User Review: Eureka! Apex 2
Design: Apex 2, three season, freestanding dome, two doors, 3ft 7.5in high, 7'2" by 4'11" floor space, fiberglass poles,
Ease of Setup: excellent. sets up in three minutes or less.
Weight: 4lb 8oz
Price Paid: 99.00
I usually hike/camp using a hammock and picked up this tent as a change as I was heading down to Damascus, Va. for the hiker festival "Traildays".
The tent sets up very easy (even without directions if you have ever used shockcord poles before). The large doors on each side are a big plus as I love to lay in the tent and gaze about in the outdoors. The large netting over the doors are likewise nice. Without the rainfly the tent is perfect relaxing in good weather. Some may scoff at the bright yellow color of the tent but I found as plus especially if you forgot where your tent was..haha.
It did rain (and I mean thunderstorm city) for a full day. Here is why I don't give it a full five stars. I double checked the zippers after I zipped the tent door as it started to thunderstorm and pour. Not long after I noticed (on both doors) that water was very slowly seeping in where they two zippers met after zipping fully closed. I checked they were tight again.
To make a long story short...one door seemed to stop the seep and the other kept seeping. I found a half cup of water inside the tent when the storm stopped. I was raised on a cot but if I was on the floor in my sleeping bag it would have got wet. This I cannot accept. I will take a look at the tent this weekend and see if it was somehow my error but I think not.
I will make some kind of makeshift velcrow cover for where the zipper meets on the doors. I believe the whole cause of this is the way the half vestible (rainfly construction) is done. A full vestible would have prevented this or at least a vestible that covers more of the top of the tent door.
Overall, I like the tent. It's priced appropriate. In all fairness the rest of the tent held up like a champ in the torrential downpour. It has more features than most tents in its price range. Free standing, double walled on some sides, tent vent, light poles, and a nice light 2 person tent for its price.
In regular rain I'm sure it would be fine. In nice to ok weather its a good deal. I'm keeping it! I think this tent is best for perhaps weekend or week long trips but more than that I would invest in something a bit more four season. Happy Hiking / Camping
Bearwalker - 2008 southbound A.T. thru-hiker