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Rating and Summary
The Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6 is an incredibly spacious cabin tent, with vertical side walls, a full 7 feet in peak height, and I could stand up everywhere inside the tent (this is not an exaggeration!).
However, because of all these features, the biggest disadvantage of the LX 6 is that it’s not great against strong winds and torrential rain. Nevertheless, it’s still great for fair weather in the summer, and I’ll explain everything to you in this post.
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Check out the Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6:
- Rating and Summary
- Product Details
- Testing and Performance
- Pros and Cons
- Bonus: Must Read!
Here’s what we’ll discuss here:
- In the Box
I bought this Eureka Copper Canyon from REI Co-Op, I got the LX 6, and here’s what the outer packaging looks like directly from REI.
In the Box
So, when I first unboxed this Eureka LX 6, I got this blue carry bag.
And after even more unboxing, here’s all the other stuff that I got.
Here, you can see the stakes in a small carry bag, all the poles in another carry bag, 2 mesh gear lofts, the tent body, and also the blue rainfly on top of the tent body.
Here’s all the data that you might need on the Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6:
- Peak height: 84 inches
- Lowest height: 66 inches
- Length: 9 feet 8 inches
- Width: 9 feet 8 inches
- Base Area: 93.4 square feet
- Floor material: 75D polyester
- Bathtub flooring: Yes, ~10 inches
- Tent body material: 75D polyester
- Rainfly material: 75D polyester
- Pole material: Steel (wall poles) and fiberglass (roof and rainfly poles)
- Number of poles: 7 (4 wall poles, 2 roof poles, 1 rainfly pole)
- Mesh: Micro-mesh (Unsure if it’s no-see-um, not specified)
- Zippers: SBS
- Packed size: 29 x 13 x 9 inches
- Weight: 22.4lbs.
- Number of guylines: 8
- Number of stakes: 8
- Number of doors: 1
- Number of windows: 4
- Number of vents: 0
- Number of pockets: 4
- Number of lantern loops: 5 (1 center, 4 at the top corners)
- Number of liner loops: 4 (1 at each 4 bottom corners)
- Number of gear lofts: 2 (triangle-shaped)
- Room divider: No
- Power port: Yes, 1
- Black-out: No
I also did some testing on my own, and came up with this data:
- Set up timing (1 person): 14 minutes
- Take down timing (1 person): 12 minutes
- Number of single sleeping pads: 6
- Number of queen-sized mattresses: 2
Note: All of this data are my personal measurements, not Eureka’s. My measurements may differ slightly from Eureka’s marketed specs.
Testing and Performance
I put my Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6 through these 19 different tests:
- Set up
- Pack away
- Base area
- Mattress sizing
- Peak height
- Lowest height
- Side walls
- Wind test
- Heavy rain test
- Light rain test
- Rainfly pole
- Rainy day ventilation
- Hot day ventilation
- Storage options
1. Set Up
Setting up this Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6 wasn’t too difficult for me, it’s basically just a standard cabin tent set up. To summarize, here’s roughly what the set-up process is like.
How to Set Up the Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6
I got these 7 poles with my Eureka LX 6.
- The first 4 poles (from the left) are steel poles, and are for the main tent body, or the walls, of the Eureka tent.
- The next 2 fiberglass poles are for the roof of the tent.
- The last much thinner fiberglass pole (right) is for the rainfly.
So, basically, all I had to do was to push the 2 fiberglass roof poles through these 2 orange pole sleeves here.
After that, I connected these 2 poles into these elbow joints (I call them elbow joints because they kind of look like elbows).
There are 4 of these joints around the tent, and once I was done connecting these, the roof is pretty much set up.
After that, I just break out the 4 steel poles, and insert one end of each steel pole into the elbow joint as well, and the other into the pin at the bottom of tent.
So, I just go around the tent, and insert the 4 poles into the 4 corners.
Now, attach the pole clips, stake the tent down, drape and secure the rainfly over the tent, guy out the guylines, and finally, insert the rainfly pole.
