User Review: Eureka! Spitfire 1
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120
Good lightweight ultra-affordable hiker's solution. A few luxury extras, and very little to detract from it.
- Low cost
- Requires SO MANY stakes
- Splatter in heavy rains up at the head end
- ZERO storage space in vestibule
So the weight is nothing, the simplicity is great, and the weather-readiness is pretty good.
The "vestibule" is NOT storage-sufficient for anything other than a frizbee and coffee mug. Really????? Dunno what other reviewers said they "store" out there ... but, I put everything inside (65L Osprey pack, boots, etc. ... and I'm 6' / 180lbs) and was snug but fit fine. I tied out the fly as far as possible, and there just isn't really space in there. You can put a couple things, but not much.
They could make the bathtub bottom sides a little higher up at the head end. I took it on a VERY VERY rainy outing to Mt. Cabot in the Whites to try it out after I seam-sealed it. Quite pleased. But this thing is a SERIOUS stake hog. Wow ... I was staking ... and staking ... and staking ... and staking ...
You get the point. I recommend packing it with fly pre-attached, so if you pitch it in the rain, you can maintain its otherwise pretty good water integrity. Like I said, but for the splash-overs up at the head end, darn nice and effective for but a mere 3lbs. And for the price, impossible to beat.
For perspective, this was a lightweight alternative to my 9lb Rolls Royce, a Marmot Swallow ... so -- take that as the delta from which I'm coming. The Marmot is roomy, awesome vestibule, fast setup, free-standing, etc. etc. And this Spitfire is still a suitable alternative. I was surprised at how little I was "giving up".