Great Family Camping Tent
This is my second Eureka Timberline tent. I wore my first one out, but it gave me 20 years of regular service! How can you argue with that?!
The tent has enough room for two adults and two small kids, and with the vestibule to hold shoes, ponchos, etc. the tent is big enough inside to comfortably sit up, read stories to the kids, and enjoy the camp. Being a long-time Timberline owner, I can see some changes which have occured in the design since my firstvpurchase 20 years ago. The material is now seems lighter, but it has proven to be as strong and of robust construction.
Some very minor nits: The tent would benefit from glow-in-the-dark guy ropes available on other tents, and it would be nice to have a rear entrance even though it would add a bit of weight to the design. Also, a drawstring or a velcro closure for the stake bag would be handy.
The first night out with the new tent, we had the new tent set up in 5 minutes. Later that night we had a good test of its solid construction. The wind came up hard and fast, followed by strong rain lasting the entire night. The tent was quiet and didn't flap. We stayed totally dry, no leaks anywhere, no condensation, no worries!! the fly dried out quickly the next morning.
This is a well built, no unnecessary frills, reliable tent. It's possible to backpack with this tent, although if you're looking for a strictly backpackable tent of this size, there are lighter alternatives within $30-$40 of this tent's price. We use it for family car camping and have never been disappointed. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars is because I think it could be a bit lighter. I hope you find this info useful.
27 years old...
I bought this when my daughter was 12...she is now 39 and its about time I replace it, I think. Used it just this past Aug but it is showing signs of age now. 27 years of camping/fishing trips, can't ask much more of a tent. an be set up in the dark it is so easy and have had as many as 8 people living in it, half of them children, with two queen air mattress' just barely fitting with the door zipped. My kids and grandkids have all used this tent. Had water in it one time when the campground flooded and the river waterline was higher than the floor but the level in the tent was lower than the river level. That one was a shocker, thank God for air mattress' as nothing in the tent was wet. That was an odd morning, mad when I woke to the water in the tent but happy when I found out why it was there, sort of. Going to upgrade to the SQ outfitter 4 and figure it will outlast me. I do recommend re-sealing seams and all every few years. The tent cost me, I think it was $269 or $279 back then and its cheaper now, go figure...and I bought it here, excellent retailer.
Bought my second Timberline 4 tent recently. Most durable nylon tent and tent design I have ever used. Own several tents and this one is still the favorite.
Bought my first Timberline 4 while stationed in Iceland in 1979 as an entry level family tent. The design has changed very little with the exception of the newer models have shock corded poles and polyester fly to improve durability! It's a great 3 1/2 season tent, but with the addition of vestibules makes a great winter and heavy weather tent – that braved many days of the Iceland wind, rain, and snow. With modest care the tent lasted over 20 years and for over 60 or so trips which included Iceland and winter AT-Shenandoah treks with a four person group - tent pieces distributed among the hikers to mitigate the somewhat heavy weight.
The original tent is still alive and well but now serves as an occasional backyard toy for the young.
If used in deep snow, you will need aftermarket tent stakes as with most tents in snow (Campmor carries them!).
Great tent at a great price. Roomy. Simple to setup and very tolerant to wind with the addition of the vestibules.
timberline 4 person tent
this tent was purchased for float trips/ truck camping/hunting in some times fairly cold situations.The tent is rock solid and for the performance it provides is actually compact and light. Not light enough for back packing but 8lbs is not bad. The very best thing compared to other tents is the solid fabric primary shell, it can be 100% zipped up for no leak of dust or water, meaning; its not just a floor with mesh netting as so many light weight tents actually are.The inner shell can be fully ventilated with zip down windows for and aft; and has a rain fly that over laps the end of the tent that alllow the vents to be open even in a downpour. It actually holds a certain amount of heat. I use a single candle lantern on cold nights, dangled from the ceiling. Zit reduces the amount of internal moisture to nothing, and would add a degree or 2 in warmth. This tent cna be set up to be cool and breezy for summer or buttoned up for cold windy big game hunting in comfort. Phenom of tents!!!!
Exactly what we were looking for.
I bought this tent about 3 weeks ago for the family to use on our outings, which range from backyard camping to weekend hikes of up to 15 miles. I purchased this tent because I had used the 2 man version in Boy Scouts over 25 yrs ago and never had an issue. On our first outing to McAfee Knob on the AT, we split the weight among 3 packs and no one complained. We found the tent to be a good size for 2 adults, a 12 yr old and an 8 yr old with gear left outside. The second night on the trail, the boys set the tent up by themselves in a little over 10 minutes. We had a small shower of rain that night and the tent performed as expected and did not leak. It dried quickly the next morning. I highly recommend this tent based on Eureka's history of reliability and the performance of its products.
Great tent through the years
I first saw one of these tents on a trip to the Boundary Waters in about 1976. My Scout troop was still using canvas tents with no floors back then, so these were a technological marvel. After college I bought one for myself, and used it for about 15 years. I put it away wet the last time, and it got mildewy (my fault!). I finally replaced it with another one from a Cabelas store in the spring of 2010. I've used it on about 9 weekend campouts since then, camping now as an Asst. Scoutmaster with my own sons as Scouts. While it isn't the flashiest tent on the campground any more, I always stay dry and I don't have to worry about wind. It's easy to pack and carry, and very easy to set up. I'd have a hard time seeing any other tent as a better purchase!
LOve my Timberline
After owning several tents over the years for backpacking, car camping, canoeing etc. I decided to get a 4 person Timberline it was a great decision, I usually solo canoe and being 70 + I needed the extra height and room. It is large enough
to sit up in and to store my gear in out of the weather. It is sturdy and has stood up to some pretty good wind and rainstorms.
The only problem is it it a bit heavy, but canoeing makes it a moot point as the canoe is my backpack.
It is easy and fast when set up comes.
Camping on sandbars it does get a lot of sand inside but I just turn it over before packing and shake the sand out.
I never regret buying this tent and I know it will protect me from the elements for years to come.
great sturdy tent, not terribly roomy
I had the two-person version of this tent years ago, and it was by far my favorite tent. The four-person retains all the positives and the few negatives of the two-man version. It's extremely easy to set up (no threading poles) and is very sturdy. Being an a-frame, it's not as roomy as a dome with more vertical walls, but it's not too cramped either (slept two adults and two children very comfortably, even with much of our gear inside as well). It can collect some condensation, most likely because the ventilation isn't as strong as a tent with a mesh upper, but it's not a huge concern. And it retains heat/blocks wind much better than a mesh-upper tent. A bit heavy for extended backpacking, but could still work for that. A very solid buy.
I purchased this on a recommendation from a book on camping. I got the 4 person model for my wife and I's car-camping trips. There is a prefect amount of room for two people and minimal gear. We have used it twice now. Just got home from a camping trip with several friends. We awoke to a pretty heavy rain and we were the only ones to stay dry. Everyone's tent flooded but ours. We had both the vent windows wide open and not a drop in the tent. Stayed cozy and listened to the rain while everyone else had to run to their cars. So easy to set up, high quality materials. I now want the two person SQ model for lighter backpacking. I would recommend this to anyone.
Time tested design always delivers
Eureka improved on Timberline design but I chose the time-tested version that has delivered for me on a dozen week-long canoeing trips with middle and high school aged kids into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada. This tent is comfortable in all weather that I have experienced.
The tent sets up in under two minutes once you know how it is supposed to be erected. It has a large enough footprint to comfortably sleep 3, but will sleep up to 5 if gear is stored outside and/or inside the optional vestibule (which I highly recommend).
One negative is that I wouldn't want to take it backpacking because of the weight.