Eureka Tents Review: Small, Mid-Size, and Large Eureka Tents
There’s a reason Eureka is a trusted brand that campers everywhere turn to for an outstanding camping experience. Eureka tents offer versatility and variety, integrating the latest in tent technology to provide the utmost in protection, portability, comfort, and ease of setup – as well as a company with nearly 100 years of experience perfecting the art of camping.
The tent you choose may differ depending on your camping needs, and whether you’re camping solo, in a communal tent, or setting up a tent village of single and double tent sleepers. Let’s take a look at the top three rated Eureka tents in small, mid-size, and large for the best selections for your needs.
Small Eureka Tents (Sleeps 1-2)
Small tents are great for solo trips, or for people who like a little privacy on group trips. While in the past small tents have been synonymous with a cramped, uncomfortable night, new advancements in design and materials have ensured even the smallest tents can provide comfort, protection, adequate storage, and plenty of room to stretch out while still collapsing to a pocket-sized package.
While small tents may not have the permanence of larger tents, the benefit is that they can be set up almost anywhere and can thrive on nearly any terrain. Check out these choices for our top three small Eureka tents.
1. Eureka Midori
The word “midori” is Japanese for “green,” and the Eureka Midori doesn’t disappoint with a fun, playful shade of green exterior mixed with translucent netting. The light design makes it great for portability, and can accommodate one person.
The only downside is that the Midori isn’t known for durability. Too much pressure and you’ll find your tent pegs bending, and your tent on the verge of collapsing.
2. Eureka Taron 2
The Taron 2 is a great, enclosed dome tent that offers durability and protection against the elements. As a two-person tent, it’s a great place to cozy up after a long day in rugged terrain.
The one black mark against it? The Eureka Taron 2 doesn’t come with stakes or tie downs. You’ll have to buy your own.
3. Eureka Apex Solo
The bright orange Apex Solo has a fun, streamlined design that makes it look modern and sleek without losing out on function. On the cheaper end of one-person tents, it offers a snug, cozy fit for a single camper.
On testing, the materials for the Apex Solo doesn’t seem to have quite the same quality and durability as one would expect, but it’s still a fairly sturdy camping staple.
Mid-Size Eureka Tents (Sleeps 3-5)
Mid-sized tents marry the best of both worlds between large and small tents. They’re large enough to be spacious and comfortable with room for extra features, but small enough for easier setup and portability. Your average mid-sized tent sleeps 3-5 people, but can easily be repurposed to make it into a suite for a smaller group.
Mid-size tents offer better permanence and are less likely to collapse under the elements, but aren’t so heavy that they’ll fall in on themselves under pressure. Here are our top three picks for Eureka’s mid-sized tents.
1. Eureka Tetragon 5
Designed for group camping and long-term setup, the Eureka Tetragon 5 is a powerhouse of a mid-sized tent that provides both comfort and convenience in a single sturdy package.
Unfortunately, this isn’t really a backpacking tent. It’s too heavy for easy carry by a single person, but it’s great for a Jeep or off-roading camping trip. You’ll want to bring a tarp, however, for the best possible setup.
2. Eureka Mountain Pass
The Eureka Mountain Pass may look like a flashy tent designed more for style than substance, but for a group of three, it’s a comfortable camping experience focused on reliability and protection against the elements.
Getting in and out may be an issue due to the unconventional entryway, and it may be a bit of a tight fit as far as storage for your gear and other items. The protective coating on the floor has also been known to peel up with minimal use.
3. Eureka Timberline (4-Person Version)
The Eureka Timberline comes in both two-person and four-person designs, and its classic A-frame style is a blast from the past with a little nostalgic traditionalism in tent structure. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” has never been truer with the Eureka Timberline.
The one detriment is the cost – cheap tents shouldn’t mean cheap materials, or designs, but the Eureka Timberline is on the lower end, and it shows in some of the materials, including the zippers, which are prone to breaking on light use.
Large Eureka Tents (Sleeps 6-8)
The best large tent can feel like a portable house – complete with entryways, storage areas, standing-height ceilings, and room to either fit a large number of people or subdivide the tent’s interior into living, sleeping, and recreational areas. Large tents can feel like a home away from home, but they also come with their own complications such as portability, the difficulty of setup, and the sheer amount of space they take up both for setup and for storage. Let’s take a look at our top three rated large tents from Eureka.
1. Eureka Northern Breeze
The Eureka Northern Breeze is the type of tent you think of when you think of luxury camping. With a total 144 square feet of space, it’s a palatial tent that’s great if you want to share it with the family or turn it into a getaway camping palace just for yourself.
While you would expect a tent of this size to weigh a great deal, the drawback comes when you see just how much. The Eureka Northern Breeze weighs in at a whopping 34 pounds when collapsed for storage, making it a tent you don’t want to haul around on a long-term hike.
2. Eureka Tetragon 8
Like the aforementioned Eureka Tetragon 5, the Eureka Tetragon 8 is a lightweight, easy-setup dome tent with a few unique features that earned it a special place on this list.
Just like the Tetragon 5, the Tetragon 8 has flooring issues and may require a tarp. The materials themselves suffer as well, with slightly cheaper designs bringing the cost down but also affecting durability in the face of wear and tear.
3. Eureka Jade Canyon
The Jade Canyon is another of those “home away from home” tents with a sporty square design that makes it extremely versatile when it comes to customizing it for a long-term or short-term stay.
Like other large tents on this list, portability can be an issue. While it’s not the heaviest, at 24 pounds the Jade Canyon is a tent you don’t want to be carrying on your back for more than a few minutes.
Choosing the Right Tent for You
Choosing a tent only begins with finding the right size for your purposes. For example, while you may need a small tent, you might have to choose between one that pops up easily and one made of ventilated material that allows for airflow in hot climates. Sometimes you can’t be sure how a tent will perform until you’ve got it out on open terrain and you’re testing it out in a live environment.
Camping, hiking, and backpacking can all be fun – but always remember safety first. Choose a tent that best complies with your needs and doesn’t try to travel long-term on foot with a tent that’s rated too heavy to be carried. Always select tents based on the needs of your trip and the environment you’ll be in, and be careful in following instructions to the letter when setting up. Sometimes one snapped tent pole can lead to danger, usually where you’re too far out for help to arrive quickly.
Other Factors to Consider
Size matters, but it’s not the only thing that matters. When choosing a Eureka tent, you also need to consider:
Be Selective in Your Shopping
Tents aren’t cheap; if you’re buying a cheap tent, you’re getting exactly what you pay for. While Eureka tents generally wander through various price ranges of affordability, they’re designed to be worth the costs. Our selections are meant to help you narrow down your tent requirements and make the best choices for you. Good luck finding the right tent – and happy camping.