My Son and I each have been using the half dome 2 plus for 3 years now for all of our BSA camping. I just recently purchased the half dome 4 plus for my wife and I to use on family campouts. First use was a 5 day camping trip, my wife has the rei kingdom cot and I use the helinox cot, there is plenty of room with room to spare and even head room to spare when sitting on the cots. On the third day we had about 2 inches of rain within an hour with a solid stream of water flowing around the tent not one drop of water entered the tent. Im sold on the REI half domes, never had any issues with the half dome 2 plus and am really liking the new half dome 4 plus. The only issue I can see coming is the bungees inside the tent poles wearing out over time which is to be expected on any tent and easy to fix. Overall easy to use, always stay dry, quality product and should last for years if properly cared for.
We use this for car camping, as it is light weight and compact-able, it probably would be a little too much for backpacking. It's super easy to set up and directions are sewn into the bag that holds it so it will be hard to lose. The material seems pretty thin, but it is excellent for wicking away water and dries super fast in the sun. I'm 5'2" and changing inside is a breeze, I can't stand all the way but I have plenty of headspace while bending a bit. It doesn't feel crammed at all. We use it for 2 people with our gear, we have plenty of room. You could fit 3 w/ your gear or 4 w/o gear pretty tightly. The tent held up well in a storm with high winds and stayed dry. The only thing I wish it had was longer looping for the rain fly on the sides, as you have to rig some rope in for the stakes to stay into the ground. Without the extra slack the wind blows the stakes out of the ground. Rain ends up pooling at the bottoms and between the footprint. The extra looping is pretty essential to keeping rain out of the underneath. So I think REI could have made that a little easier because the rest of the tent was super user friendly. We're super excited to keep camping and adventuring with this tent! I posted a pic of the up close of our tent stake being pulled out of the ground as it is just too tight.
I've had my REI Half Dome 4 for 14 years now and it's still as dependable as the day i bought it! Thought I'd leave a review after all these years! I camp primarily in the Rocky Mountains where the weather turns every direction. Its kept me dry in crazy long and brutal rainstorms, protected against high winds gusting 30 mph. It's taken a beating but still as dependable as ever. Even the poles are going strong.
I've only used this tent in fair weather thus far, so I can't attest to it's waterproofing or long-term reliability. But, from what I've experienced, I have no reason to believe this tent would be anything but phenomenal in any weather.
I bought and compared this tent to a Kelty Outfitter Pro and a Marmot Limelight. While all three had plusses and minuses, I found the REI tent had the best features and design overall. The Kelty Pro was heavier-duty and had a simpler pole structure, but felt less spacious and didn't have nearly as much ventilation, or the nice features of the REI, like overhead pockets. And it was heavier to carry. The more vertical walls of the Marmot were nice, but it didn't pack as small (the bent poles take up extra space), and it was also heavier, even though the materials seemed to be similar in durability to the REI. After careful side-by-side comparison, I went with the REI tent. It has a lot of really well-thought out features that the others do not. Our first trip saw 25-32 degree nighttime temps. The first night we had the fly fully staked out, so lots of ventilation, which meant it was cold but no condensation. The second night I let the sides of the fly lay against the tent, which was slightly warmer but resulted in condensation. Other than still figuring out the optimal configuration for ventilation -- and the options are many on this tent -- so far this is a great tent. Looking forward to some warmer-weather trips, where I am sure I will really appreciate all the ventilation.
The tent is full of surprises in the best way possible. My old tent is classified as a 3 person tent which means that it comfortable sleeps 2 and 3 people are tight. I got this 4 person tent with the hopes of have a bit more room or sleeping a 3rd person comfortably. I was pretty surprised the first time I set this tent up to find that it's massive inside. There is easily enough space to sleep 4 large adults in the tent with space to spare. I wouldn't hesitate to sleep 5 people in it while backpacking.
I bought a half dome 4 tent in 2006. It has served our family over 10 years. It has been a trusty companion on many adventure. It is one of the best products that I have ever purchased.
The quick version. Easy to set up tent that will actually fit 4 people for a bargain price. Did i mention all the headroom and fast one person set-up/takedown.
Thought we’d Love this tent, with all it’s good reviews....the tent a family of three plus dog could use car camping and backpacking! But the second car camping trip in the Sierras, d r y weather, all awoke to drip drip d r i p in the face, or on the neck, (or in the fur). As experienced backpackers, we thought we could fix the problem by changing the staking, making sure the fly was taught, vents were already open, but no. Three mornings of waking to dripping water. Can only imagine it dripping worse in humid climates. Netting was also a little snagged in places when we first took it out of the bag and only got worse with use. Returned. Still searching for a decent family tent.
