Eureka Suma 2 Review
Cons: Single side door, poles structure deforms under fly tension, limited headroom
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Our Analysis and Test Results
We were excited about the weight and packability of this tent. However, if you need a tent for the long haul, this wouldn't be our top choice. It seems easy enough to set up at first, but then we found that tensioning the fly messes with the poles. It has some issues with ventilation, and we have some questions about its durability. It's light and packs small, but the Eureka Suma 2 score below average in other metrics and so finds itself towards the bottom of this review.
The floor dimensions of this model are standard and spacious enough. The peak height of 42" leaves plenty of headroom down the center of the tent, but there isn't a ton of space that takes advantage of that peak height. The single side door is large, which is nice, but the placement is a little awkward. One person has to climb entirely over the other person closer to the door if they want to get out.
It feels like the green privacy panels taper so hard from one side to the other that they feel like they are there as much for 'style' as they are for practicality. This tent comes with a really large gear loft basket, which is ideal for storing items that you'll need for later or want to dry out. With items in it, it does hang down and cut into the peak height. The single vestibule is large enough for a pack and footwear, but not two sets.
Ease of Set-Up
This tent seems about as easy as it can get to set up. It comes with two long poles that cross at the top and insert into grommets at the tent corners. It loses some points here because we found that putting the fly on and tensioning it deforms the pole structure, squeezing the sides together and causing the tent mesh canopy to sag considerably. It was annoying to have to undo everything to correct the issue.
The weather resistance of the Suma 2 is adequate but not stellar. The vestibule is long and gently sloping, which makes it susceptible to sagging. It also requires a huge reach to open from inside the tent, so if there is condensation on the underside of the fly, you are liable to stick your head in it.
The fly doesn't run quite as close to the ground or offer quite the same separation from the tent body as other models in this review. There is also a single small vent at the top. We never had any severe leaks, but our testing left us a little less comfortable than we would prefer.
We have some questions about the long term durability of this model. The first time we took it down, we inadvertently tore the stitching on the vent kickstand, which left it a little more susceptible to rain seepage. The 68D polyester fly and floor do as good a job as any of the other similar models, but the design just doesn't seem quite up there in the top tier.
Weight & Packed Size
This tent is pleasantly light. At 4 pounds, 2 ounces, it is one of the lighter models in this budget tent review. It packs down small as well. Based on those factors, it would be a fine choice to take into the backcountry.
This tent may have a below-average price, but we don't think it is an exceptional value. We would much rather for something with greater durability and structural integrity, even if it means spending a few dollars more.
The Eureka Suma 2 is a lightweight, relatively packable tent. It doesn't cost a whole lot, but we think there are some better options out there. It is comfortable, but it takes some finagling to get the fly and the poles in harmony. It has some nice storage pockets and a gear loft, though the vestibule isn't large enough for two packs and sets of shoes. Ultimately, it has fair performance but isn't our top choice.
— Ben Applebaum-Bauch