Design: 3 season +
Ease of Setup: easy 3 smooth poles and easy sliding pole sleeves
Weight: about 8 pounds
Price Paid: $199 closeout
Overall it seems like a good tent. it seems to have mid to heavy stitching and plenty of reinfocments. It also has a few guy line ties on the outside. It is really easy to set up and one has the option to set up only the ground cloth and the fly, making for a good summer shelter. The front vestibule is large enough to do things in and the rear will store a couple of mostly empty packs.
One thing that I find is in temperatures close or below freezing I have alot of condensation build up on the inside of the fly, especially if you can't open the vestibule doors very much (snow or rain). but I could easily sew a couple of vents on it. Even though it is not rated as a four season tent I will say that the tent cannot support even moderate snowfall before it starts getting smaller inside. It has never colllapsed though, even with 3 inches of wet, early season Montana snow one night piling on top of it.
Ease of Setup: Easy Set-Up
Price Paid: $250 Ebay
This tent has been fantastic. Good layout. Two vestibules are large enough to hold all gear for 2-3 week trip for two during bad weather. Has been excellent in HEAVY rain. My wife and I spent 36 hours during a driving rain storm in our Assault dry and happy. Seems to be holding up well. Have used on several 1-3 week trips summer through fall (no snow camping)
1. Do not use a tarp/other impermeable ground cover under the tent in wet conditions (water pools and evenutally will soak through the floor, where without a tarp it runs away and does not soak through).
2. Do seal the seams. Easy job and makes the critter completely water tight.
Design: 4 season
Ease of Setup: Good. 3 poles. 5 minutes.
Weight: 8 lbs.
Price Paid: $400 cdn
We had a very bad experience in a rain storm. The entire floor saturated. We sent it back to Eureka. They tested the floor material, completely leaking right through the material. They cannot explain why the waterproofing failed so badly. They did replace it, but we now have no confidence in the tent.
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