Eureka! Copper Canyon 1312 - Tent (sleeps 8)
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- 156-square-foot cabin-style tent holds eight campers; center height of 7'-3"
- Vertical walls maximize space; removable curtain can create two rooms
- D-shaped doors permit private entry into each room; six large windows
- Detachable awning shades front; clear-panel skylights for stargazing
- Made of 1200mm, 75D polyester; nine steel and fiberglass poles; weighs 37 lbs
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Sleep 8 people comfortably in this 156 sq. ft. tent. This cabin style tent offers much more usable space than typical dome tent designs. Straight walls offer more head room and allow campers to push cots and gear closer to the walls and out of the way. 75D StormShield polyester fly features clear panel skylights for stargazing and pockets for storing storm guyouts when not in use. Corner zips on the fly allow for easy attachment of the included awning system. 6 large zippered windows open for excellent visibility and airflow and close for privacy. Easy to use toggles keep window flaps off the floor and out of the way! Additional features include steel and fiberglass poles for durability and pole sleeves, frame clips and ring and pin assemblies make set up a snap. Nickel sliders and self-healing zippers will provide years of trouble-free use and factory-taped major seams help to seal out the weather. Special touches like the E! Power Port for an extension cord (not included) and a handy sweep-out point make this tent extra friendly for those campers who want some of the conveniences of home.
Featuring vertical walls for maximal internal space, this 13-foot x 12-foot (156 square feet) freestanding cabin-style tent accommodates up to eight campers on cots. The tent includes a removable curtain so it can be divided into two rooms as well as being configured as a single room. Two D-shaped doors with side flaps permit private entry into each room and have large #8 zippers with covers for durability and rain protection. Six large zippered mesh windows open for visibility and airflow and close for privacy. Toggles keep window flaps off the floor and out of the way. A detachable awning shades the front. A fly with clear-panel skylights permits stargazing and includes pockets for storing storm guyouts when not in use. A port allows an extension cord (not included) to be run into the tent. A sweep-out point facilitates housekeeping. A hanging gear-loft supplies convenient storage.
Made of 1200mm, 75D polyester, the tent has nine steel and fiberglass poles that slip into sleeves during setup. Frame clips and ring-and-pin assemblies also facilitate setup. Mesh screens out insects as small as no-see-ums. The tent weighs 37 pounds and has a center height of 7-foot-3.
Eureka! tents' standard design features include bathtub-style floors that wrap up the sides to keep water out; nickel sliders and self-healing zippers; and factory-taped major seams to seal out weather.
- Floor Size: 13 x 12 feet
- Pack Size: 10 x 28 inches
- Center Height: 7' 3"
- Minimum Weight: 37 pounds
- Tent Area: 156 square feet
- Seasons: 3
- Sleeps: 5-6
- Doors: 2
- Windows: 6
- Wall Fabric: 75D polyester taffeta, 1200 mm
- Fly Fabric: 75D StormShield polyester, 1200 mm
- Floor Fabric: 75D polyester taffeta, 1200 mm
- Mesh Fabric: 68D no-see-um
- Frame: 12.65 mm fiberglass and 19.5 mm steel
|The spacious Copper Canyon 1312 tent offers 156 square feet of room for sleeping and storage.|
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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The tent actually holds the heat in quite well. At night, the outside temperature was down to about 40 degrees. A small tent heater, plus the heat from 6 bodies was enough to keep us cozy. Normally, I would not even take a tent heater when we camp, but the power port made it a very convenient option. It was very warm (85 degrees) during the day and the very large zippered windows made it easy to let the breeze flow through and keep it comfortable inside without the flying insects coming in through the screens.
The stakes, as have been reviewed earlier, are not worth the metal used to create them, but I had heavy duty stakes ready for the task. We had some strong (30-35 mph) winds on the second day, which really whipped through the canyon we were in, and the tent stood up to them very well. The guy lines are conveniently stored in pockets attached to the tent and work very well. We did not use the awning. That just seemed kind of silly to me.
All of the window and door covers are reinforced and the zippers are very good quality. The poles are simple to understand and the tent is easy to assemble. The floor is a little thin considering the very good quality of the overall tent, but if you take an appropriately sized heavy duty tarp along as a ground cover, its just fine.
A couple bits of advice: First of all, while this tent comes with a bag, it is not going to last through a lot of use. Get yourself a golf bag which can be zipped closed to carry this tent. Not only will you have better straps for carrying the tent (37 lbs), but additionally you can now easily carry a hammer and the tarp. Second, set the tent up in the backyard before you go camping with it. Once you understand how to set it up it's a breeze, but you don't want to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what goes where when you open tent up. It is so big, that it could seem overwhelming to assemble for the first time. (it's not tough when you have no pressure to figure it out.)
I also have to note that I am a scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout troop and camp an average of 20 nights per year. Our troop uses tents by this same company and I have watched Eureka tents stand up to some very serious abuse for years. Not only has inclement weather played a role in that abuse, but boys can be a pretty hard on the gear. This company has admirably withstood the test. That played a big role in my decision to purchase this tent for my family. Buy this one with confidence!
I have put this tent up by myself on a number of occasions now. The first time, a friend helped me out. His wife came out and showed us up, we had it up in 10 minutes. Once I had the jist of this, I can now put it up by myself within 15 minutes. It is so easy, with the size it does become a little awkward, but it is not a big problem for one person to do.
It has lots of space: I've nick-named it my condo tent. Even after I fix it up like home, it still has lots of room. I do use a tarp underneath and the J.J. Cole mats to protect the floor when I walk inside.
It is sturdy: I was just up at the illinois/Iowa state line camping along the Mississippi river when a severe storm system came through. I put all the guy lines out, including adding two to the rain fly shock-corded pole. My lantern barely swayed with the winds. Now I have to say, when the winds first hit, I didn't have the rain fly up and the tent was buckleing. But after the rain fly was on, I had no problem, even to the extent that I had to zip up the windows because of the blowing rain. It was howling and I didn't worry at all.
During the heat of the day I would put up the rain fly to keep the intense sun out and open all the windows. This made life in the tent bareable in the 100 plus ambient air temperature days. At night, I'd peel of the rain fly and wow, the temperature would drop fast and at night to the point where I'd pull a light sheet over me when sleeping.
As other people have mentioned, I have had a small leak where the zippers join in the door entrance. It has not been enough to make me worry. In fact, the above mentioned storm, there was no leak that time.
I can't say enough good about this tent. I LOVE IT! I'm still on my month long trip and camping in it.
I highly recommend this tent.
To start this tent is huge. Not only does it have a big footprint it also is very tall. My husband can stand at any spot in this tent without hunching over... he's almost 6'.
It is great construction all around. The poles are heavy duty. The floor could stand to be a bit thicker but with a tarp under it's fine. Also while some tents the rainfly is ornamental this one is fully functional. We tented just a few weeks ago and had pretty severe storms and the rainfly performed perfectly.
We've used this tent about a dozen or more times since we purchased it and have not had any problems.
This seems minor but, the bag it comes in is big enough that repacking the tent is never an issue. Everything fits right back in the bag.
As for the actual set up and tear down. It's sooooo easy. My husband has set it up by himself and I've done tear down on my own without any problems.
This was our first experience with a Eureka product and we haven't been disappointed.