User Review: Eureka! Apex 2XT
Design: Three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Quick & easy set-up
Weight: 6.5 lbs
Price Paid: $99
This is the first new tent I've owned since I bought one over ten years ago. I didn't think tents would change much, but I was wrong. The Eureka Apex 2XT is extremely easy to set up, is very light weight/compact, and comes with seams sealed from the factory. I'm sure this isn't news to most people, but compared to the tent I got in the late '80s, which was modern at the time, the Apex is good stuff. I've been very happy with it.
When you set up the tent for the first time, do read the directions. It's not hard, but there are a couple of cords and clips that aren't obvious how they work unless you've had a similar tent previously. After the first time, setting up is very simple.
The model I got has the fiberglass poles, which are supposedly not as robust as the aluminum, but I've had no problems and it was $30 less. Once the tent is staked out, it's very secure. I've camped out in two storms (bad luck, that) and slept dry through both of them while the tent remained stationary. The trick is to find high ground and use the stakes. The tent fly worked well and the vestibules are good for keeping your dirty boots/stuff.
The inside of the tent isn't large, but it does give one person enough room to move around, sit up and read, etc. The two vestibules could be used to stow all your stuff, but I prefer to have all the dry things inside the tent with me, which takes up the room that a second sleeping bag would use. For me and my stuff, this tent is the perfect size.
Air circulation is very good. Zippers and fasteners are first-rate with no problems experienced. Having two doors is nice cuz you don't have to think so much about orientation. I like the bright yellow and black color scheme, but I'll bet some people would prefer a more conservative color. Other than that, I can't think of anything to change about this tent.