User Review: Eureka! Apex 2XT
Ease of Setup: easy
Price Paid: $120
I just brought this tent last week and tried it out immediately on the weekend at Mount Pisgah, NC. Setting up the tent is quite easy and error proof even for the new campers like me. My hubby and I are both happy about the inside space. It is quite roomy for our two Walmart sleeping bags, a backpack and some other stuff. With the raintop on, it provides some nice covered areas on both sides out of the tent for our shoes.
It was raining and quite windy whole night. The tent hold up reasonably well and kept us dry. Not mention that when I woke up, I found my tent was surrounded by about 1 inch water. (I used Eureka footprint though.) After a really heavy shower in the early morning, I did notice some drops penetrated from the top seams and side zippers. I don't know if such leakages avoidable by applying sealant to all exposed seams, as suggested on Eureka tent instructions sheet.
One thing I found a little awkward to use is the rain shield door, when you are trying to get out of the tent. It's always not easy for me to stretch my arm far enough for the zip head. I don't understand why not design the outer door unzipped from up down? Guess it will probably cause more leaking, maybe? Anyway, this is not a major issue for me.
All in all, as a first timer camper I'm quite happy with Apex 2XT. It is a good quality tent at a reasonably lower price compared with other similar 3-season ones on the market. Hopefully, the minor leakage problem will be gone after some extra seam sealing. Can not wait to camp out again. ^__^