This is just the gist of the set up, for the step-by-step instructions and tips on how I set this up on my own (as someone who’s just 5’3/160 centimeters tall), do check out this video that I published to my YouTube channel:
Set Up Timing
The entire set up process, including staking and guying out the entire tent, took me about 14 minutes, after breaking in my tent, and setting this up at least half a dozen times.
2. Pack Away
Pack Away Timing
And now, let’s move on to the ease of take down and pack away. Doing so is just the opposite of the set-up, and it took me about 12 minutes to get the entire Eureka LX 6 down, plus get it back into the carry bag.
How to Pack Away the Eureka LX 6
So, after taking down the tent, I just half the tent body, once, and then twice. After that, I third it, and roll it up gently while squeezing as much air out as possible, and I found it pretty easy to do so.
It goes back into the carry bag nicely, and the rainfly goes right next to the tent body, like this.
After that, I just pretty much dump everything else back in, like the poles, the stakes, and the gear lofts.
There are 2 little details that I really like about this Eureka LX 6, which makes packing up a little easier than other tents.
First, instead of having to tie up the guylines, I like that this Eureka tent comes with these small triangular pockets around the tent, which you can easily stuff each of the guylines back into, so that it doesn’t get tangled with anything else.
Second, and more importantly, I really like the carry bag of the Eureka Copper Canyon, it’s very nicely designed, and it’s super easy to fit everything back in.
One side of the carry bag comes with a Velcro strip (pictured below), so that’s what I usually secure first, then after that I zip everything up.
It’s super easy to zip up without any struggling at all, and I can even do it one-handed, which is amazing.
3. Base Area
For the base area, I measured the length of this Eureka LX 6, which came in at about 9 feet and 8 inches, and I measured the width to be also 9 feet and 8 inches. This gave me a base area of 93.4 square feet.
Sadly though, my LX 6 was quite a few inches smaller than the marketed dimensions of 10 by 10 feet or a base area of 100 square feet.
Essentially, mine was about 7% smaller, so I think you can expect yours to be about the same as mine, if you buy this tent.
4. Mattress Sizing
Single Pad Sizing
But despite the smaller than marketed base area, I could still fit 6 regular sleeping pads in my LX 6, here’s me inflating my sleeping pads, and here’s what having 6 pads looks like.
Of course, with 6 pads, you would have to sleep shoulder to shoulder, but even so, there’s still this small space here to fit a little bit of camping gear. It’s definitely not enough for 6 people’s gear though.
So, yeah, it’s gonna be pretty tight fitting 6 people, especially if you have to sleep at the sides of the tent.
I never like sleeping at the sides of any tent, it always feels a tad claustrophobic, and I really feel the wall not just when I raise my arm up, but also when I sit up, because my head is so close to the wall.
Queen Bed Sizing
Instead, I recommend fitting a maximum of 4 people inside this tent. In fact, here’s what 2 queen beds would look like inside this tent if you fit 4 people, instead of 6 people.
It’s definitely comfier, and less claustrophobic. There’s also quite a bit of leftover room for storing gear (at the foot of each mattress), which is always very nice to have.
But just take note that both my mattresses aren’t exactly a true Queen size of 80 by 60 inches. They’re actually a little smaller, and here are the dimensions:
- Alps Mountaineering Vertex Airbed (blue): 80 x 56 inches
- Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress (brown): 80 x 59 inches
And even though they’re both slightly smaller than a Queen, the fit inside this LX 6 is already very snug, and there’s hardly any space left between both my mattresses (see picture below), even though I tried to push them to the sides as much as I could.
So, there’s no way I could fit anything bigger.
Mattress Sizing Recommendation
I think it’s because the length of 9 feet 8 inches for this LX 6 is few inches shy of being able to fit 2 actual Queen beds, so I recommend checking the dimensions of your camping mattresses before fitting them in here.
