Not the sexy choice of the masses but I would still recommend a Eureka "Timberline 4" as a good, reasonably priced three person tent. I used them for years in both my college program and guiding business and never had any issues whatsoever. I also like that the parts are interchangeable so you can rob from one to the other in an emergency. A basic "A" frame tent that's still solid and good to go. I'm not sure if Eureka makes them any longer but the "Alpine Meadows" is essentially the Timberline with a hoop in the middle to give more interior space. I had a couple of those as well and highly recommend them too. They just cost a bit more and I never figured it was necessary for my trips.
That's all for now. Take care and until next time...be well.
the current Eureka Timberline SQ (Sequoia) tents have a short cross pole in the middle of the ridge pole that would seem to be an attempt to mimic the old Alpine Meadows tent that Mike and Snapper referenced. The Alpine Meadows tents have a hoop across the tent that passes over the ridge pole and holds the tent walls much higher and wider than the Timberline to which it is otherwise identical.
I liked my 2 person Alpine Meadows a lot, but it succumbed to the dreaded breakdown of it's coating and its flaking, peeling, and vomit smell. The manufacturer suggested that I could put it through multiple wash cycles to get the old coating off and recoat it. I did not find the removal to work.
I always wondered why Eureka discontinued that relatively short-lived model. It wasn’t for stress on the fabric or center hoop wear-and-tear issues, we still use our 2 and 4 man Alpine Meadows when we want less mesh (think blowing sand or dust) than our mostly-mesh MSR or Big Agnes tents.
Just brought a 2 year old Mec tent back for a credit. Seams were coming apart. Now I'm looking for a 3 person 3 season tent in the $300.00 - $400.00 CDN range. Mec sell a lot of MSR tents but most reviews say that they take in water even when new. Anyone here have a recently purchased MEC 3 person tent other than MSR that they can recommend or any other tents you guys can suggest.
I am taking my 2 person Hubba Hubba NX to the outdoor store for consignment. Never used. Comes with the Gear Garage which is a PITA.
Our MSR Hubba Hubba with Gear Shed leaked from day 1. I loaned it to our daughter this summer and she mentioned the leaking peeling seams. oops. I forgot to deal with those. I will probably seal those and gift it to her. She and hubby are gearing up for a tripping life. It has seen fewer than 6 trips.The HH is light and packs small but has been a disappointment. I never could get the Shed to attach easily properly.
I have a Hubba Hubba that I got as a warranty replacement for another MSR tent that was out of production. I guess I'll avoid buying a gear shed. I probably wouldn't have any way, but good to know. I have never used it because I have not done a trip where I have needed a two person tent since I got it. It looks like a nice tent though. Maybe I'll take it along on a canoe trip with no carries some time.
The Hubba Hubba is the perfect size for just me, but the gear shed is poorly designed, especially if used in the rain.