Eureka! Pinnacle Pass 2XTA
Ease of Setup: VERY easy! 5 minutes.
Weight: less than 5 lbs. w/o stakes
Price Paid: $100(?) at Campmor
A great, small and relatively light backpacking tent for little dollars. I bought this as a car camping tent for my dog - for times when he needs a rest and we are not in the main tent. It has worked out fine so far for this purpose but I would not hesitate to use it for backpacking for myself which I intend to do!
My Eureka! Pinnacle Pass 2XTA has been caught in a downpour with myself and an 115 lb. chocolate lab inside - we both fit in there fine but two adults might be tight depending on one's height and girth.
During the tent's maiden downpour, the fly leaked slightly through it's door seams - I will be seam sealing these and that should solve the problem. All untaped seams should be sealed before heading into any potentially rainy situation! I had already sealed all other untaped seams on the main body and had no problems with water at any other exposed seams. Where some rain leaked in through the fly and into one main body door, there was some dampness between the floor saver and the tent floor.
I only noticed this AFTER the rain, when I pulled the floor saver out to air out the tent. This was easily and quickly absorbed and dried up with a paper towel. NO water leaked into any corner of the main body floor and the floor (except for that one spot under the floor tarp) remained bone dry trough the downpour! Again, I'm sure sealing the fly seams should eliminate any further water problems.
The space of the Pinnacle Pass is HUGE for one man and still great for 1+ a dog. Two adults might find it a bit tight - particularly if you're over 6 feet tall (I'm about 5'10"). At just under 5 lbs (w/o stakes), this would be a fine - albeit, NOT ultralight - backpacking tent for one and superlight if split between two.
LOTS of mesh and a down-to-the-ground fly (that can be guyed out) make this an ideal summer time tent. Good ventilation keeps you comfortable and dry and the fly - as long as it's seam sealed - will keep out rain. Btw, lots of room in the two vestibules for boots, a pack or what-have-you. A smaller dog may also sleep comfortably in one of the vestibules if you are hesitant about having it IN the tent with you.
The floor has developed a tiny pinhole - although I have always used a ground cloth and floor saver (underneath AND inside tent). The fitted ground cloth is a smart purchase but any tarp fitted slightly smaller than floor dimensions will work fine. The pinhole is probably due to a small pebble getting stuck between the floor and the ground cloth - not Eureka's fault. I will patch the hole and continue using the tent w/o hesitation
Overall, a great purchase! A comfortable, dry and airy tent for one with the potential for two. Slightly larger than my MSR Hubba Hubba (which is practically bomb proof, btw) and a great design for a fraction of the price of the HH. Great tent for the $$!
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: easy setup
Weight: a little under five pounds w footprint
Price Paid: $100
This is a great three-season tent. It sets up easily with no fuss. The tent packs nicely and weighs less than five pounds. This is a great overall tent for someone looking for ease of use, quality, and price.
The tent had two main selling points that made it different from other two person dome tents. It has two large doors to open from both sides, so it makes it easy for each person to get in and out without bothering the other. There are also two large vestibules to store your gear.
There are however lighter tents out there if weight is a major concern.
Design: 3-season; freestanding
Ease of Setup: single person; very easy
Weight: approx 5 lbs.
Price Paid: $90
If you want a light backpacking tent with a vestibule the Pinnacle is a great choice. I have used a Timberline for over 20 years and it's a great tent but it lacked space and was heavy.
The Pinnacle has two doors which makes for easy access and two vestibules which makes for a great place to store your gear. It also has loops near the top (inside) which allow you to use an "attic" for storing small, light items.
We first used the Pinnacle on a canoe/hiking trip to the Buffalo River (AK). The tent is easy to set up and take down and packs smaller than the Timberline.
Initially I thought the extensive areas of mesh in the roof and doors would make for a cold tent in cooler temperatures but even when temps. have drifted into the 30's it's been comfortable. We have been in all-night rains without a leak but the footprint of the tent makes it a little challenging to find a good fitting ground cover.
The half star deduction is for the position of the rain fly on the tent. I would like more separation between the tent and rain fly and the fly to extend a little further over the pop-out vent. Ok, now I'm being picky! Based on performance and value, you would be hard pressed to find a better tent.
Design: 3 season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 5 lbs
Price Paid: $130
Pretty good tent for the price. More than half of the tent body is mesh so it won't get hotter than outside, or throw on the rainfly and open the doors to let a breeze through but still be shaded. Packs small (6"x18") and packs easily. Haven't had it rained on yet. You need a floor saver but Eureka doesn't have one that fits well, they only offer ones that are 4" too short or 4" to large on all sides. Stakes that come with it are pretty small but will work unless you get some heavier winds. Setting it up is really easy. Overall a pretty excellent buy for the money.
Design: three-season freestanding rectangle
Ease of Setup: Extermely easy
Weight: 4 pounds
Price Paid: $180
I love it for backpacking
it packs up small
very weathear proof (i didn't spell that right)
but not good for keeping itself dry when setting up in the rain
overall great product
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