REI Half Dome 4
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $210 for the tent on sale and $30 for the footprint
REI Half Dome 4 was a very easy, seemly sturdy set-up tent. But does have some flaws.
- Easy setup
- Relative light weight for 4-person
- Color-coded poles and pole clips
- 4 ventilation vents
- Does not come with foot print
- Guylines are not reflective
- Most guylines are not attached to the fly
REI Half Dome 4 was a seemly sturdy, very easy set-up tent. But does have some flaws.
My wife and I tried the REI Half Dome 4 for a three-night camping trip at Yosemite last week. The tent was spacious for two persons and will be very tight for four adults (the floor space will accommodate 4 adult sleeping pads with no place to store anything and walking without stepping on someone else’s pad). This is due to no fault of REI; rather seemed to be industry standard rating system.
The tent came with a nice carry bag but did not include the optional footprint. The tent weighs in at 7lb. 12 oz. and the fly weigh in at 14 oz. REI claims the weight can be divide amount 4 people on a backpacking trip; I personally do not want to backpack with this relatively heavy tent, rather I have a Big Agnes Seedhouse 2 superlight weight tent for backpacking. I bought the REI Half Dome 4 for car camping with a bit more space and comfort.
The tent was easy to set up, I particularly like the color-coded poles and pole clips that made the first time set-up much easier. However, the assembly of “dual-hub architecture “ was a bit confusing from just reading the brief instructions printed on the storage bag. It is very simple once you have done it one time. My advice is for any newbie to watch the setting up video from YouTube prior go on the trip.
My trip to Yosemite was in July with over 100-degree daytime temperature and in the upper 70’s during the nights. With the rain fly attached, by opening the 4 vents, we were comfortable and at one point actually needed a blanket. Due to limited usage, I cannot speak about how water and wind proof of the tent.
One disappointment was due to the guylines were not reflective, we had tripped over the guylines many times during the nights. Speaking of guylines, there were only two attached to the two vestibules; rest of the guylines was unattached to the fly. I would much prefer the guylines to be permanently attached as in my Big Agnes tent.
Overall, I rate the REI Half Dome 3.5 stars. It is a good tent for the value (especially if you can catch a sale), but it could be better.
Design: three-season freestanding half dome
Ease of Setup: hub-pole combo makes set-up a snap!
Weight: 8.3 lbs
Price Paid: $249
Great tent! We purchased this tent last December and have used it at least ten times this spring and summer. The interior is big enough for myself, my fiance, our two dogs, and gear. It is light enough and packs compactly enough that it can be used as a backpacking tent for shorter excursions (although we are considering a two man tent for longer trips).
Great in rainy weather as well - our last camping trip involved two days of steady rain and one major thunderstorm. We stayed snug and dry inside. Rainfly provides quite a bit of insulation as well has two vents that help with interior airflow. Great purchase!
Ease of Setup: One person can set this up in just a few minutes
AWESOME tent! Works perfectly for canoes and portage packs. Solid, watertight, yet breezy (without the rainfly)and oh so spacious! It works perfectly for the BWCA in Minnesota...especially when you don't want to play cards or board-games in a storm.
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Lightweight, weather worthy and strong for 3-season use, the REI Half Dome 4 backpacking tent offers generous headroom, storage and easy access for up to 4 people. 2 side doors and 2 vestibules offer easy access and personalized storage for each occupant; 4 vents ensure the tent stays well ventilated. Rectangular floor plan optimizes usable space and allows comfortable sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder or head-to-toe. Color-coded poles and pole clips ensure an easy setup. Advanced frame design combines DAC(R) Pressfit poles with dual-hub architecture to provide areawide headroom with nearly vertical side and end walls. Exclusive Tension Truss architecture leverages bound seams to provide low-weight structural stability and to increase interior volume. 4 adjustable, high-level ceiling vents mitigate condensation by drawing cool air under the fly and exhausting warm, moist air. Waterproof floor with sealed seams has bathtub curves that stay taut for easy door zipper operation and maximize volume at end walls. Multiple storage options include corner pockets, roof pockets and hang loops; additional stuff pockets hold doors out of the way and do double duty as storage. Shape and position of tent door zippers allow for smooth, 1-handed operation; vestibule zipper can be opened more or less to fine-tune the weather protection and ventilation. Durable polyester rainfly holds a consistently taut pitch and resists UV degradation. No-wick welded construction ensures that moisture won't sneak through susceptible areas, such as guyout points, pole wraps and zippers. Includes guylines with tighteners, stakes and pole repair tube; tapered, easy-to-stuff compression stuff sack, pole bags and stake bags keep everything organized. Save weight and create a minimalist shelter by using just the rainfly, footprint (sold separately), poles and stakes.