User Review: REI Half Dome 2
Ease of Setup: Easy
Price Paid: $150
It seems to me that the below reviews are from people who live where it does not rain, or the excellent reviews are just fakes. I have been in 3 rainstorms and one snowstorm with this tent and have never been dry. And I am not talking about torrential downpours, I'm talking about light rain that lasted only a couple of hours. Within minutes of rain hitting the fly it begins to seep through, then drip onto the mesh walls, inevitably into the tent.
Same thing happens when you try to keep your gear dry in the vestibules, it will just drip off the fly and onto your gear which you are trying to protect. Opening the vestibule flaps causes the fly to either hit you or the tent, allowing the collected water on the outside to run off onto either you or the tent, so make your choice of the two evils.
The floor also soaks up water in no time. It does not even need to be raining, all you need is damp ground and the floor gets wet through the footprint and into the tent.
It also appears that the floor of the tent and the footprint got switched in making this tent, as the floor does not stretch out completely when setup, and the footprint is unable to get taught as it is too big.
Bottom line, if you live where there is no moisture, then you have found yourself an excellent tent. Otherwise, I can't quite comprehend the amazing reviews for this tent, it must not be raining on these folks.