User Review: Eureka! Apex 2XT
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Minutes - but would prefer ring clips on all four corners
Weight: about 6 lbs 4 oz
Price Paid: $89.99
Baked in a Timberline 4XT in July 2005 trip to DC and wanted a better breathing lightweight tent for summer use (summer camp with scouts; backpacking trips, canoe trips). This tent suits the bill with large areas of mesh, twin doors, twin vestibules. Best value ($20 rebate through 7/31/06). Quick setup that my 13-year-old mastered easily. I am concerned about corner pocket durability in two corners that may tear through. Have not field tested yet.
Update: August 15, 2006
Carried around Isle Royale for a week and huge storms hit the first two days. Heavy rain and heavy winds did produce a small leak on windward side of this tent at the very top of the door. Just drops - but it was a leak. I will note it faired better than much more expensive tents on the trip. Tent breathed very well. Twin vestibules and twin doors are very convenient! Almost a pound can be saved with the aluminum pole version - worth considering at $20 adder when on sale.