I bought this tent a week ago. I used over Memorial Weekend. Setup was a breeze and used all original parts to include stakes. First day we had tornado force winds come in and destroy our camp. We had a an 10 x 20 awning with 3 in metal tubing staked with 16 in stakes that when it was over looked like broken tooth picks. The only thing to survive and stayed dry was our REI tent. I am so happy I bought this tent. Thank you REI.
We bought this when our family expanded in size. Without having to jump up to a bigger tent, this does the job. There is a ton of room (especially head room) in the Half Dome 4.
I bought this tent because the 2 person version wasn’t big enough for my car camping needs. I have used it several times over the last year and it has exceeded my expectations. It’s plenty large for me and my gear. I can set it up in 5 minutes or less by myself. Last week, I camped during flash flood rains on two different days, including a deluge on one of the days. To my surprise, the tent stayed perfectly dry on the inside the entire time, even when water was running underneath it. I am very happy with this product.
I bought this tent for car camping, my wife and I used it the very next weekend and it was all we expected it to be! This is my second REI Half Dome (first one is a 2plus we use for backpacking.) and though it looks the same, the design has improved. The rain fly was the most noticeable design change, my 2plus is from 2012 where you have to get the rain fly anchored though the footprint and tent stakes, now with the new design it has a easy release buckle that make it even easier to set up when wind is present. My only complaint about this is not with the tent but rather the stuff sack, or lack thereof. You now have to buy a compression or tent stuff sack separately to get it compact enough for backpacking, again we don’t use it for that but it would be nice to have if we ever decided to.
Used it twice so far. Quick, easy set-up. Took 5 mins with 2 people. Held up well to wind and rain, completely dry inside.
The tent is fine. The stuffsack is too small. The compound pole is needlessly complex. Individual poles as in the older model I replaced would have been far easier to breakdown and store. And why not include stakes for the included guylines?
I bought this tent for two purposes: as my main tent for car camping, and as a potential backpacking tent (I have a trip to Havasupai coming up and there will be 3 of us) if there will be more than 2 people. I was able to set the tent up easily by myself at home, and even faster with another person. The tent is very roomy and you can actually sleep 4 people in it (unlike most “4-person” tents). For two of us, it had loads of room for our gear, or moving around inside, loads of storage pockets built in, and we appreciated the vestibules for storing our dirty hiking boots. My partner was concerned about it being cold with the vestibules not touching the ground, but there was no issue.
I have an REI branded half dome from about 5 years ago, and I was surprised to see that their design really has continued to improve. Putting it up genuinely doesn't require directions, and the hangers are super simple to snap into place. The fully-assembled poles do become truly huge before you arc them into position, and that takes a little effort—probably easiest with two people. Assembled, this 4+ model provides lots of space without being too heavy to carry for a few miles. I would definitely be able to fit my partner and a large dog inside with lots of room left for gear.
Bought this tent at a garage sale along with the footprint. It’s worked great on a number of BSA camp outs with my son. It is perfect for car camping - a little heavy and too bulky for backpacking. We have the 4+ but it really is a good size for 2 plus packs. To get 3 or 4 you’d really have to use the vestibules. All in all a great tent for 80% of what you’d ever need it for.
Haven’t got much use out of it yet but it’s pretty much what I expected out of a lightweight tent. Seems pretty durable and is easy to set up. It’s a great, functional design. Definitely can be called a four person backpacking tent. Or a very roomy/comfy two person.
This a great tent, I love pretty much everything about it. My only complaint has to be that folding up the all in one pile system when breaking down the tent is SO frustrating. So if I could ask REI to improve one thing about this tent it would be to PLEASE add guidance on how to fold up the tent poles. But even with that complaint, I would still recommend this tent.
Nous avons utilisé notre dernière achat le week-end dernier et avons été déçu sur certains points; 1) manquait 2 piguets 2) nous avons constaté deux coutures de filet avec des trous et une des deux nuits l'intérieur à swinter et l'eau dégouttait sur nos matelas et sleepingl
Just received this tent and will be returning it. The walls and ceiling of the tent are all mesh and mine has at least 9 spots where the mesh is bunched with surrounding holes. Doesn’t seem like a good way to start out of the bag brand new. Poor materials.
Great tent so far lots of storage inside setup is great for all weather can even fold the fly back half way for stars or have doors open for the hot days.