- Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches ; 8.8 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 pounds
- ASIN: B000EQ8296
- Item model number: 2628332
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Eureka! Sunrise 8 - Tent (sleeps 4)
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- Spacious square, dome-style tent sleeps four (8 by 8 foot floor; 64 square foot area)
- Heavy duty bathtub floor made of 4-ounce 210D oxford polyester
- Multicoated StormShield polyester fly won't stretch when wet and resists UV breakdown
- Includes corner organizer, wall organizer with mirror, two water bottle pockets
- Center height of 59 inches; weighs 11 pounds, 2 ounces
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Spacious, self-supporting tent with 4-way ventilation
Spacious enough to comfortably sleep four campers, the Eureka Sunrise 8 dome-style tent is easy to set up and very well ventilated with four large hooded windows and no-see-um mesh panels in the ceiling. It has triple-coated fabrics and a heavy-duty bathtub floor made of 4 ounce 210D oxford polyester that repels water.
The fly is made of Stormshield polyester, which won't stretch when wet and resists UV breakdown. It has a shockcorded fiberglass frame (two poles) that features a pin and ring as well as combination clip and sleeve system for quick assembly. Other features include:
- Twin track D door with window for easy exit/entry
- High/Low door vents top and bottom to aid air circulation
- External guy points help secure the tent in high winds
- Hanging gear loft/organizer
- Two water bottle holders
- Corner organizer and wall organizer with mirror
- Tent, pole, and stake bags included
- Area: 64 square feet
- Floor size: 8 feet by 8 feet
- Center height: 4 feet, 11 inches
- Wall fabrics: 1.9 ounce Polyester Taffeta 1200mm coating/1.9 ounce breathable polyester
- Floor fabrics: 4 ounce 210D Oxford Polyester with 1200mm coating
- Fly fabrics: 1.9 ounce 75D StormShield polyester with 1200mm coating
- Pack size: 8 by 25 inches
- Weight: 11 pounds, 2 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.
Amazon.com Tent Guide
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.
Top customer reviews
Well, this past weekend provided a test from hell. I had to set up the tent by myself for the first time and it took all of 15 minutes total, if that; very straightforward. The day was incredibly hot and I need an afternoon nap, so I put the ventilation system to the test. The four large windows and the small lower vent really moved the air well. Even with the direct sun it was not much warmer in the tent than outside of it. That night the rain came. Flash floods lightning, and wind. It was quite a storm. The entire camping area was underwater. Two sites down from us the people had water to their doors of their car. Luckily we were uphill from them, but not out of the water. We were in about 2" of water, but the tent didn't leak a drop. It felt like we were on a water bed there was so much water under and around the tent, but it held its own and kept us dry. People were amazed that we had no water, they all swore they were ditching their old tents and buying one of these.
All told, this tent is great. Size wise it is great for my family and me, not obnoxiously over-sized and manageable for one person set up, but also big enough inside to stretch out.
I wholeheartedly recommend this Eureka Tent.
I love that the windows zip fully closed - it doesn't rely on a rain fly to keep out wind and weather (had a cheap-o Walmart tent that did that).
The sides are fairly steep, so there's not a lot of wasted space inside. There are some nice little storage pockets, but not much else in the way of interior fittings, which is fine with me.
Slept in this in the heat (left the rain fly off, and those huge windows were great - let every bit of breeze through), in the cold (zip everything up, so at least there's no breeze), and in the rain (everything stayed dry - no leaking!). In hot, rainy weather, this fly design worked great, because I could leave the windows at least partly open to let in whatever breeze there was without everything getting soaked.
I wouldn't want to lug this tent over miles of back country, but for camping within a few hundred feet of a car, I think this would be hard to beat.
I found that it set up fast once I figured out what I was doing. One person, no help; by the second night I could get the tent up in fifteen minutes, including anchoring the corners. It takes some fiddling to get the poles threaded through the channels, and getting the rain fly square can be fussy.
If you're setting it up on your own, I recommend anchoring two adjacent corners before you try to set the poles. Then set the poles into the holes on the anchored corners, and push against them from the loose corners to form the arches. The poles stay in place better when the whole tent isn't trying to scoot across the ground.