Contrary to what to what your Instagram feed portrays, most of us on this planet are not full time adventurers, if that’s really even a thing. We have jobs, limited money, and time constraints. So how the heck are we supposed to get out and see the all of the amazing things this world has to offer? I think it all starts with a tent. Really, think about it. It’s a portable hotel that you can take to the most beautiful spots you can imagine. All you have to do is pack your backpack and go. Even more, you pay for it once and never pay again.
For me, this has been the key to seeing and experiencing things I never thought I had the time or money to do. It’s as simple as getting on Roots Rated and finding the most amazing spot within a reasonable driving distance, putting everything you need in a backpack, grabbing your friends, and having a rad weekend. Like I said, it all starts with a tent, and I’ve been testing out the perfect one.
The REI Half-Dome 2 Plus is by far the most useful tent I have owned for weekend glamping trips. And when I say glamping, I mean I have my friends, my wife, my dog, good food (usually sopressata, sliced cheese, and a baguette), and maybe even a bottle of wine on top of the mountain with me.
So here’s what you need to know about the tent:
Fit: I can comfortably fit my wife, my dog, and myself inside. I have also crammed three people in it for one night. It was a tight fit, but I would definitely do it again. In addition, there are two doors on each side so you don’t have to crawl over anyone to get out at night. This is a bigger deal than you may think. Its nice to know that you can leave at any time without disturbing everyone else.
Pack Size: It only weighs six pounds, and REI claims that it is 7×21 inches long. However, mine seems to pack to about 15 inches. I have a fairly small 50L backpack, and the tent leaves me with plenty of room to pack more than I need.
Durability: Its super strong. This tent has withstood a pretty heavy storm on the top of a bald. My wife, my dog, and myself, stayed dry and protected all night.
Set-up: It’s pretty much the easiest set-up because there is only one pole. Just lay out the tent put the pole together and attach it to the hooks. Click here for short a video that shows you how it’s done.
Colors: It comes in four different colors that look really nice when set up at your campsite. As you can see I have the teal tent, which is great because it does a good job of blocking the sun.
Price: Its $220 bucks, which is better than a lot of tents in the same class. To put the price in perspective, you could spend that much on one night in a hotel – minus the amazing views, friends, campfire, dog, sunrise etc. etc. And if you are an REI member, then you will get 10% back at the end of the year on your purchase.
It really is as simple as grabbing a tent, a sleeping pad, a backpack, some friends, getting in your car, and going. Its cheap and all you need is a weekend. I find that the simplicity of tent camping makes it hard to come up with excuses to not go out and have great and memorable weekends.
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