its maximum.
All in all, a really good tent for its intended purpose.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated3out of5byHyun Leefromdurability(?)Durability is an issue.
It's obvious they used thinner material to save weight. The floor of this tent literally feels like a thin garbage bag. A small branch or a rock can easily puncture through.
You HAVE to get the footprint or risk ruining the tent.
Also should be noted that the width of the tent doesn't meet the measurements. The floor gets raised in the middle and you lose about 2~4 inches of width.
It is light weight, but doesn't pack down easily. I would not recommend this for backpackers.
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated5out of5byJ in the SouthfromGreat tent!My husband and I got this tent as a wedding gift (pro tip: if you have household stuff, register at REI!). We wanted to upgrade from his very nice tent to one a little lighter and with 2 vestibules. 2 vestibules is a definite plus. There's plenty of room to store your backpack and stinky boots when it's rainy. We wanted the 2 Plus because my husband is 6'2 and we both have Big Agnes bags that take up a lot of room. Oh, and we have a 20 pound dog who likes to be in the tent or even in the sleeping bag all night. I liked this tent in particular because the sides are almost straight up versus at a steep angle like our last tent. I get claustrophobic easily and this is a crucial feature to not feeling closed in. I also like the extra length to keep our clothing/water right by my head for middle of the night chills/thirst.
We've taken this guy on two 2-nighters so far, once in the middle of the summer, once in March with overnight lows in the 20's. It's been an awesome tent! It folds up nice and neat, it's really easy to put together (except not super easy for one person), it's fairly tough, and the provided pockets are enough for our needs. I do wish it came with a loft, but for the price that's fine. No real issues but I'll update if we come across a problem.
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated5out of5byFrodofromWeathering West TexasOkay I have to preface this by saying that I am a REI tent junkie.
Once I was able to get the footprint for the tent (long backorder)I headed to Big Bend for a little R and R over spring break. In West Texas this meant changing conditions from cold nights to an evening wind storm. No problem with the cold night or condensation issues (always open the vents). On the evening of the wind storm one of the vestibule stakes got pulled up and there was some flapping (will pull out more rugged stakes next time). However with that the tent bucked and flexed throughout the night, but held firm. Of course sand and grit went under the fly and through the mesh quite easily, but I turned my sleeping bag upside down so I wouldn't have to keep breathing in the grit. The storm raged through the night and I heard a lot of commotion and a lot of hot conversations, but I stayed cocooned inside. Poking out my head next morning I saw remnants of several tents and some groups really car camping, no I mean really camping in their cars. The area looked like one of those Tibetan prayer flag National Geographic pictures.
Even though the tent sucked in the sand, you will get that with mesh on the desert floor, no biggie. While the wind was dying down it was still gusting, I got the majority of the sand out by pulling the remaining stakes and turning the tent on it's side. I had to dust it down and hose it out at home later, but considering what it went through and how the others were fated I came out just fine. The poles flexed quite hard, but there was no sign of bending. Of course some might carp about the fly design with the vestibule, just remember you are camping in a low profile tent.
Of course I was a happy camper.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated5out of5bylostmexican3fromAlways impressed by this brand.I just took this tent out for a one night test run. My buddy and I went out on some small service road and camped out by a creek near greenwater, WA.
This is the second piece of major REI equipment that I have purchased, and I am very impressed. For the weight and cost, you could mot ask for a better tent. While it may not be as light as some of the high end brands, this tent will save you close to $200 at the expense of maybe one pound. When you see how great this tent is, you will agree that it was well worth it. Easy to set up, and take down. Very roomy. Lots of ventilation. Appropriate rain cover. Great product overall.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated5out of5byKronckekfromExcellent TentThis tent is fantastic. I have used it for several years without complaint. It was really put to the test summer 2013 when I took it on the Teton Crest Trail. We had one night of constant drizzle and little wind and there was a small amount of accumulation, but nothing that came through the screen. We opened the vestibule a bit and everything cleared up. The following two nights were exciting. The wind was blowing so hard the heavy rain was coming down sideways. The campsite quickly accumulated puddles and small streams going through it. my biggest concern was the tent would tear and fill with water. I had it anchored with stakes and rocks along with two grown men in it and the tent survived. There was no moisture build up on the ceiling or the tub, no damage to the fabric or screen. This is a solid tent, I cannot say more about what a great tent this is.
Date published: 2014-03-15
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