Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent tent I've used this tent for the last five years and have loved it each time. It is extremely easy to set up, even in the dark. I have camped in intense summer heat and bitter winter cold and have been fine (though you will want to make sure you have the proper sleeping bag for the type of weather you'll be in). I've had no problems with water leakage or anything like that. Like most other tents' recommended occupants guide, it is best to halve it. It really sleeps one person very well with gear. You can stuff two people in it, but it's pretty tight quarters. I am extremely happy with it and will gladly buy one again if I need another backpacking tent.
Date published: 2015-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great while it lasted I used this tent for six years about a dozen times in total (bought it in 2010). I loved everything about its design. However, this past year, I got it down from storage and all the waterproof surfaces (the base and rainfly) were extremely sticky. Did some research online and talked to REI and apparently, this is a common problem with a lot of modern tents. If this tent is stored damp or stored in high heat the waterproofing agent breaks down and the whole tent will be need to be replaced. Wish this would have known this before I stored it in my hot attic over the summer. Thought I was going to be using this tent for many more years.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This tent made me look like I knew what I was doin I just had my first backpacking trip with this tent and it performed beautifully. I'm 6' tall. My hiking partner and I ended up sharing the tent and it fit us both comfortably. The vents in the rain fly are a really nice touch and the extra space the rain fly creates gave us plenty of room to store our packs, boots, etc. just outside the doors but protected from the elements. The interior pockets were convenient and I was glad to have been able to stuff a sweater up there when things got chilly in the night. Setup and tear-down was a breeze, (Orange to orange & black to black). Get the optional footprint that REI sells for this tent. It fits perfectly.
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps You Dry My husband and I bought this tent for backpacking and we were not disappointed. We both have REI Camp beds and the inside of the tent was the perfect size to accommodate those plus a change of clothes, a book, flashlights, etc. Backpacks easily fit under the vestibules. We recently went backpacking in the Shining Rock Wilderness of Western North Carolina and it rained most of the trip, but we stayed DRY! The design allows for excellent ventilation and the fly is waterproof. The tent is super easy to set up and take down too-- Plus there's enough room to change clothes inside.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to set up, great all around tent.... We have owned this tent for 5 years now, and its our go-to tent. It has held up well through the torrential rains, wind, cold and heat. Once you get used to the design, you can set it up in less than 3 minutes. A few notes: the fly vents vents could use a bit more fabric overlap during heavy rains, know this if you set it up for such...and make sure you stake the rain fly tabs, to keep the fly off the tent, (not just the vestibules). We have just upgraded to the larger half dome plus, to allow our 100 lb lab puppy more room in the tent. There are items I miss about the original though...
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality tent, low price I got this tent for a 2 month research trip to the Andes and Amazon of southern Peru and, needless to say, it got a baptism by fire. It is small, lightweight, easy to set up, durable, and very much waterproof. Full mesh makes for great summertime ventilation when the fly is off and vents in the top make it bearable when the fly is on. I slept in alone for much of those 2 months and it had plenty of space for me to move in, lay out and organize gear and clothes, and still have a place to sleep. When backpacking it provided plenty of room for 2 of us and the vestibules were plenty big for our gear. The bottom line: I have always found REI brand gear to be nothing less than top notch at great prices and this tent is no exception.
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It depends I bought this tent 4 years ago, and have used it many times. Usually I take one of my sons with me, and we fit in there just perfect. I'm 6 feet tall. The vestibules are really nice for leaving nasty shoes outside but under cover. I usually bring my backpack inside the tent, but it fits under the vestibule easily as well. The weight on my scale at home is 99 ounces (that's just over 6 pounds), including the the footprint. Way to heavy for a solo trip. I recently did 6 day/5 night solo trip and the extra weight was just not worth it. The extra floor space was wasted. Really nice for short trips for 2 people, but never for a solo trip again.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light, easy to set up & holds up in the wind/rain We recently took the Half Dome 2 on a backpacking trip through the Smokies. If you've ever been there in the spring, you know to be prepared for a soggy trip. We couldn't have been more impressed with how well it kept that water out! At one point, it looked like water bed under the tent but not a bit of water managed to get through. My husband and I had no problem fitting inside comfortably - even when we threw our backpacks in when ALL the rain in the sky fell at once while we were trying to set up camp. We also found that it dries out quickly if you're able to find a dry opportunity. It has plenty of pockets throughout for things like flashlights/headlamps/cameras, etc. The set up was a breeze after the first time and we enjoy the compact and efficient the pole system.
Date published: 2015-06-26
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Questions & Answers

I am deciding between this tent and another one from EMS. I like this tent a lot, but I am seeing a lot of reviews with people stating one of their poles snapped/cracked. Has this issue been addressed and fixed? or whats causing this to happen to so many?