5. Peak Height
The peak height inside this Eureka LX 6 is a whopping 84 inches, or a full 7 feet, and of course, I’m not very tall (I’m 5’3/160cm), so I can stand completely upright under the peak height, no problem at all.
In fact, when I stretch my arm upwards as much as I can, I can barely even reach the lantern loop, let alone the top of the tent. On top of that, even when I’m standing on tiptoes, I still can’t even reach the peak height of this tent. (See picture above.)
6. Lowest Height
And for cabin tents like this Eureka LX 6, I wanted to look not just at the peak height, but also the lowest height in the tent.
So, the lowest height in the tent, which is usually at the four corners, is about 66 inches, which is again, still taller than my height, so I had no problem standing there too.
So, basically, I can stand up almost everywhere inside the tent!
7. Side Walls
On top of just the height and base area, I also wanted to look at the side walls and tent shape to get a feel of the livability inside the tent.
For this Eureka Copper Canyon, the side walls are pretty much almost vertical, and here’s what they look like.
I really like that I could not only stand up everywhere, but even walk around almost the entire tent. So, very spacious, especially for someone not so tall, like me.
So, that’s the biggest pro of having vertical side walls, these give the Eureka Copper Canyon a nice cabin shape, as well as quite a bit of livable space inside the tent.
8. Wind Test
However, a pretty big con to having these vertical side walls is the fact that they don’t shed wind as easily.
In fact, all I had to do was to remove the guylines, as well as the 2 tent stakes at the bottom front of the tent, and the entire tent just blew over in a light breeze of no more than 5 to 10 miles per hour. (Maybe even less.)
And I wasn’t even trying to film a wind test; it literally just blew over when I was trying to film myself taking down the tent. It’s never happened to any of my other tents.
So, I don’t think I would recommend using this tent if you’re expecting crazy or strong winds.
There’s another important reason why I wouldn’t recommend this tent in strong wind, but I’ll go through that a little later in this blog post (in the Rain Test!).
For now, there’s one more thing I wanted to point out – the guylines.
So, when I bought this Eureka LX 6, it came with 4 of the little guyline pouches at the 4 corners of the tent, and inside I found each of my 4 pre-attached guylines. (Pictured above in the ‘Set Up’ section.)
On top of that, there’s even 4 of these extra loops at each corner of the tent to add 4 more guylines if you need to. (You have to use your own guylines for these though.)
So, altogether, 8 guy-out points for 8 guylines. Not too bad, right?
But here’s the problem. All of these guy-out points are on the rainfly. Every single one. So, when you remove the rainfly on sunny days, or if you want to stargaze, there’s no way that this tent would be able to take anything more than light wind.
10. Heavy Rain Test
How I Rain Tested the Eureka LX 6
And now, I think it’s time to move on to the rain test. More specifically, the heavy rain test, and I used this water hose to simulate that. I did this for one full hour, exactly like this.
What was the damage inside the tent after the hour was up? Let’s find out!
Rain Test Results
First, check out the flooring. I think the ground underneath is pretty wet from all the heavy rain, but there was not a single leak into the tent through the flooring.
I also checked all the fabric inside the tent, like the tent fabric, the window fabric, and even the rainfly, and they were all dry. There was no water that penetrated through.
But sadly though, I noticed leaking at the corners of the tent.
Why did they leak? Because these vertical seams running from the top of the tent down to the flooring have not been taped. They’re only inverted, but not taped.
Rain Test Recommendations
And because the rainfly of this tent is so small, these seams have to be taped.
I recommend that you seal this yourself, if you’re expecting heavy rain, and if want to buy this tent. Thankfully, this was the only leak inside this tent after 1 hour of heavy rain.
And as I promised you back in Test 8, here’s the other reason why I don’t recommend using this tent in strong wind. Notice this gap between the rainfly and the ceiling mesh, under the rainfly pole?
During my heavy rain test, there were no leaks through this gap into the tent. But that’s only because this heavy rain test happened in my yard without a whole lot of wind.
