My concern is the lack of a true rainfly...does it keep you dry in a serious rainfall?
MYLES B I have not experienced even a light rain in this tent. My purchase was based entirely on reviews from other owners.
VERLYN S We've been in rain twice since purchasing the tent. The first was a steady, all night rain - the second was a short downburst. We were dry both times. We did waterproof some of the seams. Possibly if there was a lot of wind with rain coming in sideways, you might get wet, but that could happen with any tent.
ANDREW G Yes. I set my tent up the first time in my yard, (to water-proof it), and it stood thru 4 days of high winds and heavy rains without any leaks. The wind was my main concern, but if you properly stake it out it should be fine. Every morning I had to re-adjust the guylines from the wind but the tent was dry and standing. The thing you have to consider is that the almost vertical walls are going to shed rain far better than a conventional tent, and therefore you only need a small rainfly. FWIW, My Boy Scout Troop uses (other models of) Eurekas and they are a very good value for the money, and give years of service. In the Copper Canyon's case, the ability to walk in and out of a tent makes it worth the extra time spent staking it out. I hope this helps.