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REI Half Dome 2 Plus Review

   

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Overall avg rating 4.2 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: December 30, 2013
Street Price:   $219 | Compare prices at 1 resellers
Pros:  Spacious, easy to sit up, lots of excellent pockets, strong pole design is stable in winds, excellent value.
Cons:  Heavy for backpacking, rain can hit inner tent when vestibule door is open, very low quality stakes.
Best Uses:  Mostly car camping and occasional backpacking.
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Manufacturer:   REI
Review by: Max Neale ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ January 16, 2013  
Overview
The REI Half Dome 2 Plus is the larger version of the REI Half Dome 2 for which we did a full review and wins our Best Buy Award for backpacking tents. The Plus version is 10 inches longer, 4 inches wider, weighs 1 lb 2 oz more and costs $40 more than the standard version. The Plus can be a great option for people over 6 ft. 3 in. tall or anyone that wants lots of space inside, perhaps for a dog.

Check our REI Half Dome 2 review for specifics on how the tent performs and see our Best Backpacking Tent Review to compare the 24 tents we've tested. The photos below show the standard version of the tent.


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Most recent review: December 30, 2013
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   Dec 30, 2013 - 04:41pm
Jack · Backpacker · tulsa oklahoma
I have used several tents through the years, and my half dome 2 plus is definitely my favorite. I love this tent because it has many added features that other tents do not have, such as ample headroom (thanks to the crossbar between the two outer poles), lots of vestibule space, a large amount of pocket storage space, and a bag that is big enough to fit the tent into when wet or folded in a hurry. The poles are flexible enough to bend under pressure, but I have weathered crazy storms with high winds and been perfectly dry. GET THE FOOTPRINT!!! A normal tarp will work, but the footprint makes using this tent much easier and faster. My average setup time is about 7-10 minutes. Slightly heavy for backpacking, but awesome for car camping/ short hikes.
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Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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