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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Eureka! Midori 2-Person Tent

An affordable two-person tent that can handle real weather.

by: Kelly Bastone

Eureka! Midori 2 (Courtesy)
Eureka! Midori 2 (Courtesy)

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Most tents this affordable can’t be trusted to handle real weather—but the Midori earned our respect in stormy Tasmania. “The taut pitch kept the fabric from flapping,” reports one tester who slept contentedly through 25-mph gusts and rain showers that raked breezy Cape Pillar, on the Tasman Peninsula. With the low price and high protection, we expected the Midori to be either cramped or heavy. But it’s neither (comfort specs: a 33-square-foot floor and 45-inch peak height). The ounce-saving trick? There’s just one side door, so plan to draw straws for inside position.

But that’s the sole tradeoff with this livable, freestanding dome. All-mesh walls and a vent on the fly eliminated condensation even in humid conditions. An 8-inch strut pole props up the perimeter of the broad, 10-square-foot vestibule to make it more voluminous than most. Two crossing poles make setup quick and simple, and 75-denier polyester fabrics require no TLC. And although the back-wall occupant has to climb over his partner to reach the door, budget-minded testers deemed that a “small inconvenience for reliable shelter at this price.” $140; 4 lbs. 7 oz.; eurekatent.com

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John L
Apr 18, 2014

I love this tent! Out of all the tents I have tried this is the best tent I've tested yet. I'm from Saskatchewan and have so far tested this tent in late fall and early spring conditions in Northern Sask. Saskatchewan climate conditions are interesting 38c\100.4f in the summer and -48c/-54.4f in the winter. The temperatures I've tested this tent in so far range from 16c\60.8f to -22c\-7.6f. This tent held up beautifully, but if your going colder then that get a 4 season tent.

As Far as conditions, I've tested this tent in rain, freezing rain, snow, and wind gusts of up to 40km. The frame is solid! It's handled a snow load of 1"\2.5cm, and the trip with freezing rain hardly stressed the tents structure at all. Just a quick shaking of the tent and all the ice fell off. When looking at wind factors, the frame never bowed, and the fly is so low to the ground there was wasn't any wind that snuck through the bottom. Again a solid tent. Here's the beauty part. It was driest tent I've ever owned. The tent is mostly a mesh design. There is a vent at the top of the tent fly which does an excellent job at letting condensation out while keeping the elements out. I use a down sleeping bag and myself and my bag were as dry as can be every morning. LOVE IT! Although the tent is made out of a solid polyester I still used the foot print for the Midori 2.

Cons: This tent isn't perfect. 1. The aluminum pegs that come with the tent suck. They're pretty flimsy and will bend like a safety pin when trying to stick them into hard or frozen ground. 2. One of the cool features of this tent is kind of a downer too. The pole on the vestibule part of fly is about 12"\30.48cm. Although it gives your vestibule extra room which is greatly appreciated, it makes stuffing this tent slightly a pain. I can pack the tent fairly small but it's a small pain in the butt because you cant remove the pole to put it elsewhere. 3. It only has one door. I think they made it with one door to cut back on weight. Now those are small con's I know but meh nothing is perfect.

Pro's ... lots of them! This tent has a lot of room. I'm 6'2" 230lbs and my girlfriend is 6' 175lbs and this tent fits us perfectly. We have to store our gear in the vestibule but there is enough room there for both our gear. The loft is a nice size for two peoples clothes. Pound for pound this tents structure is amazing and I've put it through the ringer with no problems. Breathes excellent, very dry. It weighs 4lbs7ozs awesome lightweight tent! Packs small except for what's mentioned above. Here's the beauty ... The price of this tent is amazing! Very affordable for any budget! After testing this tent out in freezing rain I went out and bought another just in case I destroy or lose this one. I'm very very hard on my gear and expect a lot out of it. I've spent a lot of money on expensive brand tents, and they're are better tents out there, but this tent is on par with expensive tents in terms of options (Minus the 2 doors) and construction. I would recommend this baby to anyone.

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Matt L
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I have this tent and it has been great for me...my brother and I recently used it on a tough 50 km back-country hike on the east coast. We're both over 6' and had no problems sleeping in it. It is well vented with room for our two packs in the vestibule.

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