User Review: REI Taj 3
Design: Three-season dome
Ease of Setup: Easy after the first time. I'd recommend practicing at home.
Weight: 5-6 lbs
Price Paid: $225
Just spent the weekend in this tent under 50 mph winds and rain. Two other couples we were with had their tents fail and actually collapse while my girlfriend and I had a wonderful night's sleep. I did not guy the fly out or even secure the fly tightening straps properly. I can only imagine how well this tent would have stood up to the weather had I done so. All of our gear under the vestibules remained dry as a bone as well.
I was a bit frustrated with the directions when I first set up the tent, but once you figure them out it is very simple. The tent was plenty big enough for us two (I'm 6'2" and she's 5'2") and my 75 lb Lab mix. The tent is a little big and heavy for you ultralighters out there, but I don't mind carrying it a bit. Especially after seeing my friends' tents absolutely destroyed by the weather I was glad I was inside the Taj. It didn't even flinch under the weather, and left us dry as a bone. It breathes well, too. We woke up with no condensation on the walls and I left every zipper closed. Overall, this tent was absolutely great!