Fall can be a great time of year to take your family camping. Here we have set up one of my favorite tents, the Marmot Halo. This is the Halo 4. This is a tent that I've been personally using for several years now and I really like a lot of the features about this tent. So we'll dive in and give you a closer look at the Halo 4 and also it's bigger brother the Halo 6. So the key feature of the Halo Tent, where it gets its name sake, are these halo-shaped poles that run around the top end of the tent. You can see what these do here – you get this almost cube-like structure here where your walls are pretty much straight up and down. The big benefit of this comes in when you're on the inside of the tent all of your walls don't slope up to a peak. It's got a much more dome or square shape. It helps this tent shed wind really well. You'll see how the vestibule goes on, how it gives it no real solid flat side for the wind to butt up against. But it also just gives it an overall spaciousness in the inside of the tent that I've yet to find in any other larger 4-person tent. So on the top side of the Halo, we have this full mesh canopy. And another nice thing that you've got is these pole sleeves. For the longevity of the tent, these sleeves are really key on a larger tent. They help distribute the weight of the fabric along the full length of the pole. And because they really only run along the top side of the pole, it doesn't make it really difficult to assemble the tent. You're really talking about two main poles that go from corner to corner. It's a pretty easy set-up, but these make it even nicer and keep the tent nice and taut and distribute that load over the top side of the tent. So here inside the Halo 4, you can see you've got this very spacious area here. The floor plan of the Halo 4 measures out to 8 foot by 8 foot where the 6-person version measures out to 10 foot by 10 foot. You've got a lot of room to move around and if you're stuck in this tent on a rainy day, you don't really have to suffer from the walls kind of sloping in on you. You've got this nice, high dome top. It's not quite stand-up height in the 4-person model. The 6-person model will get a lot of folks there, where they can stand up. If you're just short of 6 feet tall, you can probably stand up in the Halo 6. So that's one of the really nice features on the inside of this tent is just that overall space. So another great interior feature on the Halo 4 is this venting panel. I really like this if it's warm or muggy, you can open this up and it helps bring some of the air that's moving at ground level in across the tent. You've got all this mesh canopy up top to help vent the warm air out. But when you've got that full-coverage fly on, this brings in some of the air that's lower. If it's a chillier night, and you don't want that air movement, it's as easy as undoing this toggle and closing it right off. Then you've got a full side of the tent that stops that air from moving and just gives you some real versatility. In all of the corners of the Halo, you've got these pockets. And also a stash pocket here, that's where you can tuck your door in when the door is rolled up. This is a completely symmetrical tent, so you've got doors on both sides. Top kind of shelf pocket here, great little place to tuck your wallet and keys at night. You've also got, up here on the canopy, some loops where you can attach a gear loft. So the fly on the Halo 4 is a full-coverage fly that comes all the way down to the ground on all four sides of the tent. What that does, is it's really nice for channeling rain water away from the tent. They also have some integrated vents here, just a small little rod that's enclosed in the fly so you can snug that away and keep the vent down flat or pop out the Velcro and that rod attaches and gives you some nice ventilation on the top side of the fly in case it's a bit warm out. The design on the Halo 4 is completely symmetrical. There really is no defined front or back to this tent, which is great because you've got these two nice, generous vestibules that are created by kind of the dead space between the tent body and the tent fly. If you pop this off, now you've got a nice little covered area on the front side of the tent – a great place to stash your pack or somebody's shoes or boots. This rolls all the water away from the tent in rain. You can roll it up and stash it away. Marmot has included a number of reflective points on the fly. You can see the “M” logo here. Also on the other side of the tent, you've got the main Marmot logo. They really pop out when you hit it with a flashlight or headlight at night. Also the stake-out points and guyout points on the side of the tent are reflective as well. So we've given you a pretty comprehensive look at the Halo tents here. Again, this is the Halo 4, but it is available in the larger, Halo 6 size. The design features, really the tent is exactly the same, just on a larger scale. This one again has an 8x8 footprint and the Halo 6 has a 10x10 footprint. And your height increases because of that. Still a symmetrical design – two doors, two vestibules. And just an absolutely family shelter for when you want to get everybody in the family out for some camping.
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