Columbia Cougar Flats II Tent: Camp in Comfort
The Columbia Cougar Flats II domed cabin tent offers families a spacious temporary shelter while camping. It features several amenities not found in other tents, an excellent ventilation system, cover from rain and is fairly easy to set up and take down.
The tent’s two rooms provides enough room for up to eight people to sleep, or one room can be used for sleeping while the other is made into a living quarters. The Cyclone venting system increases air circulation within the tent which can help keep it cool on hot days or dry it out faster following a heavy rainstorm.
The GoBe Dry technology keeps the inside of the tent dry even during pounding rainstorms. The interior has a variety of features designed to keep small gear organized.
Columbia Cougar Flats II Features and Specifications
- Sleeping capacity: 8 persons
- Packed weight: 54 pounds
- Floor length: 15 feet
- Floor width: 10 feet
- Peak height: 86 inches
- Port for easy passage of cables
- Two windows and two doors
- Internal pockets, cup holders and gear loft
- Wheeled carry bag
- Steel and fiberglass poles
Cougar Flats II : What do they say?
The Cougar Flats II cabin tent is popular with campers and according to our research online, it receives mostly positive reviews, but a few problems are reported.
The space it provides seems to be a very popular feature. One camper wrote he used two twin air mattresses and a queen-sized one in his, while still having room for a box fan.
Another wrote his family of six slept comfortably, along with a space heater, gear and room at one of the doors to take shoes off when entering. That user also pointed out he is six feet tall but was not hampered due to the peak height of the tent. The large bay windows and ventilation system are also popular features.
For the most part, set up and tear down seem to be easy. Color-coded poles match pocket holes making it simple for first-time users. There was at least one complaint of the instructions not being very clear. Take down seems even better, especially the fact it can easily be packed into the wheeled storage bag.
One of the few negatives seems to be the amount of rain that can find its way into the tent. One reviewer said it leaked in four places during a heavy storm, though he admitted he had not pre-treated the seams as suggested. Both bay windows collected a bit of water, which was corrected by pulling the stakes out farther. The arch of the rainfly also may allow water to leak into the tent.
Overall, based on our research, the Columbia Cougar Flats II cabin tent does earn our recommendation for a family cabin tent. The problems reported, for the most part, seem to be user error. The Cougar Flats II tent is spacious, easy to set up and tear down and has compartments inside for extra gear storage. The bay windows offer a great view of the campsite and the ventilation system keeps occupants comfortable, ensuring the best family camping trip possible.