REI Half Dome 2+ Tent

    Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

We've tested plenty of tents for under $180, but none held up like the REI Half Dome 2. The redesigned classic two-man is a third larger—and considerably sturdier—than the previous iteration and includes both multiple doors and a vestibule. Instead of crossing, the twin main poles run parallel, which saves a few segments (and ounces) and makes the walls more vertical. It's a bit awkward to set up for the first time but easy with a little practice. Other smart touches include vents on the fly that kept testers condensation-free in fog and rain on Oregon's Rogue River, pockets to stuff the opened canopy doors into (saving the hassle of lashing them aside), and an "attic" to dry socks or hold a headlamp for overhead lighting. "It'd be a good tent at any price," one tester summarized, "but it's an incredible tent at this price." 5 lbs, rei.com
Livability: 4.4 (out of 5)
Sturdiness: 4.5
$179

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