Eureka Copper Canyon Tent 8 Person is a freestanding 2-room cabin structure with many windows and two doors, designed for summer camping in mild weather conditions.
Key features & benefits
- Very tall and livable structure.
- 2-room design.
- 2 doors.
- Gear hammocks.
- E-cable port.
What type is this
It is hard to imagine a structure that would better describe a cabin style tent, so this is what you have here. This is a very tall structure, no less than 213 cm at the apex, and with straightened almost vertical walls. This maximizes the interior space so the structure is very pleasant and livable.
The Copper Canyon 8 is also a freestanding structure. This implies that you can set it up on any surface, and even after you put the fly you can still rotate it and move around. This is because of the self-supporting design and the fly that buckles to the poles somewhere in the middle, so it never goes close to the ground. But this is a very heavy and tall structure so do not miss to stake it down whenever possible, it would not last long in the wind.
I already mentioned the fly, so this is a partial-coverage design, it only protects the roof. Note also that the tent comes with a divider, so this is formally a 2-room structure.
Who is it for
Capacity-wise, the tent is officially for 8 people. But it offers only 130 ft² (12 m²) so if used by 8 people this would mean 16.2 ft² (1.5 m²) per person. There are no vestibules or storage areas, so for a real summer camping this cannot work. I see it suitable for maximum 4 people, two couples or parents with two kids.
You can save lots of the floor area if you use cots. In such a way you still have space under the cots to store your gear. See this Coleman queen size sleeping system as one option. Also, a good option is a bunk cot for adults and for kids, they fit nicely with such flat and tall walls which you have here.
Seasons-wise, this is a tent for summer camping and at places without much rain or wind. Such a tall structure could not withstand too much side pressure. This is for quiet and dry areas.
Climate-wise, this is a tent for a warmer surrounding. The ceiling is all mesh covered by the minimal fly. This is great for a hot climate but far from good in a cool area, it does not keep the warmth. For such a cooler climate please check the tents in this list.
Weight-wise, this is a tent for car camping only. Such a structure with 34.12 lb (15.48 kg) is not designed to be carried around. But the good side is that the packed size is only 28 x 10 inches (71 x 25 cm), which is remarkable for such a structure.
Here is a video which shows how to set this tent up:
Materials & design
The tent is with a removable divider and with two entry doors, so this is a 2-room structure. Regardless how you use it, this is a very pleasant design with so many windows and tall walls.
The two doors and six windows are double-layer structures, with mesh for ventilation and panels for protection and privacy.
This is a combination of steel and fiberglass; all roof poles are fiberglass. The span between the walls is large and such a structure cannot support much weight on the roof, it would collapse under snow, bear this in mind if you plan to use it in areas that may have snow even in summer. The wall steel poles are massive, 19.5 mm in diameter. Those on the roof are 16 mm fiberglass, plus one cross pole 12.7 mm.
The roof poles are all in sleeves, so this is how you start building the structure. They look like a spider net to me. You pass the three roof poles and then work on the wall poles by attaching them to the roof structure. There are plastic hub elements for the connection between the steel and fiberglass poles.
It is best that two people do the job, to avoid damaging the roof poles when you start raising the structure, you have seen this in the video. The steel poles connect to the tent’s base through the simple and efficient ring & pin system. This is what makes it freestanding.
All materials are with 1200 mm waterproof rating. You have the same coating in the fly, the inner tent walls and panels, and on the floor. This is more than enough for such a tent.
The main body is 75D 190T StormShield polyester taffeta combined with 68D polyester no-see-um mesh. So these are reasonably durable materials.
The problem is that the floor fabric is also 75D 190T StormShield polyester taffeta. This is a great material for the fly but you would expect something more substantial on the floor in a tent designed for camping and for so many people (and with such a price tag). Compare this with the thick polyethylene which you have in the Coleman Tenaya Lake 8. But the good thing is that it is a bathtub floor.
The tent has no floor vents. This is not so great if you have to keep all the doors and windows closed. But I already mentioned above that this is a summer camping tent for places without rain, so there should be no issues with ventilation. The mesh on the ceiling in combination with all those mesh windows will work fine.
- There are many storage pockets around, and two gear hammocks.
- The stakes are steel skewer.
- Zippers are #8.
Zippered E-cable port.
Please see more about the whole Copper Canyon series in this video by Eureka:
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Very pleasant and tall structure.
- Great windows.
- 2 rooms.
- 2 entry doors.
- Freestanding tent.
- Too small for the declared capacity.
- No floor vents.
- Not for harsh weather conditions.
- Too thin floor fabric.
The price & rating
As of the moment of writing this text, the Amazon price for this tent is around $400. I find it quite expensive. The tent has scored 3.7 average rating by Amazon customers. See how I rate it:
- Type: cabin tent, freestanding.
- Capacity: 8 people.
- Weight: 34 lb 2 oz (34.12 lb; 15.48 kg).
- Dimensions: 13 x 10 ft (396 x 305 cm).
- Area: 130 ft² (12 m²).
- Area per person: 16.2 ft² (1.5 m²).
- Peak height: 7 ft (213 cm).
- Packed size: 28 x 10 in (71 x 25 cm).
- Doors: 2.
Eureka Copper Canyon 8 person tent vs Competitors
See how the Copper Canyon 8 compares with some other tents built in the same style. Obviously, its packed size is the best. But please follow the links to check the current prices, it is far more expensive than the other two tents (at least as of the moment of writing this text).
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor size, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Packed size, in (cm)
Payable Every Month
28 x 10
(71 x 25)
steel & fiberglass
Big Horn 8
Payable Every Year
30 x 12
(76 x 30)
steel & fiberglass
Payable Every Year
34.5 x 13 x 11.5
(88 x 33 x 29)
steel & fiberglass
In the summary of this Eureka Copper Canyon Tent 8 Person, I would stress again that this is a very pleasant tent for family camping. But it is far too small for the declared capacity. Though this is nothing unusual for such tents, many of them are with the declared capacity which makes no much sense. The tent comes at a price, but if you can afford it and if you use it for summer camping only, you will have a great tent.
Thank you for reading. If you need something different just check around, there are many tents of this brand presented in the site. Check the 6-person and also the 12-person version form the same series. But see also those tents like Boondocker Hotel 6, X-Loft 6, and Midori 6, all from the same brand.
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