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Technology

Which Model fits your Family?

Select your ideal tent by choosing the standard sleeping room configuration in the table below. Remember the larger your tent the heavier and bigger the pack volume will be. Our series consist of the regular, 4-pole tunnel tents and 3-pole Compact versions. The difference is the length of the tent, The shorter 3-pole versions offer the same spacious sleeping room and optional sleeping rooms. All tents (except for the Wild Basin Series and Lakota) are equipped with a zippable separation wall inside the sleeping area.

 


Breathable Terylene RipStop Cotton (BTC RS)

- Warm temperatures, best climate inside
- Best UV resistance, robust and flexible


BTC RS is our new and unique breathable technical cotton fabric with ripstop. The 65% polyester / 35% cotton ripstop blend is the ideal balanced mix of synthetic and natural materials. The integrated 0.6mm grid prevents tearing of the fabric. BTC RS has a high color fastness, is shrink proof and extremely robust.





Ripstop Polyester (RS), Taffeta Polyester (TP) and Armatech® Polyester (AP)

- Trekking in variable and inclement weather
- Best space to weight ratio


Eureka!'s polyester family tents are targeted at families who like variation and trekking during their holidays. Next to our high quality Ripstop Polyester with StormShield coating, we have chosen the best materials and DAC’s lightweight aluminium combination poles. The most durable and lightest tent poles available.
RS/TP/AP is the best choice if you want to use your tent for trekking holidays or by camping in bad weather. It is the lightest fabric and it dries very fast. In combination with the excellent ventilation of our Polyester tents it performs very well, taking the lower price of this material into account.


Breathable Terylene Cotton (BTC)

- Warm temperatures, best climate inside
- Best UV resistance


Our breathable TC series is our breathable range of family tents. The fabric has been impregnated by a dirt- and waterrepellent fabric protector, which also protects against mildew. The different characteristics of BTC, led to the choice of DAC’s lightweight “ Press-Fit Poles”. The most durable and lightest tent poles available for family tents.
Between all modern (often superlight) pure synthetic tent fabrics, Breathable TC has that nostalgic feeling. If you look beneath the surface you may find a few good arguments for this material. It all depends how you will use your tent. Cotton swells if it gets wet and seals up in that way. Cotton also has a high UV resistance, that means if you move your basis to the south and the tent will be prone to strong sunlight, you may benefit from the advantages of it. Also, BTC tents have a better inside climate than tents made out of synthetic fabrics as they are 100% breathable.

 

Tent Pole Production Technology


In spite of the costs, Eureka! tents only use the best aluminium tent poles with Seamless Extrusion technology, manufactured by the world best tent pole supplier. This technology insures uniform microstructure of aluminium, which lays the foundation of the strong construction of our tents. We DO NOT use the Sheet Welding manufacturing method, because its weakness is a big problem (bending disturbs microstructure, therefore weakens aluminium poles). It is however widely used in producing lower value tent poles because it is a very efficient and economical process.


Tent Pole Types

 

Press - Fit poles 
Conventional tent poles used to use either glue or crimping for fixing joint / ferrule into the main tube. However, both glue and crimping cause failure sometimes for many different reasons. In order to make sure the joint and the main tube are securely fixed without occasional failure, 'press-fit' method is used. Though it's a difficult method in manufacturing, our supplier successfully manages total +/- 0.01 tolerance of the male and female tolerance for production.
 
Combination poles
These poles allow different diameter poles to be used without creating stress-riser. This is the most strength - cost effective way of
building a strong large family tent. In selecting different diameter poles to be used, the 'bending stiffness and maximum moment before yielding start' of the poles are carefully calculated and tested.
 
Featherlite 
The first and the original Featherlite series. In order to get the right balance between a main tube and a joint, one end had to be swaged just as much to maintain proper bending stiffness and expand the other end to fit the swaged end in.
 
Featherlite SL 
Featherlite SL is the latest family of Featherlite series. It combines features of original Featherlite, Featherlite SL and a combination pole. Featherlite SL enables RC- Reverse Combi - technology to be applied without creating a weak joint.
 

 

 

Eureka's Water column - less can be more!

