Eureka! Spitfire 2
I was excited when I received this tent as a Christmas…
Design: three-season tent
Ease of Setup: easy and fast, but not freestanding
Weight: 5 pounds
Price Paid: $140
I was excited when I received this tent as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I have only been able to use it twice since then.
I first set it up in my living room, and it was very easy, even though I had to use some books to hold the tent where the stakes would go, since this is not a free-standing tent. Having already set it up at home, it was a piece of cake to set up out in the wilderness.
The first two nights there were no issues at all with this tent. It breathed very well, and was roomy enough for two of us. Both the second day and the third day, it poured on us. The tent stayed completely dry on the inside, except when the flaps were opened to get into the tent.
After the rain subsided, we packed up to leave. When disassembling the tent, we found a big puddle underneath the tent, yet there were no leaks at all.
The dual entries were very nice, especially in the middle of the night if one of the occupants needs to leave the tent he/she can do so without having to climb over the other person. While there isn't a lot of extra wiggle room side to side with two occupants, there is ample space at the foot and head of the tent to put extra items, which is important since there isn't a vestibule for storage. However, this extra space isn't enough to store both backpacks, so those had to stay outside.
The head height is nice and high for a small, lightweight backpacking tent. The claimed weight of 5 pounds was pretty spot on, and this tent was very easy to pack. Split between two people, this tent is very light. For one person, it might be starting to push it, but the amount of interior space for a single person could be well worth it.
The only drawback to this tent is that it is not freestanding and there are no vestibules for additional storage.
Other then that, this is a great tent.
I gave her a test run on Mt Charleston NV in Oct.
Design: 3 season non free standing
Ease of Setup: Stakes out at 6 points 2 hoops
Weight: 4 lbs?
Price Paid: $105
I gave her a test run on Mt Charleston NV in Oct. Cold night moderate wind and snow and she was fine. Used again for a couple of nights in Adirondacks. Some pretty good wind and rain one night and she stayed dry and stable. Earlier review tent was set up in sand so enough said there.
Backpacked up Mt Greylock and it was blowing good all night. Felt safe and comfortable. Setup about 5 minutes. I use 6 stakes for a righty tighty tent and fly. Plenty of room for adult, one dog, should be fine for two people.
This is not a double wall tent so plenty of ventilation with flaps open, good stargazing also. Roof vent pops up if you want privacy. Carries nicely on outside of pack but I prefer to carry main body and stakes inside and strap fly outside for load balancing (I am small). As with most tents buy better stakes!
I recently used my brand new Eureka Spitfire 2 for…
Design: three-season non-freestanding
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 4 lbs
Price Paid: $130
I recently used my brand new Eureka Spitfire 2 for an outing and it performed below par.
The biggest problem was the wind. I was camping in very sandy areas and the wind was between twenty and thirty mph each night. Since this tent is not freestanding, the stakes bear the majority of the force. And since the stakes were in sand, they kept coming loose and allowing the tent to fall apart. The wind also blew plenty of sand into the tent while the fly was on.
I eventually found big rocks to put over each stake to hold the tent in place. I would recommend getting bigger stakes than the ones they supply with the tent or to just not take it camping in a desert environment.
On a positive note, this tent is very easy to setup and handled a little snow/rain storm with no leaks.