Review by: crotch, 2005-06-23
After living in it for 3 weeks through plenty of rain and some below-freezing nights, I can confidently say that the Quarter Dome UL is a [b]great tent that is extremely well thought out[/b]. With stakes and stuff-sack, this tent weighs in at right around 4lbs. I don't know of a lighter 2-person, 3-season, double-wall, free-standing tent on the market, and at $219 the price can't be beat, [b]but this tent is not for everyone[/b].
The roof vent really helps keep condensation away, and won't drip during rain if you pitch the tent with your feet towards the wind. The fly is seam-taped and pitches out drum-tight for minimum flapping noise in the wind, and is well separated from the tent body so you don't have to worry about keeping your sleeping bag away from the tent walls to stay dry. Plenty of guy-out options should keep Quarter Dome dry and standing under most conditions.
Little details show that this tent was well designed for long term habitation by two people. It has paired doors so that you won't have to crawl over your tentmate in the middle of the night to pee. In warmer weather the fly can be rolled back on both sides for great cross-ventilation. Two vestibules provide adequate and convenient storage regardless of which side you're on. There's enough headroom for two smaller people to sit facing each other for a game of cards on a rainy day.
The accessory pockets don't offer much utility and could stand to be improved. The small footprint makes this tent poorly suited to larger folks, or those who don't like to get up close and personal with their tentmate. You should definately get inside this tent with someone else and see for yourself whether it has enough space for you.
The Quarter Dome has a low visual impact due to subdued hues, which is nice in crowded areas, but suboptimal if you need to be found. The tent is next to invisible from the air. The light coming through the fly is well balanced and probably won't make you suicidal during extended stays, though your tentmate might. The fly would be improved with the addition of a transparent window.
Overall, this is a [b]fantastic tent for the light-is-right crew but should only be considered by smaller people or those willing to spoon[/b].