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Why The Columbia Cougar Flats II Tent Is Amazing!

by James W
(Dundas, Ontario, Canada)

Overlooking the Lake - Algonquin Park

Overlooking the Lake - Algonquin Park

Overlooking the Lake - Algonquin Park Screen Room and Awning

I love the Columbia Cougar Flats II tent and here's why:

  • Huge interior

  • Great ventilation

  • Looks amazing

  • Screened roof for viewing the sky and ventilation (that's without the fly attached)

  • Nice, large rain fly

  • Screened room is amazing for relaxing bug free - we put a small camping table in it (in front of one of the doors), which was invaluable for holding lots of small gear, flashlights, radio, reading, having morning coffee, etc.

  • Sleeping area is very large...easiy held our double air mattress with loads of room to walk around and store clothes, etc.

  • Easy to set up (takes a bit more time first time)

  • Looks amazing (can't say that enough)


Would suggest to my fellow campers... get an overhead interior LED light or two. Also get a thick blanket or pad for the floor in the screen room... Much nicer on the feet.

Also, get a good ground pad for under the tent. Because of its size, the odds of finding a smooth (rock/rubble-free) area to pitch it is unlikley. We will bring a small broom next trip to sweep the area under it first.

Would suggest to Columbia - an easier door system (like the Coleman swinging door)

Although the Columbia Cougar Flats II is kind of heavy it is still easy to lift. The wheeled case is great and large enough to get the tent back in easily.

Would definitely reccommend it!

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Columbia Cougar Flats II: The Best Tent for Beach Camping

by Jerry
(California)

Three years ago I my mother in law gave me the Columbia Cougar Flats II. It completely changed the way I spent my summers ever since.

I always take my family down in the summertime to a campsite off of the beaches of San Clemente. I have 2 kids, both are four years of age, so this tent having a separate room for me and my wife makes it the perfect match for our family outings giving us a little extra privacy.

I mean, at max, this tent can fit up to 8 people which is really great, but with just us four it allows plenty of leg room and space for our gear.

The material it's made of allows the moisture that builds in the air sometimes around the beach in the morning to just roll right off and doesn't show any wear and tear since our three years of camping started.

The color of Columbia Cougar Flats II is placed perfectly to block out that unwanted sun in the A.M as well.

It's really one of the best tents for beach camping I've ever experienced.

With a black roof atop a white underbelly, it seems to divert heat and hold in a nice temperature anytime of the day.

The Columbia Cougar Flats II tent has great windows that unzip with little covers to block out the sun, which is great for when I want to relax and read while the kids play outside.

I love my Columbia camping tent and I would recommend it to anyone who camps.

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Columbia Cougar Flats Review - 6 Years of Happiness

by Margaret
(Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)

For six years we have enjoyed our Columbia Cougar Flats tent immensely.

We are comfort campers and have a queen size byo-bed on one half and a single plus a playpen on the other (next year it will be two singles!)

The Cougar Flats tent has served us remarkably well through all kinds of weather without any leaks or issues EXCEPT....the zippers!

We have had so much trouble with the zippers that claim to be self-fixing....we had to cut short our latest trip.

Any ideas where to replace the Cougar Flats zippers?

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My Columbia Cougar Flats II Review: Used To Love It, Now Hate It

by Christine
(Newburyport, MA)

Until recently I have been singing the praises of the Columbia Cougar Flats II to anyone who would listen.

There are many reasons to love the tent. The roominess is amazing and we were caught in a powerful rain storm without one leak, however, there are reasons why I can no longer recommend this tent.

First of all, we are the type who do tons of research before investing in anything, and every review we read was pretty much outstanding for this tent.

Also, we are very careful with our camping equipment because we want it to last more than a couple of seasons.

This is the second season we have used our Columbia Cougar Flats tent. We used it 3 times last year and we have used it twice this year.

On our first trip this year, one of the roof pole shock cords broke.

Now we have to tape it together which is inconvenient, but manageable. I also noticed that the door zipper was beginning to give us a bit of a problem. It has a self-correcting system which I had to use a few times. Because of this "warning sign" we were even more careful than usual, which was pretty careful!

Last week on our second trip the door zipper was nearly impossible to use.

We had to "self correct" about 10-12 times each time we used it in order to close the zipper. Often, not successful.

In the middle of the night when it's bathroom break time you don't want to be fooling with a zipper for 3 full minutes, waking everyone with the zipper sounds (and the quiet cursing!).

Eventually we decided to use the other door, which was very close to a bank of bushes (inconvenient) as the other door was unbearable.

Also one of the corner hubs is ripping from the tent.

Next time it's an LLBean tent with a lifetime guarantee!!!




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Why the Columbia Cougar Flats 2 Room Tent Is Garbage: My Experiences

by John
(Barrie, Ontario, Canada)

I bought the Columbia Cougar Flats 2 room tent a couple of years ago from Canadian Tire.

This tent has thin fiberglass poles for the window openings, which broke the first week we used this tent (both of them).

I assume their poor fit played a small role in this but the quality was such that I am quite sure they wouldn't have lasted long anyways.

The next larger set of poles all have severe stress fracture points at the joints. The largest fiberglass poles have been nominally bent.

My wife tried repetedly to contact Columbia tents to have the defective product components replaced but they NEVER EVER answered the phone.

The warrenty lapsed before we could make contact with Columbia.

Why I'll Never Buy Another Columbia Tent

The poor quality of this tents components coupled with the company's absolute disregard for customer service makes this one of the most unwise purchases I have ever made.

I would caution anyone against making any purchases from this once reputable company.

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