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I know I seem fine on the surface, but I hold a dark secret.

I am plagued by the financially crippling habit of being a gear junkie.

From ultralight backpacks to nanotechnology-infused camping wear, I have to own the latest and greatest products in the camping world. I can’t help it. If it’s cool, I NEED IT.

You can probably imagine that not all my purchases carry the best price-to-performance ratio.

In fact, during my years of searching for the best gear on the market, only rarely do I come across something that’s absolutely killer value for its price.

One such occasion was with the Eureka Spitfire 2. Let me show you why.

Eureka Spitfire 2

Eureka spitfire 2 tent

The double-walled, semi-freestanding Eureka Spitfire 2 is an excellent tent for car campers and backpackers alike.

While it’s not the roomiest on the market, the unique trapezoidal design offers plenty of floor space, although you may feel cramped with the shallow-angled walls.

The double-walled, semi-freestanding Eureka Spitfire 2 is an excellent tent for car campers and backpackers alike.

While it’s not the roomiest on the market, the unique trapezoidal design offers plenty of floor space, although you may feel cramped with the shallow-angled walls.

When it comes to protection from the elements, Eureka has provided a full-coverage rain fly and bathtub floor to keep you dry in the wettest of conditions.

In the event that the forecast is clear, you may want to ditch the rain fly and gaze into the stars as most of the tent’s canopy is made up of mesh.

Although slightly heavier than some of its alternatives, the Spitfire 2 person tent has a packable, manageable weight that will have you yearning for adventure.

Still, there are a few aspects of this tent that fall short of (my) desires.

There is limited gear storage, not free-standing, and there isn’t really a footprint made for this shape.

Yet if you are looking into transitioning from the campsite to the backcountry, the Eureka Spitfire 2 may be your best option.

Size: Large, But You Might Feel Confined

Although it’s not the most spacious tent on the market, the Eureka Spitfire 2 offers plenty of interior room for you and your partner to stretch out in the outdoors.

You may feel a little cramped as you move about the tent since the width actually tapers down from 70” to 52” (along with some oddly shaped side walls), but you should be able to sit-up comfortably in your sleeping bag as the head-end boasts a 43” ceiling height.

Eureka spitfire 2 tent dimensions

Still, if you are just using your shelter to sleep while you spend the rest of your trip bathing in nature’s beauty, then you shouldn’t have to worry about the Spitfire’s less-than-stellar interior dimensions.

The best “size” aspect of the Spitfire 2 is its packed size and weight.

When stored, Eureka was able to get their tent down to 18” x 6”, which compared it’s competitors, is extremely packable.

In combination with a decent trail weight of 4 lbs. 3 oz., the Spitfire 2 makes a perfect shelter for every car camper looking to dip their toes in the world of backpacking.

Season: 3-Season With Interesting Trapezoidal Shape

Eureka spitfire 2 with rainfly

The Eureka Spitfire 2 offers superb weather protection without sacrificing overall weight.

The unique hoop design allows for a wide, trapezoidal profile, which gives the tent stability even in windy conditions (unlike some of it’s ‘boxy’ competitors).

The rain fly is coated with 1200 mm of polyurethane which is extremely waterproof, giving you and your partner ample protection from rainy conditions,.

Keep in mind the fly doesn’t extend all the way down to the ground, so Eureka has incorporated a bathtub floor into the tent’s design to prevent any droplets from splashing back into the shelter.

Although, the way the doors are structured, you may get a face full of dew if you open them too fast in the morning.

So, what about moisture from the inside?

Many of these tapered shelters can pose a huge risk for condensation formation on the underside of the fly, but the Spitfire 2 has large mesh wall panels that allow for plenty of air flow to keep the dew drops from falling on your head.

Setup: Semi-Freestanding Hoop Design

With the dual-hoop architecture, you can probably tell already that the Eureka Spitfire 2 won’t simply stand-up on it’s own.

It may be difficult at first, since once you pull one-side, the other side may become loose (and so on and so forth), but you should only need to use two stakes total to pitch a solid structure.

Unfortunately, the Spitfire 2 does not come with a footprint and they are actually pretty difficult to purchase due to the unique shape.

Rather than going without extra protection altogether and risking tearing a hole in the floor from a stray pebble, perhaps consider making your own tent footprint.

Tyvek works perfect for a floor saver and can be purchased from most local home improvement stores.

Cut out a piece of the Tyvek that fits that size of your shelter, get a cheap grommet kit, and ta-da; you not only have a footprint, but also a hands-on activity to do with the whole family.

Security: Durable and Perfect For Stargazers

Inside eureka spitfire 2 tent

I’m sure after multiple practice pitching sessions, you won’t have to worry about the Spitfire 2 collapsing on you in the middle of the night.

Even though it’s semi-freestanding, Eureka has provided you with some of the best tenting poles on the market.

The DAC Feather-Lite aluminum supports allow for ample structural integrity without weighing you down, and the combination of polyester and nylon allow for durability that will last you years – if you take proper care of it.

With more than half the tent’s canopy made of no-see-um mesh, not only does it keep the bugs out, but let’s the views in.

If you want to get lost in the night sky, pointing out constellations and hunting for shooting stars, than simply layback and enjoy – without the rain fly of course.

Eureka has struck stargazer gold with this feature.

Storage: Minimal

Eureka spitfire 2 tent storage

Unfortunately one factor that could use a little work on the Spitfire 2 is the lack of storage.

Since the rain fly is full-coverage, there is no vestibule to store wet, dirty gear, which is essential when out on the trail.

Although you may be able to finagle your pack into a small crevice between the canopy and the fly, it won’t be adequately protected from the elements.

With the long interior space though, you may have enough room to tuck your larger items at the end of the shelter.

While there are a few side mesh pockets built into the interior fabric, they are only big enough to hold a few items.

I’d like to see Eureka expand on their storage capabilities in future versions of the Spitfire 2.

$$: One Of The Top Budget Backpacking Tents On The Market

Arguably the best aspect of the Eureka Spitfire 2 is it’s affordability.

Not many other tents come close to the price-to-performance ratio of this tent.

While it may not have all the bells and whistles of its competitors, the Spitfire 2 does offer a gigantic door.

Sure, that may not sound like a priority, but if you’re like me, and have tripped entering a tent more times than you can count, you’ll be thankful for the spacious entry.

Yes, there may be better, lighter backpacking shelters on the market, but if you want to experience the outdoors without breaking the bank, then you should seriously consider the Eureka Spitfire 2.

Wrapping It Up…

If you’ve been thinking about easing into the backpacking world – or simply want to keep your outdoor options open, than you should consider the Spitfire 2.

The unique hoop-design and trapezoidal shape will keep you safe from the wind, while still making the setup a breeze – once you practice of course.

With an affordable price, hopefully you’ll be able to strike gold with the Eureka Spitfire 2.

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