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Get great value for the price in this 3-season tent. StormShield cloth fly provides extra UV and weather protection. Two easy entry, drop down doors with zipper covers. Poke out vent on side wall increases air flow. Semi-vestibules on front and back for stowing dirty boots. 2 pole rectangular dome tent with 5.4 sq ft of vestibule storage Durable, shockcorded, self-supporting fiberglass frame and ring and pin/pole pocket assembly 2 twin-track side opening doors adjust for air circulation or privacy Poke-out vent in side wall allows the option of additional ventilation 2 interior storage pockets keep essentials handy Season: 3 Capacity: 2 Doors: 2 Windows: 2 Minimum weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz. Floor (sq.ft.): Tent 36.5 Vestibule (sq.ft.): 5.4 Dimensions: 7' 5" x 4' 11" Interior height: 3' 7.5" Number of poles: 2 Packed size: 6" x 18.5" Floor material: 70D nylon taffeta Fly material: 75D Stormshield polyester Wall material: 70D nylon taffeta Mesh material: 40D no-see-um Frame: 8.5mm fiberglass
Nicely lightweight with a compact fold size, the Eureka Apex 2 is a great choice for three-season backpacking treks to the backcountry. It balances maximal thermal efficiency with superior ventilation, thanks to one entire wall of no-see-um mesh--great for stargazing on clear summer nights. The other walls are waterproof while a lightweight, sturdy double-coated StormShield polyester fly protects the mesh wall in inclement weather. It also features a factory-taped, bathtub floor that keeps seams taught and high off the ground for superior protection.
This free-standing, two-pole tent is quick and easy to set up with its durable shockcorded fiberglass frame, ring and pin attachments, pole sleeve attachments, and color coded webbing. Small batwing semi-vestibules cover the mesh vents in the doors for great ventilation even in rain, and they offer limited gear protection. A poke out vent in the sidewall provides additional ventilation when needed. Other features include:
- Twin track zippers for separate operation of the window in the door
- External guy points on the fly help secure your tent in high winds
- Two mesh gear pockets for internal storage
- Clothes line loop, flashlight loop
- 2 doors, 2 windows
- Tent, pole, and stake bags included
- Area: 36.5 square feet
- Floor size: 7 feet, 5 inches by 4 feet, 11 inches
- Center height: 3 feet, 7.5 inches
- Wall fabrics: 1.9-ounce 70D Polyester taffeta 800mm coating
- Floor fabrics: 1.9-ounce 70D Polyester taffeta 800mm coating
- Fly fabrics: 1.9-ounce 75D 185T StormShield Polyester 800mm coating
- Pack size: 6 by 18.5 inches
- Weight: 5 pounds, 6 ounces
Though the exact year is unknown, Eureka¡¯s long history begins prior to 1895 in Binghamton, New York, where the company still resides today. Then known as the Eureka Tent & Awning Company, its first wares were canvas products--most notably, Conestoga wagon covers and horse blankets for nineteenth century American frontiersmen--as well as American flags, store awnings, and camping tents.
The company increased production of its custom canvas products locally throughout the 1930s and during the 1940 and even fabricated and erected the IBM "tent cities" just outside Binghamton. The seven acres of tents housed thousands of IBM salesmen during the company¡¯s annual stockholders meeting, which had since outgrown its previous locale. In the 1940s, with the advent of World War II and the increased demand for hospital ward tents, Eureka expanded operations and began shipping tents worldwide. Ultimately, upon the post-war return of the GIs and the resultant housing shortage, Eureka turned its attention to the home front during the 1950s by supplying awnings for the multitude of mobile homes that were purchased.
In 1960, Eureka¡¯s new and innovative Draw-Tite tent, with its practical, free standing external frame, was used in a Himalayan Expedition to Nepal by world renowned Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person documented to summit Mt. Everest only six years earlier. In 1963, Eureka made history during its own Mt. Everest ascent, with more than 60 of its tents sheltering participants from fierce 60+ mph winds and temperatures reaching below -20¡ãF during the first all American Mt. Everest Expedition.
For backpackers and families, Eureka introduced its legendary Timberline tent in the 1970s. Truly the first StormShield design, this completely self-supporting and lightweight backpacking tent became one of the most popular tents the entire industry with sales reaching over 1 million by its ten year anniversary.
Eureka tents have also traveled as part of several historic expeditions, including the American Women¡¯s Himalayan Expedition to Annapurna I in 1978 and the first Mt. Everest ascents by a Canadian and American woman in 1986 and 1988. In recent history, tents specially designed and donated by Eureka sheltered Eric Simonson and his team on two historic research expeditions to Mount Everest, this time in a quest for truth regarding the 1924 attempted summit of early English explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. During the 1999 expedition, the team made history finding the remains of George Mallory, but the complete mystery remained unsolved. Returning in 2001 to search for more clues, the team found amazing historical artifacts which are now on display at the Smithsonian.
