As a brave explorer, last night Shaggy and I decided to check out the tent on our patio. One good thing about this tent is that it is easy enough to use even for a novice camper like me. Of course, Shaggy helped out a bit and that made things easier as well.
I would say it took me 10 minutes to setup the REI Half Dome 2 HC. The REI Trekker 1.75 Self-Inflating Mattress was a breeze to setup. I basically took it out the packaging and rolled it out. Then I blew some air into it with my mouth.
Last night was not a very cold night and it was not raining either. So, my initial impressions are more or less those of a novice as seen on a relatively normal day: 1) The tent was spacious enough for two people (1 human person and a 86 Pound Old English Sheep Dog Son). The 4-legged occupant did try to hog the sleeping bag. 2) There was not condensation inside the tent. 3) The inflatable mattress felt reasonably comfortable.
I will add more of my impressions as I test these products more.
Below is a picture of Shaggy and Lea checking out the new tent!