No shenanigans here
This is such a great tent. Got it last week on sale and I haven't regretted this purchase at all. Great construction, very light, solid, need I say more?
Took it to the sand dunes and it performed great. Took about 5 minutes to set up by myself. First time setting up and it was pretty straight forward, no need for instructions really but it comes on the bag that it comes with if you need em. Take down was even easier. I'm really happy with the fact that you can compress the tent quite a bit when you're putting it away.
The poles are made of aluminum which is great, extremely light and seems to be pretty strong. The construction of the tent itself was surprising. At first it seemed like a very thin material which at first I was worried about. But it is actually pretty strong and durable. Threw a things at it (rocks, sticks, etc. Stupid but I was curious) and it held up pretty well. The rainfly seems like it would hold up pretty well in the rain but I'm not sure because I haven't tested it yet. Can't wait to see how it performs.
I was surprised because I didn't have the footprint when I went but the bottom of the tent really was ok on the floor. I got the footprint today so that gives me a little bit more confidence on it lasting longer but I wasn't too worried before. You can also set the tent up in a minimalist style and just use the rainfly with the footprint, and it works pretty well too. I like how the vents on the top are made of a velcro type of material with a bar inside of them. Makes it pretty simple to open up, holds up and it's light. Not sure how well the velcro is going to hold up in the long run but it seems pretty durable.
I think the only complaint I have isn't really related to the tent actually. I feel like the case/bag the tent comes in could have been better. Feels very flimsy and a bit oversized. I don't expect it to last very long. The "compression" straps don't work that great either, the straps just slowly slip out of place within a few minutes. A better built bag with a more durable material and better compression straps (including maybe a horizontal strap in addition to the two vertical straps) would make it a great all around package. I honestly don't like sticking my the tent poles/stakes in the bag because I feel like they will rip through the fabric, even though they are in their own little bags. It would have been nice if they provided an extra stake or two as well, but I can't complain too much.
Great tent, really packs a punch for it's value. Highly recommend it to anyone looking for a light weight, durable tent. Cheers all around!
I was looking for a reasonably priced, light weight, three season tent and the Passage 2 stepped up to the task. I compared many brands and models and decided it met all my needs. I purchased it before there were any reviews but felt confident with the REI label. My Passage 2's maiden trek was a 3 day trip to the Mountaineers Route on Mt. Whitney last weekend in late April. The forecast said nothing about 36 hours of snow or the 50 MPH winds at Upper Boy Scout Lake so I guess I pushed the performance envelope of the Passage 2...anyway...
I am 6'3", 200 lbs and my buddy is 6'00", 190 lbs and we slept head-to-toe. Both nights it snowed and the second night we had strong winds with copious amounts of spindrift blowing across the col through our camp.
The Passage 2 has room aplenty for two fair sized guys and gear. We stayed warm and dry during 27 degree, snowy and windy conditions. I had beaucoup headroom and there is plenty of storage space with four corner mesh pockets and an attic.
We both stowed our 85 liter packs and boots in our respective vestibules that doubled as our kitchens keeping us out of the wind and snowfall. The two door/vestibule style is also convenient for those middle-of-the-night calls of nature that allows you to boot up in comfort and egress/ingress without having to crawl over your tent mate.
Setup is easy even in strong winds. The tent remained solid in 50 MPH winds, though the vestibule stake points on the rainfly loosened slightly during the gusty winds. This might have been due to the webbing being misrouted and hence, not staying as taut as I would have liked. I'll write this off as pilot error and I'll know my equipment mo' betta before pitching it next time in the mountains.
A moderate amount of snow spindrift found its way inside during the strongest winds, but again, this is a three season tent, so I can't complain. We did stay dry and pretty warm during 27 degree conditions, regardless. There was no hint of moisture on the bathtub under our gear and only minimal condensation on the inside of the rainfly. The condensation was probably due to the fact that I did not prop open the air vents on the top of the rainfly. I'll take a little condensation over excessive spindrift in my tent any day.
It's weight specs are comparable to more expensive models and the footprint/rainfly pitch option is a bonus for trips where weight is an issue. Overall, I would say the Passage 2 is an outstanding value and a solid three season tent. Once again, REI has hit a homerun!
