scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Thanks (was Re: Tent Recommendations)
Timothy E. Rapp (tim.rapp@IEEE.ORG
Wed Mar 29 2000 - 08:00:05 CST
Thanks to all who replied to my request for information
about tests and an additional request.
* No one who replied has ever used the Eureka Venture
Extreem personally although one wrote that they saw one
used and the owner seemed satisfied). The Venture Extreem
seems to be a cross between Eureka's Apex XT and
Mountain Pass XT but with a low impact green color 9.5 mm
fiberglass poles and two doors with built-in vestibules.
* Aluminum poles where unamiously favored over fiberglass
because of the tendency for fiberglass to crack in very
cold conditions (< 20 degrees F) and then split under
tension from the shock cord. So, aluminum poles are a
must for winter camping. However, aluminum poles can
be damaged by being stepped on or dented by boys
carrying the poles on the side of their backpack. Aluminum
poles also make tent purchase more expensive.
I think the overall preference for poles was:
Aluminum - more costly but a must for four season camping
for durability under extreem cold conditions
Fiberglass - less costly to purchase and able to take tenderfoot
abuse as long as they aren't used for winter camping
New question about tent durability: Eureka standard tents took
some criticism for poor durability for boy scout use and a reluctance
for Eureka to honor warrantee repair because of industrial usage.
Eureka does make an outfitter tent called the Timberline Outfitter
which comes in 3 sizes, 2/4/6. Has anybody had bad experience
with Eureka or any other manufacture with warrantee repair or bad
experence with standard shelf tents durability for boy scout use?
Thanks to you all for your help.
(soon to be) Scoutmaster, Troop 403, Cranberry Township, PA