Just had a great experience with this tent on Mount Whitney.
It was very easy to set up with only two poles. The third pole was for the fly and really helped make the entire tent seem bomb-proof. Just make sure you have two good anchors for each end of the fly. I only ended up using six stakes, and was going to use the other two for the windward side of the tent, but there was no wind to speak of. Definitely replace the flimsy stakes for some good aluminum ones. All the anchor loops are big enough for ice axes if need be too.
The tent had great ventilation, and never felt stuffy with the high/low vent system. There was no condensation either, even with the 23 degree temp overnight. The vestibule and door on each side of the tent was key for me. Plenty of room for boots and packs and we were still able to get in/out easily. It was also nice not having to climb over each other in the middle of the night. Lot's of elbow room inside, even with the packs, and positively spacious with them outside.
The windows on the fly door were a nice touch letting in light since the tent is a bit dark. The gear loft needed a short length of cord in order for the corners to reach the attachment loops, but worked fine after that for holding light stuff.
This tent is considered a 3 1/2 season and so the heavier fabric is obviously going to weigh more, but it was manageable when split between the two of us. I also had no doubt that it would hold up well to wind and a bit of snow.
It kept us warm and dry. What more could you ask for?
My husband and I have a Eureka Headquarters tent that we love, however, I can't set it up myself and I was going on a camping/bicycling trip without him. At 4' 10" tall, I needed a tent I could set up myself. The 3XTE was very easy to setup. The Eureka gold to gold rainfly/tent strap hookups makes it easy.
In my 8 days/nights of camping, I had:
- heavy rain (stayed dry inside)
- 20-40mph wind (used all stakes/guide ropes, tent stayed strong)
- night temps 80+ degrees (I was warm and probably should have taken the rain fly off for better air circulation)
- night temps in the 40 degrees (closed up all the door screens and vestibule - nice feature)
- The tent had plenty of room for me and all my stuff. The vestibules are large - my TerraTrike bike almost completely fit inside.
- My husband joined me for 2 nights. We used a full size air mattress with room on each side of the door for each of our bags and a little room at the end of the bed.
The key features why I purchased this tent:
- 2 doors with screens that can be opened, closed, or partially opened/closed) to regulate temperature/circulation and provide privacy when dressing. Several other tents I looked at were all/mostly net and I didn't think they would keep me warm.
- 2 vestibules (extra storage is nice)
- easy setup
- Eureka brand
I hope you purchase this tent and enjoy it as much as I have!
Nice Tent, Nice Price
Nice tent,well designed and built of heavy grade material with good coatings. I have 1 1/2 years of all season service with it and the more I use it the better I like it. Vestibles are large enough for storage,shelter,and keep the rain out of the tent even when its open. The tent diagram shows sleeping head and feet to the doors but only if your shorter, I'm 6' and have to sleep across the doors to keep off the inner tent fabric which leaves a ton of room for any and all gear. It is stable if guyed out correctly (seen gusts to upper 50's so far). The sewing is pretty sloppy though; I have seam sealed most of the reinforced spots on the body and fly to keep them from unraveling or pulling through. There are ton of ways to vent this tent,and you will need them. The lower fly vents are great in bad weather and keep air going to the upper vents even if it's a monsoon outside. The inside of the fly will condensate easily in humid or cold weather if you're not venting enough air. Still,it's a nice tent and i'm very glad I made the purchase.
this is why i only buy eureka
i purchased this tent because myself and two friends were going on a camping trip to scotland and wated to upgrade my 1997 4 man tetrogon that is still in great condition but not a 3 season tent.
the mountain pass is such a trooper. in the third night in the tent on Skye camped on a grassy hill above a beach on the windward side of the island a gale came in. that tent stood up to about 12 hours of wind and driving rain. the gusts were bending the tent so much that it was hitting me in the face as i attempted to sleep. the guy lines held strong no bent poles and the only additional support i added was some bandaids wrapped around the poles connections so the fly wouldn't rub itself to death. the next morning (4 am when the sky started to get light) it was still blowing so hard one of my friends remained in the tent as we took it down since it would have likely landed in the sheep field.
this is why i only buy eureka tents.
