User Review: Eureka! Timberline 2
Design: three+ season free standing external frame wedge
Ease of Setup: easy, but there are tricks
Weight: 7.5 lbs
Price Paid: about $75
A solid cabin in the woods. I have owned my Timberline for more than 25 years, buying it after a budget tent blew down in a storm. I have used it for backpacking, canoeing, biking, and skiing. It sets up easily in less then 10 min, once you figure it out. (Set up the frame first, attach the bottom of the frame to the tent pins, loop the peak elastics around the top, then add on the fly and frame end pieces). It has shrugged off storms, wind and snow. Although at 7+ lbs it is a little heavy, I am pretty big, and I soloed in it until I got married. Then I added the vestibule for our packs and my wife and I used it. Now my son has gotten into Scouting and I am an ASM. Guess what is the most common tent at Scout outings?
This tent has been very reliable for me. It flexes some in the wind, but I usually am in the woods and have not had any problems. I waterprrof and seam seal it about once a year, and am careful about drying it after each trip.
I recently added the annex, but my old tent is missing a hook that is on the newer ones, so I may have to get out the needle and thread. At the same time, I am getting older and less flexible. Maybe it is time for something a little bigger... If so, it will probably be a Timberline 4XT.