Our Tent Review
The tent is set up with two fiberglass poles only – which helps with reducing time for setting up. It’s fairly easy to pitch and can be done in less than 15 minutes. The tent is attached to the poles with clips, although the top section has to slide through sleeves which seems to strengthen the structure.
Most of the time is spent attaching and pitching the fly down properly. It takes a little less time than setting up than most cabin style family tents. Two rods have to be attached to the fly over the door area for added protection which creates a brim.
The Eureka Tetragon 8 has one large room or a divider can be set up so user’s only can have two rooms. There is plenty of living space (120 sq ft of it) for 2 adults and two or three children sleeping with space for equipment.
The center height of just over 6 feet is sufficient enough for most people, but a larger and taller person may have to clamber in and out a little within the door area. Whilst on the subject of doors there’s two of them which makes access easier.
When comparing this tent with other family tent’s we believe many of the cabin style tents offer more living space. However, the advantage over this tent and other dome style shelters is they are more sturdy and can stand up against high winds better, if needed.
One issue is no vestibule’s for storing gear, which is a standard feature of most dome style tents. It does have a small overheard gear loft for a accessories and two pockets for other bits and bobs.
We have not received or heard of any reports about leaks or condensation problems. The bathtub floor would help prevent any possible floor leaks and the fly when kept tight leaves a fair few inches above the inner tent and away from the inner tent which prevents water from gathering up and causing pools from around the outer edge.
The two doors have a section of no-see-um mesh and the top section and other sides are meshed which provides plenty of ventilation.
Value For Money
The price tag of between $200 and $300 is about right for the quality of materials used for this size tent. If you shop around you might be able to pick one up for under $250.00.
At this price range there are other tents you can consider for family camping. However, if your wanting stronger poles and a better design expect to add another $200 on the tag.
Summary – Verdict
If it’s a fairly cheap dome style family tent for summer camping which is quite solid needed then this is a good option. For those searching for a shelter that offers much more room then we would suggest taking a look at some of the cabin style models.
If you looking for a higher quality dome shaped model for the family then you can expect to add a minimum of $200 on the price tag.