Columbia Bugaboo Tent Reviews
4 to 5 Person Family Dome Tents

Need a reliable but cheap camping tent?

Read Columbia Bugaboo Tent Reviews to learn why the Columbia Bugaboo ii tent is one of the best, cheap, family dome tents.

Finding a compromise between purchasing cheap camping gear and a reliable family dome tent is challenging. All too often the cheapest tents are a waste of money, as they're unreliable, not waterproof, and can ruin your vacation.

Thankfully, Columbia tents is your knight in shining armor. Specifically, the Columbia Bugaboo dome tent, which is a 4 to 5 person tent.

It's the perfect size to comfortably fit your family and is easy enough on the wallet that you'll still have enough money for additional camping tent equipment,accessories, and gas to and from the campground.

While Columbia Bugaboo Tents lack the bells and whistles that owners of luxurious, large, family tents enjoy, it is unquestionably one of the best, cheap tents for camping. It is reliable, spacious enough for 4-5 people, and won't break the bank.

Columbia Bugaboo ii Tent Review

Columbia Bugaboo Tent

Why is the Columbia Bugaboo dome tent one of the best family dome tents? Let Camping Tent lay it out in concrete terms:

  • Size - At 108 square feet, the Columbia Bugaboo dome tent is a perfect large tent for 4-5 people

  • Internal organization - Cup holders, pockets, and gear lofts allow you to easily store additional camping tent equipment and accessories

  • Airflow - Columbia Tents' patented Cyclone Venting permits excellent airflow even when the rainfly is being used

  • Cheap - Cheap tents should typically be avoided as quality becomes sacrificed--however, the Columbia Bugaboo tent is inexpensive and reliable

Okay, Camping Tent understands those are basic musts in a family camping tent. However, you'd be surprised at how many large, family dome tents are not large enough, not waterproof, and cost more (see many Coleman Tents).

That said, there are a number of disadvantages in the Columbia Bugaboo dome tent that consumers must be made aware of. While cheap and reliable, the Columbia Bugaboo ii tent is far from perfect and not the best family dome tent for everyone.

Columbia Bugaboo Tent Specifications

  • Area: 108 square feet
  • Max Height: 6 feet, 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • Number of Poles: 4
  • Tent Pole Material: Fiberglass tent poles
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Sleeps: 4-5 people
  • Seasons: 3

The Columbia Bugaboo Dome Tent: Advantages

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Just to recount, here are the most important advantages of Columbia Bugaboo Tents:

  • Great airflow
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy, internal organization
  • Size

These are the most evident advantages of Columbia Bugaboo dome tents, but many more exist, such as:

Having a gear vestibule for additional camping tent equipment storage is incredibly useful. Most cheap camping tents do not have a gear vestibule, which means kids can't remove dirty, wet equipment before entering.

Columbia tents understands how important it is to keep your family tent clean and the Columbia Bugaboo dome tent was designed with this in mind.

An aspect Columbia does not elaborate on in the Columbia Bugaboo dome tent description is how excellent airflow is during storms. This is due to two features: the Cyclone Venting system and the fact that the rainfly ties back.

Why is it important that a rainfly ties back? It permits airflow while keeping your tent dry during inclement weather. This small, but useful feature is something most large, cheap family dome tents lack.

Finally, did we mention that the best price of a Columbia Bugaboo ii tent is less than $150?

Columbia Bugaboo Tents: Disadvantages

Columbia Bugaboo Tent

With all the great aspects out of the way, now we have to dig into the nitty-gritty and show you why a Columbia Bugaboo ii tent is not the best family dome tent for everyone.

First, Columbia Bugaboo ii tents are made with fiberglass tent poles. Aluminum tent poles are more durable and reliable. Fiberglass material is more likely to break and can potentially ruin a camping trip.

Family camping tents must pitch quickly. Unfortunately, Columbia Bugaboo ii family dome tents do not utilize clip technology. This means you will be sliding every tent pole through a sleeve.

While instructions are easy to follow, compared to other family dome tents, you will spend significantly more time pitching the Columbia Bugaboo tent.

Finally, according to many consumers there's a difference between Columbia Bugaboo tents and Columbia Bugaboo ii tents. Many complain that the Columbia Bugaboo ii tent is unreliable.

However, many others state the second version is a perfect car camping tent. It is also rumored that the rainfly is larger on the second version, but Camping Tent could not verify this.

Columbia Bugaboo Tents: Consumer Reviews

Consumers like:
  • Spaciousness
  • Economical
  • Well-ventilated
  • Waterproof
Consumers don't like:
  • Pitching takes a long time
  • Tent poles aren't durable


If you need a basic, cheap family dome tent for car camping, the Columbia Bugaboo tent will meet your needs perfectly.

The bottom line is this: While Columbia Bugaboo ii Dome Tents won't blow you away and are anything but luxurious, they get the job done without breaking the bank.

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