Eureka! Apex Xtreme
Design: 3 1/2 season dome with dual vestibule
Ease of Setup: Very quick and easy
Weight: 4 lbs 11 oz.
Price Paid: $140
This tent is worth more than the low price. I took it with me while winter backpacking and found it withheld 5 inches of snow and howling winds fairly easily. The tent fly attaches with hook and loop tabs to the tent poles and quick release buckles at the base of the tent body and 6 steak out points. The fly also has 4 additional guy line points. The dual vestibules are a real plus for people who sleep two to a tent which doesn't leave much room for gear. The tents windows have no-see-um netting and have Eurekas patented High/Low venting system. The tent vented surperisingly well in temperatures lower than freezing and had very little or no frost build-up on the body. The 7 x 5 size is perfect for my 6' body and another person and leaves room for small items at our feet. Overall the tent is worth a lot more than the low price and I would choose to take this tent with me on any backpacking trip at any time of the year.
Design: 3 1/2 Season Rectangular Dome
Ease of Setup: Goes up in under 2 min with out a hassle. . . .very easy to set up.
Weight: 6 1/2 lbs
Price Paid: Paid $119 (U.S)
I have used Keltys, TNF, Marmot and many other "high end" tents on varius trips, my favorite is still the Apex XT though. It is rated as a 3 1/2 season tent, but I have used it in the dead of winter on the top of Adirondack mountains and never once had a problem. It is about as waterproof as a tent can get, sheds wind and snow amazingly well and takes abuse without a problem. If you don't want to spend 1,000 bucks for TNF expidition tents, this is the way to go.
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