Eureka! Timberline 4
Source: bought it new
Great warm weather tent.
- Excellent air flow
- Extra long for tall guys
- Ample rooom for two people and their gear
- Requires more setup time than simple dome tents, Window ties require extra effort and zippers lack pulls
Previous reviews have described many features of this tent but let me add a few extra observations. I have tent camped for over forty years in REI, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, and Sierra Designs three-season tents and the Eureka! Timberline 4 is my favorite tent for car camping in hot summer weather here in Alabama. For some reason, the screen windows allow better unrestricted air flow that any other tent I have used. Yet, when the windows are zipped closed, the tent retains body heat about as well as other tents.
Earlier this month my wife and I went on a three-day trip to northern Wisconsin with a friend who had an older Timberline 4 with a front vestibule. During the trip we endured four hours of heavy rain and puddles accumulated in our campsite, especially under his tent. But it stayed remarkedly dry! Fortunately (or unfortunately) I am unable to comment about its strength in strong wind.
Setup takes a little longer than a simple dome tent but gets easier with practice. The large door on the end makes it easy for older guys like me to enter and exit. In fact, I prefer four-person tents with a large door and no vestibules because they have plenty of space to store our clothing and personal items and are easier to enter and exit than tents with vestibules.
My primary complaints with this tent were easily fixed. I modified the window ties to make loops and buttons that can be secured with one hand, I added zipper pulls, and I modified the side pull outs so I can stake them further away from the tent.
Source: received it as a personal gift
This is a very solid dependable choice for a car camping or in some cases backpacking tent. It's reasonably light at around 9 pounds, it is roomy for 3 people but not 4. It's strong enough in all but extreme wind and you will stay pretty dry.
- Simple to set up
- Roomy for 3 people
- Will last for years if halfway taken care of
- No vestibules so outside storage is zero
- The fly doesn't cover the tent all the way to the ground
- so some possible seepage around the extreme edges of the tent
- Probably not the best high wind tent, but not bad either
This is the classic A-frame nylon tent dating back to the '70s. It has changed very little and that's because it was that good in its design. Poles are aluminum, it's easy to set up even for one person.
I would say it is a fairly warm tent in cold weather, it lacks the roof vents that the dome tents have. This means the venting has to come through the back window and the front door. This can cause some minor condensation problems when you shut the 2 openings.
Since there is no vestibule in either the front nor back, you have less outside storage space. You will need a ground cloth to put under this tent (and I'd say all tents really).
The biggest problem this tent has (in my opinion) is that the fly does not reach the ground and leaves some exposure especially if the rain is wind driven. This means that even if you set up the tent perfectly you may have some water seep in around the edges of the tent. However it is very minor, just keep stuff that can't get wet away from the edges.
In the wind it would be smart to figure out the direction and put the front door of the tent facing into it so as to not have it hit the tent broadside. The A-frame design has this weakness. Than being said I survived camping in Guadalupe National Park a few years ago and we had 50 mph winds and the tent stayed up ...barely. I did leave the fly off that would have not survived nor would I have ever found it again! That being said I have purchased a dome tent for expected wind conditions (Eureka Mountain Pass 3xte).
You can use this tent for backpacking but it would not be my first choice for that. You would have to split it between at least 2 people, one person carries the poles, ground sheet and stakes...the other takes the tent and fly. More bulky than heavy.
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize
Good tent, except in the rain. Always wanted a Timberline, finally got one, first use was in three days of continuous rain. The bottom door "draft tube" flap thing filled with water. There was not a way to open the door without water coming in the tent. I tried to get the annex vestibule but they stopped making them. :( Will still use it but only during nice weather.
- Classic style and color
- Quality materials and craftsmanship
- Door design
Good tent, except in the rain. Always wanted a Timberline, finally got one. First use was in three days of continuous rain. The bottom door "draft tube" flap thing filled with water. There was not a way to open the door without water coming in the tent.
I tried to get the annex vestibule but they stopped making them. :( Will still use it but only during nice weather.
Design: 3 season
Ease of Setup: Once spacial reasoning sets in, no prob.
Weight: 8# w/ supplemental vestibule and stakes.
Price Paid: $149 +
Have used this fortress for both canoe and car trips. The half star rating is for something that may be a plus in the north shirld or Alaska - The weave on the netting does not allow enough air through the tent in hot, windless weather. Sure does keep out the bugs. Room to sit in a rainstorm, and with only two of us it's spacious. Easy to set up. Although no match for the two-polers out there.
