Eureka! Tetragon 1610
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250
Very spacious. Easy 2-person setup. Plenty of ventilation. Didn't leak.
- Plenty of room for my family (wife, 2 young kids, 2 dogs).
- Was dry in downpour. Didn't leak.
- Easy to put up with 2 people.
- Many windows kept things cool.
- Somewhat tricky to put up for a single person.
- Could use a vestibule.
- Might be too big for some.
Setup: With two people, pitching the tent is easy. My preschoolers were able to put the poles together. A second pair of hands is helpful when putting the poles into the pins that hold them in place and for adding the rain fly, but a single person can do it.
Stability: Solid in heavy wind.
Weather Resistance: Did well in heavy rain—no leaky seams. I did seal the seams even though the directions don't say it is necessary (I always do this with any new tent). In blowing wind, with the windows open, I imagine water would get in.
Ventilation: With four huge windows and the ample roof vent, the tent stays cool in warm weather and humidity is reduced.
Room & Storage: I'm only 5'5'', so there is way more headroom than I need. The loft storage is a good use of this space.
Packability: It packs relatively compactly in comparison to its huge space.
This is a very spacious tent with plenty of room for my family. I'm 5'5'' and don't really need all the head room; but the loft storage comes in handy. The fact that it can be divided into 3 rooms was a selling point; but we haven't really used the room dividers. On hot days, opening all 4 large windows keeps the tent cool. Even in a downpour, we were dry as long as we kept the windows closed. There was no leaking from the seams. I did seal the seams because I always do this with new tents. After reading the directions, Eureka says this is unnecessary.
I am able to put it up while my wife watches the kids and the dogs stay in the car, but an extra pair of hands would make it a cinch. I plan on adding additional rain flies around the door and windows so that I can keep the windows open in heavy blowing rain.
Price Paid: $200
Each time I've used this tent I've gotten wet. All the zippers are exposed to the elements by the small fly and they all leak. Water will pool inside the tent if you use it in the rain. I've used mine for 3 weekends of car camping, and it has rained each time.
I've also had one of the main fibreglass poles break. I sent an email to the Eureka customer service black hole, and obviously didn't hear back, so I repaired it myself.
On the plus side, it is spacious and has an included gear loft, which is convenient. And thankfully, I only use this tent with I camp with my wife, which isn't often.
I look forward to replacing this tent with a better quality product from another manufacturer.
Design: three season freestanding doome
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 24 pounds
Price Paid: $185
My family and I just used this tent for the first time this past weekend. It was very roomy, my wife and I slept on a king air mattress in the center, my nephew slept on a cot on one side, and my other two little ones slept on sleeping pads on the other side; everyone had lots of spare room around them for their bags of cloths and other stuff.
I was very impressed by this tent's zippers and easy setup. The zippers can all be used with one hand as long as the tent is staked down correctly (ie: tight - which is what the set up instructions called for). I was thinking this tent would be difficult to set up being as large as it is, but it was not hard at all.
We camped for four nights; on the first night it rained heavily for eight hours straight from 2 a.m. till 10 a.m., and we stayed dry.
The only negative thing I can say is that the room dividers could have more tie down points to keep each "room" more seperate? Not a big deal...
This is a great tent and I'd recommend it to anyone; especially since they are being closed out for around $190 at various places.
Design: 3 season- weird shape
Ease of Setup: difficult
Weight: 20 lbs
Price Paid: $269
My family and I just used this tent for the first time this past weekend. Although its supposed to be 16' the sides taper in making it was very small. My wife and i slept on a queen mattress and my daughter slept on another queen, we had to keep the mattresses away from the sides and we had barely any floor space for storage.
The floor is not a square but a tetragon, meaning the corners are cut from the rectangle giving even less floor space. the top is all screen, making the rainfly a neccesity, and the rainfly is harder to put up than the tent...no way there are 3 rooms in this tent. Also the zippers leaked when it rained.
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