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. Check out the Big Agnes C Bar 2 for a lightweight, durable tent for backcountry travel or the REI Passage 2 if you need the comfort and space that comes with two side doors.
Eureka Suma 2 Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Lightweight, packs small, below average price
Cons: Single side door, poles structure deforms under fly tension, limited headroom
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Eureka Suma 2
|Price||$139.95 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Lightweight, packs small, below average price||Two side doors, easy to pitch, large trapezoidal vestibules||Headroom, large tent doors, ventilation||Lightweight, easy to pitch||Roomy, two doors, included footprint|
|Cons||Single side door, poles structure deforms under fly tension, limited headroom||Doors can be annoying, heavy||Heavy, unsteady in high wind, cheap stakes||Small interior, single door and vestibule||Smaller vestibules, small pockets, no top vents|
|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 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.||A comfortable camping tent that serves well in both the front and backcountry.|
|Rating Categories||Eureka Suma 2||REI Co-op Passage 2||The North Face Stormbreak 2||Big Agnes C Bar 2||Marmot Catalyst 2|
|Weather Resistance (20%)|
|Ease Of Set Up (10%)|
|Packed Size (10%)|
|Specs||Eureka Suma 2||REI Co-op Passage 2||The North Face...||Big Agnes C Bar 2||Marmot Catalyst 2|
|Measured Packaged Weight (pounds)||4.13||5.29||5.89||3.96||5.19|
|Floor Area (Sq ft)||30.6||33.75||30.5||28||32.5|
|Packed Size (inches)||5 x 17||7 x 22||7 x 22||6 x 19||7 x 21|
|Dimensions (inches)||88 x (55 x 45) x 42||88 x 52 x 40||87 x 50 x 43||86 x (52 x 42) x 4||88 x 53 x 44|
|Vestibule Area (Total, Sq Ft)||11.3||18.75||19||7||16.2|
|Peak Height (inches)||42||40||43||41||44|
|Number of Doors||1||2||2||1||2|
|Number of Poles||2||2||4||2||3|
|Pole Diameter||8.5 mm||8.5 mm||Not provided||Not provided||8.5/9 mm|
|Number of Pockets||3||4 + 2 door stuff pockets||4||3||2 + light pocket|
|Pole Material||Aluminum||7001 aluminum||Aluminum||DAC pressfit aluminum||Velocity HD aluminum 7000|
|Rain Fly Material||68D 185T polyester taffeta||Coated polyester taffeta||68D lightweight polyester taffeta, 1200 mm PU||Polyester taffeta||68D polyester|
|Inner Tent Material||68D 185T polyester taffeta||Nylon/Taffeta Mesh||68D polyester taffeta, 1500 mm PU coating||Polyester & mesh||40D/68D polyester|
|Type||Freestanding||Freestanding||Two door, freestanding||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 really 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 great 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. For a really comfortable camping experience, we suggest checking out the The North Face Stormbreak 2.
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 the Big Agnes C Bar 2 or Slumberjack Nightfall 2. 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 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.
This tent could be fine for a few different uses, but we have other models that we would opt for before we took out this one. It is light enough for the backcountry. When split between two people it's right around 2 pounds each. It is also nice for casual backyard camping for the kids.
This tent rings up at $140. It has a below-average price, but we don't think it is an exceptional value. We would much rather have the Slumberjack Nightfall 2 for the same price or the REI Passage 2 for $20 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