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eureka family

About Us - Who we are and What we do

This high profile and leading outdoor brand in the European market, is one of the brands in Nigor Net’s portfolio. Eureka! has been manufacturing quality tents since 1895; becoming known over the years as an innovation leader in the outdoor industry. Superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, and product innovation are just some of the reasons Eureka! has enjoyed a first-class reputation for over 100 years.

Nigor Net B.V. is an European company that's creative and market driven. We handle product development, sales and marketing for some of the most recognizable brand names in the recreational industry. The company’s office and showroom are located in Utrecht, the centre of the Netherlands.

Our commitment is the development and distribution of high quality outdoor products, that are build to withstand the climatic and topographic challenges in Europe, from the subtropical regions in the South till the Arctic in the North. The product range, materials and specifications are at a higher level than the Eureka! collections sold in North America and other parts of the world. We make the recreational gear you need to make your experience more enjoyable, such as tents, backpacks sleeping bags, air mats and other camping accessories,
We value your input as we are always looking for new ideas, new products, or simply experiences you may want to share.  
 
Eureka! has been manufacturing quality tents since 1895; becoming known over the years as an innovation leader in the outdoor industry. Eureka! was the first to introduce a practical external frame tent (the Draw-Tite) in 1959, the first to design an umbrella tent that combined the roominess of a cabin tent with the convenience of an umbrella frame, and the first to use frame clips to ease set-up and enhance air circulation. Recently, Eureka! developed the patented High/Low venting door and low venting fly.


Craftmanship and product innovation

Superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, and product innovation are just some of the reasons Eureka! has enjoyed a first-class reputation for over 100 years. This is why climbers like Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mt. Everest in 1960, trusted Eureka! tents on this Himalayan Expedition to Nepal. Eureka! was also the sole tent supplier to the All American Mountaineering Expedition that climbed Mt. Everest in 1963. And in 1978, Eureka! was with the American Women’s Himalayan Expedition to Annapurna every step of the way. In fact, Eureka! tents have accompanied all the North American “first ascents” of Mt. Everest, including the first Canadian woman in 1986 and the first American woman in 1988.


Made to meet the challenge

Even if your idea of an adventure involves considerably less risk, it’s good to know that Eureka! is made to meet the challenge. We receive testimonials each year from consumers telling us “their story” of how our product met or exceeded their expectations. We invite you to preview our product range and see for yourself why Eureka! is the best value in backpacks and tents. Welcome!

 


History

Eureka! was established in 1895 as a small custom canvas shop that designed and sewed house and store awnings, Conestoga wagon covers, horse blankets, American flags, and - of course - tents. Eureka! became a major manufacturing facility in the 1940's when World War II erupted and demand for tents skyrocketed. During World War II, we manufactured hundreds of hospital ward tents. In the 50's, many returning G.I.'s purchased mobile homes in the housing shortage, and bought trailer awnings from Eureka!. In the Vietnam campaign, Eureka! produced liners for thousands of Quonset huts. 

Our "camping" tent history began in the late 50's and early 60's. That's when work on the Draw-Tite® began ... the tent used first by Sir Edmund Hillary and then by America's first Everest expedition in 1963.

From this benchmark, innovation grew. A breakthrough came in 1973 with the introduction of the Timberline®. For backpackers, the Timberline® was the first self-supporting, lightweight tent. Brass hooks were used to speed set-up, an early predecessor to clips. Truly our first StormShield® design, over 2,700 Timberlines were sold the first year, and by its tenth anniversary, sales of the Timberline® topped 1 million! And in 1978, Eureka! was with the American Women's Himalayan Expedition to Annapurna every step of the way. In fact, Eureka! tents have accompanied all the North American "first ascents" of Mt. Everest, including the first Canadian woman in 1986 and the first American woman in 1988.

 

Free Standing Dome Tent,  1948

Seen as the archetype of all free standing dome tents. It is a free standing tent, which uses arched poles attached to the floor of the tent, with the tent body attached to the poles along the length of the poles. At the top a line attaches the tip of the tent to the poles. The poles are made in sections for compact size when transporting the tent. The patent was filed in 1948. Robert Blanchard worked for Eureka! This free-standing design concept went on to inspire his DrawTite designs of the '60s. This would be the ancestor for the modern Eureka! Timberline. Now, several "innovative" companies use tensioned pole segments joined by a hub to create a freestanding structure.