User Review: Eureka! Zephyr XT
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80
Needs to be produced again by Eureka with minor upgrades, and is an Awesome one person tent.
- Compact, better fly than the backcountry one man.
- Takes strong winds well and is well vented and water tight.
- Can handle light snow loads, although I haven't had it in heavy loads.
- Needs a trim around the front fly zipper, but haven't seen water come in.
- Take the zipper tabs off and use string to make it a little lighter and provide a footprint.
I bought this tent for $80 Campmor closeout sale back in 2000. Have not seen one since, sort of like Hens teeth. This little tent is so much better than the Eureka Backcountry. Both these model are similar to the U.S. Military issue Eureka one-man tents, but not as bomb proof. As a matter of fact I have used the XT fly on my Camo model to lighten the load.
It has a cool window and a vent on the fly. The vent is a good setup but wish Eureka would have installed one of those flip out jack stands to keep it open instead of the stiff rubber bar sewn inside the vent lip.
The High Low venting works well as does the bathtub floor, floor material is a little thin could use a ground cloth.
I would also like to see a trim around the front fly zipper to keep the water out but I have never seen this happen.
Front vestibule is large for pack and rear for boots. You can easily cook under it as I have done this in a few rainy evenings in New Mexico and Colorado.
Two poles that fold down to around 12 or 13", packs down small, it's light, easy as Hell to set up, and if tied down holds up to some good wind.
I keep a candle lantern with me. It will heat up this tent when it gets cold and damp.
I am 6'3" 54" shoulder width 321 pounds and use a 25" Thermarest pad that fits perfect in this tent. I am able to stretch out and sleep well in it.
All in all I would buy this tent again if Eureka started making them again, even without the small improvements I mentioned.
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