User Review: Eureka! Forte SQ 2 XT
Ease of Setup: Time consuming
Weight: 5 pounds 4 ounces +/-
Price Paid: $135
I purchased this tent because I really like the design of it. It does have a good share of pros and cons.
Pros: It breaths very well, the "poked out" windows on the ends allows air flow in any weather. Also, the green part of the door is waterproof (same material as the fly and floor) which allows you to leave the vestibule open in light rain. The zippered window cover in the door is a cool feature (as most Eureka tents have) for controlled air flow and privacy. The added rear vestibule is small but useful and the front one is big with a few different options to configure it. When staked out, this tent is very sturdy, doesn't flap or move around in the wind at all.
Cons: The pack size. The hubbed poles do not pack nice or easily at all. Be sure to use rubberbands (provided) or something to hold them closed or your pack size will be bigger. Set up is not hard, but a little more time consuming than I am used to. If you ever set up a Timberline A-frame, its pretty much the same with some added poles/steps. I'm not crazy about the ring and pin setup. Of course, as always, Eureka provides really bad stakes. Get better ones (Kelty Nobendums are my fav).
I don't like the two zippers for the door (one on the side, and the other the bottom), its just annoying and sometimes left open just a little bit to let some critters in. The stuff sacks provided are huge and should be replaced (though the one for the poles fit them fine) Finally, the length. I'm 6'3", and would like a little extra room to stretch out a bit more. A few more inches would have been great. The tent does have pretty straight end walls, so the 7' length is not as bad a s a 7' dome with angled walls.
The do make a fitted footprint for this tent that allows you to set up fly only. I didn't purchase the footprint so I can't say anything about that.
In conclusion, this is not a bad tent, especially for the money, it's a good deal. The weight is a little high, but not that bad. I've used it with two people in the tent and it was ok (good tent for couples). Using it with just the dog and me was better.
All in all, great bang for the buck!
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