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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2014

Gear Review: REI Quarter Dome 3

This three-season dome saves weight and money. Bonus: Organizers will love it.

by: Kelly Bastone

REI Quarter Dome 3 (Courtesy Photo)
REI Quarter Dome 3 (Courtesy Photo)
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Why we like it : This three-season dome saves weight and money. Bonus: Organizers will love it.

Protection : Sustained rain and lashing 30-mph wind in Colorado’s Park Range barely rattled this freestanding shelter. 

Ventilation : “The best airflow Ive ever seen,” raves one veteran tester, praising the mesh walls, vestibule vents, and the 1- to 2.25-inch air buffer between canopy and fly. No condensation accumulated during drizzly nights in Wyoming’s Hoback Canyon.

Livability : Three sleeping pads fit with just inches to spare, but sufficient headroom and vestibule space mitigate the cramped floor. Credit the 42-inch peak height and near-vertical walls, as well as a gear closet for each occupant. Both side doors have 6.7-square-foot vestibules, and another area on the end (accessed via a zipper in the tent wall) provides a third covered space. Bonus: Getting in and out requires no gymnastics. 

Fave feature : A mesh pocket runs around the entire  perimeter, setting a new bar for organization. 

$379; 3 lbs. 12 oz.; rei.com



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