We don’t expect much from a $160 tent, so we were pleasantly surprised to find the Eureka Midori 2 is a worthy contender in this category. It may not have the high end material or the roomy volume of some of the other tents we reviewed, but it’s dependable in bad weather, a cinch to set up and roomy enough for two and a load of gear. Eureka even throws in a gear loft for free. If budget is your number one priority then there is no better backcountry tent option.
With more than 50 square feet of space between the vestibule and interior, the Eureka Midori 2 doesn’t lack for storage room. 30 square feet is inside the tent, putting the floor space on average for the category. While the door walls are nearly vertical the toe and head slope steeply, so it doesn’t feel quite as roomy as some of the other tents. But the two 10 square foot vestibules help, providing plenty of room for dry storage of gear. Peak height tops out at 40 inches, but that’s right in the center of the tent and only about average. The Midori is not the roomiest tent, but it is about what we expect from a two-person, backpack worthy home.
At just over five pounds packed for the trail, the Eureka Midori 2 is not a particularly light tent. Nor is it very compact, packing up to a 6-inch by 20-inch sausage. As with all the tent’s we’ve reviewed it still falls well within what we would care to backpack with.
With color-coded poles and grommets, the Eureka Midori 2’s three pole design is easy to figure out and set up. The lack of hubs makes it a bit of juggling act to set this tent up solo. The two cross poles tended to flop around until we got the tent hanging off them. A third shorter pole pushes the doors out towards vertical. The tent attaches to the poles with clips. The fly is color coded as well and clips into place. A full symmetrical design helps keep things simple.
The Eureka Midori 2 is almost a dome in shape. The design sheds water like a duck, spilling it away from the tent sides. The lower angle shape to the sides also encourages wind to blow over the tent rather than push against it, helping it to weather a blustery evening in the alpine with little flapping. It’s easy to tension the fly to snug it up.
Rarely is a gear loft included in a tent, but it is with the Eureka Midori 2. There are also four large interior pockets and a footprint. Together they make it easy to stay organized and help the tent last longer. The vestibules are fairly large, helping to make getting in and out easier. Probably the greatest feature with the Midori though is the price. It’s hard to find a tent that costs $160. One that can stand up to three seasons of use and abuse and has plenty of room for two is almost unheard of.
Ryan Stuart is freelance writer and jack of all sports—trail running, mountain biking, whitewater paddling, surfing, climbing, skiing and mountaineering—based on Vancouver Island. Follow his testing on Google+.