REI Half Dome 2 HC
Price Paid: $119 on sale
I have 3 of them and have been using them regularly with my boy scout sons for 5 years now. Two are the previous model with independent poles (no Hub/Combi) and one the HC model.
I've slept in this tent during great weather, and during really nasty rainy weather (in Texas). They've all held up really nice even in the rain. Just make sure you set up the tent in an area which sheds water away from the tent, and use the guy lines to keep the rainfly stretched out to provide maximum coverage! I have never had an issue with water getting into my tent on week long campouts where it rained for multiple days or nights in a row.
It's not the lightest tent in the world, but certainly back packable. I've used it on many a hike-in campout. I know there are lighter ones, but you'll have to pay more than $119 for them!
It's pretty easy to set up. I set mine up all the time by myself, and with my headlamp at night. My sons (10 years old +) set theirs up by themselves and at night with only their headlamp for light. If they can do it, you can do it!
With the rainfly on, it's not the easiest tent to get into for a guy in his 40's like myself. Although, I wouldn't give up the coverage with that this rainfly gives!
It's exactly the right size for me, my backpack, stinky boots, and accoutrements to fit into. I'm 5'11" and about 180 - 185 lbs. It will fit 2 kids with no problem, but 2 adults would be a tight squeeze.
I wouldn't recommend storing this in the garage in Texas. Store it inside an air conditioned house. The heat and humidity will ruin the rainfly. I know, because I stored my first one that way and the rainfly got all sticky. But good news, REI will replace the whole tent with no questions asked, even after many years of use!
My main complaint is that it doesn't come with an Air Conditioner for the hot Texas summers...
I would highly recommend this tent for Boy Scout camping in Texas! :-)
Ease of Setup: very easy to set up
Price Paid: Brithday Gift
Great tent. I've used it about five times so far. I've only used it in light rain and it held up fine. It's nice to have a rainfly that covers the ground a little way outside the exit of the tent so I can leave things outside without having them get soaked.
Ease of Setup: Easy as anything
Price Paid: $160
Used about 4 times so far. Condensation can really collect along the lower tent wall, but minimized if you use guy lines on the far walls. Hard to say if this will be a long-term issue (I hadn't originally used guy-lines), but something to keep in mind. Haven't used in rainy weather yet.
Design: three- season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Super Easy
Weight: 5.5 lb
Price Paid: $140
Nice tent, till it rains for two days. It was fine for the first day, but by the second day we were dealing with wet sleeping bags and small puddels. The tent's rain fly had been seam sealed, but it will still leak right through the fabric. Not worth the money.
Design: three-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: easy to set up
Price Paid: $169
This is a nice tent for a great price. That is until it starts to rain. After one night of light rain the rainfly appeared to just soak up the rain water then drip it onto the tent. Needless to say, I'm returning the tent to REI.
Ease of Setup: simple
Price Paid: $150
I used it in the BWCA Sept. 10 and rained most of the two days we were there. The fly leaked water in the tent when you opened it so be careful.
Overall I like the setup.
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