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Gear Review

4 5

A Nice Tent But,....

I bought as a replacement for a Kelty that was showing it's age. It's main use is family car camping. We're a family of four with a 4 year old and a 6 year old. The tent is intuitive and easy to put up. I can have it up in about 10 minutes by myself. The tent is roomy enough for all four of us(feels larger than a 10x10), the ventilation seems to be ok, but we haven't used it in the summer months, yet. The side ventilation is nice! I love the large double vestibules...the only thing I wish is that at least one of the vestibules had a window. There are lots of storage pockets in the inside of tent, probably more than we'd ever use. It has rained on us twice and it did it's job by keeping us nice and dry...no leaks!. But, on our last trip...we knew a cold front was coming through with possible windy conditions so, I had the tent fully guyed out. In the early morning hours we were awaken when the strong winds and driving rain came in...the side facing the wind collapsed! I would later find out the tent poles facing the wind had bent at almost 90 degree angles and also bending the Halo poles. I was quite disappointed! But, knowing the Marmot brand (i've owned several of their backpacking tents and still have a Limelight2 that I use), I thought perhaps there may have been a defect in the poles or perhaps...it was just too big of storm for a tent this large to handle? Anyway, after pondering whether to replace the tent with another brand...I decided to stick with the Halo 6. We found out, except for that one storm, we were really loving this tent! I was looking into replacing the damaged poles and quickly found out about Backcountry's 100% satisfaction policy. So, instead of replacing the poles...Backcountry sent me a brand new Halo 6. How's that for customer service! We haven't used the new Halo 6 yet but, I'll be glad to update if any issues pop up. But for now, I'm very pleased. I'd recommend the tent. I'm giving it 4 stars eventhough we had one bad event while using it.