User Review: Eureka! Tetragon 1210
Design: Three-season tetra dome
Ease of Setup: Breeze
Price Paid: $179
I’m satisfied with the overall quality and design of this tent. I purchased it for $179 in October 2008.
Initially, I was going to go with Eureka’s Copper Canyon 10. My concern focused on how well a cabin style tent would hold up in high wind conditions. A co-worker who is also an avid camper owned and swore by the Tetragon 1610 which he used for beach camping on several occasions. He advised that the Tetragon design of the tent held up beautifully in severe windy conditions common with beach camping. I went with the Tetragon 1210 because I really didn’t want anything too big and I needed a tent that would be suitable for a variety of camping conditions.
The tent was a breeze to set up. I went over the directions once and it took about 30 mins carefully setting up by myself and 15mins with help. I was impressed with the poles which I felt were very sturdy compared to other tents that I have owned. The fly was a breeze to install. Matching emblems help you distinguish the front from the sides.
I seam sealed the tent and waterproofed the rain fly which I believe is a must and an annual routine for any tent. Arguably, the floor could have used a denser material but a tarp placed properly underneath the tent corrected this problem. I recommend always placing a tarp underneath the tent to offset the risk of punctures due to rocks, roots or sticks.
I was able to place two twin size mattresses and all my gear inside the tent and had sufficient room to move about. I was able to walk around without crouching while inside the tent. I’m 5’8". Ideally you could place three air mattresses inside or six sleeping bags but it would take away from mobility and the ability to store additionally gear. Experienced a few rain showers and the tent remained leak free.
Only dislike is that the rain fly permits the top of the tent to remain well ventilated. This is great in warmer weather but a huge disadvantage when the temperature at night drops into the 30 degree mark.
I would strongly recommend this tent to others.