The Eureka Spitfire Tent is a top backpacking tent for its price.
Cheap, lightweight, and waterproof, Eureka Spitfire Camping Tents reviews and ratings are positive for both the 2 person and 1 person model.
Both the Eureka Spitfire 2 person and UL solo tent provide backpackers with useful features while keeping the price tag low and functionality high.
Most lightweight backpacking tents are so fragile that campers are hesitant to pitch it in inclement weather. Not so with the Eureka Spitfire Tents. These 3 season camping shelters are durable, waterproof, and are certain to withstand mountain storms.
Additionally, the Eureka tent company understands the needs of backpackers: not only should tents be waterproof and lightweight, but you need to be able to pitch your shelter quickly.
Both the Spitfire UL Solo tent and 2 person models can be pitched within minutes. While these tents are not ultralight, they make excellent camping tents for anyone but the minimalist backpacker.
Both consumer reviews and our camping tent ratings could find few things wrong with the Eureka Spitfire 2 Person and Solo tents.
While a few minor complaints exist, the benefits and thoughtful features of the Spitfire 2 and 1 far outweigh any negative aspects.
These useful camping and backpacking shelter features include:
Far and away, the easy setup is its best benefit. Nothing is worse than trying to pitch a camping tent in the dark or as a storm approaches--with Spitfire 2 and 1, this is never a concern.
The camping gear vestibule protects equipment during inclement weather and is large enough for full storage of your gear.
A downfall of the Spitfire 1 and 2 person shelters is their minimal ventilation; however, the fact is that no lightweight backpacking tent can provide as much airflow as a front country, dome camping shelter.
Camping tent reviews have found Eureka Spitfire Tents almost completely waterproof. The only exception was if the cords were not extended fully before being staked into the ground.
When this occurs, the rainfly sags and a pool of water builds. Water then occasionally leaks into the Spitfire Tents sleeping area, but more often it drips down onto your camping gear in the vestibule.
Finally, while a price tag of under $200 makes Eureka Spitfire Tents cheap, you can sleep easy at night knowing that the build is not cheap.
One of the greatest selling points of the Eureka Spitfire UL Solo and 2 Person Tents is the price tag ($109.90 and $169.90--but $140 on Backcountry!). You will not find a tent as lightweight, cheap, and well constructed. It's a perfect trifecta.
Like almost all Eureka tents, Spitfire 1 and 2 person tents are easy and quick to assemble, which is beneficial when pitching a tent in the dark or during a storm. Even better is the fact that Eureka Spitfire Tents rarely leak. Does it get much better?
A major drawback of the Eureka Solo Spitfire and Spitfire 2 are the stakes. The stakes included are cheap and rather useless. You are better off tossing them in the trash and buying new stakes. That mentioned, the cost of new stakes still makes the Spitfire cheaper than other backpacking shelters.
The final issue is that the rainfly must be pulled tight or else you or your camping gear/equipment will get dripped on. Make this mistake once and you'll never make it again (a hard lesson learned though).
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The Eureka Spitfire UL Solo and 2 person are solid backpacking tents. While these are cheap tents in cost, they are not cheap in build.
With Eureka Spitfire Tents you get a cheap, lightweight shelter that will provide excellent shelter and protection from mountain storms throughout 3 seasons.
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