Eureka’s Tetragon tent series of easy-to-setup three-season tents are well suited for most California camping trips. Before 2012, (as show in this previous Tetragon 5 review), the Tetragon 5 was a two-person tent and the Tetragon 9 was a five-person tent. While not immediately clear, there was a reasonable explanation for these numbers. The previous Tetragon 5 was five feet wide (sleeping 2 comfortably) while the Tetragon 9 was nine feet wide (sleeping 5). Apparently the old numbering system created too much confusion because Eureka has switched from numbering these tents by width to numbering them by occupancy.
Counting people instead of feet, the new Tetragon 5 is a lot bigger and makes a fantastic tent for family car camping. It is 9 feet by 9 feet and sleeps four comfortably or five less comfortably. The tent weighs 12 lbs. 6 oz. It packs down to 6 inches by 28 inches, so unlike the old 2-man Tetragon 5 (now the Tetragon 2), it is cumbersome for backpackers to carry but perfect for car camping.
There are other changes to the Tetragon tents besides the new numbers. The tents are tan and green instead of blue, and the design of the fly has also been updated. There is room to stand comfortably inside the Tetragon 5. The fiberglass polls are sturdy and lightweight, extending Eureka’s legacy of well-designed, durable, and affordable tents. When the fly is off, the tent’s mesh walls offer immense ventilation, which you’ll appreciate any time you camp on a warm night.