Eureka Tent Review
A few months back I bought a tent at REI. I set it up in my living room the second I got it and then packed it away in my closet for the last 5 months. The tent is called the Eureka Tetragon 2 Tent. I got it on super clearance from REI for $69. It is no longer available on their website, but I did find it on Amazon for $89. For my current purposes it is great. I have camped with it for 3 out of the last 4 weekends here in Texas. I am a plus size girl and I can work around inside this tent with room to spare.
The first weekend I took it out I went to Palo Duro Canyon. It was easy to set up and situate. The tent also stored all my gear with room for me to sleep. The one thing I worried about was the rather large mesh side panels and full mesh roof. I knew it would be great for summer temperatures, but I was unsure of how it would be in freezing temperatures. I found if I staked down the fly close to the tent it kept the heat inside the tent rather well. The temperature inside the canyon dipped below freezing and I was comfortable once the tent warmed up.
The next weekend the tent went through a different kind of test. I camped out at Cooper Lake State Park in their Primitive Camp Sites. The weekend was filled with mud, bugs, and rain. The perfect camping trifecta. The tent was a trooper. I did supplement the tent with a tarp from Home Depot, because I wanted to limit the amount of mud I had to clean up when I was airing out my tent in my living room after the weekend was over. The elevated bathtub floor kept the water from pouring into my tent while I slept. Although, I did notice the floor getting damp under my sleeping roll. That was disappointing. Not as weather proof as I would have hoped, but it still was serviceable. I didn’t notice that problem until I was packing up the tent to go home.
This past weekend I went to Cedar Hill State Park. Over the last few weeks I have been working towards getting my gear as light and tight as possible. I want to be able to stick all my gear inside my backpack. While packing for this weekend I noticed the tent wouldn’t easily fit in my pack as is. The tent is relatively light, hefting in at around 5 pounds. I talked to my brother about this issue. He is an experienced backpacker. He suggested getting compression bags for the fabric bits and then a water proof bag for the poles. He packs his tent and fly inside the pack and then straps his poles on the outside. This is definitely something I want to eventually do, because I do not want to go with a smaller tent.
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