Eureka! Mountain Pass 1XT
Design: Solo Free Standing Dome Tent
Ease of Setup: VERY EASY
Price Paid: $120
The Mountain Pass 1XT is no longer made by Eureka, but it set the standard for their now current Apex series tents. A lot of the improved design changes were obviously passed on to the Apex series.
I have owned my Mountain Pass 1XT since 2002. I love this tent. It has lots of vent options, plenty of vestibule space for gear, gear pockets on the inside for organizing all your stuff and aluminum poles. Overall, this is a great tent for the price! One of the neatest things about this tent and the element that I think sets up way above the pack is the SIZE when it is packed up. The tent poles fold down to 12 inches long and so you have a 12 inch long backpacking tent! That is WONDERFUL when packing it in a pack...it fits all the way to the bottom of the pack resting horizontal. It is a snap to stuff in a compartment of a kayak or the side pocket of a motorcycle or bicycle rack.
The only negative things I can say about the Mountain Pass 1XT is poor access to your gear in the back vestibule. You have to pull the stake holding the vestibule to access your gear from the outside. That is a little frustrating but not bad. The only other deal is the front vestibule zippers that are in an upside down u shape that are exposed. Water pours into the seams of the zipper when you are in a downpour.
Other than those minor quirks, this tent is easy to set up, and can withstand high winds as well as a small amount of snow. When it first hit the market, it was advertised as a 3-1/2 season tent. I think it could take some small amounts of snow and would certianly hold up well in high winds with its low profile.
Overall, a great tent for the price. The only downside is that with all of it being a great tent, Eureka! still sells NO footprints for its tents so look for some piece of tarp to place under the tent when setting it up.
Design: 3-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Easy
Price Paid: $16
I make a habit of visiting the 2 area Goodwill stores at least twice a week looking for good or repairable tents/packs ect. I picked up this Eureka for $16 and it had never been out of the black tote bag it was originally purchased in.
Judging by the reviews, I believe I've made a memorable buy. Never take Goodwill for granted when looking for good used gear, especially in the off-season and even more so when you live in an outdoor oriented area such as I do Flagstaff/Grand Canyon. Many of the 5 million visitors to the Canyon and surrounding areas arrive by air, purchase new camping gear, use it during their brief stay, then give it to the Goodwill.
Design: three season
Ease of Setup: Easy. Just like most tents.
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Price Paid: $150
A great 3 season+ tent. Rectangular 3'x 8' floor gives plenty of room to stretch out--even for tall guys. Height in center of tent is 3' -tall enough to sit up in (a big help on rainy days/evenings spent indoors!) 2 vestibules- 1 in front, 1 in back. Plent of room to store your pack, or even a dog. Good construction.
2 complaints: I needed to seal the seams around the vestibule zipper, and the steaks that come with it are pretty flimsy--buy better ones. Is it the best solo tent out there? No. But it's BY FAR the best sub-$200 solo tent out there, and I expect to get many years use out of it.
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