User Review: Eureka! Forte SQ 2 XT
Price Paid: $90
I purchased this tent as an alternate for two guys to carry in separate bivy bags or one-person tents on backcountry hunts. I've done the bivy bag (never again), and most one-person tents have left me wanting.
This tent is a bit heavy to be used by one person for backpacking, but it can work if needed. I'm six foot tall, the seven foot rating is generous as I can barely stretch out in it, if you're much over six foot, this tent may be tight unless you go corner to corner.
There is plenty of room for two average sized adult men though. If by yourself, there is ample room for gear as well. Vestibule is very spacious, holding two individuals gear easily. Rear vestibule is small and worthless in my opinion.
Several things I would like to see different:
- The door is a triangle shape and requires two zippers. I would rather see a "D" shaped door with one zipper. Not a big deal as it is, just kind of difficult at times.
- The door has a zip open window near the top, I would like to see another on the back wall of the tent. It is very well vented as is (the protected "windows" in the storm fly on either end really vent moisture well), but another vent on the back wall would be nice for hotter days/nights.
- Pole hubs are a bit cumbersome and don't pack as nicely as they could. An all aluminum, compact hub like (Like the MSR Hubba Hubba) would pack much better, and be stronger.
I haven't used this tent much yet, but feel it will give good service for quite a while if properly cared for. Its very simple and easy to set up alone, and fairly stable by itself, and very stable when tie out points are utilized.
At full retail price, this tent is good. If you can get it cheaper, it's a heck of a deal.