Water column expresses the coating, which is being used for making the nylon and polyester tents waterproof. For example: 1000 mm, means that there can be 1000 mm water pressure per 1 cm² on the tent fabric, before it starts leaking through. From 800 mm on the material can really be called waterproof. It's better to have a higher value, because there is a possibility that the coating wears out and the value decreases. There is no standard for water colomn testing. Eureka! measures after production, however some brands mention a value “off the roll” or before production, which of course is much higher.

For most of Eureka! tents we use PU coating; this is the strongest and most resistant to abrasion kind of coating. However, higher value of the water column has a backside: the strength of the fabric will decrease because the chemical components of the coating are weakening the fabric fibres. Therefore the right combination of amount coating / strength fabric is very important for the best result.
 
Water column can not be used as a waterproof value for the fabric of Technical Cotton and 100% Nature Cotton, because these fabrics have a different way of sealing. Cotton fabrics are impregnated so that they are waterproof and breathable. Cotton swells if it gets wet and seals up in that way. Technical cotton needs little coating (1000 mm), because it contains 35% cotton and the swelling of the cotton helps to become waterproof.
 
All Eureka! tents have been studied carefully to get to the best waterproof / strength fabric ratio. Please note there are no general norms and checks for the water column value on the market. Eureka! gives honest information, on which you can rely.

 

Pack Technology

E!Lite Harness System

Tailor made comfort for your back Only the best is good enough for Eureka! We invested almost 2 years of diligent R&D into the E!Lite Harness System for lightweight travel packs. The key to a comfortable pack is the torso fit. E!lite is fully height-adjustable and fits most torso lengths. 

The curved shoulder straps comfortably padded at the critical location ensure that the pack is is comfortable even after hours of hiking. Air mesh is used throughout to increase air flow so that when you sweat, the pack does not. 
For the active female traveller, Eureka! developed a ladies’ version of the harness, which is specifically designed to fit a woman’s torso, shoulders, and natural curves.

  • Back padding with adjustable height 

E!Lite stands for guaranteed custom fit for light and comfortable trekking! It is a core feature of Eureka!’s backpack models Archimedes, Themis, Apollo and Traveller.

ATVi Harness System

  • Air Tech Venting harness system combines a molded frame system with mesh backrests for complete air circulation.
  • Molded frame also creates a rugged and sturdy frame for any size load.
  • Shoulder straps are constructed using durable Air mesh with maximum ventilation properties.
  • Design of shoulder harness provides exact fit and proper weight transfer. Dual sip clips secure hydration bladder tubes.

 

VHS Harness System

  • Velcro Harness Sizing system simplifies pack fitting.
  • Contoured shoulder straps with stretch mesh covering.
  • Form fitted lumbar and hipbelt wings.
  • ‘Hideaway’ fabric harness protecter protects harness while in transit.
  • Mesh covered back padding with central air channel venting.
  • all nylon webbing for smooth adjustments.
  • Rock Lockster side release buckles, both simple and durable.
  • Complete with adjustable sternum strap.

 

How to fit an internal Frame Pack

Any hiking trip, short or long, will be more enjoyable if you pack your gear correctly. Start by imagining a line of balance running vertically through your body. No matter where you walk – level, uphill, or downhill – the body compensates to maintain that balance. The higher you carry a load, the closer it is to that line of balance (the pack can actually curve over your head). Carrying weight too high, however, can cause an uncomfortable side-to-side sway as you walk. The zone method of packing is recommended. Another important key to an enjoyable trip is proper fit. Below are steps for fitting and loading an internal frame pack. 

1 Find the stays and bend to S-curve to match the shape of your back. Stays are located in the pockets on the back of the pack.
2 Put the pack on and tighten the hipbelt (shoulder straps are still loose). S-curve should fit your back when the hipbelt rests on your hipbones. Half of the belt should be above the highest point of the hip and the other half below. Check location of the shoulder straps.
3 Take the pack off. Adjust the shoulder straps using the adjustments. Load 10 kg into the pack.
4 Try the pack on again and check the stays and the hipbelt position in a mirror.
5 Check the position of the shoulder straps in mirror. They should wrap around the shoulders snugly. The shoulder strap stabilizer should be at a 45° angle. Readjust if needed.
6 When adjustments are completed, fasten sternum strap, tighten top stabilizing straps and the hipbelt stabilizing straps.
Approximate Fit Guidelines:54cm stays to 160cm
61cm stays to 150 to 175cm
69cm Stays over 175cm
Please note: for accurate fit, the pack should be tried on, or the torso measured, from the top of
the shoulder to the hip bone. Since everyone’s torso length varies regardless of height, this is the
only way to be sure of a correct fit.