Unfortunately, I can definitely see this being a big issue in horizontal rain where there’s really strong wind and really heavy rain, because the wind will blow the rain right into the tent through the exposed mesh.
Also, I’m pretty sure that this exposed mesh also makes this tent not so great for colder conditions.
11. Light Rain Test
And if you’re wondering how this Eureka Copper Canyon does in light rain, to summarize, it was completely dry after a couple of hours of light rain. So, it’s perfectly functional in light rain.
I made this separate rain test video if you want more info on this Eureka tent on rainy days.
For now, let’s move on to some of the features of this tent, starting with the windows.
Number of Windows
This Eureka LX 6 has 4 windows around the entire tent. 3 of these windows are just regular windows, while the front window is part of the door.
Here are 2 of the regular windows:
I thought it was a bit odd though, that only the window that’s part of the door (i.e. the front window) comes with zippers, which are SBS.
Here’s what the front window looks like:
The Other Windows
On the other hand, the other 3 regular windows came with these toggles instead (and no zippers), and there are 6 of these toggles around each window.
I’m not sure why they removed the zippers, but maybe Eureka thought that these toggles might be better for flexibility? I did think that it was cool that I could open the windows in lots of different ways, like this.
In the picture above, you can see the 6 toggles around the window (4 at the top, and 1 at each side).
Pros of Window Toggles
And also, I noticed that 2 of these toggles are adjustable, while the other 4 are not adjustable.
I could adjust the straps of these 2 toggles to make them either tight, or loose.
When these 2 toggle straps are loose, I could get a little more ventilation into the tent (see below), while at the same time, still maintaining my privacy, because these curtains still fully cover the entire window.
On the other hand, when it’s raining, I like to have these straps tight against the window mesh, so that the rain won’t seep in through these windows.
And throughout my 1-hour heavy rain test, these window curtains actually managed to keep the rain out, which was impressive.
Cons of Window Toggles
As for cons, I think the biggest con is that it takes a much longer time to latch up/unlatch the window curtains.
- Zippers: Takes 2 seconds to unzip/zip
- Toggles: Takes 10 seconds to latch/unlatch
Zippers are just much faster, and personally, I prefer them to toggles.
Another thing that I also noticed is that after opening the windows, there were no toggles on any of the windows to keep the curtains latched up. Because of that, they can be prone to unraveling.
Also, I noticed these small holes at the bottom of each window; there are 2 holes per window. A YouTube viewer of mine told me that they’re likely for draining water, but huge insects can get into the tent through this hole. That’s another con for sure.
Number of Doors
The Eureka LX 6 has just 1 door at the front of the tent.
Similar to the window, it also comes with 2 SBS zippers for zipping and unzipping, and it also comes with 2 toggles by the side, which I used to tie the door fabric up to keep it open.
Pros of the Door
The door is pretty big actually, it measures about 58 inches in length, by 50 inches in width, and it’s about 3 times my size, which is pretty big.
This door also measures about 63 inches from the ground to the top of the door, and that’s about my height, so I barely had to duck when getting in and out of the tent through the door. All I had to do was to tilt my head a little bit to the side.
But that’s about it when it comes to the pros of this door.
Cons of the Door
Now, let me tell you what I did not like about this door.
The first thing I noticed about this door is that after I set my Eureka tent up, the door was very, very tight, especially around the top of the door. I mean, just look at all the tension creases on the door.
So, if you can’t get the door zipped up, I recommend not forcing it with 1 hand. Instead, use your other hand to pull the door zipper track as close together as possible, so that you don’t put too much strain on the zippers.
But thankfully, I noticed that after I let this tent break in for a few days, the door zipper became a little less tight, and I had less trouble zipping it up.
This is the biggest con of the door, but there are still 2 more things I did not like about it.
I didn’t quite like how the rain flap would get in the way of the zipper. But it’s not as big of a con to me, because as long as I hold the rain flap away while zipping the door up, it won’t snag.
