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Columbia Ice Crest Three-Person Dome Tent

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  • 3-person family dome tent with 1500 millimeter nylon floor
  • Large areas of mesh for maximum airflow
  • 55-inch center height
  • Base size: 9 x 8 feet
  • GoBe Dry rain protection system helps keep you dry in any terrain

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Ice Crest 9' X 8' X 55" 4 Pole Family Dome Tent, Three man tent, Fiberglass poles, 1,200mm coating on fly w/seams sealed. 2 storage lockers, gear loft, 2 pocket organizer, 2 hanging cup holders, carry bag with handles, reflective zipper pulls, Clean Sweep feature making cleaning a breeze, Sky panels, removable door mat, and quick release buckle system, No-See-Um Mesh, Cyclone Venting System

Head out on hiking adventures with the rugged, 3-person Columbia CB-5000 Ice Crest family dome tent. It has a 1500 millimeter nylon floor with sealed seams, a double-coated fly, and easy-grasp, reflective zipper pulls that make it easy to get in and out of the tent - even in the dark. It features large areas of mesh for maximum airflow and awe-inspiring views of the night sky. In addition, the rainfly has clear panels with zippered covers that offer you the option of having night views or no morning sun in your face. The Ice Crest's venting system creates a vortex that flushes hot air up through the roof, providing fresh air all night long. For maximum climate control, open or close the lower vents to feel the cool night breeze or keep warm air in.

Keep glasses, a flashlight and other necessities within an arm's reach with the two handy storage lockers inside the tent. For even more interior storage options, use the Columbia custom designed gear loft to keep your gear high and dry. Easily stash your stuff out of the way and out of your living space.

The CB-1100 features the GoBe Dry Ultimate Rain Protection System, which combines patent pending fabric, component, and seam technology that culminates in exceptional protection from the elements, in particular rain, in any and all terrain. The DryTek Fabric repels moisture with a protective coating. The DryFloor Tub design elevates the floor seams to keep away water, while the DryGuard Skirt deflects rain from the floor seams and stake loops.


  • Base Size: 9 x 8 feet
  • Center Height: 55 inches
  • Poles: 2 x 9.5 millimeter and 2 x 8.5 millimeter fiberglass poles
  • Weight: 14.6 pounds
  • Sleeps: 3

About Columbia Sportswear
Founded in 1938, Columbia Sportswear Company has grown from a small family-owned hat distributor to one of the world's largest outerwear brands and the leading seller of skiwear in the United States. Columbia's extensive product line includes a wide variety of outerwear, sportswear, rugged footwear and accessories. Columbia specializes in developing innovative products that are functional yet stylish and offer great value. Eighty-year-old matriarch Gert Boyle, Chairman of the Board, and her son, Tim Boyle, President and CEO, lead the company. Columbia's history starts with Gert's parents, Paul and Marie Lamfrom, when they fled Germany in 1937. They bought a small hat distributorship in Portland, Oregon, and named it Columbia Hat Company, after the river bordering the city. Soon frustrated by poor deliveries from suppliers, the Lamfroms decided to start manufacturing products themselves. In 1948, Gert married college sweetheart Neal Boyle, who joined the family business and later took the helm of the growing company. When Neal suddenly died of a heart attack in 1970, Gert enlisted help from Tim, then a college senior. After that it wasn't long before business really started to take off. Columbia was one of the first companies to make jackets from waterproof/breathable fabric. They introduced the breakthrough technology called the Columbia Interchange System, in which a shell and liner combine for multiple wearing options. In the early 1980s, then 60 year-old Gert began her role as "Mother Boyle" in Columbia's successful and popular advertising campaign. In 1998 the company went public, and moved into a new era as a world leader in the active outdoor apparel industry. Today, Columbia Sportswear employs more than 1,800 people around the world and distributes and sells products in more than 50 countries and to more than 12,000 retailers internationally.

What's in the Box?
Ice Crest dome tent, fiberglass poles, carry bag with handle

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Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in-between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Expect the Worst
In general, it's wise to choose a tent that's designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you'll face. For instance, if you're a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all purpose tent will likely do the trick--especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in! If you're a backpacker, alpine climber or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you'll want to take something designed to handle more adversity.

Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain-fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are more specifically designed for summer backpacking and other activities. Many premium tents will feature pre-sealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain-fly for enhanced waterproofness.

For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.

Domes and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types, freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and those that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floor-plan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being more lightweight. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.

Size Matters
Ask yourself how many people you'd like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you're a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don't need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.

Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is also available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it's easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It's also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you're considering.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 16 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0007IS5XO
  • Item model number: CB-5000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,809,942 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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We purchased this tent for our 2 children to tent with us and set it up, and was impressed! It was our first Columbia tent, and I will buy Columbia products from now on! It has a nice rain-fly, air circulates very well, and sets up very quick with 2 adults. Just so that you know, you do not need a 'degree' to set it just needs 2 adults, one to hold or assist the other while poles are going up!Easy instructions! The only downfall, because I am new at this, the floor is nice, but is not as heavy/durable as the Bugaboo Dome, or Black Mountain tents. With this tent, you should place a tarp on the ground under it, so that you wouldn't risk a punture in the floor. It is extrememly dry (for rain) Great tent for the price!
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I bought this tent this spring because I knew I would be working at a renaissance faire which had a "tent city" where performers were allowed to pitch a tent and keep it there all summer. I was simply hoping this tent would last out the summer and be relatively dry and breathable. Let me also state about the area the "tent city" is located in - very close proximity to a lake, meaning there tends to be a lot of moisture in the area; lots of trees around (meaning stuff like tree sap constantly falling onto the tents); and we received a LOT of rain this summer.

Assembly: The first time I put it up was fresh out of the box, in the rain and the dark. Even in these un-ideal conditions, I had the tent up and functional in about 15 minutes. You can put this up solo, although it would certainly be nice (and speed things up) to have somebody helping you.

I had a queen-sized air mattress which took up max 2/3 of the floor of the tent, allowing plenty of space for bags, shoes, equipment, etc.

With the air flaps open, air circulation was excellent. Even with all the flaps closed, I still felt it was a very "breathable" tent. (Note: the peak of the tent is mesh screening, so if you expect wet weather, be sure to use the rain tarp!) It also shielded against wind very well, as Columbia products usually do.

The tent is about 5' high, so you're not going to stand up in it (unless you're a kid), but I found it easy enough to manuever in/out of the tent.

The tent directions recommend that it should not be left up for extended periods of time, but I'm not certain what they mean by that - months, a year? At any rate, my tent went up on July 7th and did not come down again until Labor Day weekend.
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I got this tent to go car camping and it is a great tent. Only used it for 2 nights, but there's good ventilation and it's roomy. Says it's for 3 people, but I had two people with backpacks and a dog and it worked very well. The different compartments and pockets for storage were an added bonus.

Not the lightest tent and I wouldn't recommend it if you were going backpacking, but for car camping or backyard camping, I think it's great.
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This is a great tent. It has excellent ventilation, and I am a big fan of being able to look at the stars through the mesh ceiling, and clear part of the rain fly. I also love the little zipper areas on the floor by the door that allow you to quickly throw things in and take things out of the tent, like sneakers, and purses. It has great storage extras, and is completely safe from the rain. Easy set up after the first time. The directions aren't very complete.
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I just love this tent! I am handicapped and use a wheel chair to get around and while I can stand up, I just can't walk well. So I bought this tent because I refuse to give up on as much of my outdoor activities as possible and it was on the smaller side, but not too small for me to handle.
The acid test came first in the set-up, which was easy (it's color-coded, etc) and I did it ALL, start to finish, sitting down (smaller, free-standing tents are great for this). The most difficult time I had with the whole process was getting the rain fly up there and then fitting it all back into the storage bag when I took it down (which wasn't even THAT hard).
The big next test was using it....which was awesome as well. I loved all the air/breeze that flows through it and the thing kept out the water during a rain storm and no seam sealer was used, though I will eventually do [...].
Ultimately, I just can't say enough good things about this well made, very cool tent. Thanks Columbia tent people (& Amazon)....for helping to keep me up north, camping out under the stars.
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I bought this tent for my very first camping trip ever. I've never set up a tent nor camped out before and it could not have been easier. I hardly needed to look at the instructions and I had the tent set up within 15 minutes along with the help of my 9 year old. It was very sturdy, very comfortable. The temperature went down to about 40 during the night and with all vents and windows closed, we were very comfortable with a heavy blanket over us. All of the pockets inside the side allow for very convenient storage for flashlights and water bottles.
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By L. King on October 24, 2005
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My boyfriend and I just took this tent out for my inaugural camping trip and we loved it. It rained on us the very first night, but we had the rain fly on and didn't get dripped on once! We didn't even have to use the seam sealer we bought before the trip. It's extremely easy to set up (a little confusing the first time, but it gets easier each time afterwards... we set it up in the living room when it arrived and then in the back yard for fun!) and take-down is a breeze. All the little accessories are pretty cool, too, and the carry bag is great. I can't wait to start a family and buy an even bigger tent to accommodate! :)
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