User Review: Eureka! Apex 2XT
Design: Free standing
Ease of Setup: Easy-peasy, I've done it in the dark without a light
Weight: Approx. 6 lbs.
Price Paid: $89.99
I bought this tent in Mar. '05 to replace an old no-name-brand 3-man geodesic dome that I just wore out. I was attracted to the dual doors and vestibules as much as the price.
Overall I am very pleased with the quality of the tent, and it is not as snug with 2 adults as some other "2" man tents I've spooned in (this is where the dual doors/vestibules SHINE). :D It is very easy to set up and while there are lighter tents out there, for the money and spaciousness it is relatively light but I'm no thru or long distance hiker either. I've been in some heavy, sustained downpours and with near gale winds. Neither the fly (itself) nor the bathtub floor leaked (I do use a footprint) and I've awakened dry every time (except for #1 below...). FWIW, it can handle a small snow load. ;)
The tent loses points for:
1. Condensation, even when it is not so cool that I can see my breath the inside of the tent and fly collect a lot of moisture from the air and my breathing (happens when I'm solo, too). Reaching for the fly's zipper on a chilly am to run to the sinks can be a cold, damp experience. :( Or maybe it is better suited as a two season tent. And yes, I pay attention to staking the tent and guying out the fly for maximum air circulation. (Two occasions this is not a problem: warm temps or well below freezing).
2. Some rain penetrates through the fly/vestibule zipper openings, not at the seams which I also sealed (I'm not relying on even Eureka for that). Maybe a better (wider?) gusset overlapping the zipper would eliminate this admittedly minor issue.
Although it would increase weight, perhaps at least one of the doors could have a zippered panel to cover the mesh door for foul weather entry/exit. Entering/exiting the tent in heavy weather in the present configuration also lets in too much of the weather.
Enough sniveling! It is a solid tent both in construction and value. I would buy another one, and recommend it without hesitation. Four solid thumbs-up (there ain't no such critter as 5-star in this price range...)