Published on May 17th, 2015 | by Greg0
Eureka Silver Canyon 6: A Modern Family Tent
For some folks, camping calls to mind a serious form of roughing it- hiking to a far-off spot, enjoying some raw nature, appreciating the environment in as personal and intimate a way as possible. Others prefer a cabin or an RV, maintaining a polite distance and enjoying creature comforts while still getting out of the city. While adults might be willing and able to make their own personal decisions, it’s more of a challenge when kids are involved- a few hours without phones or tablets can be trying, and good luck trying to sleep without a fair bit of space.
The Eureka Silver Canyon 6 freestanding tent is kind of like your own personal, portable cabin- room enough for cots or airbeds, and plenty of fancy features that set it apart. It certainly isn’t a backpackers dream, but aimed straight at car camping, weighing in a bit over 21 pounds. Vertical walls maximize interior space and offer a full 10×10 square foot area for up to six people to spend a cozy night. At it’s peak, it’s tall enough for just about anyone to stand up and stretch, a full 6-foot-6. Two doors allow easy entrance and exits, and while we wouldn’t use it in heavy rain, windstorms, or snow, it’s three-season capable. In winds, those straight wall do catch the breeze, so anchoring and careful placement are important.
Setup will take a while, and it’s tough but not impossible to do with a single person- expect 30-40 minutes if you’re giving it a shot for your first time. But the 75d fabric should hold up well over time and use, and the aluminum and steel poles as well. Like their previous Copper Canyon, this one has good windows and even a mesh roof for ventilation. But the Silver model (new for 2015 and currently an REI exclusive) improves on the predecessor in a few ways- like the nifty Media Center sleeve on the roof, a transparent slot that can hold a tablet and keep it visible to everyone below. On a connected note, there’s a zippered port for power cabling. And we loved the reflective panels on the roof as well (their Eluminate system), which bounce light from your lantern, keeping the interior brighter without being blinding or requiring anything fancy.
Produced only in a color they call “Orange Popsicle / Mineral Green”, there’s a rainfly but no footprint. For those in need of something a bit smaller, a four-person version is available, and Eureka also offers sleeping pads and sleeping bags in the same family. The Silver Canyon 6 should run you around $300 right now, and is well worth the price for a very solid family car-camping tent, ideal to get you out and about this summer!