Provides lots of comfort
We have used this as a shelter over our dining area and as a sleeping tent. My favorite aspects are the overall size and the ability to roll up the sides for ventilation and view.
After a few trips with this, I can say with or without the floor we had no rain inside and not even on the ground directly underneath. When you are selective about where you set it up (flat...no ground water from rain traveling towards it) and it must also be staked down...it's so high any wind will make it move...otherwise it is very effective and enjoyable. Friends slept under it in a rain storm with just their 4 season bags and no floor and were bug-less, dry and warm all night
The poles can also be very awkward easily shifting, but it can be set up easily with 1 or 2 people within 10 minutes. I like the very long stakes that are for setting up the front like a shade canopy...but haven't used it that way...I use the long stakes for the corners and it's very stable.
The snap in floor is not a perfect fit...it's too small with not enough attachment points and not enough overlapping fabric. However, it's been nice to have a floor when we want it in the summer when my husband and I camp without the kids. The snap in floor does get a little scuffed up from the ground.
The zipper stops all over the tent are fabric and not metal. On my first tent, one of all the zippers had a tiny fabric stop. The zipper pull continued right off the tent and then makes the tent permanently open since the start of the zipper is fixed to the ceiling. Campmor exchanged mine for no cost for this reason.
I found somewhere that the manufacturer prefers the tent not be stored in the bag, but lightly folded outside the bag and the poles not be stored folded by assembled. I'm a little irritated by all the pole bags like caps to protect the poles internal strings when folded during travel...the bags and their ties are too short...I can't see myself using them long term. Most of the men I've camped with do not have small enough hands or the patience to wrap up every bundle with such short bags and ties.
Best of what's available; not perfect
My husband and I bought this tent to provide shelter from rain & bugs when car camping. After trying it out over Memorial Day weekend, we're pretty satisfied.
The tent sets up relatively easily, though it was difficult for me (5'5) to reach the upper end of the poles. My 6'1 husband had no trouble. There were extremely high winds while we were setting this up, and it was still doable (though it was somewhat difficult to make sure the poles were squared up just right). The wind kept gusting throughout our trip, and not only did the tent hold up (the sides did flutter/press in, but the tent structure didn't move at all), it provided the only enjoyable place to be during that kind of weather! This tent has a lot of features that are convenient, like screen sides that roll up at the corners, which made it easy to move things in and out. It's also got velcro and zippers to make sure that the flaps stay down in high winds.
There is no way this tent measures 12x12, unless one measures diagonally. It's still big, but more like 10x10. While the ceiling is very high, the doorway is low enough that even I had to duck a bit to get inside. Also, the height of the ceiling means that all the heat in the tent collects up top, so while it kept things warmer than the outside, it's not a great tent if you're aiming to use it to keep warm.
By far our biggest complaint is that the tent didn't include everything we needed to securely set it up. It only comes with 3 guy lines, which was nowhere near enough in the kind of conditions we found. It also needed another stake or two, and only included the three awning poles. Structurally, it could have been made stronger with a few additional loops to attach guy lines. Fortunately, we had additional stakes and rope with us.
Bottom line: There aren't any other screen tents out there that have a built-in rainfly, awnings, sides that roll up and down, etc. that we were able to find. This was the only option we saw, and while there is definitely room for improvement, we're pretty pleased with it overall.
Best Tent Ever!!
This was a last minute purchase. We were food shopping for our yearly Memorial Camping trip when our son reminded us we threw away our last tent, this was night before. Within an hour I checked Campmor site and we went to store 15 minutes before closing and purchase the one with highest ratings. We dont mind paying more if you get what you pay for. We have camped for 20 years and every time we buy something new I always check the review and all 15 families we camp with always want our latest purchase. This tent was awesome there are 4 in my family and we were comfortable in the day and night in this we do not sleep in this although it comes with floor. At night we had 15 people sitting in our tent to keep warm. Winds were rough but it stood tall and everyone we camped with were jealous and plan on purchasing it.
Hope you have as great experience with this Eureka tent it is our favorite so far in 20 years. Others like do not compare extra awnings cost almost $100 so this is a deal. I do advise you get extra set of poles
so you can have two awnings up one connected to sleeping tent and one for cover from wheather. Thank Eureka!!!
Best Tent, EVER!
My wife and have used it as a tent, a dining and cooking area, and as a place to stay dry during a huge Midwest thunderstorm.
Pay attention to where you set it up. secure all tie downs, and combined with the floor it will remail dry inside.
