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Eureka Spitfire UL one person tent

in Shelters - Double Wall Tents

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2.00 / 5 (2 reviews)

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( johnbffb )
Eureka Spitfire UL one person tent on 09/01/2006 16:44:53 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

I was looking forward to using this tent and the small weight it promised. At 2 pounds 3 ounces the double wall tent promised to be quite a item. However after 9 days in Colorado with four of them with rain I was quite unhappy. The tent even properly pitched does not allow the rainfly to stay off the screen tent wall. This is especially true on the top.
Because of this the moisture which collects on the inside of the fly transfers to the screen and drips into the tent. In two days the down bag needed to come out and be dried in the sun (thank goodness some came) so we could go back to another night in the wet tent.

After 9 days I packed out this morning with a wet bag, cloths and pretty much water logged. Also the fly does not cover the sides of the tent body (which is screen) and lets water splash in low on the tent body under the fly during a rain storm.

The final problem is the foot end of the tent has two fairly sharp rods built into the tent which the fly is stretched over. After two hail storms we have two holes in the fly at the point these rods contact the fly. Unlike the Spitfire tent the UL does not have the bottom poles nor is the fly adequately reinforced for this type of service.

I gave it a two because it is small and light. But I really would like Eureka to give me my money back. This is not for anybody who wants to go light and keep their down dry.

I purchased this tent because BPL had mentioned it as something they saw at a show and it did promise a mainline manufacturer making a attempt to get into the lightweight market. Sorry Eureka you failed.

Konstantin Buyukliev
( maadat )
Eureka Spitfire UL tent on 05/02/2011 08:28:53 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

Hi, I just came back from a 10 days trip with my Eureka Spitfire UL one person tent. I completely agree with everything said in the first review. I wish I had read it before I bought it.

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