New Eureka Spifire 2 Tent

There are dozens of quality backpack tents on the market. The new Spitfire 2 from Eureka offers a durable two person tent that packs light and sets up easy.

Eureka Spitfire TentThe Eureka Spitfire 2 Tent provides all the ventilation and headroom of the Spitfire in a tent that sleeps two comfortably. Set up is fast and easy with post and grommet corner attachments and clips to attach the tent body to the Spitfire 2 frame.

This tent is well made, packs light and sets up easy. It’s a big value for the price and makes a great choice for backpackers and hikers who want travel light.

  • Material: Wall – 70D nylon, 1200 mm, Fly – 75D Stormshield polyester, 1200 mm, Floor – 70D nylon taffeta, 1200mm, Mesh – 40D No-see-um
  • 2 pole hoop style tent
  • 9 mm DAC Featherlite 7000 series aluminum frame and clip attachments make the Spitfire 2 set up fast
  • Post and grommet corner attachments with locking end tips make set up easy
  • 4 storm guyouts on fly
  • 2 side opening doors are constructed entirely of no-see-um mesh
  • Sizeable mesh panels for air flow in the Spitfire 2
  • 2 interior storage pockets hold essentials
  • Bathtub floor with taped seams wraps up sides of Spitfire 2 tent to protect against splashing rain
  • Poke-out vent in fly has zippered access via mesh roof cloth
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Seasons: 3
  • Vents: Poke out vent in fly
  • Doors: 2
  • Windows: Full Panel Mesh
  • Storage Pockets: 2
  • Frame: 9 mm DAC Featherlite 7000 series Aluminum
  • Center Height: 3’7″
  • Tent Area: 38.76 sq. ft.
  • Floor Size: 10’9″ x 5’10” x 4’4.5″
  • Pack Size: 5″ x 17″
  • Min Weight: 4 lbs. 3 oz.
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One thought on “New Eureka Spifire 2 Tent

  1. In January of 2008, REI put their Chrysalis UL single peorsn backpacking tent on sell (115 dollars). I had just received an Eureka Spitfire (not UL) tent as a Christmas gift (89 dollars). Both of these two wall tents received many favorable reviews on the internet. Both tents advertise a weight of ~3 lbs. I decided to do a non-outing tent to tent comparison. If you look at all the web reviews available, it is clear both these tents can handle weather that you would prefer not to be out in. That was not my concern. I was more interested in which of these tents worked best for me and if there were any show stoppers between the two. Component weights (ozs): Eureka Spitfire Poles: .8.875 Fly: .18 Body: 17 Stakes: 6.25 Stake Bag: 0.375 Pole Bag: .0.625 Stuff Sack: ..1 Guy Lines: ..0.5 Total wt: ..52.625 Ti Stakes: ..2.5 (8) Total wt. with Ti Stakes: .48.25 Min wt. (poles, fly, body, Ti Stakes, Guy Lines): .46.875 .(2 lb 14.875 oz) REI Chrysalis UL Poles: ..12.125 w/o pole repair tube:..11.75 Fly: .16.125 Body: 17.375 Stakes: ..3.375 Stake Bag: ..0.25 Pole Bag: 0.5 Stuff Sack: .2.75 Guy Lines:, .1.375 Total wt .53.875 Ti Stakes .2.25 (7) Total wt. with Ti Stakes 52.375 – Min wt. (poles, fly, body, Ti Stakes, Guy Lines) ..49.25 ..(3 lb 1.25 oz) The component weights show some of the compromises that were made in packaging the tents for sell. The fact that the Chrysalis is free standing results in a higher pole weight. The steel stakes that are standard with the Spitfire weigh too much. The Chrysalis UL’s stakes are lighter, and of better quality, however I peorsnally do not like the design. I strongly suggest the stakes for both tents be replaced with Ti stakes. The stuff sack used on the Spitfire is a simple no frill sack. The Chrysalis UL stuff sack has provisions for compressing the radius of the sack. This results in extra weight without any real advantage. If you wanted to use a tent compression bag, it should be the tent fabric parts only, and compress both the radius and length. Both tents have a vent in their fly to help control condensation. The Spitfire also has a zipper at the top of the tent body that allows you to access the vent. When examining this zipper, I noticed as others have that the zipper does not completely close. A small opening about 1/2 the size of the radius of a tent stake remains open. A little better zipper termination would have eliminated this issue. This should be of no major concern, but it distracts from the tent’s design. In the Chrysalis, the tent door needs to be opened to reach the vent. The overall quality of the materials, sewing, and finishing of both tents is very good. The Chrysalis is a little better than the Spitfire, but this should not be an issue for either of the tents. When examining the fly coverage of the tents I noticed that the very end of the Spitfire tent body was not completely covered by the fly. There is about 1 to 2 inches of seam right at the end buckle that you would need to be sure you sealed. I do not consider this a major issue, but again something that could have been avoided in the tent design. Both tents are very easy to set up. As mentioned before, the Chrysalis is free standing. The Spitfire is not free standing. The Spitfire is so easy to setup, I do not consider this a major reason for choosing one tent over the other. One of the advantages of a free standing tent is that the poles and fly can be put up first in rain and the rest of the tent pitched under the protection of the fly. In the case of the Spitfire, Velco ties on the underside of the fly and the tent body’s external clip system also allow the fly to be setup first in the rain. You do have to improvise a loop on the fly end snaps (both ends) to do this. In this manner, both tents can be setup as a fly/poles only tarp. The Spitfire’s vestibule is only large enough for boots. It is triangular shaped with a ground apex of ~ 1 foot. A second similar area is available under the fly, but only accessable by being outside and reaching

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