Eureka Tetragon 1210 Family 12- Foot by 10-Foot Eight-Person Tent
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Product Description

Eureka! Tetragon Tetragon 1210 The family-sized model features 2 rooms with removable divider. Features: - 2 pole rectangular dome tent - Durable shockcorded fiberglass frame and ring and pin attachments - 2 twin-track side opening doors have protective overhead brim and zipper covers - Brimmed windows allows ventilation during inclement weather - Hanging gear loft and 2 interior storage pockets keep essential items handy - 4 vents enhance air circulation for added comfort Specifications: - Season: 3 - Sleeps: 8 - Doors: 2 - Windows: 6 - Weight: 17 lbs 11 oz - Area: 120 Sq. Ft. - Center Height: 6' 4" Mfg No: 2628228 Manufacturer: Eureka! Warranty: Warranted against manufacturer defects.

A great choice for car camping or use as a base camp, the Eureka Tetragon 1210 rectangular dome tent comfortably sleeps eight people and includes a divider to create two separate rooms. The double-coated StormShield polyester fly and the polyester bathtub floor combine to provide excellent weather protection. This free-standing, two-pole tent is quick and easy to set up with its durable shockcorded fiberglass frame, ring and pin attachments, combination sleeve and clip assembly, and color coded webbing.

It's well ventilated, thanks to large no-see-um mesh ceiling panels, six windows, and two doors. The hooded fly provides enough coverage over the front and rear door windows to enable you to leave the window partially open for even more ventilation even in rain. Other features include:

  • Twin track zippers for separate operation of the window in the door
  • External guy points on the fly help secure your tent in high winds
  • Natural green color scheme blends into any campground
  • Attached hinged gear loft and two detachable interior storage pockets
  • Clothes line loop, flashlight loop
  • Mesh panels allow for clip-in accessories
  • Tent, pole, and stake bags included


  • Area: 120 square feet
  • Floor size: 12 feet by 10 feet
  • Center height: 6 feet, 5 inches
  • Wall fabrics: 1.9-ounce 75D polyester taffeta with 800mm coating
  • Floor fabrics: 1.9-ounce 75D polyester taffeta with 800mm coating
  • Fly fabrics: 1.9-ounce 75D StormShield polyester
  • Pack size: 8 by 28 inches
  • Weight: 17 pounds, 11 ounces

About Eureka
Though the exact year is unknown, Eureka's long history begins prior to 1895 in Binghamton, New York, where the company still resides today. Then known as the Eureka Tent & Awning Company, its first wares were canvas products--most notably, Conestoga wagon covers and horse blankets for nineteenth century American frontiersmen--as well as American flags, store awnings, and camping tents.

The company increased production of its custom canvas products locally throughout the 1930s and during the 1940 and even fabricated and erected the IBM "tent cities" just outside Binghamton. The seven acres of tents housed thousands of IBM salesmen during the company's annual stockholders meeting, which had since outgrown its previous locale. In the 1940s, with the advent of World War II and the increased demand for hospital ward tents, Eureka expanded operations and began shipping tents worldwide. Ultimately, upon the post-war return of the GIs and the resultant housing shortage, Eureka turned its attention to the home front during the 1950s by supplying awnings for the multitude of mobile homes that were purchased.

In 1960, Eureka's new and innovative Draw-Tite tent, with its practical, free standing external frame, was used in a Himalayan Expedition to Nepal by world renowned Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person documented to summit Mt. Everest only six years earlier. In 1963, Eureka made history during its own Mt. Everest ascent, with more than 60 of its tents sheltering participants from fierce 60+ mph winds and temperatures reaching below -20F during the first all American Mt. Everest Expedition.

For backpackers and families, Eureka introduced its legendary Timberline tent in the 1970s. Truly the first StormShield design, this completely self-supporting and lightweight backpacking tent became one of the most popular tents the entire industry with sales reaching over 1 million by its ten year anniversary.

