Eureka Alpenlite 2XT Tent Review

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Eureka Alpenlite 2XT Tent
Challenged Hikers | copyright Challenged Hiking Eureka Alpenlite 2XT Tent

The Eureka Alpenlite 2XT Tent is a two person double wall 3 – 4 season mountaineering tent.

It boasts a strong A-frame design with multiple tie-down points to secure it even in the most hostile conditions. The Alpenlite has steep walls for shedding snow and an added center hoop to pull out the walls for space and added strength. 1 door, 2 roof vents, 1 rear window, and 4 side vents provide many venting options in different seasons.

We have extensively used the Alpenlite over several years during all seasons and in many conditions. We have used this in wet, humid, warm, cold, high wind, and snow conditions. We have camped at low elevation designated sites, campgrounds, and high elevation primitive sites. We have found it to be an exceptionally durable, reliable, and serviceable tent.

Alpenlite during fall backpacking trip in the Catskills
Challenged Hikers | copyright Challenged Hiking Alpenlite during fall backpacking trip in the Catskills

The Alpenlite, although a heavy option for summer camping/backpacking, will vent well enough to handle the humid conditions we have in the Northeastern forests. Having said this, like many 4 season tents, the inside space is limited, which is great for cold winter conditions as this retains some warmth. It could prove a liability in the warmer months as it will condense depending on conditions, even with the vents open. Lighter options with greater venting may be the way to go for 3 ½ season campers where interior volume can be higher (giving more “elbow room,” which equals comfort), structural strength needs not to handle snow loads where weight in a pack is less.

As noted, the Alpenlite interior space is limited, and many people say it is cramped. Look before you buy, primarily if you are used to three-season tents that have larger internal volumes. Its floor area is 33 sq ft inside with an 11 sq ft tapered vestibule. The tent’s interior high point is 3 ft. 4 in., just enough to sit up in. Its packed weight is 8 lbs. 1 oz., bone dry out of the box.

Alpenlite interior looking toward door.
Copyright Challenged Hiki Alpenlite interior looking toward door.

Put It Together

The Alpenlite is an A-frame-style tent that many people do not have experience with (unless you are older or a Boy Scout). The tent has six poles connected by a plastic anchor at the front and back and attaches to the tent body by clips. The fly has several Velcro lash points to provide secure attachment to the tent frame. The tent has an optional footprint which we highly recommend that you buy.

Alpenlite
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The Alpenlite is a moderately heavy 4 Season Expedition tent that you can use any time of the year. It has a small interior in which people report feeling cramped. Campers should note that we find the smaller interior very advantageous in cold and windy conditions. The A-frame is excellent at handling snow loads. The vestibule is tapered and, therefore, small. In the warmer seasons, we use a lightweight tarp to help keep the rain off the vestibule for added comfort and keeping dry when entering/exiting the tent.

Alpenlight
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If you are looking for an affordable 4 Season Expedition tent, this is a great option. It may be a good option if you want one tent for year-round use. If you are a 3 season camper, you could buy less expensive 3 season tents that meet these seasons’ demands and enjoy more comfort. We give the Alpenlite a big thumb up!

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