REI’s Half Dome 2 Tent Receives Backpacker 2010 Editors’ Choice Gold Award -- Coveted Award Honors Best Gear and Essentials for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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REI’s Half Dome 2 was one of only 15 innovative products that have been honored with a 2010 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award, and only one of two companies that received the coveted “gold” award which is presented to manufacturers whose products have sustained best-in-class performance for more than five years.

REI Half Dome 2 Tent

REI's award-winning, top-selling predecessor [the Half Dome 2HC] was one of our favorites when it was announced in 2002

REI’s Half Dome 2 Tent has been honored as a 2010 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Gold Award recipient, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance.

Backpacker Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn and his staff of editors and testers presented the REI design and development team with the award during the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market tradeshow. The tent is highlighted in the April issue of Backpacker, currently available on store shelves.

“REI’s award-winning, top-selling predecessor [the Half Dome 2HC] was one of our favorites when it was announced in 2002,” said Kristin Hostetter, Backpacker gear editor. “We loved REI’s Half Dome design then, and with an update, it’s still a favorite, just better.”

REI’s Half Dome 2 was one of only 15 innovative products that have been honored with a 2010 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award, and only one of two companies that received the coveted “gold” award which is presented to manufacturers whose products have sustained best-in-class performance for more than five years.

“We’re pleased and honored to receive Backpacker’s Gold award,” says Lee Fromson, vice president of REI Gear & Apparel. “Our members gave us the inspiration to update what was already an iconic bestselling product, and we’re happy to introduce an even stronger, roomier version with the new 2010 Half Dome tent series.”

REI’s 2010 Half Dome tent is roomier and lighter than its predecessor (the Half Dome 2HC) with two-person comfort, easy entry/exit and livability people can expect from
REI’s backpacking tents. The new style is available now. Pricing starts at $179 and is available in three styles (two-person; two-person plus and four-person styles).

The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards, bestowed annually since 1993, honor the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the year based on months of trail testing by teams of highly experienced hikers and climbers. With no set categories for the awards and no set number of recipients, the products and the testing process drive the award categories each year.

About REI Gear & Apparel
REI’s in-house REI Gear & Apparel team designs and develops award-winning gear and apparel for camping, hiking, cycling, urban lifestyle, travel and general outdoor recreation. The REI and Novara brands are sold exclusively through the co-op’s retail stores, online at http://www.rei.com and through its catalogs. REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.

About Backpacker
Backpacker (http://www.backpacker.com) brings the outdoors straight to the reader's doorstep, inspiring and enabling them to go more places and enjoy nature more often. The authority on active adventure, Backpacker is the world's first GPS-enabled magazine and website, and the only outdoor media whose editors personally test the hiking trails, camping gear, and survival tips they publish. Backpacker's Editors' Choice Awards, an industry honor recognizing design, feature and product innovation, has become the gold standard against which all other outdoor-industry awards are measured.

CONTACTS:                            
Courtney Coe                            
REI Public Affairs
253-437-7308                            
ccoe(at)rei(dot)com

Charina Lumley
Backpacker
303-625-1607
clumley(at)aimmedia(dot)com

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