User Review: REI Half Dome 2 Plus
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $169
Roomy, Packable, and all around Good.
- Packs well
- Comes in a compressible stuff sack
- Heavier than some
- Rain fly can be difficult
Setup: Color coded legs make setup quite easy. The rain fly took a few tries to get taut, but it was my first time pitching it.
Stability: This thing is rock solid.
Weather Resistance: When it is zipped up, it's as watertight as a beaver coated in Vaseline. That being said, if you open the rain fly in wet conditions you might drip some water into the tent. A taut pitch helps, but doesn't eliminate the potential for water entry. A critical note here is that I have the 2012, 2-Vent version of this product.
Ventilation: I had no condensation on a 340degree night inside the tent. I did have both roof vents open.
Room & Storage: Can you say palatial? Is that even a word? This thing is HUGE. Also, it has as many pockets as those tactical pants that have a custom made pocket for everything. I ran out of gear to put in the pockets long before I ran out of pockets.
Packability: For the size it is when pitched, it packs darn well. Compression straps on the stuff sack improve this even more.
Ease of Use: If you're the kind of person that has trouble opening a can of soup, this might be confusing. If, however, you've previously operated a tent, you will love the simplicity of this design.
Features: Near vertical walls make it feel quite roomy.
Construction & Durability: Built to last, I think.
Conditions: 2 Nights, one without rain fly and one with. Both in the 30's, and relatively dry.