Eureka Apex 3 XT - Tent

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Eureka Apex 3 XT - Tent
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Eureka Apex 3 XT - Tent -
The Eureka Apex 3 XT is a roomy 3 person tent with 2 doors, 2 vestibules and great ventilation. The sturdy shockcorded fiberglass frame is durable and packs down to a manageable size. Both doors and the back wall of the tent are no-see-um mesh for great ventilation and stargazing opportunities. Two vestibules provide cover for excess gear and allow for great venting in the rain by shielding the mesh on the doors. An additional poke out wall vent provides even more ventilation options. The full coverage, factory sealed fly all but guarantees a snug night and a great trip.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Two fiberglass poles help keep the weight down and provide essential support


  • Sturdy shockcorded fiberglass frame


  • Free standing design is simple to set up and take down.

Weather and Wind:

  • Lightweight, compact, and built to withstand the elements, the two-person Apex 2XT tent is ideal for backpacking and wilderness camping. This versatile three-season tent assembles easily with a free-standing fiberglass frame. Durable waterproof fabric, raised floor seams, bathtub floor, and a full coverage fly, provide reliable protection from the elements.
  • Bathtub floor keeps seams taut and high off the ground for superior protection
  • All main fly and floor seams are factory sealed
  • Vestibules let you get your and your buddy’s stinky gear out of the rain


  • Twin track zippers for separate operation windows in the doors


  • Two interior storage pockets keep headlamps, glasses, and water bottles within easy reach
  • Includes interior storage pockets and lantern loop

Lining and Layers:

  • 2 mesh gear pockets for internal storage, clothes line loops and flashlight loop


  • Two opposing, extra large D-shaped door openings allow easy access to the tent from both sides. Zippered mesh windows in the doors, plus two mesh panels in the ceiling, provide proper ventilation, keeping you and your gear nice and dry. The no-see-um mesh fabric lets you peek out at the stars and keeps mosquitoes and even the smaller bugs out. Interior side and corner pockets keep gear organized.
  • Fitted nylon footprint is available
  • Multi-coated polyester fly covers non-closable roof and wall vents


  • 2 windows and 1 mesh roof vent provides excellent ventilation
  • Poke out vent in sidewall provides additional ventilation when needed
  • Hi/Low venting options on each side help keep the tent comfortable


  • Import


  • Tent body
  • Assembles Quickly
  • Pole bag/poles
  • Stake bag/stakes
  • Two large D-style doors let you easily get in and out from both sides and ensure that there will be no tripping over one another to go to the bathroom
  • 2 large, 'D' style doors for easy and convenient exit & entry
  • Post & grommet pole to tent attachment
  • External guy points for stormy weather
  • Fire retardant
  • Footprint sold separately
  • All carry bags and stakes included
  • All clip set up provides a fast & easy set up every time
  • FREE - Gear Loft -Included - great for additional storage & organization - and it's FREE
  • Sleeps 3
  • Clips and post-and-grommet assembly make setup a breeze
  • What's in the box (Spring 2014)
Campers on a budget know that Eureka packs plenty of quality at a price that is likely to induce singing and laughing. The Eureka Apex 2XT 2-person, 3-season Tent features a waterproof fly to shed wet weather and comes with fiberglass poles for ease of setup and added weight savings.

Lightweight, compact, and built to withstand the elements, the two-person Eureka Apex 2XT tent is ideal for backpacking and wilderness camping. This versatile three-season tent assembles easily with a free-standing fiberglass frame. Durable waterproof fabric, raised floor seams, bathtub floor, and a full coverage fly, provide reliable protection from the elements.

