Buying Tips

 

CHOOSING A TENT

Because we, at Eureka!®, understand that different campers have different needs, we offer a wide-ranging selection of tent styles and designs. In order to ensure that you will choose the perfect tent for both you & your family, you should ask yourself the following questions before you start your shopping:

How many people will be using the tent? - This will help you to determine an appropriate style and size
How will the tent be used? - This will tell you how the tent will be transported, as well as how durable it needs to be.
What kind of conditions must the tent handle? - You should purchase a tent that can handle the most extreme conditions you're likely to encounter.
How often will the tent be used? - If you are planning on using your tent more frequently, you will need a more durable tent.
How much interior space do you want or need? - Need to take sleeping space, storage and comfort into account.
Is weight an issue? - A performance backpacker will be much more concerned about a lightweight, highly portable tent than a car camper.

TENT STYLES

DOME STYLE:

• Good interior space

• Rounded, streamlined shape adds strength and good wind resistance

• Quick, easy set up

• Freestanding - don't need to be staked to be supported, but should be staked in wind or open areas

 

A-FRAME STYLE TENTS

• Good interior space

• Rounded, streamlined shape adds strength and good wind resistance

• Quick, easy set up

• Freestanding - don't need to be staked to be supported, but should be staked in wind or open areas

• Simple, lightweight design

• Good ventilation

• Easy set up

• FreestandingGood room at the floor, less at the top  

 

UMBRELLA STYLE TENTS:

• Spacious head room & floor space

• Can hold many people

• Nearly vertical walls

• Good ventilation

 

SCREEN HOUSES

• Provide a cool relaxation area away from bugs, sun & rain

• Can hold many people

• Excellent ventilation

 

DIFFERENT SEASON TENTS

Two-Season Tents:

• Generally very inexpensive

• Typically "fair weather" tents

 

Three-Season Tents:

• Most popular style

• Strong enough to handle rain in spring, summer, or fall.

 

Four-Season Tents:

• Heavier construction with a lower profile, designed to withstand more wind stress & heavier snow loads than a three-season tent
• These tents are made of higher grade fabrics and contain more poles for added strength, total coverage fly's and full vestibules

• Can be hot and heavy when used in moderate weather

 

 

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