Monday, October 24, 2022

I See Why Everyone Loves This Tent - Eureka Timberline 2 Tent - Agenda F...

In this episode, Luke is reviewing the beloved Eureka Timberline 2 Tent.
He's going over the pros, the cons, what he likes, what could be better and the one big issue facing this tent.


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Eureka Timberline 2 Tent - Review

Materials :
Inner Body Fabric - 75D 185T polyester taffeta breathable
Rainfly Fabric - 75D 185T polyester taffeta 800 mm
Mesh - 40D polyester no-see-um
Floor Fabric -75D 210T polyester taffeta 800 mm
Aluminum Poles
Steel tent stakes
800mm hydrostatic head rating

Dimensions Packed : 6” x 24”

Dimensions Set Up :  86 in x 63 in - 42” tall

Weight : 6lbs 10oz

Doors : 1

Freestanding : Yes

Season : 3

Price : $220

There are a number of versions of this tent including the Timberline 2 that I have here.  

There is Timberline 4 person, there is the more modern designed Timberline SQ XT versions which feature more mesh ano a slightly different top pitch; that’s available in 2 and 4 person sizes.

Then there is SQ Outfitters Versions, those are available in 4 person and 6 person.

Add-on :
There is a vestibule Add-on available for this tent, it costs $65

Pros :
I will be honest, I was concerned about this tent when I first received it; it features a very low Hydrostatic waterproof rating 

This is a great example of what I have stated for many years; the hydrostatic Head Rating of a tent means very, very little in terms of the overall performance of tent.

I’ve tested out tents that feature high 3,000 HSH ratings that leak whereas this tent with only 800 has never had any sort of issues even in heavy rain.

So pro number 1 - it has been waterproof with all of my testing but that doesn’t mean it is the best tent for storm conditions and we’ll talk more about that in the cons portion of this review
Quality is good
Setup is fairly simple but is a bit of a chore. More on that too.
Size is good for two people But excels as a one person and their gear. One person is able to sit-up, change clothes, move around some.  Two limits that ability.
Condensation control is very good as there is Adequate separation between the fly and the tent inner.  Moisture will form on the inside of the fly in the right situation but it’s not going to be much of an issue thanks to the fabric is inner.
While I’m not overly impressed with the fabrics used to make this tent, I do like the strength of the poles.
On the inside of the tent, the hardware is present to put up a hanging line so you can dry items or suspend them above your head.

No doubt about it, this tent is heavy.
While the setup process isn’t complicated, it does take time as it involves putting together poles, inserting them in to hubs, then you the fly literally hooks to the body and to the poles.
Materials aren’t the strongest 
Especially for the price - High cost - That is my biggest complaint concerning this tent - the price is high for what you are receiving.
While i haven’t had any leaking take place, in some wind blown rain situations it is possible as the front and back of the tent feature little protection and there is no storm flap over the zipper. With that being the case, this isn’t the most storm proof of tents.
Because of the design, this tent doesn’t feature the best airflow and can be warm to hot in the summer months.  This is due to the limited mesh and abundance of polyester fabric.  Eureka does offer different versions of this tent, some with more mesh.
No vestibule - may or may not be a big deal.  Keep this in mind though.

Summary :
Overall I have grown to really like the Timberline tent; it’s a tent system used by many, appreciated by many and performs well.  At the same time, it lacks a modern design which means the setup is a bit of a chore, it’s heavy and not the most storm worthy.

Also this tent is expensive for what it is; there are plenty of really good tents out there that cost less than this that feature better materials.
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