User Review: REI Hobitat 4
Source: bought it new
A great car camping tent. Perfect size for what I was looking for. Good ventilation, kept out the rain, nice to be able to stand up.
- Perfect size for what I was looking for.
- Seems well constructed.
- Great car camp tent
- Some odd zipper arrangements
I currently had 3 tents, a very large one, a small backpacking one, and a (very) old one. I considered a few tents for what I wanted/needed - a long weekend type car camping tent. I was sold on either this or a (now) dis-continued Big Agnes. I went to a local REI and was surprised as they had in the BA - it was still in the truck and the salesgal went and got it for me to set up.
I was fully expecting to like it and purchase as it was at a discontinued price. I had both the Hobitat and BA set up side-to-side - and to me, it was no contest. As much as I wanted to like the BA, it paled in comparison - construction, taugtness, and just the general design. The BA came with the 'garage' as its rain fly/garage - cool. But, I like the option of either/or (although you pay for it with the REI). The BA topped out at 5'6", so that was the big draw to the Hobitat as I can stand up in it.
I went with the REI footprint, garage, and garage poles as well. The garage is great and a nice add-on. I have used it once in the 3 x's I've stayed in it. It poured rain on/off for 2 days and it was nice (and almost 'fun') to hang there and watch the rain drip off. The garage 'poles' are kinda hokey and expensive (for what they are), but, hey.....they work and complete the package.
Tent was functional, had all the pockets and needed/expected tie-off loops for clothes lines, hanging stuff from (why does the garage NOT have any??). I did find the front door zipper(s) odd in that the 'door' zips up or down, but the no-seeum netting only zips closed by going 'up' .....uh...........
The tent is definately a wind catcher, so I think all stakes should be used pretty much all the time - and as usual, I had to purchase additional stakes, cord, line tighteners, etc. To be expected...but it's a good deal of additional stakes, cord, etc.
Easy to set up with two people, a bit of a chore with only one (it pays to be 6 foot ot taller). Good product and very happy with the purchase.