Loading an internal Frame Pack


ZONE A : Pack the heaviest items closest to your back. This gives you better control of the pack’s weight and gives you better balance for rock hopping or bush walking.
ZONE B : For optimum balance, place the lightest gear in the top and front of the pack.
ZONE C : Carry your sleeping bag at the bottom of the pack.

Additional Packing tips

  • Use nylon stuff sacks to organize your gear. You may check out our StormShield range of waterproof dry sacks, eVent bags and StormShield bags
  • Keep rain gear and other frequently used items in easily accessible outside pockets.
  • Lash long objects like tent poles and fishing poles to the sides of the pack, or store them inside if the pack has a divider with pass through corners.
  • Keep fuel bottles away from food stuff sacks.

 

 

Sleeping Bag Technology

 

Rteq insulating fibres have been selected for Eureka sleeping bags resulting in superior performance now, and years ahead. 

A 4 fibre blend combines ‘suspension’ fibres, creating and maintaining loft, with micro hollowfibres, for maximum heat retention. The end result is an insulation that will be both warm and durable. 

The finely tuned looming process enables Rteq insulation to be made in much thinner thicknesses than most other insulations. Rteq insulation is then layered to attain the desired warmth retention for a specific sleeping bag design, with the added benefits of excellent loft and the elimination of insulation shift. 

Multiple layering eliminates any cold spots that can occur in other looming processes. 

Eureka! CE Temperature Ratings



Eureka! SleepingBags are tested to comply with the European EN 13537 standard 

Our Comfort Rating is a range where most users would realize a good night’s sleep at the listed temperature. We recommend you make your selection based on the Comfort Rating temperature ratings.(Note women and older people, tend to require a sleeping bag a few degrees warmer.) 

Our Extreme rating is a temperature where sleep would be uncomfortable but providing a measure of warmth. 



Introduction 

From the 1st of January 2005 a new EN standard comes into effect, covering the testing and publication of temperature ratings for Sleeping Bags. The new standard differs form those that have existed previously and this information sheet covers the main provisions of the new standard in a simple and straightforward manner. It is not intended to cover the whole standard in detail and consumers wishing to do more research will find a number of sources at the end of this document. 



New Sleeping Bag Labelling 



There is a major change to the way sleeping bags are labelled. A new European standard (EN 13537) means that all sleeping bags adhering to the standard will have the temperature ratings set by a standard laboratory test. This means that sleeping bags from different manufacturers will all have comparable temperatures. 

All sleeping bags delivered to shops after 1st January 2005 should conform to EN 13537 and reputable Manufacturers are trying to ensure that all 2005 consumer catalogues, websites, hangtags and consumer adverts communicate temperatures to EN 13537. However, consumers should be aware that there will be older stock in the shops and throughout 2005; many shops will have a mixture of old and new labelling. In addition you should know that whilst the standard is being embraced by the industry as quickly as possible, there is no legal requirement for brands to conform as the standard is advisory. 

Retailers and manufacturers are working together to ensure that the change is smooth and clear for the consumer and this information sheet has been prepared by the European Outdoor Group as a part of this process. 

What is EN 13537? 

“EN 13537:2002 Requirements for Sleeping Bags” is the official European Standard for the labelling of sleeping bags. EN13537 applies to all sleeping bags with the exception of sleeping bags for military use and sleeping bags for extreme temperatures (i.e. comfort range below -25ºC). The standard was published in 2002 and has now been adopted in most European countries. 

The standard is used in the following countries: 

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. 

What is new with EN 13537? 

The biggest change that consumers will see is the way that temperatures are defined and displayed. EN13537 requires a thermal manikin test which produces four temperature results - upper limit, comfort, lower limit and extreme. These temperatures will work for most consumers. 

