REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent
REI Quarter Dome T1 Tent – Roomy one person backpacking tent
A good ultra light backpacking tent can be hit or miss. More times than not you either end up with a backpacking tent that is super light, but lacks room, or vice versus. Is a ultra light backpacking tent with ample room too much to ask for? I don’t think so and neither does REI. This is obvious in their REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent. With the REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent you end up with a backpacking tent that has plenty of room for you and your gear, it even has a decent amount of head space for a single person tent.
What I like about the REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent is how much head space it has. I hate when single person tents don’t give you enough space to at least sit upright. Maybe its just me, but I don’t enjoy just having enough space to keep the tent walls off my face. I want something I can sit up when I have to change, stretch, or look through my pack in. The REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent gives you plenty of room to do all of the above in and more. At its peak, the REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent is about 37 inches tall, which is plenty of room to sit up straight in unless you are expectational tall.
Aside from being roomy, the REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent is also extremely light weight. Just how light weight is it? How does around three pounds sound? There are a number features and materials on the REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent that help keep it so light. One of these features is of course the tents poles. The REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent uses DAC featherlight NSL poles to keep the weight of the tent to a minimum.
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Why they rock:
- This solo tent weighs in at only 2 lbs. 12 oz. and its rectangular floor plan with area-wide headroom offers flexibility in space usage
- Tension Truss architecture creates superior structural integrity and generous head room
- Dry entry/exit vestibule design ensures water won’t drip into the tent when doors are open during rainy weather
- Preassembled hub/pole set, pole clips and color-coding ensure a quick and easy setup; poles break down small to fit easily in your backpack
- DAC Featherlite NSL poles help make this tent ultra light
- Seam-sealed bathtub design and water-tight corners create a waterproof floor
- Active climate control uses flow-through chimney ventilation to keep air moving through the tent to reduce condensation; vents operate from inside
- No-wick construction ensures that water won’t sneak through susceptible areas such as guy-out points, polewraps and zippers in wet conditions
- Abundant pockets keep your tent tidy; door cleanly stashes away in its own pocket
- Attention to detail shows in the reflective guy points and adjustable cleat-lock tie-downs on the rainfly
- Save weight and create a minimalist shelter by using just the rainfly, poles and footprint (sold separately)
- Comes with guylines and tighteners, stakes, pole repair tube, pole and stake bags and tapered, easy-to-stuff compression stuff sack
Seat-of-the-pants rating: 9 out of 10
In my honest opinion, I think the REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent is a good competitor to other ultra light tents on the market. it may not be the lightest one in the field, but all things considered it is extremely light for all of the features and room it has to offer. So, if you are looking for a backpacking tent that is light, but still has a decent amount of room, check out the REI Quarter Dome T1 Ultralight Tent.
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