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Eureka! Sunrise 9 -Tent (sleeps 4-5)
Amazon Price: $259.90 (as of February 28, 2017 2:46 am –
Spacious enough to comfortably sleep up to five campers, the Eureka Sunrise 9 dome-style family tent is easy to set up and very well ventilated with four large hooded windows and no-see-um mesh panels in the ceiling. It has triple-coated fabrics and a heavy-duty bathtub floor made of 4 ounce 210D oxford polyester that repels water.
The fly is made of Stormshield polyester, which won't stretch when wet and resists UV breakdown. It has a shockcorded fiberglass frame (two poles) that features a pin and ring as well as combination clip and sleeve system for quick assembly. Other features include: Twin track D door with window for easy exit/entry High/Low door vents top and bottom to aid air circulation External guy points help secure the tent in high winds Hanging gear loft/organizer Two water bottle holders Corner organizer and wall organizer with mirror Tent, pole, and stake bags included
Specifications: Area: 81 square feet Floor size: 9 feet by 9 feet Center height: 6 feet Wall fabrics: 1.9 ounce Polyester Taffeta 1200mm coating/1.9 ounce breathable polyester Floor fabrics: 4 ounce 210D Oxford Polyester with 1200mm coating Fly fabrics: 1.9 ounce 75D StormShield polyester with 1200mm coating Pack size: 9 by 27 inches Weight: 16 pounds, 4 ounces
Though the exact year is unknown, Eureka’s long history begins prior to 1895 in Binghamton, New York, where the company still resides today. Then known as the Eureka Tent & Awning Company, its first wares were canvas products–most notably, Conestoga wagon covers and horse blankets for nineteenth century American frontiersmen–as well as American flags, store awnings, and camping tents.
The company increased production of its custom canvas products locally throughout the 1930s and during the 1940 and even fabricated and erected the IBM "tent cities" just outside Binghamton. The seven acres of tents housed thousands of IBM salesmen during the company’s annual stockholders meeting, which had since outgrown its previous locale. In the 1940s, with the advent of World War II and the increased demand for hospital ward tents, Eureka expanded operations and began shipping tents worldwide. Ultimately, upon the post-war return of the GIs and the resultant housing shortage, Eureka turned its attention to the home front during the 1950s by supplying awnings for the multitude of mobile homes that were purchased.
In 1960, Eureka’s new and innovative Draw-Tite tent, with its practical, free standing external frame, was used in a Himalayan Expedition to Nepal by world renowned Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person documented to summit Mt. Everest only six years earlier. In 1963, Eureka made history during its own Mt. Everest ascent, with more than 60 of its tents sheltering participants from fierce 60+ mph winds and temperatures reaching below -20°F during the first all American Mt. Everest Expedition.
For backpackers and families, Eureka introduced its legendary Timberline tent in the 1970s. Truly the first StormShield design, this completely self-supporting and lightweight backpacking tent became one of the most popular tents the entire industry with sales reaching over 1 million by its ten year anniversary.
Eureka tents have also traveled as part of several historic expeditions, including the American Women’s Himalayan Expedition to Annapurna I in 1978 and the first Mt. Everest ascents by a Canadian and American woman in 1986 and 1988. In recent history, tents specially designed and donated by Eureka sheltered Eric Simonson and his team on two historic research expeditions to Mount Everest, this time in a quest for truth regarding the 1924 attempted summit of early English explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. During the 1999 expedition, the team made history finding the remains of George Mallory, but the complete mystery remained unsolved. Returning in 2001 to search for more clues, the team found amazing historical artifacts which are now on display at the Smithsonian.
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Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in-between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Expect the Worst
In general, it's wise to choose a tent that's designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you'll face. For instance, if you're a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all purpose tent will likely do the trick–especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in! If you're a backpacker, alpine climber or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you'll want to take something designed to handle more adversity.
Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain-fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are more specifically designed for summer backpacking and other activities. Many premium tents will feature pre-sealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain-fly for enhanced waterproofness.
For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.
Domes and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types, freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and those that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floor-plan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being more lightweight. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.
Ask yourself how many people you'd like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you're a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don't need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.
Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is also available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it's easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It's also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you're considering.
- Product Dimensions: 30 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches ; 16 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 18.8 pounds
- ASIN: B000EQCWO2
- Item model number: 2628333
Always have, Always will.. love Eureka!
103 people found this helpful.
I have owned the Sunrise 9 since 2002 and have used it on dozens of camping trips in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California. At the time I purchased it, I was the only one using it and it’s way more tent than one person needs, although I absolutely loved having it to myself.
Eureka Sunrise 9 . . . A very well made tent!
45 people found this helpful.
I am happy to say that I have nothing but good words about the Eureka Sunrise 9 tent! I just purchased the tent after doing my homework… Chances are if you are reading this, it’s because you care about the quality of what you are buying- well look no further because the short end of it all is that the materials used to make this tent (even within the other line of tents that Eureka makes) you will find that the walls of the Sunrise are thicker, the floor is thicker and the overall design is much better. I am a heavyset guy and like alot of room to myself. Would be plenty of room in the tent for two people with a ton of gear! (Overall rule is take the number and divide it in half- so a 4-5 person tent comfortably fits 2-3 people and all their ‘stuff’!) I had purchased an XL cot from Cabela’s and found it would not fit inside the Sunrise 8… So I bought the Sunrise 9, and the cot just makes it with inches to spare at the head and foot of the cot- -use furniture sliders or any type of floor-saving material under the legs of the cot to avoid putting a hole in the floor of the tent. Also, Eureka makes a pre-cut floor-saver to put under the tent and protect it from mud and dirt and debris- one word of caution… Even after you stake your tent to the ground, you will find that if you have the grey floor-saver plastic protecting the underside of the tent floor, that it makes the insides very slippery to walk on! Almost felt like walking on ice the way the tent floor would slip on the floor-saver material… Looking for a way to make the two grip each other a little so it’s easier to stand on and not slip around… Other than that, one other word about the ventilation… The windows and floor and ceiling are all mesh screened and they are great, just remember to keep the windows unzipped for cross ventilation during the day, or the tent gets very warm when it’s hot outside. At night, it’s very comfortable to sleep in. The Hi-Lo door vent on the bottom is “ok” for extra ventilation, but nothing like what I was hoping it would do- although it’s better than not having the vent at all! One final word about the whole tenting experience and bugs- The second you set your tent up, keep the door zipped up tight except to get in and out of it- with the windows unzipped for a breeze and the door zipped closed, the tent makes a great bug-free place to hang out in during the day! Looking forward to using my Sunrise 9 tent again soon!
Great 4 person family tent
35 people found this helpful.
I have camped all my life, and now that I do a fair amount of “car camping” with the kids, I look for a tent that sets up quickly (5 min), keeps you dry in rain (excellent design), won’t break the bank (good price), and reasonable size. This 9×9 foot print is ideal for 2-4 people with gear. Three wide sleeping bags with extra room on the sides and plenty at the head for your duffles (aka. pillows) and feet for clothing/gear). The company stands behind their product, and when used with a ground cloth (sheet of plastic works great), it will last years! I have one that is 10 years old and in very good shape. Only needed to replace the poles once due to fiberglass fatigue from use. Just bought another for the kids to use. The next size up uses bigger poles, has a higher ceiling height and is a bit more combersome due to its size and weight, but for 5 adults, go for it! The design is awesome!
Another outstanding Eureka product
24 people found this helpful.
The Eureka Sunrise 9 is a very well made tent. On its first campout it weathered a thunderstorm with 60 mph wind, rain and hail and stood strong and dry. Easy set-up and has great ventilation.
Great all-around tent…
21 people found this helpful.