Design: 3 season
Ease of Setup: Very easy. 5 minutes with practice
Weight: apprx 8
Price Paid: $149 Campmor
This is my family tent for 3 season use. I don't use it in winter or on glaciers as it has no vestibule. The timberline 4 is very roomy and comfotable. It sets up easily and tight. The rainfly has good coverage and is a no-brainer to put on. The materials and workmanship of this tried and true free standing A-frame tent are top notch. It comes in a very pleasant green/white color combo. It also comes in a 2 door model and my one door has a very large rear window for good ventilation. In a 50 knot wind it held up well and flapping nylon was minimal. If you are tired of tiny 40ft2 floor space and less tents, you will love the room in this one.
I hope Eureka doesn't ever cancel this tent. They have created some real losers but this is not one of them. The Timberline series tents rate with the best on the market and are priced well.
Design: classic A-Frame
Ease of Setup: i can set it up by myself with the vestuble and guy outs and everything in less than 6 minutes, super simple and strong A-frame design, the joint tubes can be confusing in the dark (use your tikka)
Weight: mine with 10 steel stakes and the extra vestuble packs in at around 10-11 lbs
Price Paid: $180
This tent is a hoss! if you want something that is superhuge compared to the weight, tough as a tent could be, and weatherable enough for rain (heavy), snow (heavy) and heat and cold (lots) this is it. I bought the tent with the add on vestuble--yea I'm gonna get another one, it's huge, enough space for three packs and boots (with orgainization of course). I have taken this on a canoe trip where I slept six of my friends and myself in there (hint it's big).
The only problem I have ever had with this tent is it got really windy and the top pole snapped (guy it out if you're expecting wind, it will hold then). Very comfortable tent for multiperson backpacking or canoeing! Oh I almost forgot (NO CONDENSATION NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN IT!!!).
Design: Three season A-frame
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: About 8 lbs.
Price Paid: $149
Excellent tent! Just spent a rainy windy weekend and the tent performed flawlessly with no leaks or problems. Believe me, it got tested this past weekend.
I think it's a stretch calling it a 4 man but for the wife and I it's perfect. It is a bit heavy but I pack it on the back of a motorcycle so weight isn't a factor and I think its survivability is due to its heavier construction.
Design: Three season A-Frame tent
Ease of Setup: 2-5 minutes
Weight: 7lbs. 13oz.
Price Paid: $150
The Timberline series of tent is the most popular backpacking tent of all time for good reason. It gets very good ventilation, stays dry in driving rain and will last for years, even if you abuse it! The Stormshield fly keeps the rain out, but lets the condensation out. It does this by having a tight mesh on the A-frame and then covering it with the fly. The only negative thing I have to say is that the zipper gets stuck sometimes on the overlapping material. The material is there to keep out water though, so I'll take the minor inconvenience. Overall a great tent!
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 8 lbs (about 10 with a tarp to set it on)
Price Paid: $130
Did not get to see how it does in the rain but as for ease of putting it up and size I really like this tent. I took it on a 5-night trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Four guys, our sizes are 5'9", 5'11", and two at 6'0". All average build. We were not cramped at all. We did keep our gear outside though. You can put this tent up and take it down super fast. We put it up the first night at about midnight after driving 24 hours straight without a hitch. Excellent buy.
Design: three season-freestanding A frame
Ease of Setup: a chimp could do it
Weight: about 10lbs.
Price Paid: $150
My family has been using a this tent for about 15 years and it's still as good as the day I bought it. With a typical three trips a year this tent is all that and a dry night sleep in the worst weather. Weight is irrelevent as we canoe, and it is very roomy. Set up is super simple, and you don't have to use the pegs for those Canadian shield, granite ground, setups. My buddy owns two and I would not hesitate to buy another when the time comes.
Design: 3 Season (but used year round)
Ease of Setup: 2 minutes max
Weight: 6-8 lbs
Price Paid: cheap!
I've owned a 2 man timberline for over 8 years and simply love it. It's not the fanciest, not the lightest and definetly not the latest high-tech whizbang tent, but it's tough, durable and keeps me dry constantly.
My Boy Scout troop uses timberline 4 man tents and they seriously go thru hell on a regular basis. Boys are rough and careless.
The current tents are around 5 years old, and other than bent poles and broken shock cords due to carelessness, we've had no problems at all with them at all.
Two thumbs up!
Design: three season
Ease of Setup: 2 guys 5 minutes with experience
We have used the Outfitter version (slightly heavier construction) for scouts for years and have never considered switching. We usually put 2 scouts in a timberline 4, or 3 if we have an odd number. Very rugged, standing up to years of use and abuse.
Design: A frame
Ease of Setup: Excellent
Price Paid: 260 Can
Simple to set up, all time classic. My 24-year-old Timberline 4 is more watertight than my brand new Nomad 6.1! XT version with front and rear vestibules (window on front) makes it bombproof.
A great workhorse tent. I have had a two-person and this four-person and never had any problems with either one. They keep you dry and are made well.
Design: three season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: takes 10 min. though easy
Price Paid: $105
It is very heavy and it is not roomy, but is ok for only $100.