Eureka! Mountain Pass 3XTE
Design: 3 season+(IMO) free standing dome
Weight: Under 8lbs with replacement pegs
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $230 (f/Eureka)
I bought this after realizing my 2xte was better suited as a solo (for me.) Everything I have stated (my review of the 2xte) holds true for the 3xte. Very solid when set properly. Vestibule space is great, interior tent space is roomy for 2, although 3 may be tight it would be livable.
Differences between the 2 and the 3:
- weight, it's bigger what do ya expect? Dump the pegs and get a set of MSR Groundhogs. That will cut weight down.
- larger diameter poles 9.5mm & 11mm as opposed to 8.5mm and 9.5mm on the 2
- it's a foot and a half wider (7' 5"x6' 5") and the vestibules are larger
Setup solo is easy, it is very weather resistant. The interior is not a bunch of mesh which is nice in cold temps/snow and the vents on the fly can be closed. The door panels can be completely closed or rolled back and just mesh covering entry points which is nice in the summer. If the weather turns nasty in warm temps the fly is equipped w/doggie door vents (2) at ground level (Hi-Lo venting) that can be opened but you and your gear will still stay dry. Combined with the roof vents (which can also be closed) this system works very well in warm temps.
All around it is a very nice shelter. Ventilation is very good. I would not hesitate to buy another. I have not seam sealed and have used this tent in some pretty nasty weather(driving rains, etc.) and it just shrugged it off without a leak anywhere.
A lot of 3 season tents are just that, 3 season tents (all mesh w/o the option of sealing it up.) I wanted something I could also use in the snow and the summer. This tent exceeds my needs with no problem at all.
Update: November 28, 2011
After much thought (and a few upgrades) I have come to the point that the weight of this model can be a real pain in the rear end.
If you are OK with that, then it's a solid shelter with pretty robust materials. If not, keep looking. There are other options out there.
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The best features of Eureka! backcountry and expedition tents combine for an extremely durable tent that sets up fast
The Mountain Pass 3XTE features the best features of Eureka backcountry and expedition tents combine for an extremely durable tent that sets up fast.
Die-hard campers need a tent that's not going to quit on them after just a season or two; the Eureka Mountain Pass 3XTE 3-Person, 3-Season Tent is designed to stand up to constant use and exposure to the elements. Tough aluminum frame and high-mm coatings in the fly and floor endow the 3XTE with extra durability; this tent also features a large, versatile fly with two vestibules for easy gear storage.
The Eureka! Mountain Pass 3XTE is an old favorite returning with updates and improvements that can't be beat. It sleeps 3 and gear very easily. And with it's sturdy and stable shockcorded aluminum frame the Mountain Pass is sure to become one of the most reliable and versatile tents in the woods. It has 2 doors and 2 vestibules, each with a clear see through window for storing gear without cluttering the tent. It has 2 large vents in the roof as well as multiple fly vents to keep comfort at a maximum and condensation to a minimum. The shockcorded freestanding aluminum frame is durable and very easy to set up or take down. Sleeps 3 Main fly and floor seams are factory taped for out of the box confidence 2 doors with twin track zippers and 2 large storage vestibules 2 large roof vents provide excellent ventilation (non-closable) All clip assembly for a simple set up and take down every time Freestanding design is stable and easy to set up Dual, bottom venting vestibules are large and feature a clear PU window for light and visibility Vents on all 4 sides, in the tent roof and the fly, keep you comfortable and minimize condensation Hi/Lo door venting on both doors helps keep comfort levels just right Shockcorded Aluminum frame is durable, strong and packs small for convenience Fly rod pole extends out over the doors providing more room in the vestibule and keeps rain out of the doors when getting in or out of the tent. Vestibules are equipped with a clear window for visibility and light for cloudy or rainy days 2 mesh pockets for storage Full coverage fly with multiple venting options keeps you dry and comfortable Post and grommet for easy set up All carry bags and stakes included Gear Loft included for FREEFire Retardant.Import.