Another con is that there are 2 separate zipper tracks for this door. Once you’re done unzipping the long zipper, you gotta bend down again and unzip the bottom zipper.
But there’s one good thing to this design – after the rain stopped, and when I unzipped the long zipper to get into the tent, I left the short bottom zipper zipped up, so that the door wouldn’t droop into the tent and let all the water in, which is nice.
14. Rainfly Pole
Speaking of rain, I do like the rainfly pole that’s over the door. It extends out by about 2 feet, which provides a little of an overhang to shield the door from the rain.
In my light rain test, the door stayed completely dry.
And in my heavy rain test, while the mesh of the door was slightly damp at the bottom, the top was dry, thanks to the rainfly pole, so I could crack the front door’s mesh open a bit for some ventilation.
15. Rainy Day Ventilation
As for rainy day ventilation, while I could crack the front window open a little bit, thanks to the rainfly pole (pictured above), the rest of the other 3 windows were completely drenched in the heavy rain.
I think the rainfly is just really too small, and the rain is really too heavy.
On top of that, there are absolutely no vents at all in my Eureka LX 6, so rainy day ventilation isn’t too great.
16. Hot Day Ventilation
On the other hand, hot day ventilation is pretty decent.
After I took the rainfly off from the outside, not only did I get ventilation from 4 pretty big windows, I also got ventilation from the ceiling mesh, and I could even stargaze at night.
17. Storage Options
I also found quite a few storage options in my Eureka LX 6.
For starters, there are 4 pockets in this tent, 2 at one width, and another 2 at the opposite width.
These pockets aren’t too big, but they can each fit maybe one medium-sized item, like a book or something. (2 pockets together measure 23 by 8 inches.)
Position of Pockets
I also noticed that all these 4 pockets are positioned really high up on the tent, so you won’t be able to reach them while lying down.
And I know that this may seem like a con to you, but I think I know why Eureka did this. Most cabin tents, like this Eureka Copper Canyon, all have really small rainflies that don’t provide a lot of rain protection.
Notice that the pockets are directly under the rainfly of the Eureka LX 6. This is important, because having the pockets sewn too low on the tent (without rainfly coverage) can actually cause a lot of leaking through the pocket seams.
That’s because when you attach the pocket on one of these lower seams, even if the seams are sealed, water can actually seep in through the pocket, and get into your tent that way. This happened for some of my cabin tents, like my Coleman 4-Person Instant Tent.
So, I think Eureka put these pockets directly under the rainfly to minimize any leaking.
On top of these pockets, I also got these 2 detachable gear lofts. Both are triangle shaped, together they measure about 25 by 25 inches, and have S-hooks so they can be hung up at the top.
While I do wish that these could be bigger, I liked that they didn’t block the 1 lantern loop at the top center of the tent, so I could still hang a lantern with the gear lofts in place.
Also, I found 2 extra loops in each corner of the tent, one at the top and one at the bottom, so 8 extra loops altogether.
You can use the top loops to hang more stuff, and the floor loops to secure any interior liner or footprint that you may have.
Oh, and there’s 1 power port at the bottom of this Eureka LX 6, with a zippered closure.
For quality, I looked at quite a few things, starting with the materials used.
The flooring of the Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6 is made of 75-denier polyester. I wish it could be thicker though, I don’t think 75D polyester is typically thick enough for flooring, so it’s even more important to use a groundsheet with this tent to protect the flooring.
But I like how there’s a tub floor all throughout the tent, and it measures about 10 inches up.
Tent Body Quality
The rest of the tent is made of also 75D polyester, which is a little thicker and better than standard budget tents, which typically are made of 68D polyester.
The wall poles of the Eureka LX 6 are made of steel, which are about three-quarters of an inch thick:
Unfortunately, here’s what they look like after some use:
In contrast, the roof poles and rainfly pole are made of fiberglass.
