About | Blog | Forums | People | Free Newsletter
Trailspace is a product review site for outdoor enthusiasts. Use it to find and share great gear.

Eureka! Rainier

11 reviews
5-star:   4
4-star:   6
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0
0

Nice backpacking tent, lightweight, great in the rain,…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100

Summary

Nice backpacking tent, lightweight, great in the rain, and after 14 years still no problems.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Tent pegs bend easy

I bought this tent in 1999 when I was in the Army National Guard. I snore so I purchased this so I could be alone and not bother any of my fellow soldiers from getting a good night sleep. I used it for two weeks at a time through AT mostly in the summer months but a few late October stays. This thing has been through a lot of abuse for a 5 year period until 2004 when I got out.

The setup is a breeze even in the rain and dark it is not a problem with a simple 2 pole shock cord design. The vestibule kept my rucksack and boots dry. It does get warm in the summer time with the fly on so just keep it off unless you need it.

One time it rained for four days straight and I was dry inside but moisture does build up a little on the walls. I mainly used this for a one-person tent due to all the other equipment I had keep with me. The tent packed up easily when it was time to head out, take down is a breeze as well. What can I say about durability, this thing has been in my garage since 2004, 9 years of no use and I took my son out camping in it last night and was like it was brand new, it even rained around 4am for 3 hours pretty heavy and no problems.

I am still impressed with my first real tent, my son wants to go camping again. I am looking to get a bigger tent maybe for car camping but for backpacking you can not go wrong with this entry level tent. Great product, solid brand.

0

THIS IS A VERY NICE TENT. IT IS THE FIRST HIGH-QUALITY…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 3 SEASON BACKPACKING
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: EASY, BUT IT TAKES A WHILE
Weight: ABOUT 5-1/2 LBS. W/GROUNCLOTH
Price Paid: $149

THIS IS A VERY NICE TENT. IT IS THE FIRST HIGH-QUALITY TENT I HAVE EVER OWNED, THE LAST BEING SOME TYPE OF K-MART VALUE BRAND OR SOMETHING. I REALLY LIKE THE ORANGE ANODIZED ALUMINUM POLES, BECAUSE YOU CAN'T LOSE THEM EVEN IF YOU TRY. THE VESTIBULE IS A GREAT HELP FOR STORING BOOTS & ETC., BUT THAT IS ABOUT IT.

THE TENT PERFORMED WELL IN A HEAVY DOWNPOUR IN AN EASERN PENNSYLVANIA BACKPACKING TRIP, WHEN THE STORM LASTED 2 1/2 DAYS. AN ODD THING ABOUT THIS TENT IS THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANOTHER ONE ANYWHERE. NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF IT, AND I HAVE YET TO SEE ONE ON THE WEB.

THE ONLY COMPLAINT I HAVE ABOUT THIS TENT IS THAT IT DOESN'T SEEM TO VENTILATE TOO WELL. IT HAS THE EUREKA! HIGH/LOW VENTILATION SYSTEM, BUT IN MY OPINION IT DOES DOODLEY-SQUAT. I HAVE TESTED BOTH USING THE HIGH/LOW SYSTEM AND NOT USING IT, AND I GOT LIKE RESULTS. IT IS ALWAYS A LITTLE DAMP. WELL, THAT IS THE ONLY FLAW OF THIS ALMOST-PERFECT ENTRY LEVEL BACKPACKING TENT. OTHERWISE, IT HAS SERVED ME WELL FOR NOT QUITE A YEAR NOW.

0

Used it on several major backpacking solo trips--7…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Three Season Freestanding dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Do it with one arm and eyes shut..
Weight: 5 with groundcloth
Price Paid: $100

Used it on several major backpacking solo trips--7 days in Pukaskwa, 6 days Isle Royale, 8 days AT, and more nights than I can remember car camping.

Rain fly is superb, if set up correctly and intelligently you won't get a drop of water during a killer storm. Tent isn't the lightest or the biggest, but the durability is wonderful. Don't forget to seal those seams. About venting, unless you camp in the tropics its not something to worry about. If I need the fly then, where I camp in the north, I am going to be needing the warmth anyway usually. (Long cold 11 mile hike/16 mile paddle in the rain) With the fly on during the day it will really heat up on you, so leave it off if it isn't going to rain. Take 5 seconds to throw it on anyway.

All in all I love this tent and would put it up against my North Face anyday in value. BTW don't try to sleep your best friend and best girl in this tent with you. It doesn't work..

0

Six years later and still the best purchase I've ever…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season Alum. pole
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: No Brainer
Weight: 5 lbs
Price Paid: $100

Six years later and still the best purchase I've ever made! This tent was made for the Trail. Tent is still in awesome shape and performing better than most new tents.

You will have trouble finding a new one.they are just not out there. Was custom made by Eureka for Dick's Sporting goods exclusively. Doubt you'd find a used one...don't think anyone in their right mind would part with it!!

