Couldn't be happier
Could not be happier! Apart from the fact that this tent is just sexy, its light, functional, sturdy and soooo roomy. I went on a 3 day trip in the Chattahoochee in early spring, my friend kept talking about how awesome his Kelty Grand Mesa was. When I set up my Eureka, you could see the buyers remorse on his face. He ended up sleeping in my tent the last night cuz he wanted to "try it out." His tent looked like a toy next to this one.
Anyways, trash talking aside...this tent is awesome. My friend is about 6'1" and 250 lbs, I'm 5'9" 200 lbs. We had PLENTY of room, and still some left over for stuff inside. It poured on us the last night and we stayed bone dry. The Fly is awesome. Love the double doors on the tent and on the fly. I highly recommend.
I've had this tent for several years and it is one of the best values for the money in a backpacking tent I have seen. Not too heavy, well constructed and very roomy. I've used it for solo car camping and been very comfortable. It will accommodate even the very tallest campers with ease and has plenty of elbow room due to its wider shape at the shoulders. There's room in the ends to store your stuff as well as some space in the vestibule. Ventilation is excellent with a number of venting options and set-up is simple and quick. The only drawback (at least for me) is that it is not freestanding and must be staked down to stay up--you can't just pick it up and move it around as with many tents. Highly recommended.
Best tent at this price point!
Hands down this is the best backpacking tent available without spending 3 to 5 times as much. Doors on each side with no vestibule however the ungodly amount of space in this tent makes a vestibule a moot point. Have used in extreme weather with no issues while every other tent in the group failed. Pack Size & Weight is very small. Most who have camped with me end up switching to this tent after being introduced to it. DO NOT get the ultralight version of this tent. The very small weight savings comes at the expense of durability. It is not freestanding - It MUST be staked out to set-up. That is the one and only critisism that I can lay on it but no real tent at this price point is freestanding.
Perfect, especially for the price
My girlfriend and I backpacked with this tent through Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala for a few months, in areas with lots of available camping. It worked phenomenally: it's lightweight and the pieces can be shared easily between two people to cut the weight down; sets up in a hurry without hassle; there was enough room for us and two 70+ liter packs, and it was just as at home on the beach as it was in the jungle.
The only con is that it isn't free-standing, but, then, it's not a free-standing tent. We covered a lot of different terrain and never came across anything we couldn't stake it to.
Really great tent at this price
I'm very pleased with this tent! I wanted a good lightweight tent without breaking the bank and this fits the bill. Setup is easy and I find it extremely roomy for one person (holds tons of gear that way) and ample for two people (backpacks live outside, though). It needs to be staked to stand up and is in no way freestanding, but that is how it is designed. I wish it had a custom groundcloth but an 8x10 tarp works well and fits in the bag! Very light and easy to carry. Totally pleased with this purchase.
Rain doesnt mean you have to get wet
I bought this tent and own 3 other Eureka tents.
I used it for the second time this weekend and experienced a torrential downpour during the camping trip (2 hrs of hard rain). I stayed absolutely dry! I think the tent dripped twice during the night from the zipper to access the vent. I was pleasantly surprised with the tent. With that much rain, I thought I was bound to get wet. My buddy I was camping with ended up sleeping in my tent because his leaked so bad. Excellent tent!
Spacious and lightweight
The tent is very good on ventilation. It is nice to take the fly off and just have the open mesh. It is lightweight for the size, weighs about the same as some one man tents. They don't make a ground cloth for the 2 man tent which I wish they had. It is a little difficult to take down in the rain without getting the inside wet. Make sure you have enough string with you depending on where you set it up you may have to tie it out.
Easy to set up
My 13 year old son and I used this on a week-long backpacking trip on the AT. It was easy to set up and plenty roomy for a boy and his mom. we also had room for both packs inside. It never rained,and we had cleared campsites to use, so we didn't get an opportunity to truly stress it. I can't speak to durability or water-proofing. I wished we had something lighter, but that is the trade-off for size and ease of use.
Novice and Spitfire 2 a good match :)
I purchased this tent for multi-day packing excursions, but have only used it for simple overnight settings so far. From what I can tell, though, it'll work as well for one as the other. Light, easy packer, set up was simple. Comfy with loads of room for one, still with just enough space for packs if a 2 peep sleeper. Not yet tested in rain, or high winds, but basics are tight. I like!
Spitfire 2 review.
This was a birthday gift from my wife, although she will sleep in it also,,, if I decide to let her, LOL. The tent is a high quality tent. We have enjoyed a few nights in it. What we really like is all of the netting provides plenty of venilation on hot nights. The tent sheds water easily due to it's design but like most tents is pretty hot inside with the fly on.