User Review: REI Taj 3
Design: three season free standing dome
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 7 pounds 12 ounces
Price Paid: $80
I love this tent! I use it on my son's Boy Scout outings and when I camp with my wife. I am a big guy and this tent is a palace for me. When my wife is with me, there is still enough room for all of our gear to be kept inside the tent. Last weekend was spent in rain and 40 degrees. Not a drop came inside and the tent stayed cozy warm. The top vent allows moisture to easily vent without allowing rain in.
Set up is easy (as long as you read the instructions the first time). My 12-year-old son set up the tent by himself in under 5 minutes. When the fly is staked, the vestibules are adequate for some additional storage. The poles are light weight high quality DAC aluminum. The clear triangular window allows me to take a peak at the weather. The plastic window also folds easily when I take the tent down.
This tent is a little heavy to pack long distances. But the weight can be divided among two people. The space and design more than make up for the tent weighing more than 7 pounds.
Overall, this is a great tent and I strongly recommend it at its normal price of $229. I got the Taj for a steal at $80 when REI was closing out the 2005 model.
REI makes and sells good gear. They have even better customer service. I took back a different tent that I purchased from REI after I had used it for a week at Boy Scout Camp and a couple of other events. REI took back the used tent, went to the shelf and got a new tent and handed it to me. No questions asked. I think that is great customer service!