User Review: Eureka! Tetragon 1210
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Maybe $200 - not sure it's been so long.
This tent has been a good performer over the years I've had it (6 at the time of writing). It is roomy, easy to set up, and the overall quality seems to be good.
- Ease of setup
- Two rooms with divider
- Rain resistance
- Fiberglass poles
- Rainfly design
This is a large 12' x 10' tent that is made to sleep eight people (manufacturers claim). Realistically, I think four people would be plenty, but you could manage six ok if you had somewhere else to store the gear.
The set up of the tent isn't all that bad. I can do it by myself, but this is a job probably better done by two people to keep from damaging the fiberglass poles. This tent did come with the yellow plastic tent stakes, after the first time out with those I wound up purchasing some heavier duty aluminum stakes. However, stake out and set up is an easy job, and will take less than 10 minutes.
I'm not a huge fan of fiberglass poles, I've broken my fair share of them. Having said that, I am ok with the fiberglass poles that come with this tent. They are of a larger diameter and thicker material than the average fiberglass pole. In the years I have owned it and many times I've set this tent up I haven't had one splinter or break yet. I have even survived a strong thunderstorm or two, and the poles held up find during some fairly strong winds. The large size does add to the weight of this tent, but I imagine most everyone who uses this tent will be car camping and not having to pack it very far, so weight isn't much of an issue.
The tent does come with a divider that can be tied up using the dog bone/loop design, so it installs in seconds. I like that once in place that the front door gives access to one side, and the rear door gives access to the other side. You don't have to enter through one side and then go through the divider. Speaking of, the divider does have a zipper in it, so you can open the divider up during the day if you wish. I have never actually used the divider on a camping trip, but have put it up a time or two just to check it out. With the divider in place there is room enough in each side to place a queen size air mattress, as well as some gear.
Ventilation on this tent is good. There is a mesh opening in the ceiling, as well as windows on each end, the doors have a mesh area with another window directly beside them that opens up.
The ventilation leads to one of my only complaints with this tent, which actually has to do with the rain-fly. The coverage of the rain-fly is a bit small. So, when it does begin to rain, although the tent doesn't really leak much, you have to zip the windows almost completely up. The rain-fly does do its job, I have been in some torrential downpours and maybe soaked up a half cup of water at most afterwards.
I've never met a tent that doesn't eventually begin to leak a little, so I think only having a half cup of water in the tent is pretty impressive. It's just, when you have to spend time in the tent during a rain-fall, don't expect to have much ventilation, it can get to be a bit suffocating, especially if there is more than two of you in the tent.
For a ground cloth I use painters plastic I cut to fit. I made it so it's a couple inches shorter than the tent and fits completely under it. I don't recall ever having seen a footprint made specifically for the tent, but I wouldn't have spent the extra money to buy one either. The painters plastic has always worked fine for my purposes. I do recommend a ground cloth of some sort though. The tub of this tent is made from a similar, yet thicker material as the walls, and not the tarp like material seen in some other tents.
There are pockets inside for gear storage, as well as a mesh loft that can be hung on the ceiling for additional storage. I rarely use the ceiling storage, if it's a clear night I prefer to leave the rain fly off and look up at the stars as I fall asleep. Then, if it is raining, I like to keep the ceiling as open as possible to help with ventilation.
Overall, this has been a really great tent throughout the years. For four people there is plenty of room for sleeping and still additional room for storage. Six people could stay in it fairly comfortably, if gear storage can be done elsewhere. It is easy to set up, and can survive a pop-up thunderstorm. The rain-fly does a decent job of keeping the rain out, but can cause issues with ventilation because the windows will have to stay zipped.