New Eureka Tents
We just upgraded our REI Hobitat tents to the larger and more sturdy Eureka Timberline SQ Outfitter 6. I just got off the first three day steelhead trip with our new tents, and have a few things to share about them.
Standing 6' 4" tall and a foot print of 8 X 10, these tents are very comfortable for two people to sleep in. There is room for cots, dry bags, and plenty of space to stand up in.
It was a very windy trip, and while it was a pain in the ass in general I was happy to see how the tents performed. The rainfly plays a large roll in the rigidity of the tents with ten guy lines to hold it down. The tents have an external frame system, so in case of extreme wind it is a good idea to drop the tent on the cots, and leave the frame standing alone. It is quick and easy to clip the tent to the frame and stake the guy lines when you need to have the tent standing.
There isn't as much mesh screen on the ceiling for scenery and star gazing, but how much time do you really spend in the tents awake? Less mesh screen means more ripstop nylon and less tears.
Overall I am impressed with the Eureka tents. They retail for $500 and can be ordered through Andy and Bax in Portland, Oregon.
Thanks for reading,