I didn't want to review this until I'd had the tent in the rain and finally I had the chance to see if it would hold up... and hold up it did. A few weekends ago there happened to be a major thunder and lightening storm complete with a pretty massive downpour. The rain was enough to make the entire area around me into a series of puddles and even managed to splash water up under the fly (the fly could be a bit better for this... it doesn't go all the way to the ground completely but then again this isn't a four season tent so I wouldn't really expect it to). I kept expecting the tent to leak at least a little or show some signs of damp in the corners or where gear touched the sides of the tent and for the first few hours I kept checking... it was loud enough and early enough that I wasn't sleeping anyway, but there was absolutely nothing, not a spot of wet in the tent at all. When I took the tent down several days later I realized that some water had made a small puddle between the ground tarp and the tent (it was a massive downpour) and yet the tent had never leaked at all. I am really impressed.
Again, the fly is great but in a massive downpour water can splash up under the fly so don't leave anything out there in those conditions that you don't mind getting wet or damp. As with any two person tent there isn't going to be room for two people, your dog, your backpacks, etc etc but there was plenty of room for two people, clothes, and even motorcycle helmets and gear, especially since we could shove stuff up against the walls without worry that the tent would leak.
The tent isn't the lightest thing on the market but for the price it's a great weight. If you're car camping or need to spend more time in a tent during lots of downpours get something that's bigger (the rule is a three person tent is for two people and their gear with comfort... there aren't a ton of three person groups running around out there!). If you need a tent for mostly good weather but want something that will hold up to nasty weather when you need it to this is the tent for you.
I'm far more impressed with this tent than I expected to be. Absolutely awesome.
Great product at a great price!
I bought the Passage 2 for backpacking and kayak camping after researching many tents. My first choice was the Contrails Tarptent, but I felt like the Passage 2 was a better fit if I ever wanted to take one of my kids or my wife with me. I wanted a lightweight tent, but this certainly doesn't fall on the lightest end of the spectrum. I did purchase the ground cover that can be used with the rainfly and poles to create a minimalist shelter for a little over 2 lbs. I haven't tested the minimalist method yet. The overall tent weighs just over 5 lbs with poles, stuff sack, stakes, rain fly, and tent. It packs compactly with the poles on the outside of a backpack for use with a more minimalist style backpack. I use the Talon 44 for 2-3 night backpacking, and all my gear and food fit fine. I could probably go longer in milder weather, but having a family with small kids doesn't afford me the opportunity to venture much longer. I like the two doors and the vestibule that helps create added storage for gear on the outside of the tent out of the elements but easily accessible. The corner pockets inside and the "attic" storage are great for smaller items like your headlamp for the late night visits to the nearest tree. I can set the tent up completely within 5 minutes or less (I haven't put a stop watch to it). The tent has great ventilation for the warm, muggy nights in the Southeast. I've camped on islands in the middle of a large lake, and the tent held up in significant winds. I'll be changing the stakes out to the MSR groundhog stakes, because the standard stakes don't always work well in sandy or rocky soil. This is a two man tent with the understanding that it is a tight fit for two full size (6' 190 lbs) people. But after hiking all day, I would think it would be fine. (I'm primarily a solo adventurer.)
Overall, I am very pleased with the construction and durability of this tent. I haven't tested it in significant rainfall, so I can't attest to it's waterproof capabilities. (I should probably do a backyard test with the hose....kids would love that.) If you're looking for a value based tent at moderate weight, this is the way to go. I would buy this again, and I hope to have many adventures it along the way! Happy trails!
Can Take A Beating
The short story:
An impressive tent for the cost, I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. I'll keep using it for solo car camping or duo backpacking (with someone I don't mind getting cozy with). However, once I have some disposable income I'll be shopping for a lighter single-person backpacking tent. Exceptional in bad weather - but needs an extra pair of stakes.
The long story:
I just finished up a tour of western national parks, and this tent was home for about 75 out of 87 nights. I've also used the tent a few times for overnight solo/duo backpacking. For backpacking, it's definitely heavy unless split between two people. But if two people use it, there's room for absolutely nothing else except what fits in the (numerous) pockets. I'm about 5'9" and the friend I once shared the tent with is <6' as well.