This is a great tent for a variety of reasons. Having 4 large windows keeps this tent relatively cool even on hot days and having the rainfly with deep, large overhangs is fantastic. I had 2 of the windows opened at least 2/3 the way while it was raining and not a drop of water even came near the windows. The tent and fly are made of a very respectable weight for waterproofing purposes. Though others have mentioned seam sealing it, I’ve had it in a respectable rainstorm and not a drop of water came in, though it’s still reasonably new (perhaps for next camping season I should consider seam sealing it). There are 2 very deep vents at the top of the tent that allow superior air flow even if the windows are closed up (i.e., you can use a catalytic heater in it without worry of asphyxiating). It is sharp as can be when set up and makes other campers wonder where they can get one. It has some nice interior features such as a gear loft (I don’t use mine only because I like to be able to stand up), a sizeable detachable corner 2 shelf unit, a small detachable triangular shaped mesh storage bag and 2 bottle holders. I use a cot in mine as well as a camping closet/dresser/storage unit and have ample room for either a chair and a potra-potty inside if I’m alone or space for another full cot if someone else is with me. I am an above knee amputee (who wears a prosthesis) who camps alone much of the time and can set this up in under 10 minutes by myself without difficulty.
First night out made it through the storm
17 people found this helpful.
This is my second Eureka tent. The first one is 20 years old and has started leaking through the seams so I decided to get a newer, bigger version of the same basic tent design. Took this tent out of the box and set it up by myself in my living room before taking it to the Old Settler’s Music fest for a 4 night camp-out. Easy up with two poles for the tent-Rain fly also easy up with 2 poles. Very comfortable inside for two adults with stuff-a 3rd person could have fit in easily.
Eureka Sunrise 9 Family Tent
21 people found this helpful.
Fortunately, I read all of the product reviews by other users on this tent. It lives up to its review. Lots of room. I know this is a 4-5 man tent, but my wife and I like lots of room for ourselves when we go camping and this tent is perfect. It is easy to set up and take down. I would recommend that you replace the plastic tent pegs with a 10″ nail-type peg. This type tent peg is much easier to use and will hold the tent down in very high winds. Also, this type tent peg has a plastic “hood” with an eyelet and hook that allows you to anchor the tent more effectively and the eyelet allows you to clip the tent fly directly to the tent peg rather than the ring on each of the four corner locations. It keeps the fly from touching the main tent surface and provides for more stability. I would also recommend that you purchase a 9×9 ground cover to go under the tent to protect the floor. This is a tent that deserves respect. Taken care of properly, it should last for years. This is the 2nd Eureka tent that I have owned. The first was a 2-man 3-4 season backpacking tent–I still own it and it is built around similar lines to the Eureka Sunrise 9… I’ve had it for over 20 years and it is still as good as the 1st time I used it. What is nice about this tent is that it allows us to use 2 full length camp cots (Rios). We also purchased a plastic storage container at Wal-Mart’s that allows us to store this tent and all accessories (a trunk-like container with two large snap latches). This allows us to pack away the tent and keep from stressing the fabric. It also is a great way to store the tent and load it into our SUV. If you are looking for a great tent, this is the one. One other great feature: There is an zip up opening at the bottom of the door and two small openings at the top of the tent. These openings allow air to freely circulate in the tent at night and prevent condensation. The tent stays nice and dry. We have only experienced one light rain, but no leaks. This is worth the investment. Strongly recommend.
My Favorite Tent Ever
14 people found this helpful.
…and that’s saying a lot since it’s my third attempt to replace a beloved Edmund Hillary tent that I bought at Sears many years ago and wore out over dozens of camping trips. I gave away the last two expensive, well made tents I purchased because I was never going to love them like that old Sears tent.
Believe what you read
12 people found this helpful.
Absolutley great tent just as advertised and reviewed by buyers. We have had another model Eureka tent for 20 years, camp frequently as a family and with boy scouts and it is still very usable. From what I see so far, I expect to do the same with this tent. We just had a Boy Scout Campout in 17 degree temperatures and the tent was great. When compared to most other tents used at the campout or that we looked at the quality of the Eureka was so superior. The floor and walls are much thicker and the frame is almost twice as strong. There are other comparable tents out but at a much higher price and even then I would feel good about the Eureka. This is a no-brainer 5 rating.
Favorite tent so far.
14 people found this helpful.
Bought this as our family tent. Plenty of room and well made. This tent has been rain tested by Florida summer downpours. The only sign of rain was a quarter size drop of water in one corner. We’ve packed this tent with 2 adults, one child and one dog.