Eureka! Timberlite 2XT
Design: 3 1/2 season A-frame
Ease of Setup: Very easy
Weight: < 5 lbs
Price Paid: $130
I have set this tent up in a 60 mph sandstorm with ease and slept warm and dry during a night of freezing rain. It does just fine for snow camping, although Eureka does not classify it as a 4-season tent. I find it easier to put up than the simplest of dome tents. It is very light and compact and the vestibule has a useful amount of space. It is not, however, a 2 person tent! It is great for solo camping, but if you cram 2 people in there, you will constantly be up against the sides of the tent, no matter how intimate you and your camping partner are. Also, if you like a tent in which you can easily sit up, this one will be a little too low for you. Overall, a great value in a very compact, light, and sturdy 1-man tent.
Design: 3 Season Modified A-Frame
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 4.5 lbs.
Price Paid: $120-150
I have Eureka's Timberlite 2-XT and it's great. Despite being the 1998 version (the 1999 model was changed a bit), it has a good design. Sleeps one plus your gear comfortably, or squeezes in two and no gear if you have to.
The rain fly/vestible adds some storage space and will keep you dry. I specifically got this tent for solo backpacking with the theory that one more person could fit if the need arose and that my gear can stay inside with me. Easy set up, freestanding (stakes a good idea though), and a nice green and gray color. Somewhat less conspicious than those other Eureka tents with yellow rain flys, etc. At $130 for mine, it was a great bargain!
Design: 3-season A-frame
Ease of Setup: Very easy to set up
Weight: 4lbs 8 oz
Price Paid: $160
I LOVE THIS TENT. Basically there is no way it would get wet on the inside. One problem is the vestibule does not have compression like straps to pull it tight. If you are going to buy a new tent--this is your one!
Design: A Frame
Ease of Setup: easy once you know the process
Weight: 6 pounds or so
Price Paid: $150
I have had this tent for six years now, probably 50 or so camping trips, including some long (two week) trips in Colorado. This is the best piece of equiptment I own, no complaints at all.
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