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Rated 5 out of 5 by from In this tent I trust I picked this up on Thursday (with 25% off) and took it out on Friday to the Goat Lake wilderness area. One person can set up this tent fairly easy and the color system takes the guessing out of it. We didn't realize that 20% chance of showers meant pouring rain and a windstorm of 70+mph winds. The side facing the wind was blown to the point it laid on top of us but the tent poles held up. After 20m+ of holding the poles down the wind finally let up. A couple of stakes were supplanted but there was no damage to the tent. We found one stake about 30ft away. Everything in the tent was dry. Testament to the quality of this product. A KEEPER!!!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome 3p/family backpacking option Light enough to legit backpack with, small footprint (packed size), very airy, awesome pockets and attic. The size is perfect for me (6'2"), wife (5'4") and our boy (5yo but tall). Very comfortable, easy to get in and out of. Setup and teardown was pleasant on first use. I normally do not like hubbed poled, but a very helpful REI employee insisted I set it up in the store, and I was impressed with how simple it was. Much more graceful that some hubbed setups I've seen. The materials are all VERY thin and lightweight. Footprint is highly suggested, as I would not want to tear up the floor.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great so far I have an old style Quarter Dome 2+ and needed a second tent. I've been very happy with my old one and my Cub Scout could set it up by himself. The new Quarter Dome 3 is much roomier inside. I particularly like all the pockets for keys, phones, wallets, flashlights, etc. I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of setting up the new pole system which is shock-corded as a single unit, and not multiple separate poles. My first night camping, the tent withstood 50mph winds (with all 4 guy lines attached and staked out tight) while 3 other tents in the Troop were destroyed. It's definitely a light weight tent, mostly screen with a very light feeling rain fly. It held up in poor conditions once...we'll see how durable it is over time.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice and UL. After a month of tent research and comparison I had to go with the REI QD3. (competition was Alps Aries 3, Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3, Marmot Tungeston 3PUL) We took it up the McKenzie and it packed well on trail and set up nice at camp. looks great. feels great. BUT.....I can honestly complain about only one thing....when there's heavy rain and when you open the vestibule door the water pours freely down the zipper line directly into your tent. Can't wait to use it again. Thanks REI
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome space to weight ratio Only used this one night so far but I love it! I was going to purchase the Big Agnes but the durability reviews concerned me. I have a much older Quarter Dome 3 but the rainfly was ruined. This one just happened to come out. Super easy to set up and more than enough space for 2. Obviously not the lightest of tents out there but I'll take the extra weight with what I think is a more durable tent vs the Big Agnes. Can't wait to use this in Yosemite this July!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tent especially for gale-force winds Very good tent. Used it during a recent visit to North Manitou Island (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore), during which we had 2 days of heavy rain and gale-force winds. Plenty of room for 2 persons, but it might be a bit tight for 3 persons.. The quick set-up was "key" since the rain was coming down in buckets. Looking forward to use it again.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from light and easy setup The weight is right on point with other brands for backpacking. Setup was quick and pain free. Airflow was perfect as no condensation occurred. Three sleeping pads fit with minimal overlapping. However, the 3rd person was a 6 year old. 3 adults would fit, rather warm and snug. Get comfortable because rubbing shoulders will happen with 3 adults.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New QD3 compared to the previous model So when REI came out with the new version I was excited that they said they resolved some of the minor complaints that I had with the 2014 version. Due to the rock solid return policy (I have a few months left to return the 2014 model) I bought the new 2017 model so I could do a direct comparison. If you're a fan of the Quarter Dome line of tents you won't be disappointed with the new updated version. When set up side by side the first thing you notice is how much roomier the front end is. The inside livability has drastically increased due to the slight redesign of the pole setup. Color coding the poles and tent corners was a great decision as well. One of my complaints about the old fly attachment points was addressed by adding buckles. This makes attaching the fly after staking and pitching everything else a breeze. They made the right call by getting rid of the "vestuble" at the head and increasing the vestuble sizes on the sides. They went from kinda a squeeze your gear here to actually having a good size area for keeping you gear. I don't know how but it looks like they did this without really increasing the overall footprint of the entire set up. Replacing the rip stop panels on the roof with mesh was a good call. It'll make for a much better experience on a clear night. The new design also includes reflective guy line and enough stakes for everything (the old model needed the extra guy line for the fly and additional stakes for the same). One of the reservations I had about buying the new model was the two stakes required for each vestuble. I thought it would be bulky and cumbersome. Not at all. The new vestuble configuration works really nice and is a breeze to set up. The other nice feature is that this model now has a true bathtub floor. No more taped seam at ground level all the way around. I do have two small complaints about the new model. first is the size of the tabs that attach the tent to the poles. The new style have a slightly narrower base which makes disconnecting just not quite as easy as the last model. Not that it's hard, just not as easy. last is the claim that with the new pole/ vestuble design is their claim that this is a no drip style. I don't think so. when looking down you can see that the floor of the tent is still slightly wider than the end of the pole/top of fly and vestuble. If it's raining I do think the tent floor could get wet. Overall this is a solid upgrade over previous versions. It's a great tent at a great value. I'm glad I was able to have both set up side by side and really looking forward to spending some great nights in my new back-country home!
Date published: 2017-04-03
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Questions & Answers

