Rating: 4 / 5
A good lightweight starter tent that is reasonably priced and easy to set up.
Could it do better? Yes.
I bought a Quarterdome for my son and me, as we needed a freestanding tent for coastal and late season snow trips, where staking out is an issue. This was the first freestanding I had owned in years. I found that I hadn't missed FS tents, non freestanding tents adds a minute or two more to set up-and I didn't have to fight with putting in tent poles! My biggest gripe about the QD is that the poles are one way only, and the pole sleeves are tight when cold or wet. It can take two people to get them in.
What I like: It is easy to set up in nice weather, once you remember which direction the poles go in. I like that half the tent is mesh, as the walls make it warmer in the wind. It handles rain and wind well, and I woke up to a frozen fly more than once this year. Like many REI tents, condensation hasn't been an issue for me, the ceiling vents work well. It packs small also.
But, at 4.4 lbs (includes tent, fly, poles, stakes, guylines and all bags), I don't consider this a true lightweight tent. It is light, yes, compared to a traditional FS 2 man tent, but not light. But it does offer convience and a return policy.
My other issue lies in that for it to be a two man tent, you have to really like who you are sharing with. Head to toe seems to work best. It does have two doors, and two vestibules, so offers a good amount of gear storage. If you have a light on at night, the tent is nearly naked, as the fly is very thin.
It has it's good points, but also bad sides. While weatherproof, you pay for that with weight.