Eureka tents have also traveled as part of several historic expeditions, including the American Women's Himalayan Expedition to Annapurna I in 1978 and the first Mt. Everest ascents by a Canadian and American woman in 1986 and 1988. In recent history, tents specially designed and donated by Eureka sheltered Eric Simonson and his team on two historic research expeditions to Mount Everest, this time in a quest for truth regarding the 1924 attempted summit of early English explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. During the 1999 expedition, the team made history finding the remains of George Mallory, but the complete mystery remained unsolved. Returning in 2001 to search for more clues, the team found amazing historical artifacts which are now on display at the Smithsonian. Tent Guide
Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in-between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Expect the Worst
In general, it's wise to choose a tent that's designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you'll face. For instance, if you're a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all purpose tent will likely do the trick--especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in! If you're a backpacker, alpine climber or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you'll want to take something designed to handle more adversity.

Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain-fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are more specifically designed for summer backpacking and other activities. Many premium tents will feature pre-sealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain-fly for enhanced waterproofness.

For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.

Domes and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types, freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and those that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floor-plan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being more lightweight. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.

Size Matters
Ask yourself how many people you'd like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you're a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don't need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.

Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is also available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it's easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It's also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you're considering.

  • Large, 8-person tent with divider for two rooms (12 by 10 floor; 120 square foot area)
  • Double-coated StormShield polyester fly and polyester bathtub floor provide excellent weather protection
  • Brimmed windows allows ventilation during inclement weather; 4 vents enhance air circulation for added comfort
  • Hanging gear loft and two detachable interior storage pockets keep essential items handy
  • Center height of 76 inches; weighs 17 pounds, 11 ounces

Customer Reviews:

  • First Use Review
    The tent is roomy for a couple of people and easy for an adult to stand in the area near the center.

    The "tent clip webbing" and the "shock-corded tent poles" are not matched color coded, as I interpreted the text about the tent.

    The "shock-corded tent poles" do not stay connected when "pulling" on the poles for installation and removal. This is annoying since the only way to get the poles into or out of the "tent clip webbing" is to pull on them. It means that you have to walk on the collasped tent to reassemble the pole joints.

    The "Assembly Instructions" do not seem to include instructions for the installation of the seperate "Rain Fly". I've yet to figure out how it attaches to the tent.

    Typical of plastic "tent stakes", they break easily when setting them or removing them.

    The photo illustration for staking the tent down seems to be in conflict with the text under the "Staking" section in the "Assembly Instructions" or vice/versa? The text could be made more specific as to the preferred method of staking.

    I looked at several brands and models of tents on-line before choosing this tent. I am satisfied with my choice because I suspect that other tents would have similar if not worse negatives.

    This is not my first tent!

