Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $275.50 delivered
Highly reccommend this tent, but plan on getting some decent stakes. Take advantage of price match guarentees for the lowest price.
- Fairly easy to set up
Tent is fairly easy to pitch though 2 persons would be very helpful the first few times it is erected. There are 10 guy out points on the tent and, if used, the tent will be very stable in windy conditions. Hard, heavy rain does not leak in, though I have not used it in the snow.
The tent is well vented; however, the plastic window on the vestibule could very well be eliminated. Tent is great for 2 with all of their gear.
I have not had this tent long but my early opinion is that it is a great bargain. IMO it is not a good choice for backpacking but it is great for car camping or with a motorcycle.
Ease of Setup: Simple, but thread all the rods before you erect it.
Weight: About as much as my dog likes to carry...
Price Paid: $300
I read all of the reviews on this tent and bought it despite of some issues people mentioned that I'll address later.
I'd like to say that it is a tent lover's dream first. Water tight and bombproof. Very roomy and private.
The only thing I wish is that the windows were larger and there were another piece of fabric sewn on to block the windows entirely if you wanted. There could also be room for some side windows.
Lot's of people seem to complain about the door opening from the bottom. I don't find this to be an issue. There are ties at the bottom and on the flaps where you can pin them against the tent under the opening and off the floor. I usually just unzip to the top and slide in through the crack anyhow.
I saw another complaint about the tent for winter. I took this tent to Valdez on New Year's Eve and camped for a couple days at minus twenty. By no means was it a cozy cabin, but it did its job and held up to two days worth of camping with a dog in the extreme cold. No problem setting it up at all.
A great tip for setting this baby up is to remember to thread all of the poles in the sleeves before you begin setting them and erecting the tent. Do not try to complete one pole at a time. You will bend them and get frustrated for thirty minutes. Thread them all first and then erect.
Mine is durable as hell and the only problem I have is in the heat, but I just hate heat. Eureka needs a lightweight ac option.
The tent is a bit heavy, but this is a large tent. It is really only reasonable as a backpacking tent if you have more than one person, or a big dog... :) I carry his food and then let him sleep in the tent he carried.
I have a collection of different stakes I use in different situations and the guy lines are very nice on this model. I think the vestibules could be a little better designed, but now I'm just being picky.
Again with the windows, it would be cool if they unzipped for hunting, had a zipping cover, and were more abundant.
This tent has seen me through lots of mud, wind, snow, hot, cold, bugs, park rangers, and all kinds of stuff.
I think it is the best tent investment you will ever make, especially since they are coming down in price so much.
Price Paid: $300
I love this tent! It's very heavy duty great ventilation, nice and easy to set up. I like the 3 pole design with the continuous pole sleeves, it makes the tent very stable in high winds. I have had no problems with water in heavy rainstorms. The tent has a very thick cordura floor. It is a little on the heavy side but I think it's a great compromise. The tent seals up nice in cold weather.
The doors are large enough where you don't have to get on your knees to get into the tent. I am 6" 200lbs. and I have to hunch over a little when standing. It has a roomy interior due to its almost vertical sidewalls. I set up my cot in mine and there is still plenty of room for another. I would say it would hold three nice 4 would be tight and the vestibules are nice size too.
If anybody already has this tent or is going to buy one there is a tent footprint that is made by Alps Mountaineering sold by REI in their outlet section online that fits this tent perfectly the tent measures 7'6" x 8'6" and the footprint is 7'3" x 8'3" with nylon webbing stake points in the corners.
FYI- I made up up 4 small 1/8" x6" shock cord loops with stay pulls and shock cord ends and looped it through the center of the webbing. then I can snug up the footprint. It fits perfect and if you have to move the tent the footprint stay attached to the tent. One doesn't need the footprint under this tent because it's so heavy duty but I like it because I think it will make it last that much longer.
