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Eureka Copper Canyon 5 + Screen Room

Eureka Copper Canyon 5 + Screen Room Review

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Best Feature:
Two-room tent with a total of 160 ft² of space
Worst Feature:
No floor in the screen room allows bugs to get into the tent
Best Uses:
Home-like comfort on a long group camping trip
Pricing:
$419.90 (Limited lifetime warranty)
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$399.90
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$399.90

Overview

Eureka! has been manufacturing tents since 1895 for everything from a backyard sleepover to an Everest expedition. The brand has a reputation for providing great value, which is evident in their popular line of budget family tents, the Copper Canyon Series. Copper Canyon tents are freestanding, cabin style tents that can be used in three seasons for car camping or as a base camp. One of the most comfortable models in the series is the Copper Canyon 5 + Screen Room. The tent has a total of 160 ft²" of space that is divided equally into two rooms and separated by an interior door. In the sleeping room, you can easily fit up to five people on the floor or two cots with gear. The second room is perfect for hanging out or cooking. It is floorless but has a sod cloth around the bottom and is screened with no-see-um mesh for extra protection from bugs and weather. The main door to the screen room is a side-opening, twin-track door that has roll-back storm flaps and an overhead brim for extra protection in wet conditions. There is a second entrance to the tent through the sleeping room for additional convenience. The Copper Canyon 5 also has impressive waterproofing features. It has a StormShield outer fly, storm flaps for the windows, multi-coated walls and a bathtub style floor design in the sleeping room for extra protection from ground water. With vertical walls, mesh doors, mesh windows and skylights in both rooms, the Copper Canyon 5 feels open, airy and spacious. Setting it up is a breeze with Eureka's intuitive steel and fiberglass frame, clip attachments, and a ring and pin assembly. You won't need to use stakes or guy lines except in case of severe weather. With (almost) all the comfort of home, the Copper Canyon 5 + Screen Room is perfect for your next family camping trip.

The Eureka! Copper Canyon 5 + Screen Room retails for $419.90, but you can find it at a discounted price on sites like Amazon.com, Campmor.com or Backcountry.com.

Product Report Card Grade

We give Eureka’s Copper Canyon 5 + Screen Room an A- because it is truly the ultimate tent for family/car camping. With 160 ft²" of space divided equally into two rooms and three doors, its feels almost like a home away from home. We deducted just a few points because the screen room doesn’t have a floor and some customers reported insects and even small animals sneaking their way inside.


 
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Date Reviewed
June 2012
April 2013
June 2012
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
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
one of the most spacious 3-person tents on the market; good ceiling height and storage space for its category; easy to set up with DAC® Jake's Feet system; good ventilation; good weather/water resistance; multi-pocket organizer panel is a step up from just normal tent pockets; reflective guy lines for nighttime visibility; NEMO Equipment, Inc. makes a huge effort to be a green company
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
very expensive; inner first pitching could be problematic in wet conditions
relatively expensive; it's on the heavier side for tents in this category; some reviewers thought it was really difficult to get the poles to release during takedown
Seasonality
3-season
4-season
3-season
Ideal Activities
Family, car, or base camping
Backpacking/Mountaineering
Backpacking
Capacity
5-person
2-person
3-person
Price
$419.90
$699.95
$381.95 -$449.95
Warranty
Limited lifetime warranty
Limited lifetime warranty
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 a 32 ft² sleeping room and two 10.8 ft² vestibules.
It has a 50 ft² sleeping room and two 12 ft² vestibules.
Interior Height (max.)
7'
3' 5"
4'
Weight
35 lbs and 6 oz
6 lbs and 5 oz
6 lbs and 13 oz
Design Type
Freestanding, cabin style tent
Freestanding, geodesic style tent
Freestanding, dome style tent
Frame
Nine 12.7 mm & 16 mm fiberglass and 19.5 mm steel poles
Four 8.84 mm DAC Featherlite poles
Four DAC 9/9.6 mm Featherlite Aluminum Poles
Tent Body Materials
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated
Nylon rip-stop with 7000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
30D nylon rip-stop with 1500 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Rainfly Material
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated
SilNylon rip-stop with 6000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
30D nylon rip-stop with 1500 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Floor Material/Design
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated (one-piece bathtub style design)
Nylon rip-stop with 7000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating (one-piece bathtub style design)
30D nylon rip-stop with 5000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating (one-piece bathtub style design)
Mesh Material
68D polyester no-see-um mesh
Unknown Mesh
Lightweight no-see-um 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.
Features mesh doors that allow for adjusting ventilation when necessary.
Fly can be opened on both ends for cross ventilation. In warm, dry conditions, you can remove the outer fly and just use the mesh inner tent.
Doors
3 doors (2 exterior and 1 interior)
2 doors (protected by vestibules)
2 doors (protected by vestibules)
Packed Dimensions
29" x 10" dia.
21.26" x 7.09" dia.
22" x 6.5" 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.
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.
Tent is designed with two 12 ft² vestibules and it also has a multi-pocket organizer panel ("Gear Caddy"). A Gear Loft is available and sold separately ($25).
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.
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.
One person can quickly and easily set up the tent in under 10 minutes because it features the DAC® Jake's Feet corner anchor system. Basically, it uses ball and socket attachments that lock in the main poles and then act as levers to keep the tent corners grounded while the rainfly is pulled over the top of the tent. DAC® J-Stakes are also available if extra stability is required in windy conditions.
Extras
Designed to accommodate the Eureka! rope light if you want to purchase one ($20).
This is an updated version of the popular tent and features a redesigned inner tent that is lighter and better ventilated.
Tent features the LightPocket™, which holds your headlamp and has a diffusing fabric to provide even lighting in the tent.

ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review


Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Relatively inexpensive family tent
  • Vertical walls offer more interior space
  • Interior door between screen room and sleeping room offers privacy and great ventilation
  • You can also block screens in the screen room for additional privacy/weather protection
  • Easy to set up (seems to take two people about 20-30 minutes)
  • Most reviewers were pleased with the tent's water resistance
  • Great ventilation from mesh windows, mesh doors and a full panel of roof vents
  • Has zippered access of the E! Power port so you can bring an outdoor extension cord inside

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

Key Features

Recommended Use
Cabin style tent for family camping (sleeps up to 5), car camping or base camp. Extended or short trips in three seasons.
Product Size
The tent's footprint measures 16' x 10' and it is 7' tall. The sleeping room is 80 ft² and the screen room is also 80 ft². Its packed size is 10" x 29", and it weighs 35 lb 6 oz.
Frame and Fabric
It has a freestanding frame with 9 poles that are built from a combination of steel and fiberglass. All of the fabric is made with 75D polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated). The mesh is a 68D polyester no-see-um mesh.
Product Design
Copper-colored fly with tan and copper walls.
Doors
Three. There is an exterior door to the screen room and an exterior door to the sleeping room. There is an interior door between the screen room and sleeping room.
Floor
The sleeping room has a one-piece bathtub style floor that provides extra water protection. The screened room doesn't have a floor but it has a sod cloth to help keep out bugs.
Set Up
The 9 pole frame couples with clip attachments and a ring-and-pin assembly for a relatively quick and easy set up for two adults.
Vestibule/Storage
The screen room can be used for storage and the tent also has two gear lofts.
Ventilation
It has 6 large mesh windows, 3 mesh doors and a full panel mesh roof for excellent ventilation.
Accessories
The Eureka! rope light is sold separately, but the tent is manufactured with sewn-in loops that run along the top of the screen room to suspend the light.
Warranty
Lifetime warranty for defects

Reputation

The Eureka! Copper Canyon 5 + Screen Room is the "updated" version of the Copper Canyon 1610 and is essentially the same exact tent except Eureka! marketed the 1610 as a 6-person tent. The Copper Canyon 5 hasn't received any customer reviews, but the 1610 received a few good reviews online from customers including a 4.1/5 on Amazon.com (18 reviews), a 3.8/4 on Campmor.com (9 reviews) and a 4.7/5 on Cabelas.com (7 reviews). Most people were please with Eureka's waterproofing and the tent's overall craftsmanship, but there were very mixed reviews on the floorless screen room. Some people were annoyed that insects and critters could still get into the tent despite the sod cloth, while others loved that it was a place to hang out, eat, smoke, etc. without having to remove your shoes. In general, the 1610 sounds like it is a really comfortable tent for a large group, and the majority of the negative comments I saw could be easily remedied or overlooked given the tent's affordability.


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