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Eureka Tent Information

Tent Fabrication

Family Tents

75D and 150D StormShield Cloth
75 denier or 150 denier. Waterproof. Premium fabric used for flys and walls of tents meant for extended of heavy-use applications. Polyester strands are thicker than nylon for excellent tear strength, abrasion resistance and exceptional UV and acid rain resistance. Retains more strength when wet, eliminating stretching and sagging. Dries as quickly as nylon. 75D Polyester is 10-20 percent stronger than 70D nylon, and has a 30 per cent longer life under UV exposure. 150D Polyester is 50 percent stronger than 70D nylon, and has 200 percent longer life under UV exposure.

Four Season Tents

75D StormShield 'Plus' 1800
75 denier ripstop polyester. Waterproof. 1800 mm coating, Premium fabric used for top flys. Polyester strands are thicker than nylon for excellent tear strength, abrasion resistance and exceptional UV and acid rain resistance. Additional reinforcing strands form the ripstop pattern. Polyester retains more strength when wet, eliminating stretching and sagging. Dries as quickly as nylon, 10-20 percent stronger than 70 denier nylon, with 30 per cent longer life under UV exposure.

Four Season and Expedition

1.9 oz. permeable nylon Ripstop
70 denier. Water Repellent. Used in roof cloth to allow air to pass from the inside of the tent to the outside, minimizing condensation. Additional reinforcing strands form the ripstop pattern.

Four Season Tents

1.9 oz. coated/3000 mm nylon Taffeta
70 denier. 1.9 oz. base weight with 3000 mm coating. Waterproof. Used for floors. Low maintenance, easy to repair and clean, lightweight, mildew and puncture resistant, good tear strength.

Four Season Tents

1.9 oz. coated/1500 mm nylon Ripstop
70 denier. 1.9 oz. base weight with 1500 mm coating. Waterproof. Used for top flys. Low maintenance, easy to repair and clean,lightweight, mildew and puncture resistant, good tear strength. Expedition Tents 75D StormShield 'Plus' 2000 75 denier ripstop polyester. Waterproof. 2000 mm coating, Premium fabric used for top flies. Polyester strands are thicker than nylon for excellent tear strength, abrasion resistance and exceptional UV and acid rain resistance. Additional reinforcing strands form the ripstop pattern. Polyester retains more strength when wet, eliminating stretching and sagging. Dries as quickly as nylon, 10-20 percent stronger than 70 denier nylon, with 30 per cent longer life under UV exposure.

Four Season Tents

1.9 oz. coated/1800 mm nylon Taffeta
1.9 oz. coated/1500 mm nylon Taffeta
70 denier. 1.9 oz. base weight with 1800/1500 mm coating. Waterproof. Used for floors. Low maintenance, easy to repair and clean, lightweight, mildew and puncture resistant, good tear strength.

Expedition Tents

1.9 oz. coated/10000 mm nylon Taffeta
70 denier. 1.9 oz. base weight with 10000 mm coating. Waterproof. Used for floors. Low maintenance, easy to repair and clean, lightweight, mildew and puncture resistant, good tear strength.

Standard nylon

1.9/2.2 oz. coated (1200) nylon Taffeta
70 denier. 1.9 oz. base weight, 2.2 oz. when coated. Waterproof. Used for floors. Low maintenance, easy to repair and clean, lightweight, mildew and puncture resistant, good tear strength. 1200 mm coating.

Standard breathable

1.9 oz. permeable nylon Taffeta
70 denier. Water Repellent. Used in roof cloth to allow moisture inside the tent to move through the roof and dissipate into the air. Minimizes condensation, a condition people often erroneously equate with leakage. 4 oz. coated nylon Oxford Waterproof. Used for floors. Half the weight of vinyl. Excellent for strength and abrasion resistance.

No-see-um netting

40 Denier. Tightest weave available. Used for window screens and roof vents. Good visibility, good ventilation, excellent bug control.

Polyester netting

Used for the sidewalls of screen houses, window screens and roof vents. Excellent visibility and ventilation, good bug control, and UV resistance. UV Resistant Windows Eureka uses special UV resistant film for all clear window treatments. The film will withstand -40C, and is non-yellowing. This is more costly than PVC or other plastics used by most competitors. 7000 series aluminum

4 Season & Performance Use

Premium quality aluminum for rigid or pre-bent framework. Excellent stability, lightest weight, most compact, very easy field assembly. Seamless aluminum

3-4 Season Use

Diameter varies depending on tent model. Very good strength, great stability, lightweight, very easy field assembly. No seams to split. Fiberglass

3 Season Use

Most economical framework for holding a curve or arc. Good strength, good stability, easy field assembly.

Care and Maintenance Tips

Cleaning Instructions

Clean tents by setting them up at home, and wiping them down with a damp sponge and mild, non-detergent soap such as Ivory Snow. Never use detergent of washing machines or dryers because they can damage the tent's protective coating and seams. Pitch or grease can be removed with a small amount of kerosene.

Maintenance and Tips

  • Use a groundcloth under the tent. If you choose, Eureka! has pre-cut sizes that match most of our floor sizes. If not, trace the tent on the ground cloth, and cut smaller than the tent footprint to avoid having it act as a water collector. Ground cloths are easier and less expensive to replace than torn tent floors.
  • Stake your tent down, even when set-up in your yard. While freestanding tents don't require staking to set them up, it's best to stake them down so they won't be carried away by an unexpected wind!
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Ultraviolet rays weaken nylon, which is why you should use the rainfly even on clear day. This acts as a sunscreen to the tent, and a rain fly is easier and less expensive to replace if damaged. Be sure the tent is thoroughly dry before storing in its stuff sack, or mold and mildew are likely to grow. Take extra care that heavier, double-stitched areas such as seams are dry.
  • Waterproofing. Even though the materials on the tent floor and fly are coated and water proof, needle holes from stitching will allow water to come through the tent if not seam sealed. Seam sealing uses liquid urethane to close the needle holes for protection. Just dab on over seams with a wiping motion, and dry about one hour. Even factory sealed seams can have sealant applied for extra protection. Always use sealant in a well ventilated area. Seams will need to be resealed about every two years, depending upon average use.
  • Storage. Store your tent in a cool, dry place. Never in a hot trunk or in bright light - this can damage the fabric coating. Never store a tent directly on concrete, as moisture and chemicals in the concrete may damage the nylon. Keep out of the reach of mice as they like to nest in tents. Remember, make sure that the tent is thoroughly dry before storing.
  • Never store food in a tent. Animals may damage or destroy the tent trying to reach your supplies. And, if you're camping with kids, remember, this includes candy! Bring a small rug or mat to put inside the tent door to wipe off mud and catch sand. Bring a small hand broom to brush out debris prior to packing.
  • Consider carrying a small tent repair kit with extra stakes, pole repair sleeves and lines for quick and easy repairs at the campsite.
  • Chemical contaminants can damage tent fabric or the coating. Keep substances such a insect repellents, stove fuel, hair spray, fruit juice and leaky flashlight batteries away from tent fabrics. Acid rain can harm the fabric as well. Rinsing with fresh water from a garden hose will limit the damage and is typically enough to clean the tent as well.
  • Sand or dirt can erode a zipper until it fails to close. If a tent is used in sandy soil, clean the zippers frequently by flushing them with fresh water.