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Eureka Alpenlite 2XT Tent Review

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Eureka Alpenlite 2XT Tent
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 a number of options for venting 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 site, campgrounds and high elevation primitive sites. We have found it to be a exceptionally durable, reliable and serviceable tent.

Alpenlite during fall backpacking trip in the Catskills
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 need not handle snow loads, and where weight in pack is less.

As noted the Alpenlite interior space is limited and many people say it is cramped. Look before you buy, especially if you are used to three season tents that have larger interior volume. Its floor area is 33 sq ft inside with an 11 sq ft tapered vestibule. The tents 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 box.

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

Put It Together

The Alpenlite is an A-frame style tent which many people do not have experience with (unless you are older or a Boy Scout). The tent has six poles which are connected by a plastic anchor at front and back and attach 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 Copyright Challenged Hikingr

The Alpenlite is a moderately heavy 4 Season Expedition tent that can be used any time of the year. It has a smallish interior in which people report feeling cramped. It should be noted that we find the smaller interior very advantageous in cold and/or 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 light weight tarp to help keep rain off the vestibule for added comfort and keeping dry when entering/exiting the tent.

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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 the demands of these seasons and enjoy more comfort. We give the Alpenlite a big thumb up!

See you on the trail.

Last Updated on November 22, 2016

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