User Review: REI Roadster UL
Design: 3-season, free-standing solo
Ease of Setup: can be difficult on rocky terrain
Weight: 3lbs, 2oz
Price Paid: $37!!!
I had seen this tent online, in magazines, and in REI and thought it was pretty ugly and since it wasn't free-standing, I was never interested in it. I was looking for a summer solo tent when i saw a 2004 model in REI for $37 BUCKS!! I couldnt pass it up, so I bought it with a footprint and took it with me to Zion and Bryce National Parks and it works like a charm.
The tent design allows for maximum room with aluminum stays in the corners and the set allows this tent to be one of the sturdiest non-free-standing tents I have ever seen. It packs down very small (3lbs). I love this tent and sleeping under the stars was great. Vestibule is large enough for boots and gear, but then again, so is the inside of the tent!!
The only difference between the 2004 and the 2005 model (besides the 100 dollar difference) is the aluminum pole is lighter....oh well.