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on October 1, 2011
I purchased this tent while searching with a few very specific things in mind -- moderate price, ease of setup, cool in warmer weather, enough room for our family, and a bathtub bottom to keep us dry in the rain.
In general, I would say this tent has definitely met my expectations. We've used it several times now, for very primitive camping trips and also some backyard camping as well. The large mesh sides are wonderful for ventilation and we don't wake up as soon as the sun starts shining because we're dying of heat stroke like has happened in every other tent I've owned. We live in the hot humid south, so this is a Very Big Deal indeed. It goes together easily enough, but fair warning -- this tent is a lot taller than it looks in the pictures (I obviously didn't look too closely at the little diagram, haha) and I can't put the rain fly on without a second person because I'm too short (5'0"). I can get the rest of it done alone, though attaching the center / top to the poles is a bit tricky because it's so tall. It's defnitely roomy-- where most tents say they sleep 4 and you would MAYBE think about getting 3 in there comfortably, I could see how you could easily fit 5 people and not be ridiculously cramped. I also love that it's got a high "ceiling" -- I can stand up straight and have a good 6" or more of clearance to the top in the center, which is great for getiing dressed and laying out bedding, etc. We haven't dealt with any rain on our trips yet, so I can't speak to how well it performs in poor weather.
A few additional items of note: it came with plenty of stakes for staking out the rain fly, but only two lines were inluded. Not sure if we got shorted, or if just they intend for you to buy more, but we had to purchase additional lines to get the job done properly. The gear loft is great, and I love that it can be used hanging in front of the back window as well. The tent came with a very small area (about the size of a quarter) of mesh that seems to be stresed / pulled on the front top area. It's a small enough area that it shouldn't present any major concerns with bugs, but it's definitely something to keep an eye out for. Lastly, the zipper on the front door is just... poorly designed, I guess. It doesn't track well around the bottom and side of the door, and it always always catches on the little flap that's supposed to keep the rain out. Again, not a huge deal, but I'm sure I would think differently in a downpur situaton where I needed to get in and out very quickly. I am concerned that the zipper i going to be the weakest link, though, and will end up needing to be replaced. That little flap also keeps you from being able to tell at a glance where the zipper is located if it happens to be underneath. That's easily remedied with a colored piece of ribbon or something similar attached to the zipper, though.
Bottom line - it's a great value for the price. I don't feel like this will be like our last Eureka tent (which lasted for a good 10-15 years of heavy use) due to some possible quality issues (zipper, mesh, etc), but I'm very pleased with the purchase and feel like we will definitely get our money's worth out of it.