User Review: REI Taj 3
Ease of Setup: better than most, not the best
Weight: 7 lbs w/o bags or stakes
Price Paid: $150??
This tent is the best buy for the money I have found in tents. The set up is "OK". Our previous main use tent was a Kelty Windfoil 2 which sets up in about 2 minutes. This one is best with 2 people and about 5, but it CAN be done in less with 1 if you are in a hurry (Typical "clip" set up). The 3 pole design gives it rigidity to stand up to heavy winds and snow (although one heavy snow in Escalante did sag the tent a little). It's light as all get out.
It DOES fit 3 people albeit a little tight (what can you expect for the weight?). My wife and I use it with our 80 lb lab and it's a palace. After a long long long day on the trail I feel like a king and every time I can't believe I have so much space. Splurge the 10 bucks and buy the footprint and you'll be happy (plus you can make a minimalist shelter with just footprint fly and poles if you are feeling tough.) We hike without the sacks and bags and bring only a few stakes (rocks tend to never be far away) and the weight can't be beat. (Did I mention how light it is?)