Any chance that this tent will be made longer, like the Half Dome +, and the width is listed as 70/64, which is it?

Asked by: TheDutchman
​A longer plus version will not be available. The width at the head is 70 inches. The width at the foot is 64 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-18

Are you able to split this between two hikers to carry?

Asked by: JennyP
​The weight of the tent can be split between two hikers. For example one hiker can carry the pole set and stakes, the other hiker can carry the rainfly and body of the tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-18

Can the tent and fly be packed in compression sacks for a hiking trip?

Asked by: Brian970
Can - yes. Should - no. Honestly, I would not recommend compression sacks for a longer trip - If you are going for a few days - it might be okay, but if this is a week long hike, I wouldn't recommend compressing it. Funks up the fabric. Same with storage - use a big container (plastic/cardboard) and let it be loosely packed.
Answered by: AJ B
Date published: 2018-02-02

I have the previous version of this tent. I'm 6'4" and find that my feet are pressing up against the edge when I sleep. Will the new version have more length? The specs are 2 inches shorter but perhaps the walls are more vertical?

Asked by: gordo98
The walls in this version of the Quarter Dome tent are more vertical than the older version. However if your feet were touching the end in the previous version, they will likely do so in this version as well.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-18

Are tub seams sealed with tape i.e. Waterproof? Thanks

Asked by: Tomsalyer
Yes, the seams in the bath tub floor are factory seam taped. The floor is fully waterproof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-02

I am 6'3" and my wife is 5'8". Will this tent fit us and backpacks/gear?

Asked by: TedShred
This tent will meet your needs. The floor dimensions are 88 x 70/64 (L x W head/foot) inches and there are two large vestibules for additional gear storage.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22

I recently purchased this tent for a 4 week backpacking adventure in Patagonia. The trip is in January, their summer. I have heard the Patagonian winds are unrelenting and ferocious. Will this tent be able to hold up or is there another tent recommended? 

Asked by: Old Goat
When you securely guy out this tent, it is able to withstand high winds.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-18

Took QD3 on first trip and it performed great except when rain fly is wet and you open rain fly door, you're pretty much guaranteed to have water drip inside the tent door because channel around rain fly opening doesn't redirect water. How to prevent?

Asked by: Paul
We have not heard any feedback that the design of the door causes water to drip into the tent. However, if you do find that water is dripping into the tent from the top of the door in particularly rainy conditions, we recommend opening the door only ¾ of the way up to the bend in the zipper.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-24
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