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Make setting up camp easy.

Set up your tent quickly and easily when you camp in the Eureka Spitfire 2. This lightweight, three-season, two-person tent features mesh canopy walls for optimal ventilation and a two-pole construction for easy set up. Nearly four feet of head room lets you get in and out of this two-door tent conveniently.
  • Non-freestanding design saves weight and secures with just two stakes
  • Eureka's Stormshield fly and bathtub floor are made from waterproof material and feature taped seams to keep the elements out
  • Fly includes poke-out vents that keep condensation minimal
  • Mesh canopy provides views, ventilation, and protection from flying and crawling vermin
  • Two DAC Featherlite poles help keep the weight down and provide structure
  • Clips and post-and-grommet assembly make setup a breeze
  • Large side doors make entry and exit simple for both campers
  • Two internal storage pockets help you keep your kit organized at night
  • Footprint sold separately

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5 5

Spitfire 2

Well, I have only used it once, but I was impressed. I set it up on the beach in Maui on a very windy night. Wind speeds were easily gusting to 60 knots, and although it was a very loud (flapping sounds), the tent definitely held up!!!!! I live here locally, and that was one of the windiest nights I've seen. I used the original stakes, but put a heavy rock over each one, and buried them in sand. I would recommend this tent to anyone who likes not freestanding tents.

4 5

A good tent...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a sound tent. It stands up great in wind and rain if positioned correctly (i.e. not perpendicular to the wind direction), it is pretty simple to set up, and I have beaten it up pretty good (while using a home made ground cloth) and it is still ticking. No major condensation problems at least here in the southeast...The only gripe I would have is that they only offer a ground cloth for it in the UK. Also if you are camping on rocky terrain you might want to consider other methods of staking this one out. To get a taut pitch relies heavily on a good foundation. All in all a good tent for the money.

A good tent...

Can this tent handle Rough terrain with...

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Can this tent handle Rough terrain with strong winds that can reach up to 60mph?

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Because this tent is not free-standing, it relies very heavily on the two end stakes to keep from collapsing inward.
I think the pole structure seems sturdy enough to handle severe winds if you could get it staked/anchored well, so I guess it depends on what your typical rough terrain looks like. I've had to bury rocks on my stakes several times while in loose soil to get everything secured. Once secure, it does handle wind without much shuddering/flapping due to the well designed shape.
Buying some different stakes would probably be a must for you - the included stakes are 6" long and basically just 1/8" wire. Something with more bite would be helpful, like a MSR V-shaped aluminum stake etc.

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yeah, i would agree with Luke Wyma on that... the tent itself if pretty sturdy, but it's the anchoring that really counts. don't even think about the stakes that it comes with.

i got me a set of these: Snow Peak Solid Stake #20 Tent Stake
http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Peak-Solid-Stake-Tent/dp/B000C7RFKY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1324083990&sr=8-4

Are stakes included with this tent?? Were...

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Are stakes included with this tent?? Were would i find a footprint for this tent i am a frequent backpacker and footprints are a must!?

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It includes stakes. The Spitfire 1 has a custom footprint, but oddly it doesn't appear that the Spitfire 2 has one. You would just have to go with a standard rectangular footprint or use a tarp.

2 5

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It is a good tent for the price...but the vent on the fly open to the tail of the tent and the wind and RAIN get in!!!!

Will I need a tarp or footprint in addition?...

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Will I need a tarp or footprint in addition? What exactly is free standing?

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A tarp or footprint is really up to you. They are used to add a buffer between the tent floor and the ground to help prevent any tears or damage from rocks, twigs, etc. Some use them, some don't. Its really up to you and what you expect to use it for. If you are backpacking you might not since you want to cut weight carried but if car camping or doing short hikes you might take it as the weight isn't that significant.

Freestanding tents do not require tent stakes. The poles on a freestanding tent provide all the support for the tent so that they can stand on their own. So if you decide you want to move the tent you can pick it up by the poles and move it to a different spot. You would still use stakes though on a freestanding tent if you are in an area that is windy and the tent might blow away. If you happen to be in an area devoid of wind you can just set it up and leave it though. I personally always throw 2 stakes in just to make sure it doesn't blow away.

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Kelly-

Donald's answer is right on the money. As a rule, whenever I get a new tent, at the same time, I get a footprint for it. I may not always need it, but it's cheap insurance for when I do, and it takes the brunt of all the crud the ground has to offer. Much easier and cheaper than having to scrub/repair/replace the tent shell itself.

Also, always put at least a few stakes down to keep the tent from blowing away. It doesn't take much wind at all to float a few lbs.

I am 6'2". will this tent fit my height...

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I am 6'2". will this tent fit my height comfortably?

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the peak height is three feet 7 inches, so you should be fine to sit up straight. no problem.

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