User Review: Eureka! Alpine Meadows
Design: freestanding modified A-frame
Ease of Setup: fairly easy
Weight: 8+ lbs.
Price Paid: can't remember
I bought this tent in the late '80s and just returned from a trip to far Eastern Maine where we had a night of heavy rain and thunderstorms with heavy downpours on 2 nights. We stayed dry despite the water running under the floor of the tent.
I used it extensively for canoe tripping for 10+ years and it is a great tent for that purpose. The center hoop gives the tent great headspace and makes it much more comfortable to hang out in when the weather is bad. The fly overhang allows for some window ventilation even in the rain. These days I am car camping with kayaks and an air mattress, and will probably hand this tent on to my stepson.
It has withstood heavy use and I once even put it through a washing machine after an incident with a dog. (No more dog camping ever!) Two years ago while car camping a pole was bent by a car driving over it -- I'm still using that pole.
After many memorable trips, the fly has stretched and the waterproof coating has begun to stick to itself, so I'm shopping for another tent, but I would strongly consider purchasing this tent again. I love the blue floor with gray fly -- no orange tents for me. A great tent.
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