Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tents: Compare

Compare

Eureka Copper Canyon 5 + Screen Room
Hilleberg Akto
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar

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Pros
relatively inexpensive family tent with 160 ft² of space; vertical walls offer more interior space; interior door offers privacy and great ventilation; ability to block windows in the screen room for additional privacy/weather protection; good water resistance; E! Power port
extremely lightweight; quick/easy to set up; offers great stability and protection in inclement weather; spacious interior and vestibule; Kerlon 1200 fabric is extremely durable (4-5x stronger than most so-called "expedition grade" tent materials)
exceptionally lightweight 2-person tent; stable, "bombproof" design that performs extremely well even in severe weather conditions; features improved ventilation system compared to other tents in the Quasar series
Cons
screen room doesn't have a floor and the sod cloth didn't protect a few reviewers from insects (and even a small animal) from getting into the tent; cabin style tents are very unstable in windy conditions because of their high walls; flat top means water can pool on the fly if you don't use guylines to change the slope; pretty heavy
expensive; not freestanding; some issues with condensation inside the tent
very expensive; inner first pitching could be problematic in wet conditions
Seasonality
3-season
4-season (but not designed for use in extreme weather or above the tree line)
4-season
Ideal Activities
Family, car, or base camping
Backpacking
Backpacking/Mountaineering
Capacity
5-person
1-person
2-person
Price
$419.90
$465
$699.95
Warranty
Limited lifetime warranty
Varies by region/country
Limited lifetime warranty
Interior and/or Vestibule Space
It has 160 ft² of interior space that is divided equally between the sleeping room (80 ft²) and the screen room (80 ft²).
It has an 18.3 ft² sleeping room and an 8.6 ft² vestibule.
It has a 32 ft² sleeping room and two 10.8 ft² vestibules.
Interior Height (max.)
7'
3'
3' 5"
Weight
35 lbs and 6 oz
3 lbs and 8 oz
6 lbs and 5 oz
Design Type
Freestanding, cabin style tent
Stake down, tunnel style tent
Freestanding, geodesic style tent
Frame
Nine 12.7 mm & 16 mm fiberglass and 19.5 mm steel poles
Single 9 mm DAC Featherlite NSL pole (small fiberglass rods in the bottom corners of the outer tent provide extra height around your head when lying down)
Four 8.84 mm DAC Featherlite poles
Tent Body Materials
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated
Highly breathable fabric that has a durable, water-repellent finish.
Nylon rip-stop with 7000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Rainfly Material
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated
Kerlon 1200 (nylon fabric that has three coatings of silicone on both the inner and outer surface)
SilNylon rip-stop with 6000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Floor Material/Design
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated (one-piece bathtub style design)
Kerlon 1200 (one-piece bathtub style design)
Nylon rip-stop with 7000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating (one-piece bathtub style design)
Mesh Material
68D polyester no-see-um mesh
No-see-um mesh
Unknown Mesh
Ventilation
Features 6 large mesh windows, 3 mesh doors and a full panel mesh roof, all of which can be opened/closed based on the amount of ventilation needed.
The tent has a mesh panel on the door, a triangular mesh window on the opposite wall and two opposing vents on the other walls. All are fully adjustable and make it easy to regulate internal moisture and temperature.
Features mesh doors that allow for adjusting ventilation when necessary.
Doors
3 doors (2 exterior and 1 interior)
1 door
2 doors (protected by vestibules)
Packed Dimensions
29" x 10" dia.
22.83" x 6.69" dia.
21.26" x 7.09" dia.
Vestibule/Storage
In addition to the 80 ft² screen room, the tent is designed with interior storage pockets and comes with 2 gear lofts.
Tent has one 8.6 ft² vestibule and also features an interior storage pocket.
In addition to the two 10.8 ft² vestibules in the front and rear of the tent, it is also designed with interior storage pockets.
Set Up
Two people can easily set up the tent in about 20 minutes thanks to its shockcorded steel and fiberglass frame, clip attachments, and ring and pin assembly. You won't need to use stakes or guy lines except in case of severe weather.
With its single-pole tunnel design and linked inner and outer tents, a solo traveler can easily pitch the Akto in 2-3 minutes. It comes with 10 stakes total but only requires 4 stakes for each of the guylines to pitch it. You can use the other 6 stakes if you want additional stability.
It does not have a fast pitch option, but it can be easily set up in about 15 minutes since it has color-coded poles and continuous pole sleeves on the four poles. The inner tent must be pitched first, and then the flysheet and enhanced guy line system with titanium pegs help secure it to the ground.
Extras
Designed to accommodate the Eureka! rope light if you want to purchase one ($20).
None
This is an updated version of the popular tent and features a redesigned inner tent that is lighter and better ventilated.
 
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