User Review: Eureka! Timberline 2
Design: 2 person A-frame
Ease of Setup: easier than domes by long shot
Weight: 6lbs 8ozs
Price Paid: $119.95
Heavier than others by a pound or two BUT, if there are two of you going split the weight. You won't be sorry you've got a Timberline when the weather gets bad!
Since 1975 I've weathered pounding, unrelenting, torrential rain, driving snow, wet snow, light snow and temps to the single digits in mine and other people's and they are, without a doubt, the most weather proof tent you can backpack that I've ever seen PERIOD
They are easy to set, can be set in the rain without getting the interior wet, are easy to tear down and pack. Yeah, you can get a lighter one but, I'll bet it's a lot smaller, not nearly as durable and you'll probably wake up wet more than once. I've actually woken up with the tent in two to three inches of rainwater runoff and not one drop came into the tent. You could poke the floor with you finger and it resembled a water bed.
It is easy to ventilate, has good breathability but, manages to hold heat in the cold. A candle lantern makes a noticeable difference in interior temperature. I don't know how to rate it any higher. The only way I think the tent could be designed any better (other than with an automatic setup and tear down feature and built-in wetbar) would be to keep the exact same size and weatherproof qualities and make in two pounds lighter. It's simply the best I've experienced for two people.
If you are a diehard, purist who cuts the handle off their toothbrush and drills holes in whats left to save weight you probably won't like it. If it never rains, snows or sleets when you camp then, you don't need it. If you camp where I do, you'll never do without one.
They were $126 in 1975. Now, Campmoor has them for $119! I just ordered a new one because my youngest daughter wants me to take her and some of her college buddies backpacking, we'll need the space and I don't want to throw my money away on junk.