The Marmot Halo 6 Tent Review
The Marmot Halo 6 gets a big thumb’s up. It has great style, color and comfort and has plenty of room and head height. Last year hiking and camping with a small two man tent that felt claustrophobic and just too small for comfort, had me looking for a new tent. After some research I decided that the Marmot Halo 6 was the perfect tent.
I liked the idea that you can stand up inside the tent. The design has two cross poles with a surrounding “halo” consisting of two poles fitted around the the top of the tent – hence the name “Halo”. The Halo is easy to put up, easy to disassemble and easy to pack into its carry bag. With essentially 4 poles that connect with a snap, it takes only a few minutes to put up the Halo 6. In addition, the fly is also easily attached with color coded tabs to make sure you have it on correctly. So far, a breeze.
The great features of this tent include the already mentioned head height which means that you can walk around the tent making it easy to change clothes in the morning and to get in and out of the tent. Another feature that I really like is that it has side panels with you can unzip to allow cross flow of air in the warmer months. And there are two doors, one in front and one in the back so there is plenty of access and also airflow if needed. In addition, the large entrance area under the fly at both entrances meant that we could store our camp chairs under the back portion over night and while away from the campsite and firewood and other items under the front flap. This gives you a lot of extra storage room and privacy.
The colors are bright and friendly with a golden orange, yellow and blue theme. My last tent was all green and combined with the small size and the heat of Death Valley, it felt very closed in. I really noticed the difference with the Halo 6 as it feels light and airy, cheerful and warm.
I liked the idea of a bigger tent because if you are not actually hiking with the tent in a backpack, then generally you don’t need to go so small as to be uncomfortable. We took the tent to Zion National Park and camped for the week while we did day hikes out of camp each day. With the Halo 6 you can put all your gear inside, have two comfortable sleeping areas and not have the cold of a tent wall on your back all night. So overall the this tent was warmer than my old tent as well because of the fact that we were not sleeping against the walls. There is also a Halo 4 model which might suit some people better if you don’t want the luxury of the extra space.
The one small critique of the Marmot Halo 6 is that there was not a manual with the tent. At least not in the model I received. I watched several videos about the tent but when you are out camping in the wilderness you usually don’t have the luxury of access to a video. For us it was not a problem, but for those less experienced it could be a slight problem if you they don’t understand the way the tent should be constructed.
Overall, the tent is fantastic. I love the colors, the style, the ease of construction and disassembly and the quality of the materials. I highly recommend this product. After using it in Zion National Park, I found all of the features were true to Marmot’s specifications.
Marmot Halo 6 Tent in the bag.
Poles and pegs ready for putting up the Marmot Halo 6.
Marmot Halo 6 Tent and Fly. On the picnic table at our campsite at Zion National Park.
Laying out the tent at the campsite ready for assembly.
Showing the roof section and the “halo” poles before placing the fly overtop.
Sleeping bags inside the tent. Head near the “back door” of the tent.
Lots of room on the sides for your gear.
Side panels that can be unzipped to allow fresh air into the tent. The side panels are on two sides and quite large allowing a lot of air to circulate if you are camping somewhere hot or for during the day.
Marmot Halo 6 before the attachment of the fly.
Ahh! Finally, a room with a view! Laying on my sleeping bag looking out the front door of the Marmot Halo 6 at Zion National Park. Beautiful.
Marmot Halo 6 Specifications
Feature ListColor Coded ‘Easy Pitch’ Clips and Poles, DAC DA17 Poles, Free-Standing Design, Interior Pockets for Small Gear Organization, Jingle-Free Nylon Zipper Pulls, Light-Reflective Points, Pole Sleeve – Clip Combo, Seam Taped Catenary Cut Floor, Seam Taped Full Coverage Fly with Vents, Two D Shaped Doors/Two Vestibules, Zip Open / Close Canopy Panels
Tent Floor Fabric70d 100% Nylon PU 3000mm W/R, F/R
Tent Canopy Fabric68d 100% Polyester Ripstop,F/R | 40d 100% Polyester No-See-Um Mesh F/R
Tent Fly Fabric68d 100% Polyester Ripstop 1800mm, W/R, F/R
Tent Vestibule Area(s)32 sq ft, 3.0 sq m | 32 sq ft, 3.0 sq m
Tent Floor Area100 sq ft, 9.3 sq m
Tent Dimensions81 x 120 x 120in, 206 x 305 x 305cm
Tent Pole Data4 / DAC DA17 12mm
Tent Min Weight (Poles, Body, Fly)18lbs 15oz (8590g)
Tent Max Weight19lbs 7oz (8820g)
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