Design: four-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 13 lbs
Price Paid: $269.99
I purchased this tent for its durability. I've used it primarily for kayak camping with no issues and at 13lbs, the weight is not even a thought when kayak camping. I could not find a better price, so in my opinion, it will be pretty tough to beat.
I'm 6'6" and fit a queen size air mattress when car camping, good enough for two people without much gear, but when on sleeping pads, 4 people can easily fit in there, and the vestibule provides extra storage space for shoes, etc.
I'd recommend a floor mat outside the tent to kick off shoes before entering the tent and a good seam seal prior to the first use. The tent breathes well, but in the summer months when car camping I use a tent fan to increase air circulation.
This tent does what I want it to, and due to the top materials used, will keep on doing it for years to come.
Design: four season dome (rectangular footprint)
Ease of Setup: average
Weight: 13 lbs
Price Paid: $300
This is a review of the Assault Outfitter 4. This is a rugged tent that can withstand high winds and heavy rain. I've been in storms that buckled other camper's tents, while this one barely moved. It's a bit heavy at 13 pounds, but can sleep up to four average size people, so if you are backpacking you can split the weight.
Pros: strong, waterproof. Fairly easy to set up. Condensation hasn't been a problem for me. Lots of guy out locations. Fends off the cold in the winter. Vestibules have plenty of room for gear - there's a larger one at the front entrance and a smaller one at the rear entrance.
Cons: Bulky for just one or two people. Have to experiment with the fly to get decent air circulation in the summer months (it can get hot). Stakes that come with it are weak, they will bend easily in hard ground - but you'll want to buy more anyway for the guy lines.
Overall, I really like this tent and would recommend it.
Design: 3.5 season freestanding dome with small vestibule
Ease of Setup: 3rd shock corded pole somewhat difficult
Weight: pretty heavy for nylon. 25 pounds or so
Price Paid: $89
Very dry and fantastic privacy but breathes incredibly well. This really isn't a true 4 season tent. At -20F the material shrinks to a degree that the tent may rip while inserting the frame. Also the shock cords will not shrink back into the tube. Bare hands were required for most of the tent setup.
Instead of using dead-men we used 20 penny nails with a loop of bailing twine to stake it down into the frozen ground. Once it was ready the zippers worked very well and the frost from 3 campers was kept away from them by a very good double wall design. as a 3 season it is one of the best ever made. High winds just blow around it and it barely moves.
After threading through the traditional dome "X" the third shock corded pole provides a lot of stability but make setting it up fairly difficult for a single person. Each need to be revisited many times to get the full arc inserted into the retainer straps. Sleeving the poles is very strong but hard to maneuver. Sportiva and clip designs are much easier. It would be nice if there was a good middle-ground
Ease of Setup: Easy and quick first time.
Price Paid: Rented
I rented this tent from my university's rec center for an early August weekend in SE West Virginia. Ventilation was adequate for moderate climates but not south of here. It was easy to set up. Room for two adults, too much gear, and a dog, with plenty left over. Would be tight for four.
Excellent counstruction, e.g., about as bomb proof for the money as you can get. Remember, it is rented out (for the most part) to careless, drunk/stoned, never been camping students as well as us older folks.
I would use this tent for fall through spring camping (yes for snow). Summer temps above 75 would be too much for me in this tent though. Too heavy for two to backpack -- unless the dog would do her part.
Design: 4-season free standing sq. dome
Ease of Setup: in sub zero weather threading the poles thur the tent tubes takes longer than I like - other than that it is a fast simple setup.
Weight: 14# and bulky - not a backpacking tent
Price Paid: $269
This is a great tent -- have owned mine for 1 1/2 yrs. and used it 66 times -- camp at least once/wk. or more -- sleeps me (6'3" 250#) + 2 kids and 2 lg labs.
The one thing that needs to be changed is the doors unzip from the top and sides and are left laying on the bottom of the tent and it is easy to damage the screen when being walked on.
Handles wind and snow (14") great, but there is one spot that rain collects -- where the three poles form a triangle on top -- sags under the wt. and I push up from the inside to force the water off.
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