Got to Have it!
Buying a tent online can always be scary. This tent was a great buy. I love the color and the fly. One thing I love about the fly is the option to tie up the Vestibules. When I was buying it, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the Vestibules if I didn't want to use them. Come to find out, they can be tied up! The material is very sturdy. The clear plastic that is in the Vestibules is similar to a clear shower curtain, so it is not going to rip easy.
Two things I didn't like:
The stakes for the tent are cheap. I am in Nevada, so the ground here is pretty hard and the stakes don't go into the ground without being bent. Second, I wish Eureka made fitted Footprints for their tents. These two things shouldn't be a deal breaker. I am going to pick up MSR stakes and make my own Footprint.
I use this tent for backpacking and canoe camping in the Adirondacks with my two boys. It's not the lightest tent, but between the three of us, we manage fine. I have had this tent in severe rain storms with high winds; there have been times when water ran under and around it like a river, and times when it wound up sitting in two inch deep water. This tent has always stayed completely dry inside. We had winds so bad once that a cord holding my ultralight cooking shelter broke but this tent stood solid. I love this tent.
This tent can hold three adults without squishing, or one adult, two kids and an explosion of kids' clothing. The vestibules are great for additional gear. While the tent has some very nice vents, it can be a little warm on the hottest nights, so it might not be the best for camping in very hot climates.
Excellent 3.5 season tent
I have had a Eureka Apollo 4 tent for years and loved it. For a more serious adventurer tent, I reviewed many tents, and tried out several. The Eureka Mountain Pass is an excellent 3.5 season tent for the money!
With it's high/low ventilation system, there is no condensation. Believe me, I have had other much more expensive tents that really had condensation build up. Not this tent! Great for cold weather and just fine in warmer weather with vents open and 2 screen doors. It's the perfect "all around" tent.
2000mm coated rainfly and 5000mm coated floor insures you'll stay dry and comfortable. Stake out the guylines and you can handle some rough weather.
It's a little heavy for backpacking, but splitting up the weight with fellow hiker/s, makes it very do-able.
You won't be disappointed with this great tent!
An exceptiunal tent.
This tent is well designed. It has many features not mentioned in the desgription. It is well decribed as a 3+ season tent as the combination of adjustable vents and numerous tie downs make it suitable for a wide range of conditions. The large dual vestibles give weather protection for gear and they're roomy enough for putting on one's footwear. Often I'll take shelter underneath one of the vestibles during a breif rain without the need to enter the tent.
The D-shaped doors are effective for entry and exit. The dual-track zippering means you never have to struggle opening two zippers to get in and out. The door zips to the mesh screen which in turn zips to the tent, making for one zip access.
So far we are very satisfied with this tent; much more than we expected.
Wonderful and light little tent. I had the occation to use this tent last weekend on Lake Erie for a scouting event. While several tents broke or blew away in the 35 knott winds, this thing stayed put, and didn't budge! Everyone on the island (this was a large scout camporee at Put-In-Bay) wanted to take a look at it. Hopefully, after this, you'll sell a lot of them.
This thing is very light, and can easliy be tied to the back of your pack. You'll barely know it's there! Setup is quick and easy, as is the tear-down.
The only downside is that it gets kinda hot in the summer sun. Definitely take another tarp to hang overhead to block the sun!
We went canoe camping on the Buffalo River and decided to take our dog along. Our 2 man tent was not big enough so we got the Mountain Pass 3XTE. It was great for our purposes. We did have some wind (30mph) and had no problem, but the tent was not tested in the rain so I gave it a 4 star. The ventilation was very good and the vestibules were generous. I can't find any negatives. There was plenty of room for the 2 of us, a 40 pound dog and plenty of gear, even inside the tent. Also, the fly vents and the gear loft were nice extras. Overall, a great tent.