Narrowing down the tent choices

The all important tent question is still lingering on…

Today we ordered the cots and some other miscellaneous camp gear from Cabela’s (had to get them before the sale ends, and while the free shipping offer is still good), but am still hesitating on the tent. Looking around a bit more at tents, am wondering if there is a better choice in the same category (in fact by the same manufacturer)…

Here are the two tents under consideration and the issues with each of them as far as i can see:

The Eureka Copper Canyon – here is the description from the manufactuer’s site. We have already been looking at this tent and in fact had pretty much decided to purchase it here at the amazon site (which seems to have the best price). This tent has had excellent reviews. It will fit the 3 of us with the 3 cots:

COPPER CANYON10DIMENSIONS:

tent = 10 ft x 10 ft
(tent weight is 26 lbs 8 oz. / center H is 7 ft)

cot = 25″ W x 75″ L x 16″ H  =  approx. 2.5 ft W x 7.5 ft L each
(cot weight is 15 lbs / it packs into carry case at 8″ W x 38″ L x 4″ H)

we can fit the 3 cots inside with about a foot of space between us.

The only “negative” or “concern” we had about this tent is related to its weight (if we decided to use it for the Hike-In sites) at almost 27 pounds it is relatively heavy (can be carried by one person, but that person couldn’t carry anything else, so we would have to split remaining gear between two of us).

The Eureka Tetragon 1210 – here is the description from the manufactuer’s site.  I started to look at it because it was on the same website where we bought the cots, and was well-recommended there. The reason I thought we should consider and compare it with the Copper Canyon is the weight. According to the site’s specs, this tent  is quite a bit lighter… It seems like it is a little cheaper (or about the same price as the Copper Canyon) here at the amazon site (which seems to have the best price). This tent has also had excellent reviews. It will also fit the 3 of us with the 3 cots:

80DIMENSIONS:

tent = 12 ft x 10 ft
(tent weight is 17 lbs 11 oz. / center H is 6 ft 4 inches)

cot = 25″ W x 75″ L x 16″ H  =  approx. 2.5 ft W x 7.5 ft L each
(cot weight is 15 lbs / it packs into carry case at 8″ W x 38″ L x 4″ H)

we can fit the 3 cots inside with about a foot and a half of space between us.

This tent is lighter than the Copper Canyon… even though it is a tiny bit bigger…. Not sure what that means… One concern I had related to reviews. Seems some reviewers complained about leaks. Whereas the Copper Canyon reviews spoke about “no leaks”… not sure if it is just a difference in people’s experience or if there is some difference between the quality of the tents…

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