Asked by: benjy
The REI Half Dome 2 tent uses the new hubbed pole system; if the poles are fully seated in the hubs, the chance of breakage is minimal.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-18

does it come with a rainfly ?

Asked by: matzag
Yes, it does. Honestly, I haven't found a commercial tent that doesn't have some form of rain protection included.
Answered by: cspradlin
Date published: 2016-08-22

I read that the tent comes with 6 stakes, I'm assuming 4 for the corners and 2 for staking on the vestibules. I notice that there are loops on the rainfly halfway up each pole, are there not guy lines and stakes for them?

Asked by: frzbgolfer
Guylines are included, however, there is not a stake for every guyout point. Additional stakes can be purchase separately if you intend to use each available point: https://www.rei.com/c/tent-stakes
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-29

What is the sunscreen (SPF) rating of the tent?

Asked by: LaRocca
The Half Dome 2 Tent have not been given an SPF rating.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

How many tent stakes come with this tent? Are the tent poles still color coordinated (black to black, red to red)?

Asked by: blaubner
The Half Dome 2 comes with six stakes. The most recent (2017) version of the Half Dome 2 no longer utilizes the color-coded poles.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-25

I know REI answers "if the pole is fully seated in the hub, then breakage should be minimal" but what does thai mean?  I can't imagine all these users not putting it in correctly.  Shouldn't there be a fix?

Asked by: Daniel Lee
If the poles are fully seated in the hubs, there should be no issues.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-18

What are the primary differences between the REI Half Dome 2 tent and the REI Passage 2 tent?

Asked by: Bill
​The Half Dome 2 is overall a lighter weight tent. We used lighter fabrics on the canopy and the rainfly compared to Passage 2. The pole structure on the Half Dome 2 is more robust and will stand up better to wind. The Half Dome overall is more breathable thanks to the 4 vents on the rainfly. Both tents have the same floor dimensions and peak height.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-25

What is the best way to clean the tent?

Asked by: Laurie
Washing by hand is the best way to clean this tent. The link below will provide you with a lot of great information on how to care for and clean your tent. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/caring-tent.html#HowtoCleanYourTent
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-16

Could this be used as a backpacking tent on solo trips or is it too heavy to manage?

Asked by: mdgj
​This tent is on the heavier end of backpacking tents at 4 lbs. 9 oz. but it is possible to use this for solo backpacking.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-18

Is this tent being discontinued for 2018? I can't find the footprint and in the questions it says it's no longer in stock for 2017.. l had this issue before buying a tent from REI and then not being able to purchase a footprint because both discontinued. 

Asked by: Tg57
​The footprint is no longer available. New tents will be available early 2018.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-29

Is the teal option unavailable now?

Asked by: aboogs
As of June 2017, we do not plan to stock the color true teal. All available colors are on our website.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-30

Does the tent footprint come with the tent?

Asked by: The_yee_god
No, we sell the footprint separately: https://www.rei.com/product/794295/rei-co-op-half-dome-2-footprint
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-07

I bought an REI Half Dome about 10 years ago and have used it on many trips with no problem - is this version lighter?

Asked by: JackJohnson
​The new Half Dome 2 is lighter than the previous version.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-18

The glue that adheres the four rip-and-stick tabs on my HD2 Rain Fly has dried up and all four of them have peeled off completely. Can I just use the Gear Aid Seam Grip Seam Sealer to glue them back on? Thanks

Asked by: griffithks
Seam Sealer will work for reattaching the Velcro back to your rainfly. We also recommend our repair partner called Rainy Pass Repair. They will sew the tabs back on and then seam seal over the stitching. http://rainypass.com/tents/
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-03

How well can it hold up in the rain?

Asked by: Tsunami
The REI Half Dome 2 Tent includes a waterproof seam sealed rainfly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-29

Hi, The velcro attachments of fly to poles is exactly opposite to where guy lines attach, so the velcro attachments prevent guy lines from doing what they should. So I assume you don't use velcros when using guy lines? Thanks

Asked by: Basecamp1
​You can use the Velcro attachments on the under side of the rainfly while still using the guyline points.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-29

How long are each section of the tent poles? I am trying to determine where, on my bike, that I might locate them and length does make a difference. Also, what size would the tent and fly itself (minus poles, stakes, etc.) fold down to. Thanks

Asked by: rdwo
The pole sections are 20 1/4 inches. The compressed packed size without the poles is approximately 11 x 6 x 6 inches
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-04

The bag that the stakes came in also came with rope. What is this supposed to be used for?

