REI Trail Dome 3
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $50
I've had this tent for years and it's worn well, is roomy, and continues to function as it did when I first got it.
- "Bathtup" style floor - hasn't leaked during rainstorms
- Easy, color-coded setup
- Aluminum poles have bent slightly over time; doesn't affect function
I've had this tent for a long time and it's functioned very well. It is easy to set up with color-coded tabs and pole pockets. Mine didn't come with a footprint so I've used a tarp and that's worked reasonably well.
It pitches tautly and keeps out rain and wind - haven't tried snow! With the bathtub-style floor, it's especially good at keeping water out - always a plus. The tent vents well, and is incredibly roomy inside. Four can sleep comfortably.
It's held up great except for slight bending of the aluminum poles. More annoying than a functionality issue.
Design: hex dome
Ease of Setup: fair to poor
Weight: 7 lbs, 8 oz.
Price Paid: $134
I sent this tent back the same day I received it. Incredibly, the fly and floor seams are not taped and sealed. That's standard these day, even with much less expensive tents, and the method for attaching the fly was very poorly thought out as well as time consuming, another reason why I gave this tent only a two star rating.
This tent, although sold as new, has obviously been sitting around in some warehouse for years. The tags inside seem to indicate that it was manufactured in the late 1990s. That explains the lack of taped/sealed seams.
My opinion of REI just went down a notch. This thing should be sold "as is" for half of what I paid.
Design: freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 8 lbs
Price Paid: $130
Easy set up for one person, just three poles and a brow pole for the rainfly to add a little eave over the door to allow ventilation without letting rain in, unless the winds blowing the rain horizontal into the front door.
Plenty of room in the tent. It's a hex shape and tons of head room with a peak height of 54". Vestibule is tiny, Very simple design and very simple tent, haven't had it out in the rain yet but seems like it will hold up. Definitely plenty big enough for 3 people and minimal gear, and definitely comfortable for 2 people with tons of gear hanging out inside all day during a rainstorm.
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Suited for three-season use, the Trail Dome 3 sets up easily and sleeps three comfortably! Durable, equal-length aluminum poles provide lightweight strength; setup is a breeze thanks to an intuitive pole clip and sleeve design. Full-coverage, factory seam-sealed polyester taffeta rainfly creates eaves to shelter the doors. No-see-um mesh door and large rear window provide ample cross-ventilation. Four interior mesh pockets keep small items organized and up off the floor. Includes stuff sack, pole bag, stake bag and eight aluminum hook stakes. Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only. Special buy.