    George L. Getz...more info
  • Very pleased
    This tent is easy to set up-under 20 minutes. It has a long rain fly and plenty of windows for ventilation. The strong and the overall tent looks waterproof and durable. We wish the room divider was bigger and not just a curtain. The color is not too light. The pockets are incredibly useful! We placed a floor mat inside the tent to prevent moisture from seeping up. The tent dried out underneath very quickly when we took the tent down. Most importantly, the tent fits back inside the carry bag.
    ...more info
  • leaking even during a light raing
    I had a small Eureka tent for about 10 years and it was great. Just weeks ago I bought the Tetragon 1210 and went for a camping trip. It was leaking water even during light rain. Probably through a place where the zippers meet in a corner. I wrote to Eureka, but got no response. When I called the customer service, they were not really friendly ant told me, that even when I had the tent for 2 weeks, the zippers are not covered through the warranty and I have to pay for their replacement, which will take several weeks. Surprisingly the person did not realy care,'that their tent with advertised storm shield is leaking....more info
  • I'm Satisfied/Would Recommend
    I'm satisfied with the overall quality and design of this tent. I purchased it for $179 in October 2008. Initially, I was going to go with Eureka's Copper Canyon 10. My concern focused on how well a cabin style tent would hold up in high wind conditions. A co-worker who is also an avid camper owned and swore by the Tetragon 1610 which he used for beach camping on several occasions. He advised that the tetragon design of the tent held up beautifully in severe windy conditions common with beach camping. I went with the Tetragon 1210 because I really didn't want anything too big and I needed a tent that would be suitable for a variety of camping conditions. The tent was a breeze to set up. I went over the directions once and it took about 30mins carefully setting up by myself and 15mins with help. I was impressed with the poles which I felt were very sturdy compared to other tents that I have owned. The fly was a breeze to install. Matching emblems help you distinguish the front from the sides. I seam sealed the tent and waterproofed the rain fly which I believe is a must and an annual routine for any tent. Arguably, the floor could have used a denser material but a tarp placed properly underneath the tent corrected this problem. I recommend always placing a tarp underneath the tent to offset the risk of punctures due to rocks, roots or sticks. I was able to place two twin size mattresses and all my gear inside the tent and had sufficient room to move about. I was able to walk around without crouching while inside the tent. I'm 5'8''. Ideally you could place three air mattresses inside or six sleeping bags but it would take away from mobility and the ability to store additionally gear. Experienced a few rain showers and the tent remained leak free. Only dislike is that the rain fly permits the top of the tent to remain well ventilated. This is great in warmer weather but a huge disadvantage when the temperature at night drops into the 30 degree mark. I would strongly recommend this tent to others. ...more info
  • Happy Camper
    For anyone looking for a tent I would suggest you look at Eureka products. This tent was easy to set up...easier with 2 people! Compared to what you will find at Sears, Big K, Target, or W-Mart this is superior. It was a little more expensive but I guess you get what you pay for and the quality shows. Just unpacking the tent you will see the quality and size difference in the poles! No cmplaints from a Happy Camper....more info
    We used a seam sealer, and then went on our first camping trip with this tent. Our first night out we had a severe thunderstorm - among the worst we've ever camped in. The tent performed wonderfully. We had only two places that had minor drips. We love this tent....more info
  • Eureka Tetragon 1210 Tent Review
    We just bought this tent, set it up, have not camped in it yet. We are a family new to camping ("car camping"). Our kids are ages 6, 4, 4, 2.

    It was simple to setup, preferably with 2 people due to size of the tent. Not a lot of pieces, and all logical.
    It appears well constructed and thoughtfully designed. The mesh is ultra-fine. There's 4 ceiling vents, 2 of them have zip-close covers. The rain fly has 2 plastic windows so you can still see the sky even w/ the fly on (nice).
    There is a doormat, nice to stand on and take your shoes off before you get into the tent.
    I guess theoretically you could get 8 people in here...but for realistic comfort, 6 adults. There's a center divider, we fit well w/ us on one side and our 4 kids on the other.
    We really debated whether to buy a "cabin" style tent, with more vertical sides. I'm glad we did not, it's plenty roomy for us. The sides don't slope in that much, and we can walk upright in alot of the tent. I think a cabin style tent might give you more of the feel of a house; this does feel like a tent, but a spacious one.

    We are sealing the seams, and going to use a tarp underneath the tent.
    Once it warms up and we start using it, I'll post back if there's any problems. But up front, we're happy with our purchase. I consider this to be a mid-priced but good-quality tent.

    Hope this review helps you in your decision. Happy camping!
    ...more info
  • Great Family Tent
    This is a great family tent! We had two adults, one toddler and one infant (in a Pack'n'Play) in this tent - and still had room for all of our stuff. LOTS of ventilation, which is great for warmer weather. We did seal the tent - and had no leaks during a huge storm. It's nice being able to stand up in the center - and the kids love all of the room!

    The only complaint is that the zippers are a bit tough to operate as there is an extra flap on the zipper to keep out the water/rain. We were able to get past it, but it's the only reason I didn't give this a 5 out of 5....more info
  • Excellent tent!
    We love this tent! Previously had another Eureka tent, and loved it as well. They are well-made, and last for years!
    The construction is good, and it is fairly easy to put
    together. To sum it all up ~~ Eureka makes good quality
    products....more info