GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)

GoLite wants to give people a backcountry bedroom (with the emphasis on "room") in their new Eden tent line. These hoop-style tents boast fast set-up, big vestibules, and lots of space for living.

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by Ray Estrella | 2009-07-24 00:06:00-06

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Overview

GoLite (www.golite.com) wants to give people a backcountry bedroom (with the emphasis on "room") in their new Eden tent line. These hoop-style tents boast fast set-up, big vestibules, and lots of space for living.

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The single-person Eden 1 boasts a 45-inch peak height and just under 32 square feet of protected space. Added bonus:it looks like a rocket car.

The Eden 1 is a single-person tent that uses three poles for support and can be set up with just two stakes, one at each end. Should you want to make it a bit more secure, five more stakes will hold down the corners and vestibule. Since GoLite generously sends fourteen stakes with each tent, you will have plenty for any further guy-line work that makes your heart beat faster.

A large center pole arches over the Eden, giving it a healthy peak height of 45 inches. The domed space created by the pole is dissected by a full mesh wall that contains the large L-shaped door. The zipper features a snag-guard plus Velcro and snap closures.

The rest of the space becomes the roomy vestibule, which has an opening that runs alongside the center pole and can be rolled up all the way to the other end to allow maximum air flow. The green triangle section in the photo above is a large vent that does double-duty as a "visor" over the door. Because it uses the fly as part of the body, (top, ends, and one side in the case of the Eden 1) it is kind of a hybrid single-wall tent.

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The two-person Eden 2 ups the ante with a 48-inch peak height and 51 square feet of total protected space to let you bring a friend. Play nice.

Make Mine a Double

"Double what, buddy? Double doors, double vestibules, double vents, double sleeping spots?"

Yeah, all that."

"OK, pal. You got it. Here's your Eden 2."

The Eden 2 has all the same features of the Eden 1 times two, to let you bring a friend along. Added bonus: it can be a tall friend, since the Eden 2 boosts the peak height to 48 inches for some serious card-playing room on rainy afternoons. A vestibule and entrance door on each side keep the peace once the cards are put away and you hit the hay.

Both tents also feature a tensioned-sleeve integrated flysheet and body to enhance stability. Adjustable tension is provided by impact-resistant ladder-lock buckles at each end. The tents come with the seams factory taped for instant weather readiness. The reflective guy points come with pre-attached guy-lines too. Bring on the storm.

It is hard to compare the Eden to other shelters, mostly because I haven't used it yet, but I would venture that the Eden series is a lot like the Tarptent Scarp series and the Hilleberg Atko. While both are lower weight offerings, the Eden tents have much more room. However, the others are true double-wall tents, able to set up the parts independent of each other.

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Specifications and Features

  Product

GoLite Eden 1

  Style

One-person single-wall tent with floor, side entry with vestibule

  Poles and Stakes

Three color-coded, variable-diameter DAC Featherlight NSL poles
Fourteen stakes provided

  Fabric

15d ripstop nylon w/ sil/PU 1200mm W/P F/R coating, body and vestibule, 70d 190T nylon taffeta floor w/ 3000mm W/P F/R coating, 20d polyester no-see-um mesh entry wall and vents

  Area

Floor 23 sq ft, vestibule 8.7 sq ft

  Dimensions

Length 100 in, width 38 in, height 45 in

  Weight
(total)

3 lb 7 oz (1048 g)

  MSRP

US $300.00

Specifications and Features

  Product

GoLite Eden 2

  Style

Two-person single-wall tent with floor, side entry with vestibule

  Poles and Stakes

Three color-coded, variable-diameter DAC Featherlight NSL poles
Fourteen stakes provided

  Fabric

15d ripstop nylon w/ sil/PU 1200mm W/P F/R coating, body and vestibule, 70d 190T nylon taffeta floor w/ 3000mm W/P F/R coating, 20d polyester no-see-um mesh entry wall and vents.

  Area

Floor 39 sq ft, vestibule 12 sq ft

  Dimensions

Length 104 in, width 54 in, height 48 in

  Weight
(total)

5 lb 1 oz (2295 g)

  MSRP

US $425.00

Citation

"GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)," by Ray Estrella. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/orsm09_eden.html, 2009-07-24 00:06:00-06.

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Einstein X
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Locale: The Netherlands
Re: Hmm on 08/01/2009 11:47:55 MDT Print View

I'm not sure people on this site are interested in this tent at all. This one fits in with the Akto- and Laser-likes. And I bet that any of this low hydor-head tents have steep walls, that reduce the force of the drop by the impact angle of the drop on the steep sided walls and don't have fabric perpendicular to the falling drop?

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Eden 1 on 08/16/2009 17:46:10 MDT Print View

Does anyone know the price?

John O'Connell
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Re: GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 10/29/2009 05:43:55 MDT Print View

So how does this compare to a Spitfire at 2.5lbs?