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My Eureka Solitaire Tent Review: Pitches in Minutes & 100% Waterproof

by Jason
(Florida)

I often go camping at the Alafia river state park and sometimes further out with my buddies.

I have several tents intended for different trips and my favorite tent that I have is my Eureka solitaire tent.

It is not a usual square shaped tent but instead a rectangle base. This makes it easier to deploy in tight places and neither do I have to find a big flat spot to set up my tent.

What I love about this tent is its weight and usability. It is very light and as I mentioned earlier, easy to set up.

There is even a zip on the roof, so I can get out easily when I am in a rush, and not crawl out like most tents force you to. The way it is designed, setting up is a breeze and fast too.

It usually takes me about 10 minutes to set up a normal tent, but for this tent, it takes alot less than that. Most people look at it and tell me I will get wet in the rain because of the zip on the roof.

However, they failed to see the cover which prevents any rain from going through. During cold weather, this tent provides very good insulation. Keeps me warm even during winter.

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Inside the tents, there is the usual storage pockets and lamp loops. Since this tent is meant for only 1 person, I use this tent when I am not traveling with my family, when I sleep alone in my tent.

Usually, I will bring this tent on my long hiking trips since its light.

However, since its shaped rectangularly, sometimes it feels like it is too tight inside.

The base of the tent feels weak too although nothing has broken so far. Thus, I usually put a layer underneath the tent to feel safer.

All in all, this is still a great 1 person tent. It is very light and easy to use. I do recommend it for campers who usually sleep alone.

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Eureka Timberline Tent: Bought 25 Years Ago, Still Going Strong

by Joanne
(Guelph, Ontario Canada)

I never camped as a child, so when I graduated from university and had some money, I bought a Eureka Timberline tent.

I have used it for 25 years, and it is still going strong.

There are a few small holes in the interior walls, but the tent holds so many happy memories, that I don't want to give it up.

However, I do want to buy another Eureka tent that will allow me to stand up and have room for my dog.

The older tent is kept for the children to use.

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Eureka Timberline 2 Review - Keeps Me 100% Dry

by Bill Banick
(North Ga.)

I've been using a Eureka Timberline 2 for about 15 years, along with other higher priced 2 man tents, two of which cost as much as 50% more than the Timberline.

While the others might be a little more compact in packing size and lighter in weight, they did not provide the dryness and the comfort of the Eureka Timberline 2.

It may be OK during the night while you're sleeping, but there is nothing worse than being held up in a rain storm during the day and having to keep the windows/doors zipped up to prevent the water from dripping into the tent.

You simply can't see out and feel like you're locked in a closet.

The Timberline with the A-Frame and the rain fly extending beyond the door and window allow you to keep them open providing visibility as well as air flow.

Long story short... Since the prediction is for a wetter than usual year, and since I've been so satisfied with the TL2, I've decided to order the Eureka Timberline 4 SQ Outfitter in anticipation of the wet season.

The Timberline 4 will give me that extra room when I'm stuck inside most of day.

The quality of the Outfitter series hopefully will ensure that the tent will last for years and years to come and take extra abuse.

After all I've gotten 15 years and more to come from the Eureka Timberline 2, so I expect the Outfitter will deliver more. Time will tell, and I'll report back.

A good point to remember: In quality tenting gear and regardless of the manufacturer, a 2 man tent means 2 people only, no gear. Same with the 3, 4 etc.

If you've got 2 campers do yourself a favor and order the 3 or 4 man tent.

If someone tells you different, you know they don't have much camping experience, so avoid their advice.

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Happy camping. Support your State Park System as well as the USFS.

Camper Bill

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Eureka Apex 2XT Two Person Three Season Tent: A Cub Master's Review

by B. Jones - Cub Master
(North Carolina)

My main camping tent is an Eureka Apex 2XT Two Person Three Season tent.

I've been camping for more than 30 years and this is by far my most favorite tent.

Many years ago, we sold most our camping gear, but recently have got back into camping thru scouting. I used this opportunity to buy our gear differently than in the past.

I was looking for a tent that was:

  1. Lightweight
  2. Had a waterproof floor and could fit 2 people comfortably
  3. Could be used in more than 2 Seasons

The Eureka Apex 2XT tent fit the bill perfectly in every way.

I continue to watch for tents that are even lighter that provide the same features, and have not found another yet. My son and I have gone on many scouting adventures, including subfreezing temperatures (and very warm sleeping bags).

The unique rainfly is perfect for keeping the rain and wind out, creating an extra large dry area outside the tent. Low condensation build up (due to 3 mesh sides.) It may be a little too open for extreme weather or unprepared campers in the winter.

This tent is a perfect backpacking tent.

I no longer use the bag it came in and pack it in a compression sack and strap the two poles to my bag. This tent can compress down to about 8 inches square and fits at the bottom of my bag with room to spare. The poles are aluminum shock corded, construction is top notch and still holding up well.

Not even one seam leak to date.

My most favorite feature is the large mesh wall which allows us to watch the stars while falling asleep.

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