I found setup easy, taking a leisurely 10-15ish minutes and I have no particular praises or complaints in that area.
I'd say the best thing about it is how weather-proof it is. I didn't even do my own watersealing on the seams. It does need a tweak, though. Adding two stakes to the short white walls of the tent eliminated some flapping in high winds and condensation entering the tent by preventing contact between the tent and fly.
As some other reviewers have noted, replacing all the stakes with better ones is a good idea - that I never did. I had 2 or 3 nights where a combination of loose soil, high wind, and bad orientation led to the vestibule stakes getting ripped from the ground. Nothing a rock on top of the stake couldn't fix.
On the other hand, there were a few consecutive nights of thunderstorms in the Badlands that redefined my understanding of fear. I spent some nights sleeping in my Corolla due to lightning concerns, but the tent stood, unoccupied, on the open plain without any signs of deformation while other campers had their backs up against their tents to keep the wind from caving them in. It's also stood up to several multi-day weather systems with constant light rain without any water entering the tent.
I recently purchased the Passage 2 as a backpacking tent, however before it's first use for that purpose I decided to take it to Joshua Tree for a camping trip with my girlfriend this last weekend. A storm was expected to roll through during our 4d/3n stay (Fri-Mon), so I figured what better way to review a new tent than a good ol' natural torture test!
Long story short, we had constant 30-50mph winds with 75mph gusts, 1.5 inches of rain on Sat, and snow the rest of the weekend. Night temps were around 30, but windchill knocked it down to low teens.
As for the tent... It never budged!! It held up like a rock, never losing tension even with the saturated soil it was on. It stayed dry, never producing condensation. The construction is top notch and should be compared to models $200+ more! I have no doubt in my mind that this tent will last a very long time. At one point, the entire tent was covered in snow, staked into soaking wet soil, and getting hit by wind gusts strong enough to blow me over (6'-200lbs) and we didn't even notice it from the inside other than the sound.
As for the inside... Comfortable! It is large enough for me, my gf (5'-100lbs), and gear (or two 6' adults with gear in the vestibules, which supply more than enough room). We had both pairs of boots, an ice chest, propane lantern and a couple other odds and ends in one vestibule.
The only parts of the tent that I did not use were the supplied guylines for the rain fly. Being somewhat oldschool, I used paracord with a bowline tied to the tent and a trucker's hitch around the stake to tension the line for each of the vestibules.
All in all, by far the best investment for anyone from the casual car camper to the avid backpacker. Plus you just can't beat the quality for the price! I can't wait to get it out again. Amazing job yet again, REI!
Great for the price
I was looking for a lightweight and not expensive tent then I found the Passage 2.
• I found this tent to be just the right size for 2 people or 1 person and all your gear.
• At 4 pounds, I find it lightweight.
• The storage bag is oversized so you can put the tent away easily without having to re-fold it many times to fit it in the bag.
• The rainfly fit somewhat loosely. Which makes it touch the side of the actual tent and let the dew seep in. (Haven't use the tent in the rain yet...) but my boyfriend's feet touched the side of the tent when the dew was heavy and got the inside wet and his sleeping bag wet as well. When the each door of the rainfly are staked to the ground the sides of the rainfly start touching the tent.
• In my opinion the doors opening's designs should be on the other side as of when the rainfly's door are open, it would be easier to get in and out of the tent. As you can see on the picture I've included.
Overall, I do enjoy this tent a lot and is a great tent for the price. Thankfully, REI has a wonderful return policy so if this does not end up being what you expect/wanted, you can simply return it hassle free. Gotta love REI!
Picture was taken when I had to pitch my tent onto a gravel pad. I was unable to stake the tent nor the rainfly to the ground so I used a rock to hold it down. As you can see, the door opening of the actual tent is hidden behind the rain fly's door which makes it harder to get in and out of the tent easily. This tent also have enough room for me, my dog and my gear. I would recommend this tent to a friend!
