User Review: Eureka! Zeus 2 Classic
Design: Three season tent
Ease of Setup: Very easy
Weight: About 4 lbs 8 oz with necessary stakes
Price Paid: $189
I purchased this tent to do backpacking with my son. He's 5 years old and I'm a 6 ft.
First the good features. This tent fits us very well for it's size. The tent is relatively light for a two person, but when I weighed it on my digital scale, it wasn't 3 lbs 14 oz as stated on the box, but 4 lbs 3 oz minimum weight (no bags or stakes). When the stakes and bags are added (which I feel are a necessity for this tent, the tent weight went to 4 lbs 8 oz. It's still quite light though.
Another good point is the strength / stability. This tent went through a night of 50 mph winds and I had no worries at all. It's very sturdy. One last good point, being a single wall tent it's very quick and easy to setup.
Now for the bad and why I give it a 1 rating. The tent doesn't vent well. I took the tent to the Sierras at 12800 ft in the summer (one of the 3 seasons it recommended for) and the weather dropped to about 15 degrees one night. I vented the tent as instructed with all stakes. I woke up to a frozen solid tent and only on the inside (the average person breathes and sweats about a pint of moisture a night). The outside was completely dry.
This creates many problems especially when the sun comes out and melts all the ice. In warm nights you have to leave the vestibule completely open or you'll really sweat. Also if you get caught in a freak snow storm which I did, quite a bit of snow blew inside under the lower vents.
Another bad feature of this tent is the single door on the front, it's hard to get in and out and has two zippers, one for the side and one for the bottom. Many lightweight 2 person tents now have two doors.
Ultimately, the reasons I gave the tent a 1 rating is simply because of the poor venting which is critical for camping unless you like being wet, and because I had to much rain and snow come in during freak storms.
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