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Columbia Bugaboo II Tent

Design and Features

The Columbia Bugaboo II Tent is a modified dome tent designed for warm weather. The tent dimensions are 12' wide by 9' deep by 74" high.

The Bugaboo utilizes a Geo Dome design, which sets up quickly. Two sets of flexed fiberglass poles form an elongated floorplan which tapers at each end to form an octagon.

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The door is recessed into the front wall of the tent, allowing it to be more vertical to keep rain out.

The recessed door creates two pockets inside the tent body, one on each side of the door. These areas are called storage lockers. A zippered port at ground level on each side of the door accesses the lockers for retrieval of small camping equipment items without entering the tent.

Allowing for the recessed door and octagonal shape, the actual sleeping dimensions appear to be approximately 12' wide by 8' deep in the center elongated area tapering to 6' deep on each end.

The 74" center height provides room for standing, dressing, and movement inside the tent.

The tent features a divider curtain to create two separate rooms inside the tent.

There is also a gear loft that suspends across the ceiling to hold small equipment off of the floor.

The zippers are self healing. If the zipper coils separate, the slider can be slid back to the opposite end and then zipped up again, closing the coils.

Campers should take care of the zippers, not force them, and regularly clean dirt out of the coils with a brush or water.

Columbia Bugaboo II Tent in Warm and Cool Weather

The ceiling and upper back wall of the tent is non-closable mesh, and are covered by a 3/4 rainfly, which extends over the ceiling and upper walls.

There are windows on each tent end to increase ventilation. The rainfly extends over the windows, but has a vertical zipper, which opens to expose the windows. The windows have storm flaps, which can be opened for a view and better ventilation.

A low hooded vent below each window allows fresh air into the tent body.

The door has an upper mesh window panel with a storm cover.

Due to superior ventilation, this tent should perform well in warm weather.

With a non-closable mesh back wall, this tent may be a bit cool on early spring or late autumn nights.

Columbia Bugaboo II Tent in Wind and Rain

A Geo Dome is a family tent design, not a geodesic expedition tent, and is not designed for strong winds.

The second set of poles function to extend the tent floor and ceiling area, but do not significantly contribute to the strength of the tent.

Four guyout points on the tent rainfly allows the tent to perform in moderate winds.

The 800mm polyurethane-coated polyester rainfly and tent body should perform in the rain.

A brow pole extends the rainfly out over the doorway, forming a canopy over the entryway. When opening the door in rain, the canopy reduces the amount of water that gets into the tent.

This design is well suited to forested campsites, where much of the wind is blocked by trees. For exposed sites, this tent can be used in light to moderate winds.

Sleeping Capacity and Equipment

The approximately 90 square feet of floorspace is rated to sleep up to 5.

The Columbia Bugaboo II 12-Foot-by-9-Foot 4-Pole 5-Person Dome Tent should comfortably sleep 2 adults with 2 young children.

If 3 or more adults are looking to occupy this octagonal-shaped tent, self inflating pads are the most suitable sleeping equipment.

A queen mattress should fit off to one side, but will run across much of the doorway.

Due to sloping walls, this tent will probably only hold one large cot and still have room for storage and foot traffic.

Columbia Bugaboo II Tent Specs and Setup

The seams are factory taped, which means only a minimum of seam sealing is necessary to prepare the tent for use.

The walls and rainfly are made from 185T (thread count) polyester taffeta coated to 800mm, which is similar to many bargain leisure tents.

The floor is 1000mm PU (polyurethane) coated polyester taffeta and also appears to be a bathtub floor with raised seams to reduce water seepage in standing water.

As the floor is polyester taffeta, be sure to use a ground cloth to protect it from abrasion and punctures.

At 21 lb, the Bugaboo II will be easy to load and transport.

The Bugaboo pole structure employs two pairs of intersecting fiberglass poles. The first pair flex and appear to form approximately a 12' x 7' rectangular dome.

The second pair are shorter and flex across the longer poles about halfway between the peak and the ends. These poles extend the 7' floor dimension out to about 9', forming an elongated octagon.

The upper arches from the additional flexed poles also extend the dome ceiling on each side allowing more headroom.

The tent body fabric has clip and sleeve attachments. The sleeves extend across the ceiling of the tent body, providing more support. The clips extend down the walls, providing easier attachment.


Please note that Campetent does not own this tent model. Campetent strives to research and to provide accurate information for site visitors, but cannot guarantee every detail.

Tent models are subject to feature changes over time. Tent campers should always perform due diligence to verify any important features before purchasing a tent.

The author hopes that the information provided in this article will go a long way towards that goal.

This tent is not rated for wind. In moderate to strong winds, campers themselves will need to judge when the tent has reached its limit in resisting the forces of nature.

The tent has a limited warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship. As with all tents, campers should carefully examine the materials and workmanship and make sure that they are satisfied before using the tent.