User Review: Eureka! Apex 2
Design: 3 season dome with 1/2 fly
Ease of Setup: usually 4 minutes, 10 in pitch dark
Price Paid: $80
I've had this tent for 5 years now and though I don't use it every weekend, it's seen a lot of ups and downs with plenty of rain and wind. I'm not writing this after owning it for 3 days and sleeping in it one night.
Overall: light, roomy, best ventilation, easy to set up, 2 doors= ++, water tight*, thin floor, nearly useless 1/2 vestibules, wind susceptible at times.
The tent is very light without sacrificing space. I'm not ultralight, so it fits my weekend trips, car camping trips and backyard setups just fine but is light enough to take on an extended trip without later wishing you bought something a lot lighter.
The ventilation is incredible, with >1/2 the roof being mesh when the fly is off and the fly can be placed and ready to pop on with only 2 clicks of the quick connect buckles. When you open the water proof door flaps as well, the tent becomes almost all mesh, so getting dressed around neighbors can be awkward.
The two huge doors open up the majority of each side and let me tell you this is a huge benefit in the night when someone has to pee every 8 minutes. I've slept with my head at the foot a bunch just to make getting in and out easier (because the door opens towards the foot instead of the middle (if you care) and this just makes it easier to use the doors. And with the angle of the tent, you can usually stand upright in the doorway with your top half outside the tent while your feet are still on the tent floor.
The pretend vestibules aren't worth much until you need them and in actuality are plenty of cover for boots, water bottles, daypack or whatever you want to leave outside the tent. They definitely don't help much if there is a wind blowing rain around. I haven't had water problems but I've always been careful to aim the tent into the wind, which is easy if everything is flat, but harder when it may mean you're sleeping downhill.
Now, 5 years on, I've found that it's time to reseal the floor and walls. I sure hope the waterproofing works because I love my little tent and want it to stay dry for another 5 years. I didn't take a star off for not being waterproof 5 years on, but more so for it having only a 1/2 fly which means the huge doors have to take primary water duty, this means there is always full on drenching whenever the door is opened because all of the water on the door falls into the tent along with the rain.
+ stars: ease of use, light, ventilation, 2 doors, roomy, water proof mostly.
- stars: strange vestibules, zipper drips from doors taking water,