I also looked at the quality of the seams, as well as the seam taping. The seams are generally good quality, double-stitched, and consistent, and I found only a couple of loose threads.
And for seam taping, I found that all the important seams have been seam taped, especially the flooring and corners, which had really thorough seam taping.
However, the vertical seams were not taped, so there was a little leaking there. (Pictured above in the Rain Test Results!)
Zipper and Mesh Quality
I also looked at the quality of the zippers and mesh, which were SBS and micro mesh respectively, so decent quality all throughout the entire tent.
For portability, I measured the packed size of my Eureka LX 6 to be about 29 x 13 x 9 inches. Here’s what it looks like beside my Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent, and also one of my 32-ounce Nalgene bottles.
Ease of Carry
I really like the neat sling on the carry bag, it’s much longer than other tents’, making it one of easiest to carry:
The Eureka LX 6’s a little on the heavier side at about 22.4lbs., but I can still carry it easily.
Pros and Cons
1. Easy set up
For pros, I found the set up to be not too difficult, especially compared to other cabin tents that I have. The entire set up took me only 14 minutes, and I could do it completely on my own.
2. Easy pack away
I found the pack away to be pretty simple as well. It was easy for me to push the air out of the tent, and the carry bag is amazing. I think the fact that I could zip it up one-handed says enough, for sure.
3. High peak height
When it comes to spaciousness, there’s honestly so many pros about this Eureka Copper Canyon.
The peak height is seriously amazing, and is a full 7 feet from the ground to the top. Even after I stretched my arm upwards as much as I could, and I stood on tiptoes at the same time, I still couldn’t reach the top of the tent.
4. Very spacious
On top of that, I could even stand up everywhere, even at the corners, thanks to the near vertical side walls, and I could walk around everywhere inside the tent. It’s crazy spacious, especially for me.
5. Decent hot day ventilation
Hot day ventilation is also pretty good, with pretty big windows on every wall of the tent.
The door window measures a good 42 inches in length, and 30 inches in width, while the other 3 regular windows measure a good 51 inches in length, and 29 inches in width (each).
On top of that, there’s a good amount of ceiling mesh for even more ventilation.
6. Good value for money
Also, there’s a decent amount of storage and features all around the tent, the quality is pretty good, and it’s also not too expensive for a decent quality tent.
1. Not for strong winds
As for cons, I think the biggest one is definitely that it’s not great against strong winds. Even when staked down and guyed out. You can check out the wind test that I did in Section 8 of this blog post.
And on top of that, all the guylines are on the rainfly, so when you take the rainfly off, there will be no more guylines to secure the tent, which is even more of a disaster.
2. Door quality can be improved
The second biggest con is the door. It is not great at all. In Section 13 of this blog post, I go through the 3 biggest cons of this door, so you can go check that out if you haven’t already seen it.
3. Not for crazy rains
And the third biggest con is that this tent is not the best for heavy rains. It’s perfectly functional in light rain though, and with a little seam sealing on just the vertical seams at each corner of the tent, this tent can stay dry in heavy rain for at least a few hours.
But, bear in mind that the rainfly is small, so obviously this tent isn’t for crazy, torrential weather, and also, rainy day ventilation is minimal with no vents and almost no windows that can be opened.
Overall, I honestly really quite liked this Eureka LX 6, and I have 2 recommendations for you.
(1) In terms of spaciousness, I think very few tents on the market can actually beat the Eureka Copper Canyon. It’s a super great comfy tent for summer days, but I would definitely keep it away from the wind.
(2) Also, take note that this Eureka Copper Canyon is mid-way between a budget tent like Coleman and higher-end, more expensive tents like The North Face. The quality and pricing of this tent is also mid-way.
Bonus: Must Read!
How do I know this?
Well, I’ve bought and tested quite a few 6-person tents over the years, and I highly recommend that you check out this post where I spent over $2,000 buying and 6 months testing the best 6-person tents on the market.
Or, check out the Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6: