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Eureka Suma 2 Review

This inexpensive tent is lightweight but doesn't have the performance to stand up to the rest.
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Price:  $140 List | $139.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Lightweight, packs small, below average price
Cons:  Single side door, poles structure deforms under fly tension, limited headroom
Manufacturer:   Eureka
By Ben Applebaum-Bauch ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 2, 2019
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  • Weight - 25% 9
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 5
  • Ease of Set-up - 10% 6
  • Durability - 10% 4
  • Packed Size - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Eureka Suma 2 is an inexpensive lightweight tent. We think it could be fine for a camp out in the backyard. With a single side door, single vestibule configuration, it's not the most comfortable and we had some issues with pole structure integrity. It is light enough to take into the backcountry but we think there are a bunch of other models that we would consider as well. When split between two people, it's right around two pounds each. It is also nice for casual backyard camping for the kids.


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Pros Lightweight, packs small, below average priceTwo side doors, easy to pitch, large trapezoidal vestibulesLots of headroom, large vestibule, easy to pitchHeadroom, large tent doors, ventilationLightweight, easy to pitch
Cons Single side door, poles structure deforms under fly tension, limited headroomDoors can be annoying, heavyPoles pinch under fly tensionHeavy, unsteady in high wind, cheap stakesSmall interior, single door and vestibule
Bottom Line This inexpensive tent is lightweight but doesn't have the performance to stand up to the rest.This basic tent is easy to set up and provides comfortable nights of camping on a budget.This inexpensive tent is just a good as a 1P as it for two.This spacious tent makes the most of its dimensions and offers plenty of features that will have you camping in comfort.A budget tent for those who want to minimize weight and don't mind sacrificing a fair bit of comfort.
Rating Categories Eureka Suma 2 REI Co-op Passage 2 REI Co-op Passage 1 The North Face Stormbreak 2 Big Agnes C Bar 2
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Specs Eureka Suma 2 REI Co-op Passage 2 REI Co-op Passage 1 The North Face... Big Agnes C Bar 2
Measured Packaged Weight 4.13 lbs 5.29 lbs 3.92 lbs 5.89 lbs 3.96 lbs
Floor Area 30.6 sq ft 33.75 sq ft 20 sq ft 30.5 sq ft 28 sq ft
Packed Size 5 x 17 in 7 x 22 in 7.25 x 22 in 7 x 22 in 6 x 19 in
Dimensions 88 x (55 x 45) x 42 in 88 x 52 x 40 in 88 x 36.5 x 40 in 87 x 50 x 43 in 86 x (52 x 42) x 41 in
Vestibule Area (Total, Sq Ft) 11.3 18.75 8 19 7
Peak Height 42 in 40 in 40 in 43 in 41 in
Number of Doors 1 2 1 2 1
Number of Poles 2 2 2 4 2
Pole Diameter 8.5 mm 8.5 mm 8.5 mm Not provided Not provided
Number of Pockets 3 4 + 2 door stuff pockets 2 4 3
Gear Loft Yes Yes No No No
Pole Material Aluminum 7001 aluminum Aluminum Aluminum DAC pressfit aluminum
Guy Points 4 4 4 4 7
Rain Fly Material 68D 185T polyester taffeta Coated polyester taffeta Coated polyester taffeta 68D lightweight polyester taffeta, 1200 mm PU Polyester taffeta
Inner Tent Material 68D 185T polyester taffeta Nylon/Taffeta Mesh Polyester 68D polyester taffeta, 1500 mm PU coating Polyester & mesh
Type Freestanding Freestanding Freestanding Two door, freestanding Freestanding

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.

Performance Comparison


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.

This tent is lightweight and packable  but we wouldn't want to take it out for too long.
This tent is lightweight and packable, but we wouldn't want to take it out for too long.

Comfort


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.

This tent has nice dimensions but the single door isn't ideal for two people.
This tent has nice dimensions but the single door isn't ideal for two people.

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.

The gear loft is a nice addition but can cut into the peak height if it sags.
The gear loft is a nice addition but can cut into the peak height if it sags.

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 initial setup is very straightforward; two long poles and clips on the tent to hold it up.
The initial setup is very straightforward; two long poles and clips on the tent to hold it up.

Weather Resistance


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 long vestibule makes it tricky to get in and out easily. Also visible is the bend in the pole closest to the vestibule. This happens when the fly is tensioned and it "pinches" the tent inside.
The long vestibule makes it tricky to get in and out easily. Also visible is the bend in the pole closest to the vestibule. This happens when the fly is tensioned and it "pinches" the tent inside.

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.

Durability


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.

It didn't take long to rip the stitching.
It didn't take long to rip the stitching.

Weight & Packed Size


This tent is pleasantly light. At 4 pounds, 2 ounces, it is one of the light 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.

The Eureka Suma (right) compared to other compact contenders the Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 and the Big Agnes C Bar.
The Eureka Suma (right) compared to other compact contenders the Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 and the Big Agnes C Bar.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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