User Review: REI Half Dome 2
Design: three season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: extremely easy
Weight: about 5 pounds
Price Paid: $150
Best value tent out there. It exactly hits the mark for quality and features vs. price. There are lighter tents out there and more rugged, but nothing comes close to the quality of the half dome 2 for its price.
This weekend I spent 3 windy nights in my half dome. First night I set up only the tent with no rain fly thinking that the wind would make the wind fly flap too much. The tent was easy to set up in the wind by myself. That night it was absolutely quiet and stable in the wind. I slept like a baby! next night I added the rain fly. Much to my delight, there was minimal flapping and the rain fly has lots of extra loops to adding ropes to make it even more stable and flap free. I didn't need them.
On the con side, I don't care for the door design, it is a little awkward to get in and out of the tent. Also, I am concerned about the air vent in the rain fly - good idea on a hot dry night but I don't know what will happen on a windy, rainy night. If it becomes a concern, I am sure there is a work around. Also, the zippers for the door leave a little opening where they meet. Again, there may be a work around. It is a little heavy as a backpack tent, not bad but for about three times the price you can get one that is a pound lighter.
Other than the couple of minor things, this is an awesome tent, the best value out there. Very well built, very sturdy.