Eureka! Spitfire UL
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120
Excellent tent for one person, plenty of room for me and pack.
- Good design with enough room inside for me and pack
- Fly started coming apart but whole tent was replaced!
I have used this tent on the AT, and on the FL. trail in both rocky areas, sand and in timber rough soil for several years. The first three nights it rained hard with wind gust up to 50 mph. By stretching out the fly with the guy lines it stood up well. A little splash, misting really at the foot was all the problem I had.
I do put my pack inside and prop my head against the waist belt; plenty of room, I am 5' 9". The vestibule has enough room for my boots.
The problem was with the fly sticking to itself and starting to leak. I contacted Eureka about the problem. They had me send the tent back to Johnson Outdoors for evaluation. After looking at the tent they determined that it was under warranty and replaced the whole tent!!
Design: 3-Season, non-freestanding, solo tent
Ease of Setup: One stake at the head, 2 at the feet, put the pole in the grommets, clip it on and you're done. The rainfly uses clips, existing stakes and one additional for the vestibule. Just make sure the Vestibule is zipped shut when staking out, otherwise it coul
Price Paid: ~$90
I got this tent for myself as my first solo tent for its lightweight single-pole design, ease of use and price. With just a couple of practice runs, this tent is a breeze to set up just about anywhere due to its small footprint. There is ample room to sit up, change your clothes (in total privacy with the fly up) and roll around plenty in your sleep.
I recently did a section hike of the Appalachian Trail with this tent in western Mass and it kept me dry, warm and comfortable every night. I was able to put my pack under the vestibule with my boots if I kept it tight against the tent body right in front of the door, which is just right for me.
The only downside I had with it was that it is a bit fragile. One of the 2 built-in support mini-poles in the foot of the tent body that help keep the fly from touching the mesh poked through the fly on this trip on a particularly rainy night. Luckily I was able to re-position the fly so that the hole wasn't over the tent. This could have been avoided by not trying to stake out the fly so taut, but these points should be reinforced on the rainfly or rubber stoppers be put over the ends of these poles to prevent this from happening so easily.
Overall, for the price I am satisfied with the tent and am looking forward to having the rainfly repaired / replaced by Eureka so I can use it again this season!
Ease of Setup: Easy
Price Paid: $140
I bought this tent mostly for the light weight. If you are looking for a lightweight tent, I would certainly recommend it. Because it's so light, it seems almost delicate. I take extra precautions in setting it up, and taking down. A ground cloth is a must.
Set up: Easy, easy, easy. One pole, and a few stakes.
Design: Good. Access in and out is good. Rainfly breather port can be opened and closed from inside or outside the tent. Rainfly overhang will cover boots, medium sized pack, and a little more.
Weather: I have only used mine in good weather. Though one night of strong winds had me concerned, but the tent had no problems.
Overall: A great tent for lightweight packing, and probably lower usage. I'm not sure how durable the tent netting would be if used hard over many summers. But a couple weekends here and there, it seems like it would last for years.
Price Paid: $145
This tent is very light, yet surprisingly roomy. You can easily sit up in the tent. I have used the tent on several extended trips in Yellowstone and the Beartooths, and I have been extremely pleased with it. I did made one minor adjustment: I sewed a small loop on each side of the rainfly so I could stake out the fly better to increase its tautness at the lower end.
A great tent--very light, sufficient room, and easy to pack. Be sure to shop around as the price seems to vary quite a bit online. I found a good price by checking several sources.
Design: Three-season solo ultralight
Ease of Setup: Quite easy. two stakes at the feet one at the head, attach pole and clip up the tent. The fly goes on easily and uses two stakes for a basic set up. Add more stakes and guy lines if it's going to be windy.
Weight: 2Lbs 13oz
Price Paid: $149
I am very happy with this tent so far. It is one of the lightest tent I've found and has the most livable space inside. I am 5'10" and I had plenty of room and some space around my head for some spare clothes, camera and other small items. I could easily sit up inside and adjust the vent on the fly through a roof zipper.
It did just fine in a light rain. I have not experienced high winds so far nor heavy downpour but I have confidence that it will perform well. The material is thin so I do suggest a ground sheet.
An excellent value for the price.
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