User Review: Eureka! Apex 2XT
Design: three season backpacking / camping tent
Ease of Setup: excellent
Weight: 5 lbs 12 ounces.
Price Paid: $129
Leaving on a Boy Scout campout, I stopped in Gander Mountain and "decided" I needed a new tent since I was backpacking/camping and my old larger Eureka was getting pretty thin. I saw the Apex 2xt and it seemed to be just what I wanted so I bought it. Now for the review: I spent two nights on sandy/dirt ground.
First, the negatives - forget the little stakes that come with the tent, they are just not long enough to hold in any kind of sandy soil (why do tent companies even bother with these after all these years of complaints). The fly design is interesting in that the tent itself is easy to open but you have to reach way out to the ends of the fly to get to the zipper. (An additional vertical zipper in the side of the fly would have been nice.) Now this is not so bad unless the ground is wet, dirty, sandy, whatever!
Finally, the worst thing is that we had a nice long rainstorm the second night. No wind. I literally watched water bubble through the zipper seams, drop onto the mesh, and then onto my arm, bag, floor. The total amount of water wasn't that great but when they specifically advertise on their box that the tent is sealed - then I expect it to be, at least for a few months time. The little pop-out vent also leaked and let water drip into the tent.
Here are the Positives - the tent is roomy enough for me and I am 6'2". I at first though I might even have room for a cot on some campouts (I am in my 50's) but decided that would be pushing it. There is plenty of mesh and ventilation. The way the fly is designed it will catch air on either side of the fly and direct it into the tent. The zippers are very smooth opening and don't get caught.
I like the little extra height the tent has over some tents in this category. It has two pouches sewn in one end but I wish they would have put at least one in the other end. During the rainstorm it was nice knowing the tent has a bathtub floor (aside from the leaking zipper seams.)
Overall, a nice tent and I think that after I seal all the seams and get used to the fly zipper that I will enjoy it.