Reviews recommend Eureka as one of the better brands of budget tents, and the whole Eureka Copper Canyon series of family camping tents earns above-average ratings. The Copper Canyon 1610 provides two rooms, a floored sleeping area plus an unfloored screen room for dining, each 8 feet by 10 feet. Owners say it's comfortable for up to four adults; other models in this series can accommodate more people but have less space for dining. Reviewers praise the near-vertical walls and high ceilings, which allow tall campers to stand up and move around, and like the fact that campers can run an extension cord into the tent without letting in rain. Eureka provides a lifetime warranty against defects, but reviewers find more minor flaws and less storm resistance than with higher-ranked tents such as The North Face Trailhead 8 (*Est. $500).
Professional reviews usually cover backpacking tents rather than big family tents, but we found a review of the Eureka Copper Canyon 1610 at Camping Life, a publication devoted to family camping. No testing is documented in that review, but reviewer Matt Smith not only tests the Copper Canyon 1610, but also compares it in detail with another popular family tent. We found useful owner-written reviews at two retailer sites, Cabelas.com and Amazon.com. Similar family tents in the same Copper Canyon series also get reviews at Amazon.com, and older tent tests at ConsumerReports.org cover several Eureka tents, giving a good indication of how Eureka ranks as a brand.
1. Camping Life Magazine
The Eureka Copper Canyon 1610 is one of several tents recommended in this publication devoted to family camping, though no testing is documented. Editors like the storage pockets, near-vertical walls and the fact that the tent is easy to sweep out.
Review: 2008 Tent Buyer's Guide, Editors of Camping Life, May 2008
This review compares the Eureka Copper Canyon 1610 with another Eureka family tent, the N!ergy 1310, favoring the Copper Canyon as more durable. However, the reviewer's tests show that the corner poles on both tents could be sturdier to withstand high winds better.
Review: Eureka! Family Tent Review 2008, Matt Smith, 2008
The half-dozen or so owners reviewing the Eureka Copper Canyon 1610 tent here give it ratings well above average, praising it for fast, easy setup and good wind resistance. A few note minor flaws or leaks, but others say it came through rainstorms completely dry.
Review: Eureka Copper Canyon Tent, Contributors to Cabelas.com
The few owners reviewing this tent give it the highest possible rating, praising the easy setup, storm resistance and two-room, two-door design. Several other sizes and versions in the Eureka Copper Canyon tent series also earn high ratings here, based on more than 100 reviews.
Review: Eureka Copper Canyon 1610 Tent, Contributors to Amazon.com
We rank this review lower only because it's a little dated and because it covers mostly single-room dome tents. The ratings and rankings of 24 tents include several Eureka tents, however, which gives an idea of how Eureka scores as a brand.
Review: Family Tents, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, July 2005