Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6 Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Spacious, easy to pitch, cabin-style provides extra space
Cons: Heavy components, windows don't have zippers, cheap flimsy stakes
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Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6
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|Pros||Spacious, easy to pitch, cabin-style provides extra space||Tall and spacious, large and versatile vestibule, footprint included||Spacious, easy to pitch, great views, inexpensive||Simple, quick to set up, lightweight||Super easy set up, good views, very nice price|
|Cons||Heavy components, windows don't have zippers, cheap flimsy stakes||Not ideal in strong winds, odd back door, footprint doesn’t stay in place||Fiberglass poles, small pockets, lack of ventilation with the rainfly on||Cheap poles, bad door zippers, small footprint||Low headroom, poor overall construction|
|Bottom Line||A traditional cabin-style tent with a massive footprint that is surprisingly easy to set up||A great summer tent with open views, great ventilation, and an awning-ready vestibule, all wrapped up in quality material||Wherever this tent falls short in quality, it makes up for it in size, features, and overall value||A classic lightweight 4-person dome tent that gives a little extra headroom and has a few nice features||This tent is fast, easy, and inexpensive, though it falls short in some key areas|
|Rating Categories||Eureka Copper Canyo...||The North Face Sequ...||Kelty Wireless 6||Kelty Tallboy 4||Coleman 4-Person Ca...|
|Space and Comfort (35%)|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Family Friendliness (15%)|
|Specs||Eureka Copper Canyo...||The North Face Sequ...||Kelty Wireless 6||Kelty Tallboy 4||Coleman 4-Person Ca...|
|Weight||24.3 lbs||13.0 lbs||17.2 lbs||11.0 lbs||18.2 lbs|
|Max Inside Height||7' 0"||6' 3"||6' 4"||5' 10"||4' 11"|
|Floor Dimensions||10' x 10'||8' x 7' 6"||9' 10" x 8' 10"||7' 1" x 8'||8' x 7'|
|Floor Area||100 sq ft||58.1 sq ft||86.9 sq ft||57 sq ft||56 sq ft|
|Windows||Small mesh top||Mesh top||Mesh top||Mesh top||3|
|Number of Doors||1||2||2||1||1|
|Vestibule Area (total)||0 sq ft||27.6 sq ft||28 sq ft||0 sq ft||0 sq ft|
|Packed Size||28" x 10.25" x 10"||27" x 10" x 8"||27" x 8" x 8"||24" x 7" x 10"||39.5" x 8" x 8"|
|Floor Materials||75D polyester||140D polyester||68D poly 1800mm||68D Poly 1200mm||150D polyester|
|Main Tent Materials||68D polyester no-see-um||150D polyester||68D poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh||68D Poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh||150D polyester|
|Rainfly Materials||75D polyester taffeta||75D polyester||68D poly 1200mm||68D Poly 1200mm||Polyguard 2X|
|Number of Poles||6||3||3||3||4|
|Pole Material||Steel and fiberglass||Aluminum||Fiberglass||Fiberglass||Aluminum|
|Extras||Zippered E! Powerpor||Footprint included||Pole pockets for easy setup||Light weight||Integrated rainfly protection|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Copper Canyon LX 6 is a no-frills, massive tent that is fairly straightforward to pitch. It has two large hammock-style pockets on the roof and four very tight pockets above the windows. With a huge 10' x 10' floor space, fitting the entire family and then some is a breeze. And with the open mesh top and large windows on every side, the views and wind flow inside this tent are impressive. The tent also comes with a zippered E! Powerport, basically a slot on the side of the tent allowing you to run an extension cord inside. Positives aside, when you get into the details of this tent, that is where the flaws start to stack up. Cumbersome fiberglass poles, plastic attachments, pin-style pole connectors, windows that don't zip, and a door with clunky zippers were all things that gave us pause.
Space and Comfort
At 100 square feet of main tent space, you can easily fit a twin and two singles and still have room for the dogs. The Copper Canyon also is the tallest tent in our lineup, with an impressive 7' max height. The only pockets on this tent are up high, too high for little ones to reach, which could be good or bad depending on your needs. Two hammock-style pockets are manually attached via tiebacks to the roof. To put it plainly, this tent is a basic box with tons of room and not much else.
The Copper Canyon LX is perfect in warm weather. The four large windows and open ceiling allow for great wind flow and full visibility. The included fly covers the open roof and adds a little awning to the entrance while still allowing for maximum ventilation. However, when the weather turns, so does our take on this tent. The near-vertical walls catch wind quite well, and if you are using the paper-thin stakes to hold it down, you might want to reconsider. The non-zipping windows allow for wind to sneak in fairly easily and potentially some rain if it is blowing hard enough.
Ease of Use
We pitched the Copper Canyon in 11 minutes and 20 seconds. While pretty simple, the fiberglass poles are extremely rough, and the metal poles left shards around. The main poles need to be attached by sticking a thin pin into the bottom, and this requires a bit of force to get right. The fly also caused a few bad words to be shared as there is no color coding or easy way to know what direction it should go.
We have said it before, this tent is massive, and that sure helps with this metric. But space isn't the only defining factor. Storage options are limited, there is no vestibule or additional outside covered options, and asking the kids to close the zipperless windows will surely get some eye rolls. There is, however, nice privacy when everything is buttoned up, and the tall tent allows for easy changing and maneuvering.
While the main tent is made from decent 68D polyester with No-See-Um and the floor and rainfly out of 75D polyester, most of the other materials used are heavy and cheap. The top poles are bulky fiberglass, and the side poles are rough steel. The stakes are truly laughable as they are the thinnest in our lineup by far. A real shame considering this is one of the biggest and heaviest tents we tested. A few other negatives come from the lack of zippers on the windows, the overly tight pockets, and the abundance of cheap tiebacks. Our tent also arrived with a few snags in the mesh already.
Should You Buy the Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6?
This tent is big and simple. It offers loads of room and a few other minor perks, but that's it. For the no-frills, fair weather camper, this might be right for you.
What Other Camping Tents Should You Consider?
The Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6 is a step below many of our other options. You can find the same shape in the Big Agnes Bunk House 6. And if you want to stay in the lower price range, you might consider our Best Buy option, the Kelty Wireless 6.
— Rob Gaedtke
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