Marmot Colfax 4 Person Dome Tent Review

The Colfax Fly Open

Marmot's Colfax 4 With the Fly Open
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  • Manufacturer: Marmot
  • Model: Colfax
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Bicycle & Motorbike Camping
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $379.00
  • Manufacturer: Marmot
  • Model: Colfax
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Bicycle & Motorbike Camping
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
  • ** Affiliate disclosure **
  • MSRP: $379.00

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The Colfax With the Fly Off

Marmot Colfax 4 With the Fly Off
Fly Closed on the Colfax 4

Fly Closed Colfax 4

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Features


  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Brown, Orange
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: 3
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Zippers: Jingle-Free Nylon Zipper Pulls
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, N/A
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Half, Half
  • Footprint: Included. Also available Separately
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Materials and Extras


  • Inner Walls: 40d 100% Polyester No-See-Um Mesh F/R | 68d 100% Polyester Taffeta F/R
  • Half Fly: 68D Polyester Taffeta 190T F/R
    Fly Waterproof Ratings: 1500 mm
  • Floor Materials: 68D 190T Poly Taffeta
    Floor Waterproof Ratings: 2000 mm
  • Pole Material: HD Velocity 7000 Series Aluminum
  • Number Of Poles: 3
  • Pole Dimensions: 12mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: N/A
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Dimensions


  • Floor Area: 57 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 5 foot. 4 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 9 Lbs 6 Oz
    Trail Weight: 8 Lbs. 11 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 10 x 27.5 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 1
    Total Vestibule Area: 16.80 sq. ft.
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

Simple to set up with, Color Coded "Easy Pitch" Clips and Poles

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

Campers mentioned: The tent was just what they expected it to be. It is super cozy, and the space inside is just enough for the suggested number of people. It is an excellent tent for car camping with ingenious interior window shades. We loved the big windows, tall headroom & the easy set-up. Ideal for summer camping. Quality is excellent, the fabric is sturdy, and the poles are lightweight and durable. Very easy to set up.


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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

Campers noted: That the mesh fabric on the sides does not give a lot of privacy. Once it gets cold, you can feel it inside. Many campers have mentioned the fact that rain will get inside the tent, this is probably because of the fly not covering the sides.


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SPECS AND CONFIGURATIONS

The Colfax 4 has three windows and two doors and a peak center height of 5' 4, which is a little bit bigger than the average height of the 134 different 4 person tents we have studied. With 57 square feet of space inside, it is a lot smaller than some other 4-person tents, and it would be quite cramped for you and, up to three other campers during the whole of the 3-seasons, this tent is suggested for use in, smaller tents similar to this one generally make a suitable choice for campers that prefer spending heaps of time outside their tent getting some air.

Some of the fantastic points about dome tents are, that they are generally speaking not too heavy, making them easy to carry around. In nearly all cases, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are generally speaking, freestanding and very simple to set up. In calm weather, you could do without guy lines and stakes, not that this is recommended.

Dome tents are without a doubt the most commonly seen of all the other types of tents you will find when camping. They tend to do better in bad weather than other types, allowing rain to roll off the slanted sides, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, allowing the rain to pool on the roof. The simplest dome tent should have a rectangular footprint, slanted walls two or more poles which converge in the middle of the roof. Because of their construction, it is typically thought of that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 campers.

Down below, you can see an account of the tent's strongest and weakest points.

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PROS

  1. Freestanding. The Colfax can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not even have to be staked down in most cases. But in case of strong winds, it is always best to secure it to the floor with the included steel stakes and guylines.
  2. Vestibule. Having one vestibule. Affords you somewhere to store shoes and other items that can get dirty, muddy, this is a big plus.
  3. Internal storage. It is nice to see Marmot has added a gear loft and pockets in the interior to store some of your stuff.
  4. More than one door. With 2 doors, it is easier to get in and out of the tent, in the middle of the night if needed.
  5. More than one window. With 3 windows it is simple to keep the tent cooler on a hot summers night.
  6. Durable, water-resistant floor. The floor material is 68D 190T poly taffeta, which is a substantially thick and high-strength fabric. Meaning the base is not prone to tears and punctures. Also, the material has a 2000 mm waterproofing rating, which is pretty good for most circumstances.
  7. Includes FootPrint. It is not often we see a footprint included with the tent. It is strongly suggested to always use a footprint, so not having to pay extra for one is a plus.
  8. Available in other sizes. Marmot has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  9. Low price. It is a great buy for a 4 person dome tent providing this much room. Not many tents available on the market provide this level of quality for only $321.99

CONS

  1. Not roomy. With a floor area of 57 square feet, the Colfax 4 is smaller than quite a few of the 134 other 4 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Rainfly does not completely cover the tent. The rainfly only covers the ceiling and part of the tent body from the top. Meaning it might not protect against heavy downpours.
  3. Out of Stock. Unfortunately this particular tent is not currently in stock. It is still on the manufactures site the last time we looked.
  4. A tad heavy for backpacking. Even though the Colfax 4, looks like a small tent, it is not probably the best choice for backpacking as it weighs 9 pounds. This is quite a lot more than many other backpacking tents
  5. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have lots of things to be positive about. The sloping walls do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.

CONCLUSION

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Our Ratings: 4.3 STARS

Marmot's Colfax 4 tent is really good for bicycle & motorbike camping. There are a couple of other cool things not already mentioned above which, we found and liked, while researching the model: Multi-Use Shelter Converts from Tent to Sun Shade, Seam Taped Catenary Cut Floor and Lamp Shade Pocket Securely Holds Your Headlamp to Provide Ambient Light.

With wonderful ratings, a decent amount of reviews and a center height of 5' and 57 square feet of space for sleeping, this tent is like your own small home away from home. It allows you together with 2 other friends to spend some delightful time exploring the great outdoors. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can read through above.

If you found this page looking for an endorsement about this actual tent, we think, it would make for a good purchase. If you just happened to land on this page while browsing for a brand new tent having never heard of this brand or this tent model previously, it is perhaps a good idea to look at some other comparable tents also.

Value for money: In so much as value for your dollar, this tent is cheaper than the usual price of all the one hundred and fifty-four, four-person tents we have taken a look at, this alone by itself does not make it good value for money. We also need to think about other areas in-depth, as we do for each tent.

When we measure the ratings of an individual tent, we examine a good deal of areas, looking for things where the tent could exceed other very similar tents and where it is coming up short. On this occasion, with an overall rating of 4.3 and the price conclusions above, It is simple enough to spot that with a cost of $321.99 The Colfax 4 is a fair buy and cheap in comparison with similar tents.

The overall score shows that the quality and size the tent offers were not compromised to get a price undoubtedly below the standard price for similar tents. It is also worth thinking about the fact that it is discounted by 15% from the manufactures suggested price. It will make an exceptional choice for most campers searching for a comfortable three-season dome tent to camp in, that should serve you well for years to come.

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