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One of the all-time ol' reliables.
Over the years, Eureka has sold over a gazillion Timberline SQ 2 2XT 2-Person 3-Season Tents. The reason that it has remained a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts is its durable construction, lightweight design, classic looks, and overall ease of setup.
- Proprietary Sequoia A-Frame design with top spreader pole boosts internal volume
- Stormshield fly and bathtub floor are made from waterproof material to keep the elements out
- Strong DAC aluminum poles clip to tent to make pitching simple and quick
- Both doors are equipped with Hi / Lo venting and zippered mesh windows to help move stagnant tent air
- Mesh side windows also help keep the tent cool and fresh on sweaty summer backpacking trips
- Twin-track side-opening door allows either camper to get out easily without disturbing his or her buddy
- Four storage pockets keep your lamps and books in the same place all night long
- Fast-pitch option lets you pack just the poles, fly, and footprint for a lighter rig (footprint sold separately)
- Q & A
so far so good
I set it up for practice although I haven't camped in it yet. It seems like excellent quality, however I couldn't quite figure out how to use the poles. They look nothing like the illustrations in the directions, nor like anything I saw on youtube. You have to put a lot of pressure on them and bend them to make them fit properly. I was concerned that they would kink or break, however once I put the proper pressure on them to get them into the guide holes on the bottom of the tent they were OK. I guess they are designed that way to keep the tent "popped" out and roomy inside. Once it was up, it was great. Looking forward to my first trip with it.
Eureka on the PCT
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
While hiking in Washington State last year, we split the weight and brought this tent along with us. Lucky we did, because weather wasn't permitting the use of our hammocks. The Eureka Tent kept us dry and warm!
Our first night stop at Lake Janus Washington
Nice little tent.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have used this tent for several overnighters in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee/Virginia. All cold weather so far. It packs down nicely and isn't too heavy, although it is heavier than my Marmot Crib. It was pretty easy to set up, but I did have to read the instructions the first time. When I was breaking it down on the last trip there was more condensation on the rain fly than I'm used to but this probably due to low overnight temps (20s) and sleeping next to a lake. The floor is thin so I would recommend picking up the footprint, which is available through the Eureka! website.
My troop has some of the old timberline...
My troop has some of the old timberline tents can we upgrade our poles to alummum our tents are around 20 yrs old
Great, durable and basic tents for troop use and yours was probably made in Binghampton, NY...bravo! The floor plan and dimensions of these tents has not really changed much over the years so the answer is " probably". If you can read the model numbers off the 20 YR old tags you can throw an email to their customer service or a call to the number on their website. Hopefully, they'll get some more boys interested in the outdoors. Good Luck!
Just picked up a used 2man tent similar...
Just picked up a used 2man tent similar to this one. It's in good condition but quite dirty. Are these things machine washable? If not the tent, what about the rain fly?
The shell can be washed in a front-loader, then preferably air dried. You can also wash the fly in the same way, but even though a one time (occasional at most) washing won't usually hurt it, it's generally better to wash it by hand in order to keep the waterproofing doing its job.
One Eureka I've seen is freestanding and...
One Eureka I've seen is freestanding and the other is not. New to this. Does freestanding mean "no tent pegs"? Are freestanding easier to put up, or doesn't it matter?
Hi T-Bob, Yes, freestanding tents do not require tent stakes to stay upright. Freestanding tents aren't necessarily easier to put up, they just have the ability to be used in areas where you are unable to use tent stakes, such as sand or snow.
like the other reviewer said, it does mean the tent will stand on its own... however, you should keep in mind that you will still have to stake it out, or at minimum weigh it down, in adverse weather. just because it stands on it own does not mean it won't blow away.
in my tenting experience, the term freestanding is used very loosely by manufacturers. I have slept in my NON-freestanding tents without staking them out in mild conditions...stood on its own...freestanding? No.
for me, a freestanding tent is something that is only necessary if you are going to move your tent a lot without tearing it down. as a general rule, freestanding tents are more stable in extreme weather with the addition of stakes(meaning alpine conditions and areas with sustained winds) where it would NOT be possible for you to set up a tent on your own. that being said, most of my tents are NOT freestanding. like the other answer said, a well made non-freestanding tent can be just as easy to set up.
also, i would stay away from tent "pegs" and stick with "stakes" regardless of the tent you buy. either way, every time i have NOT staked out my freestanding tents, i have regretted it.
What color is the storage sack? I'm trying...
What color is the storage sack? I'm trying to keep a subdued visual signature with my camping gear.
I believe that model there comes with the color as the fly. But most Eureka! tents I have seen, come with the bright yellow storage bag
Great reliable tent
I have the older version of this tent and while it isn't the lightest but the 4 person version sleeps three tall college boys with ease and the setup is a cinch. I would recommend this it any beginning backpacker that wants a tent that can do many kinds of camping and is decently tall.