On one memorable multi-day camp, we moved our huge outfitter cots into the screened room and stayed there all night! We were comfortable and had lots of room to walk around. The next day, while the sun was beating down on our neighbors we relaxed in the shade of our tent and prepared our meals and ate without worrying about the pesky flys and mosquitoes. At night we hung a fly cathcher from the convenient hook in the center of the tent and had a mosquito coil burning just in case.
Late one night, a thunderstorm struck and we remained dry and cool, despite the heavy rain and high wind. I had even kept one end of the tent open, relying on the awning and bug screen to keep the rain out! It worked like a charm.
Best Tent/Screen room I have ever owned. We leave our other tent at home now. This is so easy to put up, that it makes camping much more enjoyable.
Saved us from sunburn and noseeums
Let me start by saying that we are backpackers. And then the kids came along, and then the move to Miami. So that meant the dreaded return to car camping. We hate car camping but if we are going to submit to it, we might as well go all out. When camping in the Florida Keys with little overhead coverage and a million mosquitos and noseeums, this shelter was a godsend and with one of the sides down, gave us privacy from the other campers in the neighboring sites. Many of the campgrounds have outlets so it was nice to bring a fan and stick it in the shelter. It's super roomy so we put it over our picnic table and had plenty of room for the large cooler in the corner, the stand up fan, lots of bags and toys in one of the other corners and we could still move around our table easily. It was super deluxe and lots of other campers came over to ask us about it. The tight mesh on the shelter does make it hot inside so definitely bring a fan if you'll be in the thick of summer.
It Takes a Village!
We purchased this tent to use on as an extra "room" on an extended festival camping trip. We ended up using it as a Food Serving tent and for keeping Musical Instruments out of the elements. We had several folks help us set it up - it was not difficult, just required a lot of coordination. One of the poles arrived either bent or too thick or something - we shaved it out with a nail file and it worked just fine. Our instruments were dry and the food was kept safe. Doors were a little tricky as they were not really setup for lots of folks walking in and out of the tent, so we'd pull the doors back as far as possible. It worked fine. There were a few high wind situations where it almost blew away - but with additional tie downs/rope we kept it in place.
Love this Screen House
Okay, this thing is pricey but well worth it. I took it out for its maiden voyage for labor day weekend. It rained some and it was lovely to have this stationed over the picnic table and we still have of screen house available to us. It's so nice to be able to put the walls down when you go away for a chunk of time and don't have to worry about a rainstorm coming in the side screen walls while you are away. just one tiny tiny complaint. I just wish the ties for the doors were closer to the inner edge of the screens. Rolled up there is a bit of a sag of the rolled up screen right in the middle of the doorway. if the ties were just move 6 inches closer to the middle this thing would be perfection. But that is my only complaint.
I've had 4 dining canopies. The cheap ones with 8 ropes to stake down and the quick setup ones with thin nylon that lets water in during downpours. While camping, and storm clouds gathered, I had to run around and try to put up plastic walls to try to keep the dining area dry. Then sit and pray for the storm to end.
The Norhtern Breeze is like the name, a breeze. If I see a storm, I zip down the sides and get out the cards. The size allows ample space for the wife and 3 boys to keep busy and keep fed for hours. No more running to the tent to ride out the rain. The 2 awnings allow us to expand the space even more.
It is bulky, but we are comfort-campers, and the Northern Breeze has definately added comfort to our camping.
Nice Screen Tent-Saved Our Camping Trip
Used first time over Memorial weekend. Covered a 8' long picnic table with extra space to move around. During a rainy weekend, we made and ate our meals in it, and we played cards and hung out. I wasn't sure how durable the fabric was until the hail came down, and that made a believer out of me. This shelter doesn't do well in the wind, so you need to get some good guylines and extra stakes (8 guylines - 2 per pole
Glad we bought this size screen tent because the 10'x 10' models wouldn't cover a 8' picnic table very well. The family loved having a dry dining and game shelter. Great for family car camping.
Best buy for price and versatility
Roomy. Full size picnic table plus bikes or chairs etc. fit inside. Good head room. Easiest set up for two (or more) but one can do it with no problem. We bought the floor, but don't plan on using it unless someone wants to sleep in it on a sleeping pad. Sides have sufficient length to keep mosquitoes etc. out. of the structure without the floor, and spills from grandkids (or clumsy grandparents) soak into the ground. Great for grandkids to be outside the trailer to play, even in wet weather. Still requires opening the next day to dry out if you need to pack up under wet conditions, just like any other tent/screen house.