User Review: Eureka! Alpenlite XT
Price Paid: $200
I bought my first Alpenlite XT in 1997, used for $25. By 1999 I was sleeping in it 150-200 nights a year. It never leaked, not once.
In 2005 it was stolen out of my vehicle right before a river trip. My husband bought me one of the newest Mountain Hardwear tents, and even with an open mind, I hated it.
I tried several more high-end tents, I begged friends to sell me their old Alpenlites (they all refused to give them up, even though I offered more $$ than a new one). I was scared that the new one wouldn't be as durable and I would miss my back door, I didn't think I could stand the color, it seemed so loud compared to the riparian habitats I spend most of my time.
Finally, I received a new one for valentine's day; the spouse couldn't stand me pouting every time I set up the tent.
It felt great to be "home" again. I love the ease of a free standing tent, the new ventilation was great, and I actually "lost" the tent in a field of tall grass at dusk even though I was standing close to it (this was pivotal in reestablishing my affection for the tent). It was camouflaged!
My only frustration, I have a bit of trouble with the primary zipper on the vestibule/door.
This tent is just as durable, water resistant, and perfect in size and weight for a river rat who may take an occasional friend or dog with her all year long.