View Full Version : On a budget 2 person tent

04-14-2009, 11:00
I picked up a REI Half Dome 2HC Tent with my 20% off this past month, but was wondering how it stacks up against a Eureka and Kelty tents listed below. Should I stick with the heavier REI Dome, or are there better options.

REI Half Dome : http://www.rei.com/product/728308
Eureka Spitfire 2 : http://www.amazon.com/Eureka-Performance-Spitfire-Two-Person-Backpacking/dp/B000EQ8VTC/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I18E0OQ81Q75L4&colid=3GNPPUP7J5HBO
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 : http://www.amazon.com/Kelty-Grand-Mesa-2-Person-Tent/dp/B000W9TSY8/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I18WGESRR3P0O0&colid=3GNPPUP7J5HBO



04-14-2009, 11:03
Also a little more information. There will be of us using this tent, both under 5'7. We plan on doing some camping in the Shenandoah, and out west in Utah and NM.

04-14-2009, 14:03
I have and use an REI Half Dome. It's bulletproof and pretty roomy. I was on a hike at the Grassy Ridge Bald, we had rain, high winds, and thunderstorms, and 3 of the 5 tents were compromised badly, one blew down. I was completely dry.

But the Half Dome is a pound and a half heavier than these other two tents you point to. I'd love to have something lighter. I haven't used these other tents. (I currently use a tarp or a tarp and a hammock or a tarptent if it is just me.)