Review: The North Face Evolution 45 Tent [ traveling tent ]

Review:   The North Face Evolution 45 Tent  [ traveling tent ]
Retail: $650, MBstores.com is offering this tent for only $479.95. (Limit time offer, expire soon.)

Product Description
Polyester ripstop fly sheet is UV resistant and low absorbent plus seam-taped and polyurethane-coated for waterproofness. Nylon ripstop canopy is lightweight and breathable with soothing color and partial translucence for long-term user satisfaction. Taped, seam-tensioned true bucket floor offers clean angles and usable space of a catenary cut without requiring seam sealing. Easton 7075-E9 aluminum poles are the strongest, lightest alloy available for the ultimate in tent performance. Continuous pole sleeves increase structural integrity and ease pitching. 16 guy points, including four 3-point equalizing guy lines, pull to 8 stake points for unparalleled support in extreme conditions. Reflective guy line loops, guy lines and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls make it easy to find the tent or adjust it in the dark without knocking it over. Durable polyurethane windows, cold-crack tested to -600F, are located near vents to allow for fog-free wildlife/weather viewing. Internally adjusted top vents with mesh screens assure spindrift melts onto fly sheet, and vent doors come together to form a top gear loft. Cone vents in vestibules work with doors and other vents to provide cross-drafting and climate control choices.


Retail: $599


Reviewed by: Paul, a Backpacker from Madison, WI
Date Reviewed: 4/16/2002 2:48:06 PM
 

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Summary:
This tent has sheltered us from the snows of Denali, the Chougach Mts., the Tetons, Yellowstone, Long's Peak, Lake Superior, the UP, and Trempeleau Wildlife Refuge among other notable anti-tropical destinations. Not once have we wanted for anything more than this tent has provided. When sleeping on snow, a Thermarest is the key, but a tent with good vetilation and a bath-tub bottom will keep your critical gear dry (and therefor not frozen solid in the morning).

The vents on this tent work surprisingly well, even in the Smoky Mts. The size perfectly accomodates three winter campers and their respective piles of gear ( both me and my brother are 6'4" ). The dual vestibules are key for times when cooking outside is simply not possible, and for keeping falling snow off of the gear. All of these features have a couple drawbacks: weight and price. On day 5, after several blizzards, this tent weighs 15+ lbs. Even on Day 1, when the tent is still dry, it weighs quite a bit. It does cost quite a bit, but so does anything that has The North Face written in 4" lettering on the side. In the world of mountaineering gear, price and quality do go hand-in-hand.

Customer Service:
While looking for backpack buckles, I have gotten 2 screwed up orders (it seemed like the threw 3 of everything they had in, while I only needed a couple of buckles which they apparently stopped making). Sewed up my 3-yr old mountain jacket, and re-vitalized the G.T. Replaced a broken tent-pole. Modest price.

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