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Gear Up: REI Camp Dome 2 Tent

With so many great outdoor products appearing on the market recently, I’ve decided to use March as Gear Up month and review some of the products that stand out in terms of innovation and reputation among the outdoor community. Over the next few weeks, you’ll read about brand new products, customer favorites that have received updates, or tried and true items that never go out of style. I’ve already shined the spotlight on a great camping stove from Jetboil and a truly revolutionary multitool from Gerber. Today, I’ll continue by detailing one of the most popular tents available today, the REI Camp Dome 2.

From the outside, the Dome 2 is quite impressive. It possesses two doors with awnings to provide protection from the weather, easy in-and-out accessibility, and ventilation. The canopy is made up of nylon taffeta, which holds up nicely against wind, rain, and even UV rays, and the included rainfly is made of polyester taffeta. Other than the pole for the rainfly, the Dome 2 comes with two aluminum poles for the frame that fasten easily into pole clips on the tent canopy and make pitching the tent a breeze.

Internally, the Dome 2 consists of roughly 31-square feet of floor space, as well as 42 inches of head room. This tent is not made for family outings, but rather for two people on a camping trip, with enough spare room for gear if it should rain. It also comes with four tent stakes, two guylines, pole repair tube, and a stuff sack for storage during travel. The tent and everything it comes with weigh around 5 pounds when confined to the stuff sack, so it won’t add too much weight to your gear. The best feature of REI’s Camp Dome 2 tent is the $100 price tag, which makes it affordable for any outdoorsman.

The REI Camp Dome 2 tent has been a go-to shelter for outdoorsmen for several years. This three-season tent is free-standing, lightweight, durable, easy to set up, and doesn’t cost a lot at all, which makes it ideal for casual campers and hardened backcountry hikers alike. It has consistently been highlighted in outdoors magazines as one of the standout tents on the market today, and the impressive characteristics I’ve outlined above show why. It’s hard to find a quality tent that possesses durability, function, and is lightweight enough to take on long trips, but the Camp Dome 2 from REI gets the job done. If you’re in search of a reliable two-person, three-season tent, I highly suggest checking it out. 

Saturday, November 01, 2014