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Best Use:Backpacking
Body Material:75D 190T nylon taffeta, 800 mm coated
Floor Material:75D 190T nylon taffeta,
Floor Space:36.9 sq ft / 3.4 sq m
Head Height:46 in / 117 cm
Max Inside Length:90 in / 229 cm
Max Inside Width:59 in / 150 cm
Packed Size:5 x 24 in / 13 x 61 cm
Poles:8.5 mm fiberglass
Rainfly Material:75D 190T nylon taffeta,
Seam Taped:Yes
Seasons:3 Season
Sleep Capacity:2 Person
Upc, Ean, Isbn:083826291104
Vestibule Space:27.6 sq ft / 2.6 sq m
Weight:5 lbs 5 oz /
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Eureka Apex 3 XT - Tent Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I purchased this tent after using a Eureka Solitaire one-man backpacking tent. I didn't like the one-man tent at all. It was like sleeping in a coffin, and no room whatsoever for any gear. I upgraded to the Apex 2XT shown here, and I am very glad I did. I laugh at backpacker nazis who are so gram-conscious that they have to have little one-man "escape pod" tents because they weigh a pound less and take up an inch less room in their backpack -- but to each his own.
I use the tent for kayak camping. I have very little precious room in the kayak to bring everything I need for a 2 to 3 day journey, but I opted for a two-man tent just to have room to sit up, and have a little room for my gear. With this tent, I have the perfect amount of room for my backpack, my clothes drybag, and my self-inflating bed roll. Anything else that needs to be kept dry can go into one of the two covered "vestibules" this tent offers. The vestibules are pretty handy to have, especially in cold weather. I actually fired up my little sterno camp stove in one of the vestibules, and it heated the tent to a warm and cozy temperature within minutes. While I wouldn't recommend leaving it on for very long, I was able to open both mesh doors and heat up the entire rainfly enclosure with the stove, then put it out and close up the tent. I was warm all night.
The tent is very easy to set up, as it only has two poles. Those two poles clip into place, as shown in the picture. I like clips much better than the cloth sleeves used in early tent models. The rainfly is "color-coded" to only go on one way, and if you look at the above photo you will see what I mean. Each corner of the tent has a nylon webbing buckle, three of which are black and one is yellow (as shown above). The rainfly buckles to these straps, and one corner has yellow webbing. Just align the yellow corners together and the rainfly fits perfectly. This was an excellent idea, and works well.
I love these tents that have two doors. I can get to both vestibules easily, and during hot weather I can open the mesh portion of the doors for fantastic ventilation & visibility. The rainfly doors roll back to allow full visibility from within the tent.
Inside there are four mesh pockets for storing items - one pocket in each corner.
I purchased this tent from a local shop, but Backcountry has it available for the same price as I paid. If I had to make the purchase again, I would probably go with the Marmot Limelight 2 only because I really like that tent. But this Eureka tent seems just as good and less expensive.
I do not have any complaints, or anything I really don't like about the tent. It is lightweight and is easy to set up, and stayed dry for several nights with one night/day of rain. It is orange, but more of a nice pumpkin orange and not bright UT ugly deer hunting vest orange.

AD at on 11/11/2011

I've used this tent for one season now. It held up well to moderate wind and rain. It takes about 5 minutes or less to set up with one person or two. 1 minute to take it down. I'm 6'1'' and it is long enough and has plenty of room for 2 people and some gear or a dog. The vestibule is big enough to hold 2 full large packs. It's hard to get to the vestibule zipper when it closed because you have to crawl halfway out of the tent to reach it, and if you don't stay low, you'll have a nice wet, cold back from the morning dew. I also don't like how the zippers are arranged. One is along the bottom, the other along the top arch and side. They come together at the corner, which does not create a completely insect proof zip. I haven't had any problems with bugs, but I also don't bring food into this tent. A ground tarp is a must for this tent. The bottom doesn't feel strong enough to hold up to rocks and roots. I couldn't find a footprint anywhere online so I just cut a piece of visqueen and it works well. I'm happy with this tent for what I spent on it, but I don't expect it to last as long as a similar, more expensive one.

Johnny at on 01/29/2011

Finally some more room

I started with an Apex 2 person tent about 10+ yrs ago. Then it was just me, which turned into me and a dog, then 2 dogs, now it's me, my husband, and 2 dogs. After our last backpacking trip, I decided it was time to upgrade. I've only set this tent up at home, so it has not been 'field' tested. Although thus far it seems very roomy (but what wouldn't for me right now).

I like the gear loft and hooks to clip a light to.

The redesigned pockets in the 4 corners that go up the walls don't hang off the wall and take up floor space (my old apex they would hang right at my head, and often just sit on the floor)

The doors are also very large, which made getting in and out quite easy. (We didn't have the rain fly on, so I'm not sure how the angle of the fly affects entry/exiting).

I loved how my last Apex tent held up, and I expect the same longevity from this one.
Jeefgeorge at Campmor on 08/08/2012

Quality tent

I have been on one camping trip with it and I came away liking the tent a lot. I think it is simple and fast to set up. The zippers work really easily and the extra room in the vestibules is great for extra gear. It rained half the morning of the camping trip and the tent was completely dry.
The only real complaint I have about the tent is that getting in the tent could be a little easier with the rainfly on. I bought this tent after the purchase of a less expensive Coleman tent. The coleman poles fell apart on the first trip and I had to return it. Spending over twice as much for a slightly smaller Eureka 3 person tent was definitely worth it.
mountain biker at Campmor on 10/10/2013

I'd recommend this tent to a friend!

