Eureka! Solitaire - Tent (sleeps 1)
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- 2 hoop bivy-style tent
- Durable 6.3 mm fiberglass frame is shock corded for fast set up
- Pole pockets on one end; ring and pin on the other speed set up
- Nylon pole sleeves aid in set up and stability
- 3 storm guy outs on fly
- Two-hoop bivy-style tent for one sleeper (21.33 square foot area)
- Ventilated with a large mesh roof; attached full coverage fly
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|Item Dimensions||1.57 x 1.57 x 6.89 inches|
|Item Weight||2.9 pounds|
|Number Of Doors||2|
- Area: 21.33 square feet
- Floor size: 2 feet, 8 inches by 8 feet
- Center height: 2 feet, 4 inches
- Wall fabrics: 40D no-see-um mesh
- Floor fabrics: 70D nylon taffeta
- Fly fabrics: 70D nylon taffeta
- Pack size: 4 by 17.5 inches
- Weight: 2 pounds, 9 ounces
Though the exact year is unknown, Eurekas long history begins prior to 1895 in Binghamton, New York, where the company still resides today. Then known as the Eureka Tent & Awning Company, its first wares were canvas products--most notably, Conestoga wagon covers and horse blankets for nineteenth century American frontiersmen--as well as American flags, store awnings, and camping tents.
The company increased production of its custom canvas products locally throughout the 1930s and during the 1940 and even fabricated and erected the IBM "tent cities" just outside Binghamton. The seven acres of tents housed thousands of IBM salesmen during the companys annual stockholders meeting, which had since outgrown its previous locale. In the 1940s, with the advent of World War II and the increased demand for hospital ward tents, Eureka expanded operations and began shipping tents worldwide. Ultimately, upon the post-war return of the GIs and the resultant housing shortage, Eureka turned its attention to the home front during the 1950s by supplying awnings for the multitude of mobile homes that were purchased.
In 1960, Eurekas new and innovative Draw-Tite tent, with its practical, free standing external frame, was used in a Himalayan Expedition to Nepal by world renowned Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person documented to summit Mt. Everest only six years earlier. In 1963, Eureka made history during its own Mt. Everest ascent, with more than 60 of its tents sheltering participants from fierce 60+ mph winds and temperatures reaching below -20°F during the first all American Mt. Everest Expedition.
For backpackers and families, Eureka introduced its legendary Timberline tent in the 1970s. Truly the first StormShield design, this completely self-supporting and lightweight backpacking tent became one of the most popular tents the entire industry with sales reaching over 1 million by its ten year anniversary.
Eureka tents have also traveled as part of several historic expeditions, including the American Womens Himalayan Expedition to Annapurna I in 1978 and the first Mt. Everest ascents by a Canadian and American woman in 1986 and 1988. In recent history, tents specially designed and donated by Eureka sheltered Eric Simonson and his team on two historic research expeditions to Mount Everest, this time in a quest for truth regarding the 1924 attempted summit of early English explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. During the 1999 expedition, the team made history finding the remains of George Mallory, but the complete mystery remained unsolved. Returning in 2001 to search for more clues, the team found amazing historical artifacts which are now on display at the Smithsonian.
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Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in-between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Expect the Worst
In general, it's wise to choose a tent that's designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you'll face. For instance, if you're a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all purpose tent will likely do the trick--especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in! If you're a backpacker, alpine climber or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you'll want to take something designed to handle more adversity.
Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain-fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are more specifically designed for summer backpacking and other activities. Many premium tents will feature pre-sealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain-fly for enhanced waterproofness.
For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.
Domes and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types, freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and those that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floor-plan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being more lightweight. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.
Ask yourself how many people you'd like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you're a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don't need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.
Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is also available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it's easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It's also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you're considering.
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Top Customer Reviews
I thru-hiked the 2,655 mile Pacific Crest Trail with this tent from Mexico to Canada in 2012 & it lasted the whole trek. I am
still using it right now even after! Along the way I had experienced a lot of different types of weather
scenarios. It made it through the scolding deserts shielding me from the sun, through the Sierras shielding me
very well from the mass hordes of mosquitos & rain, and through the cascades keeping me warmer than I would have been in a tarp
when it was cold. It's a nice beginner lightweight option, though not really ultra-light, but proved to be worth the low price paid.
On my postal scale it weighed in at exactly 3lbs with stakes, & poles in the stuff sack it came with. Pretty good especially if the rest of your
gear is light too.
It's kind of strange, because at first I hated this product. Why? It would become so wet from condensation
each morning, I'd awake to a pool around me...but it began to grow on me after seeing so
many -more severe- problems from other PCT hikers who did not have this tent. The condensation issue
seems to only be a -major- problem when it's sealed up with the rainflap on. Otherwise, only randomly
would it be a problem, mostly in more humid weather.
Depending on how achy/lazy I am feeling, this tent takes me an average of about 2 minutes or less to set
up even in the dark, it's just so easy to do; stake it down, 1st pole in, 2nd pole in, your done.
The poles are pretty strong and there are only 2 of them (see bottom about 1 issue I had though), and I've never once needed
more than 4 stakes to hold everything down even with brutal wind, & pouring rain. I have not had one leak yet, not even
a drop get through this tent....Read more ›
Now why did I give this tent 4 stars? Two reasons.
Reason #1- It's true there is no where to store gear in this tent. On a very rainy campout this does bring down the morale level. But a quick solution was to buy a raincover for my pack, which I simply lean against a nearby tree or friends pack and problem solved. I do find that I can change clothes inside my tent with little difficulty.
Reason #2- Yes I too was a victim of a broken pole. After having the tent for two years, I had a pole split during a trip. My solution was to duct tape it and finish the trip; then try to get it replaced when I returned home. I started looking at camping stores and even "googled" Eureka Solitaire replacement poles! only to find blogs about other victims' woes. Finally, I simply took my chances with Johnson Outdoor's customer service. Not only did I get information on purchasing replacement poles (roughly $12 for those interested). They asked me to send my tent in for an inspection. The result?!! free repair on my broken pole and an extension to the ring and pin causing "less stress to the poles during set up". I have not had the chance to take this out to test the repair, but once the snow thaws I will give it a full test run.Read more ›
Please don't stop after a few reviews, they all have something to help, both good and negative are very helpful in choosing the right tent. I am looking forward to testing it in the rain and any other weather I can find... I want to thank all those who did leave reviews which made my descision easier. I appologize for not having more to say.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hard to climb in and out but keeps you dry and comfy at night on minimalist backpacking or bikepacking trips.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Took this on the Appalachian trail last year, and it mostly served it's purpose. It's trash now, as the poles snapped two months in, but more from my negligence and half a**Ing... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Firenze
Used this on a motorcycle trip. It packs down small which is great but it really is a one person tent. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Brant
I'm tossing this tent after maybe 30 - 40 nights on the ground, the longest a 13-day hike. Problem: snapping poles. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tom Ruppel
Got this tent in for doing a large section of the AT and I'm glad I decided to set it up and waterproof it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by lefthandedbears
I was concerned this tent would be too small but it actually wasnt that bad. You can almost sit up atraight in it if you hunc over. VERY warm noticeably warmer than outsidePublished 13 days ago by UberMensch
Eureka is clearly the best tent maker out there. Tgia thing is greatPublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
The tent can be quite a pain to get into and out of in bad weather if you have your gear in the tent with you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William McGowan