User Review: REI Taj 3
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: somewhat differcult the first time around
Weight: 7lbs 13ozs
Price Paid: $169.93
I purchased this tent after all my camping gear was stolen while camping in Ohio's Wayne National Forest over the Easter weekend. I'd seen this particular tent on REI-outlet's online webstore and after considering the price and features this tent offered I decided to purchase the same.
Glad I did. Pitched it last-night under my pine tree in Mazomanie, Wisconsin. Needless to say a cold front pushed through the area, bringing strong gusty winds, thunder and lightening and rains. The tent held up quite well, I'm most happy :) to report. I like the fact this tent has a third pole. It makes this particular tent very stable in hard winds. Something I really do appreciate after battling those 70 mph winds in my (now former) ALPS Mountaineering Taurus Outfitter. The third pole adds general strength to the entire structure.
I also like the fact this tent is very spacious inside. Plenty of room for at least two adults plus some gear. Plenty of mesh built into the body of the tent assures of comfort during those warmer months of the year. Overall great tent. Very water-proof and well constructed judging from my observations.
Cons: A little heavy if using it for backpacking. Plus I found it a little confusing pitching it for the first time. I trust however the second and third time it will be much easier. The two stake-out vestibules are little on the small side. Can be larger in my opinion. Needed four more stakes for the guy-lines, which it lacked for some odd reason.