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The Best Backpacking Tents: REI Quarterdome T2

I'm in the market for a small, light backpacking tent that won't break the bank.

The Best Backpacking Tents: REI Quarterdome T2

I’ve been using REI’s Quarterdome T2 for two years now, and think it’s a great tent. It offers a little more cool-weather protection than the Carbon Reflex due to more ripstop nylon in the canopy, and it’s three-pole design is super-stable. But it still offers plenty of mesh for breathability, plus a fly that extends right down to ground level. I also like the T2’s big twin doors, and its real sense of roominess.

The T2 arrives packed at 4 pounds, 8 ounces. But that can be trimmed to just under four for the trail, which is impressive. And at $299, it’s an excellent buy.

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