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Quarter Dome 2

rated 4 of 5 stars A nice, lightweight tent for backpacking with ample space for two. Packs smaller than most other tents we have tried. The fabric may feel flimsy, but so far this tent has held up to 50 mph+ winds without bending a pole! We recently took this backpacking in Zion, Bryce, Arches, and the Grand Canyon. Pole setup took a little bit to get the hang of, but once you've done it a couple of times it gets easier. We were impressed that during a severe wind/sand storm at Arches, this tent held up better than… Full review

AirRail 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad

rated 2.5 of 5 stars A decent idea that in practice didn't work for me. The Air Rails only help to keep you on the mat if you have it at close to full inflation, which I never do for comfort. A short review of this item as I didn't keep it for long... I bought this on an unexpected trip out of town to help my 80-year-old parents move. The new place didn't have a lot of room so I ran by REI with the intention of using the pad for a couple of nights and evaluating it as a replacement for my aging REI Lite Core pad, and… Full review

Hobitat 6

rated 2 of 5 stars A little wind tore this tent apart. This tent is great if there is no wind. We used it a few times without problem, but on the fifth time, there was a windstorm that tore it to shreds and bent the polls. REI offered nothing other than to fix the polls for $10 each, but the tent itself was torn apart so it had to be thrown away. I would not buy this tent again.  Full review

Radiant +20

rated 2 of 5 stars I really wanted to like it, but it was disappointing. I bought the long and wide version of the REI Radiant 20F down bag with my 2014 REI dividend, and I thought I would like this bag, but it really fell short in a few areas. It seemed like a good value for $220 so I tried it out in the store and it fit great (I'm a big guy) but unfortunately, that is about where the good ends. The first issue is the zipper. I know it's unavoidable that all zippers will get snagged every so often, but the zipper… Full review

Thaw Bivy

rated 4.5 of 5 stars An older bivy with some versatile features that I haven't seen in others. Setup: Since there are no poles or stake out points, you just throw the bag on the ground and crawl in. Weather Resistance: Keeps water out really well except for the hood hole. It works well as long as you position yourself right, cinch tight, and don't toss and turn too much in your sleep. If the sack is used in conjunction with a small head tarp, there aren't any issues. Ventilation: The hood hole offers great face ventilation. Full review

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