User Review: Eureka! Sunrise 9
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200 10+ years ago
This is an amazing tent for the money. Durable, great ventilation, ease of use.
- Great ventilation on humid or wet days.
- Easy peezy for amateurs to put up.
- Bathtub bottom never leaks
- Sleeps 3 comfortably; 4 close; 5 like sardines.
- It's not so packable for backpacking; it's a heft. Make the boys carry it.
We use this tent when we will be camping for multiple nights in the same location with at least two people. It is easy enough to get it together for a one nighter...but we've got a 2-person, packable MSR that is even easier if we're going to be making camp in the dark or don't have much time to break in the morning. (For instance, for bicycle tours.)
For camping that will require we do a little living in the tent, the Sunrise 9 has served us well. It has been used mostly in the Midwest. It's a 3 season tent, but my Sunrise 9 has seen quite a few 0-25 degree nights. The ceiling vents don't close (which is necessary to keep the humidity down), and it makes for a freaking cold morning. If you stay inside your cold weather sleeping bag, you won't notice. :)
I have owned mine for over ten years. The design has not changed. That's because it's awesome and doesn't need a change.
Setup is easy. Obvious pole placement. My 70-year-old mum has put it up for me before without a hitch. She's a champ. I am 5'4", and I can stand to get dressed, no problem. I think it's a 6' clearance in the highest part.
A few years ago, my Sunrise 9 got pelted with a pointy rock and left a 4 inch tear in a side wall. I contacted Eureka for repairs. I feared it was just too much to fix. I sent it to Eureka, and they fixed it. The repair cost about $30. The Sunrise 9 has been through heavy downpours since, and it does not leak in the repair spot nor anywhere else. Eureka stands by and supports their products. I am impressed.
When asked for tent recommendations from friends, I urge everyone to spend a little more and buy this tent. It's not terribly expensive as good tents go, and it's worth every penny.