User Review: Eureka! Backcountry 1
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Cash
The Backcountry 1 tent is truly amazing. It is extremely reliable. In fact, the TOLERANCE on the poles was even beyond my guessing of anything like it. Get this tent. It is a must for any bug out bag that you can imagine, and a must have for backpackers. Lightweight and easy to setup and take down.
- Awesome seams
- Excellent zippers
- Quick up and down time
- Add-ons available
- Can support more than one occupant
- Packs out very small
- Very warm when it's cold and cool when it's warm!
- Not many
- Zipper can hang if not aware
- Stakes are weak. Use some other brand.
- Rainfly addition is a bit annoying
- Staking down is not good for rough ground
- Get better stakes
The first thing to mention is that there is plenty room in this tent to sit upright. Although a one person tent, you can easily sleep on your sides either way. In fact, you can comfortably sleep two if you don't mind being close.
It is definitely a three-season tent and has an excellent lower tub shell to protect against water and other elements. However, in extreme landscape condition I would suggest laying down a tarp first. Not necessary, but I like to take care of the bed layers of my tents.
This is also a free standing tent (although not advertised as so.) It is not necessary to stake it out. You can simply put in your pack to weight it down in high wind situations. Of course, staking it out will give you an even sturdier tent.
Out of box it took about ten minutes to assemble (rainfly included). Of course it comes with instructions, but the tent is very straightforward and anyone that knows tents will get what's going on immediately. The zippers are well made but there is a chance for a catch here and there. A seasoned backpacker would easily deal with this issue.
Once standing, this tent is VERY sturdy. Of course there are loops here and there to hang lighting and such. With the rainfly off, it is perfect for spring and summers. With it on it will easily shield your from fall conditions. In my opinion, if you have a good sleeping bag, this tent will satisfy the conditions of a cold winter. Rain is not a problem with this tent.
The take down of the tent takes a bit more time, however it is the fastest take down that I have ever had in a tent of this design.
THIS IS NOT A WALMART TENT. If you have considered building a bug out bag, this is the tent to get. And there are three great reasons: First = it is extremely lightweight for what it pulls off, second = up and down time is pretty freakin' quick, and third = repair for this tent would be a simple matter if you had some dental floss and a sewing needle.
The seams are REALLY great and the rainfly is perfect. Also, there is an aftermarket add-on for the tent that adds a vestibule. See link(s) below. All in all this is a fantastic tent. It, along with the add-on both fit into my Teton pack. Take a look at the links and determine for yourself.
My purpose for the tent and the other gear are for both recreation and preparedness.
Here are some links to check out: This guy is going to review the add-on for the tent… Personally I used both the standard rainfly that comes with the Backcountry 1 and added this one on top. In my opinion this converts it to a four-season tent. I was in there for about ten minutes in an air conditioned house and it got pretty warm in no time at all. I know that doesn't really count, but it was still a rapid transition:
Some other things to check out for serious backpackers: Goofy but educational… This stove can heat water super fast. I just got mine a few days ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-anFZdKDrBk
Okay - next up - the LIFESAVER: Works VERY well. You can get this on amazon.
However, you are wondering about the tent. Well, they are very compact. To demonstrate, I have a review of my Teton pack and how it is set out. Note, the bottom of the backpack is designed for tent storage. Here you will see the space-to-size ratio for a tent to be stored there. Both the Eureka Backcountry 1 and the add-on rainfly (converting to four season) will fit into the Teton. You have to wait until the end of the backpack review before he shows you the 'tent' section for storage.