User Review: Eureka! Apex 2XT
Ease of Setup: Very Easy
Price Paid: $125
This tent is excellent! My parents purchased it for me in 2003 when I was old enough to start backpacking with the Ventures...I have since taken it on hundreds of camping/backpacking trips and use it in all 4 seasons...it even went to Philmont with me!
I'll admit I have seam-sealed twice since I got the tent, but not because it's leaked, just because it's good practice. I have had both original fiberglass poles splinter on the end...however, I feel it was due to my abuse back in the day when I didn't know what I was doing as a young Scout. It is also pretty easy to go to a local backpacking store or Gander Mountain and find a replacement pole section. If it should cost at all it won't be above $2 for the re-stringing, and the pole section around $5.
I love the mesh in the summer time, and the vestibules are a godsend when it rains. It's big enough for 2 people WITHOUT gear...the vestibules can store a pack but it will be tight...I prefer using a pack cover instead. I have slept 3 people in it on two occasions, once in the fall and once in the winter...it was tight, but it wasn't uncomfortable.
I would encourage buyers to look around, but at the same time keep this tent at the forefront of your mind. It only has two poles running in an X design, so it does sway a bit in the wind. I haven't had it in heavy winds, but it's survived many a blizzard and heavy rainstorm. Occasionally the fly will collect condensation, but it usually runs down the inside and drips off the bottom.
I would urge buyers to get the fitted ground sheet as well, as its sometimes difficult to find a tarp a similar size, and if you roll it correctly, you can fit the (fitted) ground sheet into the tent bag as well. I wish you luck, and don't hesitate to email if you have any questions about it!