If car camping is your thing and you want premium weather protection and interior space, we love the Marmot Halo. In terms of structure, the Halo has a lot in common with a backpacking tent, featuring a taut DAC pole design that stands up well to serious wind. With circular poles around the top—hence the name “halo”—you get added mesh panels for ventilation and stargazing in clear weather. Another defining feature of the Halo is bountiful interior space: the walls are nearly vertical and its 96.7 square feet of floor area is significantly larger than the REI Kingdom (83.3 sq. ft.) above.
The biggest downside of the Marmot Halo is price: nearly $600 makes it one expensive tent. In addition, the main vestibule is spacious but can’t compete with the Kingdom’s truly massive Garage add-on. But we love the build quality, which far exceeds most of the competition. If you spend multiple weekends camping each year and want a topnotch home away from home, the Halo can be the one.
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