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REI Passage 2 Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: REI Passage 2 Tent three-season tent

This is a solid freestanding, three-season tent that fits two people with ease. It's lightweight, breathable, and compact—perfect for all your backpacking and camping needs.


  • Easy setup
  • Light
  • Packs small


  • Small inside

I got this tent on sale hoping it would make me go hiking more, and honestly it has. The first time I used it was with a college friend after driving to Mammoth Caves for a night. We got in late, and I was a little worried about getting the tent up and ready before it got too dark. The first time I opened the stuff sack, everything was neatly in place and easy to find. I'm usually not the best with tents, but had no problem with this one. The poles were easy to attach and everything fit together well.

Inside the tent, there was plenty of head space and legroom. We both had plenty of room to spread out and sleep, although we were travelling with a car, so didn't have everything in the tent. With backpacks or supplies, it might be a little more squished. Also, I'm 5'0", so take the “plenty of legroom” with a grain of salt – I don’t need as much as most people. Regardless, the guy I was travelling with said he didn’t experience any discomfort and had plenty of room too.

Since then, I’ve used this tent several times hiking in national parks for a night or two at a time. It’s very compact and easy to put in my hiking backpack or attach to the bottom. I haven’t used this tent in every weather condition, but it deals with light rain very well. It doesn’t come with a ground tarp or raincover, so I was a little worried about hat, but no wetness has every gotten in while I was using it.

This tent is extremely easy to move as well if you decide where it was placed is a little uncomfortable once you lay down. It stays taut once un-staked, and can be carried whole to a new location. Overall, I’ve had no complaints about this tent, and it’s worked perfectly for all my uses. It doesn’t show any significant signs on use so far, and I’m planning to give it a little more wear and tear this summer, but I can’t imagine it won’t hold up well. I think this tent has been perfect traveling with friends, as a couple, or I would imagine for several children. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70

A solid two-person tent used in our Boy Scout Troop for our Scouts. Two doors, vestibules, gear pockets, simple setup. With proper care these tents will last a very long time. Color coded setup makes it easy even for our youngest Scouts. Adjustable top vents insure great condensation control. Included stakes and guy out lines, and even large attic space. Optional footprint makes it even better as a single unit.


  • Easy setup
  • Seams sealed
  • Dual doors and vestibules


  • Replacement parts hard to get
  • Not enough tent stakes

Our Scout Troop has used these tents for the past several years. Super easy setup by young Scouts. Simple two-pole system makes it very easy. All seams sealed.

Had these in all kinds of foul weather. Scouts stayed safe and dry through all. One tent had a pole failure in high winds, but only because the tent was not properly guyed out for stability.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $146

Sturdy tent for a good price. Great for camping and backpacking. Warm on cold nights (with rainfly) and cool on hot nights (without rainfly).


  • Sturdy
  • Long, spacious
  • Warm
  • Easy to set up


  • Heavy (if carrying solo)

Great tent! Sturdy, free standing design is easy to move around without having to dismantle it. Great for 2 people or 1 person with gear inside (which isn't necessary due to the large vestibules provided by the rainfly). Inside has small netting storage pouches as well as a gear loft.

I used this tent on a snow camping trip and did not even know it had snowed until I got out of the tent, thanks to the excellent rainfly. On summer nights, without the rainfly, you get a great view of the stars. Long enough for tall people (I'm 6'6") and warm enough for cold nights.

Best used for car camping and backpacking, although it is a little bit heavy to carry on your own.

All in all, a solid tent that I recommend to all of my friends.

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $80 used

It's a very easy standard tent and it just works well.


  • Roomy
  • Lighter than other in its class
  • Durable
  • Good sized vestibules
  • 2 doors


  • Heavy for hiking solo
  • Packs a bit bulky

This is a great standard tent. After much agonizing research I realized at this price point there is no better tent — it's relatively light for its class, it's easy to set up, and it's very difficult to set up wrongly. 

I may one day go for an ultralight to shed some pounds, but for now, this tent does me just fine. Plenty of room for one person to stretch out and store gear, just enough room for two to sleep.

Durability seems to be no problem.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $160

Great tent for motorcycle camping, folds up small, packs well, lightweight.


  • Folds up small
  • Packs easily, roll or stuff
  • Lightweight


  • Havn't found one yet

Bought for motorcycle camping. Sets up in five minutes with both footprint and rainfly, haven't needed to stake out. Pretty good freestanding sleeping on an air mattress with a medium strength wind and still didn't need to put tent stakes in.

All and all I would highly recommend.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: don't know, bought a lot of other things at same time

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