Thursday, April 22, 2010

REI, Premier Tent Supplier

It seemed unlikely when I was young, but now it seems like REI designs the best tents. This season their Quarter Dome and Half Dome are available in Plus versions for tall people like me. Also new is a redesigned Cirque ASL (all season light) based on the original Quarter Dome with crossed poles in sleeves, instead of failure-prone hubs. Rather than mesh, you get a fabric tent body for warmth, and a short pole to prop up the roof vents, all for around 5 pounds. There must be something wrong with this tent, but I can't figure out what.