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Old 08-01-2011, 12:59 PM
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Eureka 2628226 Tetragon 8 Adventure 8-Foot by 7-Foot Four-Person Tent

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Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Currently 4.0/5.0

I've owned many tents in the past, some large, some small, some canvas, some lightweight, and the name Eureka has been around for some time as far as tents go. I backpack in all kinds of climates and weather, and the Eureka has always offered me excellent weather protection.

This is designed as a four man tent, but I've used it many times alone and with my girlfriend. It is lightweight enough for backpacking, weighing in at a mere 8 pounds. Setup is a breeze with the Eureka Tetragon. It is a two pole tent with a shock cord frame made of fiberglass.

I have found that every tent manufacturer terms the "person count" of a tent exaggerated by one because they don't take gear into account, so I'd have to say this is a three-person rather than a true four-person tent.

The tent is well designed with windows that can remain open for venting even in the rain. Other features I love about this tent include:

* the side pocket storage and overhead loft storage area
* the tent is well ventilated
* extremely easy and rapid set up

The problem with the Eureka is that quality control has slipped in recent years. This could be due to outsourcing some of the manufacturing or the cutting of corners to save on manufacturing costs. I've noticed quicker wear and tear and less durability in this tent than I have with other Eureka products I've owned before.

I'm not complaining too much because I've used it several times and it has performed its intended job. I've had to do some custom work to the tent, including reworking the rain fly and replacing flimsy pole clips.

I've not had near the problems some other reviewers have reported, and it has kept me dry in the rain on more than one occasion without even a hint of a leak. The zippers work well, but I did have to replace the tent stakes with something more heavy duty.

I would not recommend this as a cold weather tent; it is more of a 3 season tent. If you do plan to camp in cooler weather, you can compensate for this with warmer sleeping bags. With a price tag of $134.99, this is a great tent and I would recommend purchasing even with the minor repairs and replacements I've done on mine. I rate this tent a 4 out of 5.

Review by professional reviewer, Oct. 2, 2010
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