User Review: Eureka! Sunrise 11
Design: freestanding family dome for fair weather
Ease of Setup: 7 out of 10
Weight: Its a family tent. Nuff said.
Price Paid: $200
Let me say this, I wanted a bigger tent with elbow room for my family of 4 and I GOT IT! You can easily set up all the sleeping bags and packs and still still have room to walk. And head room, WOW this thing delivers.
Now let me tell you about my criteria for my tent purchase:
-Size- Well this tent has it all. Elbow room, leg room, head room and what ever kind of room you want, its got it.
-Fly- I wanted something that would keep me dry in a storm. This is definitely not the most weather resistant tent, but for FAMILY camping and the little rains encountered, the fly should be fine. When I say family camping, I mean that you will probably not go camping if the weather is going to be lousy, right? Family camping is fair weather camping. Although I think this tent would do fine as long as winds dont exceed 30MPH. If it got that bad then I might be worried.
-Windows-This was the trade off for the fly. I wanted to have lots of CLOSEABLE windows. This tent is one of the nicest because of that. When I am camping I like to be able to look 360 degrees out of my tent and see mother nature. That's why we're out there right? The nice thing about these windows is that they are closeable. If it gets cold at night you can close the windows to keep it a little warmer inside. I know your going to say that if you close the windows, you will get condensation. Well in my case with my family of four, there was NONE. This must be due to the large mesh on the top. This tent has Great Ventilation! I absolutely love the large windows. When your inside the tent, you get the feeling like your outside.
-Ease of set up. Well if there is a downside to this tent then this is it. It is a simple two pole dome but because it has pole sleeves on the top the ferrules get hung up in there. just a bit of working it through and its fine, but if your in a hurry can be a pain. Also due to the tents size, once the poles are installed it is difficult to raise the tent. You have to make sure the poles are even from corner to corner because the poles dont slide very esily through the sleeves. I wish Eureka would fix this by putting pole clips on the top rather than the sleeve. Anyway all in all it takes prob about 20 minutes from unpacking the tent to complete set up including stakes.
-Heavy Duty Construction-I wanted a tent that would stand up to my kids and their crazy clumsy reckless style. This tent is built well. I love the heavy duty polyester floor, its outstanding. Everything else is nicely constructed too, with reinforcing wherever needed. As long as my kids don't run and jump onto the side of the tent or try to puncture it with sticks, it should be good to go for a long time.
All in all, I am very satisfied with this tent. It is not the most weather resistant, easiest to set up tent, but it has TONS of room, closeable windows on all for sides that open you up to nature, and is built to last. If this tent had clips on the top rather than the sleeves, it would be a 5 star tent without a doubt!