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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.
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.
- High and Dry
So i bought the tent a few weeks back, first night i got it I set it up and seam sealed the inside and the fly, used it that night. The next day it just so happend a HUGE storm came throgh that night, tent was still there dry as a bone! Took it camping this summer as well, rained a little there as well and still managed to stay dry. The next night was extremly hot (88F at night) was able to sleep comfortably with the rain fly off.
Awesome tent, easy to find in the dark!!
No major complaints yet and ive slept in the tent 3 times!...more info
- great beach tent
easy assembly. great for stargazing on the beach. noseeum mesh makes this perfect for coastal camping....more info
- small and funny
I like to travel lite, this tend is perfect for that, you should be carefull with the instructions about the corners or you will get flooded, I love the exclamation symbol in the side of the tent....more info
- Horrible little tent
I spent one of the most miserable nights of my life in this tent. My daughter and I were camping on Current River and got caught in a strong rainstorm. The pitiful little excuse for a rainfly that this tent comes with is almost criminally negligent on Eureka's part. Any tent that doesn't offer a full-coverage rainfly is begging to leak.
Woke up with darn near an inch of water in the tent with us. Wet bags, wet clothes, wet us.
I hope to never have the misfortune of spending another night in a Eureka tent. At least not this one.
I got home and ordered a Columbia Hawk Ridge tent instead. It's made all the difference. Much superior in every single way.
I can't recommend this tent, unless you're planning on camping indoors....more info
- Great Backpacking Tent!
I just took this tent on a three day backpack trip to above 12,000 ft. It was the perfect weight. It fit two people and two mid-sized dogs in it just fine. Nice and cozy! It faired very well against constant wind and rain. Bone dry inside! I would definately recommend this tent!...more info
- excellent fair-weather tent
i've owned this tent for 5 years now and have spent over 100 nights in it - i just got back from a month-long road/rafting trip this last week
it doesn't provide a lot of heat insulation, but i've used it successfully for snow camping, and it's amazing for summer and warm-weather camping. the mesh is excellent - it's tight enough to keep out even the smallest bugs, but thin enough that it doesn't degrade the view too much. i have no problems with rips or tears - the tent itself is a bit stretched out from usage, but not a problem. i've also received a number of compliments on the color scheme :)
the tent does not perform well in heavy rainfall. the seams are sealed, but under heavy rain its elastic tabs (whose purpose is not clear to me) wick moisture into the tent and puddles can accumulate. in light rainfall, if you stake the fly away from the tent itself and put a tarp down *inside* (not outside!) the tent, you will probably stay dry. i haven't tried it in heavy wind, but based on the design i suspect it's not great in high wind either
if you're looking for a serious four-season tent capable of heavy wind and rain protection - i would buy something else. otherwise, i recommend this affordable tent wholeheartedly...more info
- Buy Seam Sealer immediately
This tent was easy to set up and take down... it's lightweight and fits back in the packaging after use. I definitely recommend this tent for backpacking but you want to seal the corners as soon as you get it. Nothing like wanting to stay dry and your tent gets a puddle forming in the corner of it... ...more info
- Good Stuff
I like this tent. It's the first tent I've used since I lost my father's 80's era tent while moving. It's light, easy to set-up, and fairly spacious for two average sized people. The rain fly was a little complicated to put on the first time I used it, but then again it was 11 o'clock at night and I didn't have a light. I would recommend this tent, it's a good tent for a good price. ...more info
- Great for lite use
Just took this tent on a 7 day kayaking trip and it worked well for the most part.
We had many days of rain and on a few days the rain got heavy and the tent let some water seep through, not too much though.
The fly-out wings on the rain fly are a blessing and a curse. They are nice when its raining and you have gear you want to keep covered but don't want to bring in the tent. When you aren't in need of them they tend to get in the way when entering and exiting the tent and if the zipper is all the way down you have to crawl out in the narrow space to reach it when getting out. Kind of a pain....
The next problem is probably more of my own sloppiness and not specific to this tent. When it was raining I grabbed a bag of granola and took it back to the tent, I must have dropped a few crumbs and the next camp site I set it up at had a healthy fire ant population. That morning I woke up to ants all over the tent- how did they get in? They literally chewed holes through the tent, 6 in all. Never bring any food into your tent if there is even the possibility of ants being around.
So its a decent tent and pretty darn good when you consider the price but if you are going to be doing any serious treking, you might consider something else.
- Tent is awesome!
small and light. super easy to set up. more than enough space for one person; reasonable for two people. waterproof. double thumbs up....more info