There will be a diagram showing the temperatures on the sleeping bag label. It will be similar to this example.

 

In this example, the ‘average’ woman will have a comfortable night’s sleep if the air temperature is between +22°C and +4°C and the average man will sleep comfortably between +22°C and -1°C. 

In catalogues where one temperature value is used prominently, the value is the lowest limit of comfort, in this case, -1°C. 

The sleeping bag should provide enough insulation to prevent serious hypothermia down to -18°C but between -1°C and -18°C a strong sensation of cold has to be expected and you should be aware that there is a risk of health damage due to hypothermia at the lower temperatures. 

How to understand the EN 13537 Temperature Ratings 



All of the temperature values are based on the air temperature outside the sleeping bag. Weather forecasts usually give two temperatures, the daytime high temperature and the night time low temperature. The night-time low temperature will be the air temperature outside the sleeping bag as you sleep. 

The EN 13357 temperature tests use a thermal manikin which is a full size humanoid dummy with heaters and temperature sensors. The manikin is placed inside the sleeping bag and both are placed in a climate chamber. The manikin is heated to simulated body warmth. The air temperature is measured in the climate chamber and on the skin surface of the manikin. From these measurements, the insulation value of the complete sleeping bag is calculated. 

The temperature recommendations are defined by EN 13537 based on the measured insulation. 

EN13537 produces four temperature results - upper limit, comfort, lower limit and extreme. The ratings are based on an average man with a weight of 80kg and an avarage woman with a weight of 60kg.

  • The EN 13537 Upper Limit or Maximum Temperature is the highest temperature at which an ‘avarage’ adult male is able to have a comfortable night’s sleep without excess sweating.
  • The EN 13537 Comfort rating is based on an ‘avarage’ woman having a comfortable night’s sleep.
  • The EN 13537 Lower Limit is based on the lowest temperature at which an ‘avarage’ adult male is deemed to be able to have a comfortable night’s sleep.
  • The EN13537 Extreme rating is a survival only rating for a ‘standard’ adult woman. “In the risk range a strong sensation of cold has to be expected and there is a risk of health damage due to hypothermia.” This is an extreme survival rating only and it is not advisable for consumers to rely on this rating for general use. The best guideline temperatures for purchase decisions are the TComfort and TLimit ratings.




How do I know if a sleeping bag conforms to EN 13537? 



If you look at the hangtag, there should be the words EN 13537 or the CE logo. There are some variations of the labelling related to the exact testing that has been performed. 

Most sleeping bags on the market will comply with the important parts of EN 13537 but not all will be tested fully and as such will not be able to display the CE mark. 

CE: A sleeping bag which fully complies with all aspects of EN 13537 is entitled to display the CE symbol on the product and hangtag. To qualify for the CE symbol the product must have a specific temperature test on an approved thermal manikin and the fabrics and fillings have to pass specified EN textile tests. The standard is not mandatory, so the manufacture can decide not to have the CE mark on the product. 

If the label says – “temperature tested to EN 13537”, this means that the manufacturer has had the thermal manikin tests done on this sleeping bag to EN 13537 but may not have completed all of the fabric tests according to the European test system. They may, however, have tested the fabrics and insulation to other standards – e.g. ISO or ASTM. 

If the label says – “temperature rating in accordance with EN 13537”, or similar, this means that the manufacturer has calculated the temperature values for this sleeping bag. Many manufacturers have tested a small number of sleeping bags and calculated the results for other products in their collections. 

If it does not say EN 13537, ask your retailer for advice. The shop staff should have catalogues or data sheets with the EN 13537 ratings for products in their shops and manufacturers are trying to ensure that all 2005 consumer catalogues, websites, hangtags and consumer adverts communicate temperatures to EN 13537. However, consumers should be aware that there will be older stock in the shops and throughout 2005; many shops will have a mixture of old and new labelling. 

Most of the sleeping bag ratings before EN 13537 were based on fit well conditioned young men and created from studies on soldiers, outdoor instructors and mountaineers. Therefore, a much greater margin of safety needs to be applied. On average, a sleeping bag which is rated as -1°C lower limit of comfort to EN 13537 would have previously been -6°C to -8°C by older test methods.