0

Immediately after buying it, I set it up in my backyard.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: The first time I set it up I spent little more than ten minutes. Now, after having used it on several backpacking trips, it takes no more than five minutes.
Weight: 6 lbs.
Price Paid: $169

Immediately after buying it, I set it up in my backyard. Not long after, one of the worst thunderstorms I have ever experienced hit. 70mph winds ripped the tent out of the ground and carried it about 80 yds. through a row of pine trees before it came to a rest in my neighbors yard. The tent was still perfectly set up and bone dry on the inside.

Several weeks later I used it at a music festival with several thousand other tents. A severe thunderstorm rolled through flooding nearly every tent there, but once again mine was bone dry. I saw plenty of people with more expensive tents than mine who had water leaking through.

The only disadvantage is that the ventilation could be better.

0

I have had this tent for five years. I have used it…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season free-standing dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 5-6 lbs
Price Paid: $100

I have had this tent for five years. I have used it all over the Pacific NW as well as Alaska and treks in Pakistan's Karakoram mountains. It has stood up well in all kinds of weather conditions including high winds and even the occasional snow camp. It's not widely available since I think it was sold to only certain stores under the name Rainier (I bought it from GI Joes). I think it's pretty close to the more widely sold Eureka ApexXT series. Set-up and take down is easy, it's not super-light but not overly heavy either. The only criticism I have is ventilation can occasionally be poor resulting in excessive condensation on fly.

0

i had bought this tent one year ago. it said 3 seasons…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 4 season
Sleeps: 2(with alot of extra room for gear)
Ease of Setup: easy set-up even in the rain and dark!
Weight: ABOUT 5 lbs.
Price Paid: $240

i had bought this tent one year ago. it said 3 seasons on the box so i bought it. it turns out, my buddies asked me to go camping in the pocconos in northern pennsylvania IN THE DEAD OF WINTER! i decided to go and to my supprise i woke up to a foot and 1/2 of snow,and completely warm and dry too! this is a true 4 SEASON TENT. with the aluminum poles, several guy line pull outs, bathtub floor design, and an all out high quality material;on a scale from 1 to 10 it is a 24.(really good) IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE RANIER PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT...

0

Difficult to find and not mentioned on Eureka's web…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 2 Person, 3 Season
Sleeps: 1-2
Ease of Setup: Couldn't be easier
Weight: under 6 pounds
Price Paid: $99

Difficult to find and not mentioned on Eureka's web site. Found mine at Dick's Sporting Goods in Ohio and at joesoutdoors.com. Very similar to the Mountain Pass 2XT minus the window in the fly and the second door. Perfect as a roomy 1 person tent with full coverage fly, 2 built-in gear pockets and numerous loops for gear lofts and such. Fly had a dual zipper which can make a nice little awning. Kept me dry and snug as a bug in a morning downpour. Because of its scarcity, the Mountain Pass 2XT would be the next best thing despite weighing a tad bit more.

0

I bought this tent to backpack with. I am pleased…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: three season freestanding dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: extremely
Weight: 5-6 lbs
Price Paid: $100

I bought this tent to backpack with. I am pleased with its set up, weight, materials, workmanship, etc... But, if the rain fly is in place it doesn't ventilate worth spit. I have used it several times in the summer in Florida, and if the fly is in place, it is too hot to sleep in. If it isn't raining or threatening rain, this tent is da bomb. If you intend to do a lot of hot weather camping, I would look for something else.

0

I bought this tent about 4 years ago..and I've loved…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: two pole dome design, freestanding
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: approx. 5 mins with practice
Weight: 5 lbs... few ozs.
Price Paid: $100

I bought this tent about 4 years ago..and I've loved it !!

Have had it on the A.T...Smokies...Big South Fork...Red River Gorge...In some of the worst storms you can imagine!! If you want a tent that will put your mind at ease about weather problems this is the ONE!!

I've never had condensation problems EVER......And it has served me well!! I'd own no other..no matter what the weight! Call it your Home away from Home!!

0

I bought this tent at Dick's Sporting Goods in Newar,…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 2-person, 3 season
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Very easy
Weight: Not sure
Price Paid: $80 (Tent-sale)

I bought this tent at Dick's Sporting Goods in Newar, Dele., and couldn't find any literature about it anywhere on the web, except for the few reviews here!!! It is a fantastically easy tent to set up but I have not seen it being sold anywhere else. It gets a little damp inside when it rains but that's probably because I'm not using the right seam sealer. Reasonably lightweight and compact and a pretty good backpacking tent.

Know someone who might be interested in this?
Share it on email, Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.
If you've owned or used an Eureka! Rainier, please share your experience.

Eureka! Rainier

Discontinued

The Rainier has been discontinued.

reviewers paid:
$80.00 - $240.00

The Eureka! Rainier is not available from the stores we monitor.

If you're looking for a new three-season tent, check out the best reviewed current models.