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Tent Reviews: Coleman Columbus 4

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Bedroom inners:
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4  (more 4 berth tents)
14.90 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
7.9/10 from 10 reviews

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10 Reviews of the Columbus 4

By: Humbird  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Most people don't give negative reviews, however I will give my honest opinion of this tent. Its a nylon tent, so very noisy in the wind. Door design not to my liking - with the slopey front door which is the only entry/exit point, it is impossible to get in/out of the tent on a rainy day without rain getting into the tent interior. Floor area at door also not to my liking . The floor lay flat (not bathtub style) at the door, so the rain could (and did!) easily enter the tent if the tent was on a slopey pitch, there was no barrier to keep the rain from coming in at the door area.

Ventilation - insufficient ventilation, especially on rainy days when the front door had to remain shut. The only window at the side of the tent was plastic with no mesh, so the only ventilation on a wet day when the front door must be shut is the vents at the back of the bedrooms.

Poles - too flimsey: in high winds the tent blew inward and knocked a table over which knocked my child over.

I used this tent for two years. It was an OK tent when the sun was shining but it just could not hold up to bad weather in my opinion, and after a spell of camping trips with inclement weather, I decided the tent just had to go. I upgraded to a superior tent (Outwell polycotton) and used the experience I had gained from the Columbus to help me make a better choice for my next tent and look for the features that were important to me.
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By: SusanMcT  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

We are a family of 4 and have used the Coleman Columbus for many weekends away. Not sure of its age as we we squired it from a friend, but we were so impressed with the quality that we ditched our older tent and used this one for all weekend camping trips. It has a reasonably spacious living area and the bedrooms are fine for four. It's been water tight in all weathers and withstood pretty high winds. My only slight complaint would be the lack of window in the door and the spillage of rain water when it's very wet, as it's tricky to enter without some dripping inside the doorway. All in all a great tent. Even though we have now upgraded to a Kampa Croyde 6, we are hanging onto this tent too, as it's quick to go up for an overnighter or for the boys campouts with their friends.
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By: Dylsmum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I have this tent as it is easy to put up and put away on your own. I use it for myself and my 2 children when we go camping. It is a nice roomy tent we have used it several times since purchasing it. Sometimes for a weekend away and more recently for a fortnight.

It could do with a window at the front for when it is rainy.

I also found that during a very rainy weekend the tent did start to leak. It had rained hard for 48 hours solid when it started to leak quite badly. Had the rain not stopped we would have been forced to pack up and leave
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By: Cmlgcvw  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I have used this tent for weekends and a week of camping on a few trips and it is great. It can be put up by one person once you have done it the first time or two.

You can open the vent at the back from within the bedrooms. In rainy weather the rain will blow in under the front door unless you peg down the skirt, but you can still get in and out through the zip without undoing it because of the sloped front.

There are enough handy pockets - just don't leave the car keys in the little one at the top of the bedroom before packing it away to go home; it will make you mad when you get in to drive away and remember where they were last!
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By: Andywills1960  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Great 4 man tent easy to erect lightweight compact 'spacious great hight for standing up

Used for two of us second bedroom acts as a great store /changing / junk room to keep living area tidy

Could of done with an extra window in the front so you can look out forwards when rainy easy to store looks great
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By: ThomoSki  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Great tent for family use for weekend camping. Friends all seem to have chosen tents that could house their extended families come the revolution; this is a slightly more modest but very practical alternative. Not sure it would be the right choice for a fortnight with kids though.

Seems very well put together and goes up with little or no hassle. Good value for money and nice looking too. The front of the tent at ground level is a bit tricky to seal up if the weather is grim but that may be down to me doing something wrong!

Three trips so far and looking forward to more.
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By: Cadmasa1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I love my Coleman Columbus. We are a couple with a dog and take the other bedroom pod out, which leaves us plenty of storage room and makes it feel very roomy. Very high porch area, no need to stoop at all. Very well made and easy to erect with just 3 poles. Ours can be up in 15 minutes flat. Sewn in groundsheet is an added benefit also. Would buy another tomorrow.
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By: Barbiesmummy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Fab little tent at a great price.

We've used ours as a weekend tent for a family of 4 (you can just fit a double air bed in each bedroom), but it would also be suitable as a main tent for a couple, with the second bedroom removed to make extra living space.

The bedrooms have pockets on the inside and outside for storage of small items.

Quick and easy to pitch, with 3 colour coded external poles and no internal poles.

Good ventilation and light with various zips and windows.
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By: Happyhippy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

This is a fab tent with attention to detail

Sewn in ground sheet, colour coded poles and bedrooms already fitted, means it is quick and easy to erect and take down again.

There is lots of ventilation zips and cute toggles with the coleman symbol printed on them to hold back flaps once they are opened.

The bedrooms can be taken down and so if only one is in use you can remove the other for extra living space (although we keep it up for the dog!)

Porch is lovely and roomy allowing us (being pretty tall) to change easily without having to scrunch ourselves up to do so.

Great 'sky light' windows to enable you to see whether its worth getting out of bed or not without having to move :)
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By: Mja1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

This is a good quality 4 berth tent.

Another Coleman classic.

Excellent value for money at < 90

From World Of Camping.

Easy to set up with detachable inner rooms.

Ideal to endure the British Summer weather.

Used in North Wales this spring.

This is an ideal weekend tent due to it`s full height and space.

Windows and inner covers in the roof panels.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Columbus 4 is up in one pitching which ensures that this 4 person tunnel tent is quick and easy to pitch, and a pleasure to use. Includes 2 seperate bedrooms for privacy and a spacious living area with generous space to store your belongings. Incorporates many Coleman quality design features, the WeatherTecTM+ system, the Area managmentTM system andthe AirfloTM system.


flysheet fabric: polyester, 3000 mm pu coated, taped seams
Inner tent fabric: polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
Inner room groundsheet: PE 110 g/m2 welded
Living area groundsheet: PE 140 g/m2, welded, fully attached to flysheet
Poles: durawrap
Carry bag type: Tube with V-shape
Carry bag dimensions: 70 X 34 cm
headroom: 195 cm
weight: 14.9 kg

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