Initially the set-up of this tent was a little awkward,…
Design: 4 season
Sleeps: 2, maybe 3
Ease of Setup: A little awkward at first, but gets alot easier
Weight: @9 lbs
Price Paid: paid $180, retails for about $300
Initially the set-up of this tent was a little awkward, but once you get the hang of it it becomes a lot easier. This thing is great for winter camping. We fit two people and two packs in the tent with plenty of room. If the tent is staked out real well, it is very stable. It would benefit from more guy-out points on the fly though.
The only gripe that I have with the tent is that condensation can be a problem. I think that I may have a few solutions for that problem though, one of them is stitching a few more guy-out points on to the fly. The other involves some spare foam and a careful study of the foam contraption that The North Face uses on their mountain tents, hopefully it works.
A few last things: 1. This tent is very warm! On a recent trip, it was 40 degrees F in the tent and a cool 18F outside, impressive. 2. I love the huge vestibule that this thing has! You could sleep someone in that thing if you really needed to.
One word of advice: TAKE THE TIME TO SEAL THE CRAP OUT OF ALL OF THE SEAMS OR YOU'LL GET WET! That's for all of the people bitching about getting wet in their tent because they were too lazy to take the time to seal the seams.
It's the greatest. I am a disabled vet and the Eureka…
Source: received it as a personal gift
It's the greatest. I am a disabled vet and the Eureka Summit XT has really been a blessing. Even on the windiest days, I can put it together alone without help and I enjoy the time i get to sleep in it. It has helped in more ways than I can count, thank you.
- The rods have really lasted quite some time.
- Wish I could get another tent just like this one.
- None in my book
I am a disabled vet who loves the outdoors. The Eureka Summit XT tent has enough room for my backpack and everything I take on my trip. It has never leaked except it is getting a little old.
I am thrilled to be able to assemble this alone, with no help. I sleep very comfortable in it and cannot say a negative thing about this product. I will use it till i can find another similar to it because it helps me so much, thank you.
I have owned my Summit XT for nine years! Until recently...the…
Design: Summit XT
Ease of Setup: not the easiest in high winds especially alone
Price Paid: 239$
I have owned my Summit XT for nine years! Until recently...the poles failed all around the same time, go figure. It has provided me with many months of camping time, from above the Arctic Circle to the depths of the Grand Canyon to winter camping in Alaska.
I was looking to replace the poles and was bummed to see that they stopped making it. The large hooped vestibule was the key feature to this tent and the cheap price of course for a four season tent. I figure it cost me pennies a night over the life of the tent.
The new tent I just purchased is a Sierra Designs Antares. I was looking for the specs on the Summit to compare how big it was. Happy with the Sierra Designs tent, two big vestibules with four doors, it's sweet. Not 4-season though, we'll see if it can handle snow.
We have found this tent outstanding for winter camping…
Design: four-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: 1 person sets it up in about 5 minutes or less
We have found this tent outstanding for winter camping and kayaking-camping for two people. We have never had anything break, but after four or five years of use, the floor is beginning to leak. But that's a great record and easily fixed. We have had no problem with the poles and set up takes one person only a few minutes. The vestibules and two doors are excellent as well as the side pockets, which are perfect for keeping diabetic supplies in during the night!
I purchased the original design which does not have…
Design: Rectangular Dome
Ease of Setup: Really does require eight stakes
Weight: 7.5 Lbs
Price Paid: $270
I purchased the original design which does not have a rear entrance--the fly zips open in the back, and there is window netting, but you have to get out of the tent to adjust the fly. Then again this tent is also lighter. My Summit tips the scale at about 7.5 lbs with ground cover and stakes. The tent has great venting options, doesn't leak, and is very steady under gusty wind. This makes it a good all-around tent. I would trust it anywhere except perhaps the most extreme conditions. It is also a roomy, 2-person tent--I would call it a two-and-a-half. It is a good 4-season tent that really stands up to what nature can dish out.
The tent is roomy and the vestibule space is excellent,…
Price Paid: $200
The tent is roomy and the vestibule space is excellent, particularly the front. While a four season tent, I bought it for summer camping on a cross state bike trip because of the ventilation provided by front and rear doors. I have remained dry in downpours while protecting my bike in the vestuble.
The tent is time consuming to set up.
My gripe, as in another review, lies with the durability of the poles, which are unbranded aluminum. There is a cross-pole across the middle of tent which broke. Since the broken section was only a couple inches long, I trimmed the pole square and restrung the shock cord. Broke again. When I tried to get pricing and part number information via e-mail, customer service refused to give that information other than by phone. Said she had better things to do. Replaced that pole with Easton and carry many repair sections for the other two poles. Down-rated tent because of poles and customer service.
welll i had this tent for a long time using alot during…
Ease of Setup: not as easy as it looks
Price Paid: $300
welll i had this tent for a long time using alot during bicycle travling in africa !! this tent caused me alot of trouble although i kept the zippers clean none of them worked after 3 mounth and after 4 the poles broke. the people of eureka where happy to help and send me new poles but they broke after one month and and since than although writng alot of e-mails i did not get any response.
to conclude, it is a good tent if you do not need to use it constantly. otherwise think of a different one.