User Review: Eureka! Timberline 4
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.