This is advertised as a moderately light, three-season tent for two people. It’s certainly all that, and in fact it’s also good for winter camping (see below).
It’s roomy for its weight and class, as I am a big 6'2" and I feel that I have plenty of room inside it. I have not tried this with two big people, but I wouldn’t have any qualms about it.
The tent has a lot of features that add a little weight - - the second door, the attic, two vestibules, some pockets in the walls and miscellaneous strings hanging from places.
SetupThe tent has two poles permanently attached to an x-shaped hub. The entire pole complex almost self-assembles when you shake it out.
The tent has one color-coded corner, and if you line that color up on the footprint, tent, and fly the whole thing sets up in a snap. My only complaint here is that the contrasting colors are orange and black, so there isn’t much contrast in moonlight, requiring use of a light.
DurabilityWe’ve put this thing through the standard paces for a three-season tent. We were snug and dry in a strong rainstorm on Isle Royale, and the vestibule was big enough to keep both packs dry too. The bathtub floor and the seams were all watertight, and we had no problems with rainfly leaks.
With guylines, the tent held down fine in 30-mph wind, with gusts, in the Tetons. We tied down to two trees with rope instead of using the included guylines, so I can’t vouch for those.
I use the tent for winter camping in the Midwest. I sleep warm, but my son does not, and we both stay warm in this tent down to the lower 20s. We haven’t tried it below that, but I would have no qualms about going down to the mid teens.
However, the floor of the tent doesn’t provide too much insulation, even with the footprint. If I put my hand flat on the floor of the tent, I can melt snow on the other side (but the hand stays comfortable). In the 20s, I bring two sleeping pads and I'm warm as can be in a three-season Slumberjack bag.
Specs and cost
Data here are from REI, not verified but they all seem right.
Minimum weight 5 lbs. 1 oz., average weight 5 lbs. 11 oz. with stuff sack, guylines and so forth.
Floor 90 x 54 inches, 34 square feet
Vestibule area 9.4 + 9.4 square feet
Peak height 41 inches
Canopy fabric Nylon ripstop
Floor fabric Coated nylon
Rainfly fabric Coated polyester taffeta
Number of poles 2
Pole material DAC Featherlite aluminum
Pole diameter 9.9 / 8.5 millimeters
Packed size 7 x 23 inches
REI Half Dome 2 HC Tent, $169 online at REI
REI Half Dome 2 HC Footprint, $25 online at REI
Action shots!Since you can't simply attach images on these gear pages, I'll add them manually. If you have shots of your Half Dome in action, give me the link and I'll post them here.
Here's my Half Dome in Iceland. Here it is in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness.
Poised above a cliff in Tennessee
And, pictures from other people:
Here it is at Hidden Lake -- the lake is hidden but the tent is not!
Here it is at Mt. Berman, Lower Phillips Ridge, Crown Mountain, and Carter Lake, all on Vancouver Island.
And here it is at Ceder Peak (UT)
And here it is at Canyon de Chelly