User Review: REI Quarter Dome T2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250
Easy to set up, quality construction, relatively light, little condensation.
- Ease of pitch
Purchased as my first backpacking tent a few years back. Hard choice over REI Half Dome, price over weight. Since they had the last years model on clearance they were relatively the same price, so I went with the Quarter Dome.
Setup: Couldn't be easier! The hubs for the DAC poles keeps all the segments attached in one virtual piece, so no need to "fit tip A into slot B". Only thing to remember is which pole is on top. I've pretty much always used this tent free-standing, but guying it out is pretty simple. You'll read below that I personally don't use this tent any more, I let my son use it, and he (at 9) could pitch this tent by himself in about 5 minutes.
FYI, I've pretty much ALWAYS used this tent with the matching footprint.
Stability: Free-standing, the tent stays tight. Never noticed much movement at any of the corners. Stake it down and it probably wouldn't budge. Luckily (?) I've never had to test it in other than a moderate downpour, so can't say about stability in high winds.
Weather resistance: Even with all that mesh, as long as you have the fly on and didn't pitch it in a stream, you'll stay dry. the bathtub style floor goes up just enough on the sides. They rainfly dried of pretty quick after the sun came out.
Ventilation: Have you seen how much mesh is on this tent? I love to see the stars, and you get a very unobstructed view with this tent. the fly has two pop-up vents at the ends to allow moisture to escape.
Room: This is why this tent was relegated to back-up/extra tent: I'm 6-0 and my head and feet were touching the ends. I kept this tent, but also purchased the T2 Plus for my personal use which offers a few extra inches (almost a foot extra?), and a few to the width. The vestibules are good size, enough to cover a 70l pack with some room to spare.
Packability: Not the lightest, not the heaviest, somewhere in the middle for a good backpacking tent.
Ease of use: Never had problems with zippers, but I use them gently, never rushing. Entry through the vestibules was easily accomplished.
Construction: It's lasted a few Scout outing with 2 young boys without a scratch. that's a pretty good test of durability.
Conditions: Used over the last 3 years about 50 nights. a few week-long BS outings. Deep woods to well maintained yard, and everything in between. Always used with matching footprint.
Really, if it weren't for the size issue, this would be my go-to tent for backpacking. As it is, the identically built T2 Plus is what I use for that.