REI Camp Dome 4
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $100
Great family camping tent. Stable, protective, durable.
- Keeps out elements
- Non-obtrusive look
- Easy setup
This was my first family tent. We bought it for a Yellowstone trip when we had one, then even with our second child. It fit two trifold mats, one regular self-inflating Thermarest, and a Phil and Teds pack and play. It kept us warm and dry, and made me feel truly domesticated.
This is a great starter tent for those who want to car camp without having to break the bank or take a class in tent design and assembly. Two poles for the body, one for the fly, and a square-bottomed dome tent. Two doors, mesh all around, no-nonsense. Leave it to REI to get it right over and over again with a no-frills classic.
Perfect for car camping.
Ease of Setup: easy for two novices
Price Paid: $50 Rental
I used this tent as a rental from REI. I was VERY impressed with it. Even though we are novice campers, my partner and I were able to set it up quickly and easily. We even found ourselves caught in a "severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado" and I won't lie, there were some scary moments, but as far as the tent went, NO water inside at all.
We were really impressed with this tent. It was just spacious enough for two adults, a Boston Terrier, and all our stuff.
My only complaints are that there aren't quite as many pockets on in the inside as I'd like (there are 4), and I think I'd prefer an "entryway" on a tent I own.
Design: three seaon
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: approx. 8.5 lbs
Price Paid: $125
Bought it used with the footprint. Is easy to set up and has good ventilation. Held up good in a thunderstorm and soaking rain. Sleeps 2-3 with some gear, 4 is cramped.
Only complaint is that there is no vestibule with the rain fly.
Where to Buy
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