We bought this tent after our Columbia Cougar Flats finally started to die after several years of use. The size and floor space of this tent is AMAZING! But the quality is just not very good at all. First, the material is very thin....We set this tent up in the backyard for testing before our trip. It was up for 2-3 hours in 12-15 MPH winds. After a short time, the tent began to fail at the stich points. The movement, even though the wind wasn't really that bad, was just awful! If the tent had clips on the sides to clip the actual tent to the main support poles, the tent would stand up to the wind much better. With the current construction, even with all the stake points staked and stretched well, the main windows you see in the picture wouldn't pull straight...both panels sagged. The tent side material meets the floor material at the floor; the floor material does NOT come up from floor level at all! Meaning: if it rains, there's a strong possibility that you WILL get flooded! Additionally, all of the floor panels are glued! There is a floor panel for each of the rooms, the area between the rooms, and the front area. All are glued together, there is no stiching! Our Cougar Flats tent was sewn at all joint points in the floor. The floor on this tent leaves too much possibility for failure, especially as much as we camp!
We took the tent back to WalMart with no problems and we will be traveling to BPS this weekend to purchase the Cougar Flats II tent. For $220 bucks, I really expected better construction on this tent.
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