Asked by: KMCalloway
The rope included with the Half Dome 2 Tent is guyline. Guyilne is tied to the loops on the rainfly and the other end staked to the ground. It increases the tent’s structural stability in windy conditions and keeps the rainfly away from the tent body to increase ventilation.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

I've used this tent for a couple of years now.  I experienced some leaks from the seams and where the poles touch the rainfly.  What should I use to repair this?

Asked by: gnu1
We recommend using Seam Grip Seam Sealer after thoroughly cleaning and drying the faulty seam areas. https://www.rei.com/c/general-tent-accessories
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-06

How come the Co-op Half Dome 2 packs down smaller than the Co-op Passage 1 or North Face Stormbreak 1?

Asked by: bmiguel
The Half Dome packs down slightly smaller due to the section lengths of the aluminum poles.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-03

Is it possible to purchase the rainfly separately? I have a version of this tent from 2004, and the rainfly was once put away wet, stayed that way and molded. It's beyond cleaning, but I still love the tent and would love to replace the fly.

Asked by: elleericson
We unfortunately do not sell a replacement rainfly for any of the Half Dome 2 Tents.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-30

Love my HD2, but the taped seams of the rain fly have begun to deteriorate quite badly and it's leaking. What is the rain tarp treated with? I'm looking at several products to seal those seams and want to use the right one.

Asked by: Jonathon
The rainfly of this tent is treated with a polyurethane coating. We recommend Gear Aid Seam Grip Seam Sealer for the seams and Gear Aid Tent Sure Polyurethane Sealant for the rest of the fly. https://www.rei.com/product/603034/gear-aid-seam-grip-seam-sealer https://www.rei.com/product/882362/gear-aid-tent-sure-polyurethane-sealant-4-oz
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-30

Is the footprint included?

Asked by: cmdg
​No, the footprint is not included.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-16

My pole broke, is it possible to buy just the tent poles?

Asked by: superjj00
REI uses Tent Pole Technologies to make replacement poles. They should be able to make a replacement pole that will fit your tent properly. They can be contacted at (800) 266-9527 or at the following link: http://tentpoletechnologies.com/
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-19

How is the Half-Dome substantially different from the Camp-Dome? I'm a beginner backpacker and I'm debating on pricing between the two.

Asked by: OutdoorGal95
The Half Dome 2 has a hubbed pole structure providing more interior volume and has two vestibules for gear storage.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-18

I just set up this tent after a few years of nonuse. The rainfly underside is sticky. Does this mean the waterproofing is failing? Also, I have lost the guylines for the rainfly. Apparently never used them, is it easy to get replacements?

Asked by: Sunshine66
​The sticky, tacky or flaking surface is caused by the waterproof polyurethane (PU) layer breaking down and absorbing water. This sometimes occurs when the tent is stored in hot and humid conditions but especially when the tent is rolled very tightly. Consider PMI 3mm Utility Cord to tie your own guylines. https://www.rei.com/c/cords
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-13

Should there be instructions included with this tent? I just bought one and opened everything up- no instructions. Is there a way to download a replacement online?

Asked by: zm56c
Instructions should be sewn to the storage sack. If not, please contact us via e-mail using the link below. https://rei.custhelp.com/app/contact_us#tabs-3 Please do not list your e-mail address in the Q&A.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-18

I've seen in other forums that the Half Dome 2's footprint is no longer in stock and is expected not to be replenished. Can you recommend a similar footprint. I bought this tent 2 weeks ago and was not told at the store that the footprint is not available

Asked by: wilford1016
​Footprints are made for distinct models of tents. As of November 2017, we are sold out of the footprint for this model. We suggest using a piece of plastic or ground cloth as an alternative. You can either fold or cut the plastic to the basic shape of the tent floor, making sure the plastic is slightly smaller so water will not funnel under the tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-02

A lot of the reviews mention dissatisfaction with the new pole system. Does the newest model of this tent have the old three pole system or the new pole system? 

Asked by: beccaweig
The REI Half Dome 2 tent uses the new hubbed pole system.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-30

Can I purchase the rain fly without the body? My rain fly is no longer waterproof but the body and poles are in good condition. I'd rather not have to purchase the entire package if it is possible to purchase only the rain fly.

Asked by: GerryBaron06
We do not carry replacement rainflies. Depending on the condition of the rainfly, Rainy Pass Repair may be able to restore it: http://www.rainypass.com/
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-25
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