This is a great tent so far! I've only used it once so time will tell; hence only 4 stars despite the all the pros. It is claimed to be a backpacking tent but it is a bit heavy for long hiking trips. Although if you split up the poles, fly, & tent it would be much easier to use for backpacking. We experienced a downpour the first night with the tent and we stayed nice & dry. It took only minutes to set up, had plenty of inside compartments to keep things organized, & was plenty spacious for 2 people.

A compliment to Campor: the customer service is so helpful & the shipping is very prompt. Great deal on the tent too. 25% off suggested retail price.
Kris the Phann at Campmor on 10/10/2012

Great Tent

Used the tent to car camp in the white mountains. First time we took it out, it rained. Was not expecting it to rain so i didn't seal the seams. Still held up very well. The bathtub floor worked great. No leaks were seen, but quite a bit of condensation under the sleeping bags. The seams on the fly also seemed to leak a little bit. I plan on sealing the seams next time i bring the tent out. Worked great for 2 people and quite a bit of gear. Would fit 3 most likely. Great size vestibules for keeping gear dry. The one con that i found was that there were not enough stakes. Only came with 6, which is not enough for everything.
Dan the Man at Campmor on 09/09/2012

i own own the older model apex xt 2 man tent and I am telling you, it has served me from the Midwest thunderstorms, in death valley, snow at the grand canyon, many many days at Yosemite, and 15 years later it's still my primary tent. still never a drop of rain on the inside. not only is it waterproof, it's durable and will last for years. then new one looks even better with a larger vestibule. I don't have a footprint just use a plastic tarp I cut to size in 1997 and still use it.

brendon at on 12/29/2012

I have always loved Eureka Tents because they are easy to set up and are overall great quality tents! I love the dual vestibule and the 2 big doors on both sides. The 2 pole system is mandatory for me. Be careful with with the fiberglass poles though. I've had them break on me in the past. If that happens just contact Eureka and they'll send you a new one! :)

Jeff Guest at on 06/07/2012

Picked one up the other day because of a good sale and im jacked to try it out. Its much roomier than what I used to use. I set it up already and it was easy and fast to do. I like that there are 2 large doors on each side. I dont know how it performs yet but I am confident it will do the job.

Adam at on 04/11/2013

Great tent

Bought this tent for me and my wife to use on bike tours. Haven't slept in it yet, but set it up in the yard to check it out. About a 5 minute job.Looks like it's going to be the perfect size for the two of us. Lots of room for two and plenty of storage space left.
wannabe comfy at Campmor on 07/07/2011

Negative Reviews:

Ahh, i baught the apex a year ago, and just like with other cheap tents the water proofing coating only lasts after the first rain, used it numerous times, and everytime i woke up soaked from condensation even tho i have all mesh open and vents open.. I now have upgraded to the Marmot aura and its amazing and bombproof. But for the price on the apex, expesially on sale.. This is a decent amature tent. gets 2 stars for that

k_hp29694 at on 12/14/2012

Fiberglass frame defective

Fiberglass frame was defective out of the packaging. Shock cord was stretched and non-elastic and the coating of the cord was hardened, brittle and consistency of wax. Had to cut the shock cord just to piece the frame together for use at Yellowstone.
Northwest Adventurer at Campmor on 05/05/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Looks like a nice tent. I ordered it for an upcoming hiking trip. Had to return the product because it is not 5lb 6oz or 6"x18.5" packed size as stated in the specs. It is 6lb 5oz and 7x24.
I was a little iffy on the described weight so an extra pound put me over the edge. Backcountry is great though and issued a RMA no problem.
I will be looking for a 4lb tent.

e.d4419992 at on 01/14/2011

This was my first tent. I mostly used it for solo motorcycle tripping. I made the mistake to take it hiking, it was one heavy tent..
The tent has held up well, and is roomy enough for two people, makes for a good car camping tent now.

Le crow at on 09/21/2013

Not for hot weather

Simple setup. Good rain protection. Uncomfortably hot in direst sun.
Bill the scouter at Campmor on 07/07/2012