Eureka! Assault Outfitter 2
Design: four-season freestanding rectangular dome
Ease of Setup: All 3 poles are matching for a "camper-proofed" easy set-up
Weight: 11-12 lbs
Price Paid: $165
The Eureka Outfitter Assault 2 is a very reliable, free standing, weather-tight, 3-pole rectangular dome design. I use several of these tents for my premier, remote guided/outfitted fly-in whitewater and sport-fishing tours here in Alaska. Alongside Bombshelters and very high-end mountain tents -- the initiative at Northern Rim Wilderness Adventures is to provide guests with exceptional quality, weatherproof tents that are “camper-proof” as well as quick/easy to set and strike in an impact free approach.
These tents truthfully measure up to the pledges from Eureka -- (QUOTE) “These 4 season tents trace their roots to the combat shelters designed to meet the challenge of the military. Tested against desert heat and blowing sand, tropical storms and arctic cold, they've withstood the most severe punishment the armed forces and nature can dish out.”
I’ll relate -- too be further assured, the tent meets Alaskan demands for certain. It is weatherproof, having a sturdy design, and a fly-sheet that provides total coverage. Fabrics, components, and workmanship are first-rate… improbable yet superb when in view of the competitive low cost. A tent failure just can’t and shouldn’t occur on remote multi-day Alaska trips where winds, rain, and snow (any season –- any time) can flatten even the “so called” best mountain tents. I give an A+ to the storm-shedding devise.
A couple points of interest –
I would not say this is a big enough two-man tent… although great on body lengthwise… width could be a problem on really extended 10 dayer+ trips. Fortunately the vestibules afford good useable space.
Ventilation is very good, and the added vents are a smart addition that usually comes only on much higher price tents.
The waterproof and seam-taped tub of the tent is heavier duty w/oversized zippers.
Situating dual vestibules and doorways along length-wise is a good concept for a tent compromising width so that two not need stumble over one another.
The poles are good quality 6000 aluminum poles having a bit more diameter on then than most. Having the small end-caps NOT glued in prevents electrolysis and the splitting of the ends by corrosion or freezing… something a lot of folks may not reflect on.
Some might cry that the tent (for its size) is too heavy… the tradeoff is that it can take rugged, routine, commercial use all summer long in Alaska and come away looking new.
Every comfortable and pleased customer enjoyed the tents w/nothing but positive feedback.
Ease of Setup: Easy
Price Paid: $200
For the price you can't go wrong. Solid four-season tent.
Weak points: The zippers - be gentle with em, make sure to keep em clean of sand and dirt. The fly clips could also be sturdier. The tent pegs could be stronger too. You can't enjoy the tent's really functional design with the current pegs. If you get this tent, make sure to invest in 10 heavy duty aluminum tent pegs, definitely appreciated in extreme conditions. If set well, the tent vents well, even holding some warmth down to about -15/-20C.
Simple and sturdy, and within the price range, a very good bet.
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The Assault Outfitter 2-Person 4-Season Tent can trace its roots to the combat shelters Eureka designs to meet the challenges of the military. Tested against desert heat and blowing sand, tropical storms and arctic cold, theyve withstood the most severe punishment the armed forces and nature can dish out.
- Backcountry Outlet