First off, I made my tent decision based on inventory and price. I actually was trying to get the REI Camp Dome 2, but they were backordered. The next best deal I found was on the REI Passage 2, so I snagged it up, in time for my overnight backpack trip to Ingalls Lake in WA.
I thought the tent was pretty light weight, and I was excited about setting it up for the first time. I checked to make sure before I left for my trip, that all the parts were in the bag, and they were. Once I was up in Headlight Basin (below Ingalls Lake), I started setting up my tent. I found that the tent was very easy to set up without reading the instructions, however, I didn't quite understand how to set up the rain fly, so I did it wrong at first. I finally went back and read the instructions printed on the carrying bag and noticed that the rain fly had color coded parts and once I matched them up, it looked right and performed well! I didn't encounter any rain, however, it did grew in the wind, and keep me pretty comfortable in 30-50 degree weather. I did get a little cold through the night, but that's because I was so warm when I first get in, I stripped off a lot of clothing and went to sleep only to find that the temperature dropped quite a bit overnight. I woke up cold, and had to put on some more clothing. Once I did, I was comfortable.
This tent doesn't come with the footprint, and REI was out of stock on them, so I didn't use one on this trip. I need to get one though. Overall, I'd say that I love this tent! It fit me (5'9" 140lbs), and my pack (REI Lookout 40) very comfortably inside, and should sleep two just fine, with packs left outside the tent.
Formerly Known as the Half Dome 2
For all those who loved the original Half Dome 2 and were disappointed when REI replaced the original with a more complicated design, fear not.
As far as I can tell, this tent more or less *is* the original Half Dome, resurrected under a new name and with new colors.
The dimensions are a near dead-on match, as is the basic shape, with some minor changes:
- The Passage 2 is a couple ounces lighter than the original Half Dome 2. I think this comes primarily from a slightly thinner fly material, but don't quote me on that.
- The Passage 2 has separate poles instead of poles joined by a pivot at the peak
- The poles of the Half Dome 2 had a spiffy orange annodized finish, instead of polished aluminum.
- The Half Dome 2 had a pair of small plastic windows on the rain fly, so you could see out of the tent with the fly closed. The Passage 2 does not. The windows were a mixed benefit in my opinion - less privacy when group camping, and it made the fly harder to fold.
- The no-see-'em mesh panels are different shapes between the two.
- It's hard to tell, but the old Half Dome 2 might give ever-so-slightly more arc to the poles, providing a hair more total volume due to a steeper angle between the wall and the floor.
A few of these things might make me prefer my old Half Dome 2 to this one, but I'm glad to see the simple quality and ease of use of the original Half Dome lives on. I'd pick the Passage over the re-designed Half Dome in a heartbeat.
As others have attested, this is a superb design. The first time I set mine up, it took less than 10 minutes, even though I was working only by the light of a headlamp.
I've taken this tent out twice for weekend camping trips in Indiana, both on beautiful weekends, so I can't comment on how it stands up in wind/rain/snow conditions.
I purchased this to use for when my girlfriend and I go camping, and for when I eventually take solo backcountry trips.
After I bought it, I set it up in my living room once to get a feel for it and to repack it. Without looking at the directions, the set-up was extremely easy, with the only thing you really need to know is to match up the one off-color corner on everything. Once set up, it was very light and easy to move, although the footprint may slip off the ends of the poles while doing so. Repacking is a must, depending on what backpack you're stuffing it in, since the "long-and-tall" method doesn't fit in smaller (~40L) packs with a sleeping bag (at least, not when I tried it). A simple folding and rolling of everything and keeping the poles separate is all you need, and a bag only half the size of the one it comes with.
As for actually using it, it was great! I cut the guylines short to keep the edges of the rainfly down as much as possible (my one problem with the tent) and it kept both of us warm during the night. There was plenty of space inside of the tent and in the two vestibules for us (I'm 6'3", she's 5'7", both moderate frames) and our stuff: my one backpack and my girlfriend's couple of bags (she packs quite a bit more than I do). The two doors also helped when she inevitably woke up earlier than I and when I would leave/return on stargazing trips.
I haven't taken it out solo yet (probably will within the next two months), and maybe there will be worse weather to really test it out.