creates tents, canopies, sleeping bags and related accessories for life
outdoors. Their tents and gear are equally at home camping in your favorite
campground, at a backyard sleepover, on winter camping expeditions, biking
or hiking in the wilderness.
Eureka! has been manufacturing quality tents in Binghamton, New York,
since 1895. Ever since then, Eureka! has been making history as a leader
in new developments in the tent industry. For instance, Eureka! was the
first to introduce a practical outside frame tent, the Draw-Tite®,
in 1959. And the first to design an umbrella tent that combined the roominess
of a cabin tent with the convenience of a unique umbrella frame. As well
as being the first to pioneer the Timberline®, a completely self-supported
backpacking and mountaineering tent. Eureka! was the first to incorporate
the wrap-up bathtub floor system on all of its tents.
This reduces floor seams, so there’s less chance for problem leaks.
Superior craftsmanship, attention to detail and excellent creature comforts
are just some of the reasons Eureka! has enjoyed a world-class reputation
for over 100 years. Which is why people like Sir Edmund Hillary, the first
man to climb Mt. Everest, trusted Eureka! on his Himalayan Expedition
to Nepal in 1960. 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
I 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. To
see for yourself why Eureka! is the best in creating superior backpacks
and tents, keep reading.
Eureka! became a major manufacturing facility in the 1940's when
World War II erupted and demand for tents skyrocketed. In the 50's many
returning G.I.'s purchased mobile homes in the housing shortage, and bought
trailer awnings from Eureka!. About the same time Bob DeMartine, Arthur
C.'s son-in-law, joined the company. It was Bob who recognized Eureka's
untapped potential and moved the company from a local level to an international
Eureka's "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 2700 Timberlines
were sold the first year, and by its tenth anniversary, sales of the Timberline®
topped 1 million!
A new chapter in Eureka's history was written in 1973 when
Eureka! Tent was sold to S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. and became a division
of Johnson Wax Associates. In 1987, Sam Johnson, CEO of S.C. Johnson Wax
and the spirit behind the original purchases, separated Johnson Wax Associate
companies from S.C.J. forming a publicly held company. Today, Johnson
Outdoors Inc. directs some of the leading outdoor brands in the industry.
Eureka's commitment is the same as it was 100 years ago: to provide
the best gear at the best price.
All Eureka! Tents and packs come with a lifetime warranty against defects
in workmanship and materials. You can be sure that your Eureka! tent or
pack will provide years of trouble-free service, no matter where your
adventures take you.
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