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Built with plenty of room and thus perfect for families, this thoughtfully crafted 6-person tent features premium waterproof materials, full seam sealing on the floor and rain fly, and a minimalist-inspired design that allows for a super easy setup. Omni-Shield waterproof rain fly and floor fabrication protects you from the elements. Sleeps 4, plus gear. Main fly and floor seams taped for weather protection. 3 season livability. 2 doors. DAC aluminum poles. Packaged weight: 13lbs 11oz. Floor area: 80sf. Peak height: 77". Pack size: 10" x 25". Fabric: Wall fabric: 68D taffeta polyester. Floor fabric: Omni-Shield 150D oxford polyester. Fly fabric: Omni-Shield 57D taffeta polyester.
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Cool in the Heat, Warm in the Cold, Dry as can be.
Pre-camping: We had set the tent up at my parents’ house a couple weeks before going camping to check it over and determine if we should waterproof the seams better. It didn’t leak in our test run, so we let it dry overnight and packed it up the next day for the camping trip. We also found that a 9X11 tarp fits nicely underneath to serve as the tent’s footprint, so we grabbed our extra thick 9×11 tarp for that purpose.
Day one: Set up took about 10 minutes. The poles are aluminum, not fiberglass, and they slide into their respective slots quite easily. We didn’t find any need to “feed” them in like we often had to do with our previous dome tents. We chose to leave the guy lines off the tent. The first night the temperature dropped from about the mid-70’s to the mid-50’s (Farenheit). It was pretty cold when we climbed into the tent, but within a couple minutes the air was warm enough to take off our sweatshirts and get into our sleepwear. We slept great.
Day two: I woke up really early with our dog and decided to climb back into the sleeping bag. It was sunny out when I woke up, but by the time my wife woke up a couple hours later it was ready to rain. For the first time ever (of nights sleeping in tents), we woke up completely dry. There wasn’t any condensation build up and it was still pretty warm inside the tent. It rained all day. That night we went to bed with the temperature closer to 50-degrees and wet. Again, we warmed up pretty quickly and noticed there wasn’t a single wet spot inside the tent. We slept great again.
Day three: We woke up dry. It was windy this day and threatening to rain all day. Even in the strongest of wind gusts produced that day, the tent stood strong. There wasn’t any bowing of the poles. There wasn’t any fear that it wasn’t going to make it through the day. I would estimate the strongest gusts to be roughly 30 mph. We decided to go to bed early this night because the wind was causing concern that we weren’t going to be able to control the flying campfire embers for much longer. The temperature dropped to the mid-40’s. We got inside the tent and warmed up, then slept great once again.
Day four: We woke up dry and comfortable. Day four was hot. My wife and I ended up with sunburns by the middle of the afternoon, even with sunscreen on. We spent the day hiking and playing in the water with our dog. We used the tent several times throughout the day as a changing room in between events and also to get out of the sun for a little while. It was a little cooler inside the tent than it was outside. The temperature was back to the mid-50’s that night. We burned the remaining firewood and went to bed. For our last night of this camping trip, we slept great.
Day five: We woke up not looking forward to going home. We were dry and we were comfortable. That’s probably why we didn’t want to go home. Usually, by the last day, we can’t wait to get home for a hot shower and dry bed. This time, we only looked forward to the hot shower and even that wasn’t a hot topic of conversation until shortly before we had gotten back home 3 1/2 hours later. Anyway, we were able to tear down the tent and get it stowed in the car in about 10 minutes.
Post-camping: Once we had showered and unpacked most of our stuff, we drove the tent back to my parents’ house so we could clean it out let it breathe on its own for a night. It didn’t take much time to clean it out, but we weren’t able to get all of the dirt off the floor. I guess that’s the only problem with a floor that’s not made of cheap plastic, but it’s definitely not cause for a reduction in my rating of this tent.
Our dog loved her first camping trip. We loved our, I don’t know, 100th camping trip. It was so nice to enjoy the great outdoors without restless nights, wet mornings and puddles in the rain. We can’t wait to go again and this tent was definitely an intelligent investment. I highly recommend Columbia tents and will look to this brand again when the time comes for a new tent.
The only difficulty in setting up the tent were the two poles that cross at the top. I need an additional hand to set it up. Other than that, it was easy to set up.
After weekend use:
This tent easily fits two cots and a 30″x30″ table. There was enough room to have free space with all of this equipment inside the tent.
Durability is unknown at this time. There were a few items bulging in the floor, but there was no noticeable wear. The door can be difficult to open or close when the screen portion of the door is in use. This could lead to wear and breakdown on the zipper.
Standing in this tent is not a problem. Because of the room, it was very easy to dress or undress.
This is a perfect tent for two people. Two of use use this tent and it was very comfortable. We had four people in the tent for a time as we played games. This, too, was not bad for we had room to move around.
If you are able to pick up this 6-person tent, do so. Take a few minutes to do a dry set-up. It is easy especially with a second person. Do place a ground pad underneath the tent.