"This is the best tent for the money anywhere. Don't look for any
fancy extras, only a quality tent that will last. The tent is pretty
sturdy and easy to pitch. You might look like a boy scout patrol,
but they do the job."
"I have to agree with Latta. I bought a Timberline sometime ago as a first tent, and told myself that I would replace it when it wore out. Well, its still used as my primary tent. With the optional vestibule attached, it makes a comfortable trail home. Also available is an annex fly which is great for summer camping (as shade) or wet camping (as relief from the deluge). As far as tents go, you could do alot worse."
"My Timberline is somewhere around 12 years old now and has always worked well for me
in three seasons use in the White Mtns. Recoated the floor at 10 years as it was getting a bit thin. A good value for the money."
"I have used Timberlines, both the 2 and 4 men for several years. I have seen Boy Scouts abuse, use, and loose these tents, they take a beating. They are an economical choice with no frills, just a great tent. The opitional vestibule is a great choice, but does not allow air to move through the tent."
"I too used a Timberline back when I was a boy scout. I liked it so much I bought myself one when I started backpacking some ten years later. It's tough, cheap, easy for one person to set up, and small/light enough to take backpacking (even when I'm by myself). I also highly recommend the vestibule attachment for storing your pack and boots in while you sleep in the tent."
"This tent is amazing! I am a part of a scout patrol and a dry member at that. I just used this tent in one of the worst windstoms I've ever camped in with winds a nominal of 30 mph with gusts of 45 and the tent held fast. I beamed with pride as I stood there and watched other tents buckle and break with the wind, but not this one. I agree that this is not a two- person tent, because as for us vestibule-less people our backpack is our tentmate. It might not have all the bells and whistles of newer tents, but this tent surely has the best bang for the buck."
The Eureka Timberline 4, has been one of the best tents that I have ever used. It is reliable with good ventilation, under high stress of monsoon rain and winds, and a sturdy no nonsense design. I recently purchased another one to add to the growing number, so if my mountaineering group in the Philippines looks like little American boyscouts, ahh... we are dry and content ones.
**Save money and go to the Eureka store in Binghamton, NY. (I have no association with Eureka, besides, the fact of being a conscious and critical consumer and enjoying well made products) It will be worth your time and money, scouts honor =)"
"I bought one used many years ago. After some hard use, it passed out of my hands via divorce (went with ex wife). I subsequently bought the heavier, reinforced, super-tough floored Outfitter model. Now this one at 8 lb 7 oz is rather heavy for backpacking by my standards, but if you intend to set up a base camp and explore surrounding trails or if you only move camp every few days, this is about unbeatable. I nearly always bring the vestibule (an extra pound). Some consider the A-frame design archaic - I think it is exceptionally strong, reliable and easy to set up. Once a companion was prating on about how quickly his dome could be erected - later I had my Eureka fully set up before he was finished threading wands through sleeves. I don't miss the extra headroom of the dome at all, and it's thermally more efficient IMO. Simple, tough, cheap. Only downside is weight."
"I bought mine in the early 70's, (I think in 73)and have used it heavily backpacking, canoe camping, car camping, etc. until about 4 years ago when I could not find it after a garage reorg. right before a backpacking trip to Wyoming. I bought an Apex that day and found the Timbeline when I got back. The Apex has replaced it as my go to tent for backpacking but I still use the Timberline. Great product, I paid about $50 for it. The poles have permanent bends in them now and 1 or 2 little holes in it but other than that no problems."
"In the 12 years that I've owned my Timberline, I've found it to be an exceptional tent for the money. It's far from the lightest backpacking tent in the world (at just under 6 lbs), however, it is a nearly bombproof design that can take all the weather you care to endure. The freestanding design allows for the tent to be pitched quickly, although I would recommend staking it if bad weather is expected. I've used this tent in all 12 months, in heavy rains, heavy wind, snow, and everything in between - and it has never failed to keep me dry. I really have nothing bad to say about it except that it is heavy for a 2 person backpacking tent, but if you need a strong weatherproof 3+ season tent you could do worse."
"My first experience with this tent was a 4 day kayak trip. It rained hard one night with 25 mph wind gusts, and I stayed completely try, even though the tent was pitched out on an exposed bluff taking the direct force of both wind and rain. I bought one the next year, and have been very happy with it over about a half dozen tripsand counting.
Only minor complaint is that it's smaller inside than a dome tent of comperable weight and sleeping capacity. Not as much headroom, but also a bit less expensive."
"I am now on my second Tinberline 2-person tent. I bought my first one in 1975. For 28 years it served as my backwoods home in 4 seasons, including 10 years serving as a Scoutmaster. I pitted it against desert and above-the-timberline mountains and it's kept me warm and dry in Californai monsoons and Idaho blizzards.
The double A-frame design is very sturdy against the wind and the free-standing exterior pole system allows me to shake it out when time to pack up. It pitches quickly, one man, and the rain fly covers clear to the ground with a full 3-4" of air space tetween the fly and the tent.
My wife and I took a group of 18 teen girls on a week long trek into Idaho's White Cloud Mountains. As soon as we pitched our tents the first evening it started raining and continued through the night. In the morning, still raining, I cooked breakfast in the optional vestibule (not recommended by Eureka!) and ate dry as well. Not so with the girls.
I'm on my second Timberline now only because, after 28 years, I had it pitched in my yard, drying out after a trip, when someone felt they needed it more than I did. The next Fathers' Day my wfie of 30 years gave me a new one. That was now 3 years ago. It's pitched in my living room right now -- drying out again after a 4 day trip."
"Timberlines first kept me dry and protected from black flies working at a canoe camp in Maine, and this was the very first tent I bought for myself ~22 years ago to live in for a 6-week field course. I consider it too heavy for backpacking, but it's an affordable, reliable, durable, and sturdy quality shelter great for year round car or canoe camping or anywhere weight isn't so critical. I still have and use my Timberline; a sewing/tailor's shop quickly replaced a bent (non-zipping)door zipper pull ~7 years ago, and I called Johnson/Eureka 2 years ago to buy a new rainfly, which ripped during a windy t-storm after ~20 years of sun damage--good as new again. Pole shock cords still elastic and intact."