Review: The North Face Mountain 25 [ 2-man, 4-season Tent ]

Review: The North Face Mountain 25 [ 2-man, 4-season Tent ]
Product Description
Retail: $399.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $329.95 only. (offer expires soon)
A versatile, extremely wind resistant expedition tent. Super wind-resistant profile survives expedition testing as well as withstanding 80 mph winds in the 1998 C-130 test. 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. catenary cut without requiring seam sealing. Easton 7075-E9 aluminum poles are the strongest, lightest alloy available for the ultimate in tent performance. 16 guy points, including four 3-point equalizing guy lines, pull to. 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. Continuous pole sleeves increase structural integrity and ease pitching. 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. top gear loft. Cone vents in vestibules work with doors and other vents to provide cross-drafting and climate control choices. Dual doors provide easy accessibility and venting options. Color-coding of tent poles to pole sleeves/pole sleeve binding and canopy webbing to fly sheet webbing eases pitching and ensures correct set-up the first time. Adjustable ground tensioners on vestibules assure taut tent pitches on uneven ground. Fly-only pitching with fly sheet, poles and. matched TNF Footprint provides. summer weight-saving shelter option. TNF Gear Loft #2 is compatible to add extra storage space. Compression stuffsack to keep load small and tight.


Retail: $399.


Reviewed by: Ian, a Mountaineer from Seattle, Wa
Date Reviewed: 1/2/2002 12:56:24 PM
 

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The mountain is the strongest 2 man tent I've been in (though you pay for that with the extra weight). I've used it high on Rainier and other Cascade Volcanos and even through a 75+ mph wind storm on Mt. Baker where I thought the tent might break but never did (Even with a Snow Wall and fully guyed out it still got pushed in a little during that strom)But for even 45 mph winds the tent doesn't seem to notice. Easy to set up with Colored poles and Matching sleeves and a fast set up design. Great pockets and good head room add to this Bomb Proof tent. So if you know your going to be pounded this is a great tent, but if you don't expect to be pounded think about others becasue of the extra weight, which is about 1 lbs 8 oz's heavier. I Love mine and feel very safe from weather. Not all 4 season tents can take it like this so find out your needs, and make sure you do your research.

Customer Service:
They are so nice.

Similar Products Tried:
Trango 3.1
Moss little Dipper (awsome)
Sierra Designs Trios
 

 
  Reviewed by: Ian, a Mountaineer from Seattle, Wa
Date Reviewed: 1/2/2002 12:53:42 PM
 
 

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The mountain is the strongest 2 man tent I've been in (though you pay for that with the extra weight). I've used it high on Rainier and other Cascade Volcanos and even through a 75+ mph wind storm on Mt. Baker where I thought the tent my break but never did (Even with a Snow Wall and fully guyed out it still pushed in a little during that strom)But for even 45 mph winds the tent doesn't seem to notice. Easy to set up with Colored poles and Matching sleeves and a fast set up design. Great pockets and good head room makes for a Bomb Proof tent. So if you know your going to be pounded this is a great tent, but if you don't expect to be pounded think about others becasue of the extra weight, which is about 1 lbs 8 oz's heavier. I Love mine and feel very safe from weather which Alot of other tents you might thing to stand up to such winds don't really so make sure you do your research.

Customer Service:
They are so nice.

Similar Products Tried:
Trango 3.1
Moss little Dipper (awsome)
Sierra Designs Trios
 

 
  Reviewed by: Patrick Brunsvold, a Mountaineer from Billings, MT, USA
Date Reviewed: 8/20/2001 12:16:36 PM
 
 

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This tent is a serious performer. i recently took this tent on my first ascent of Granite Peak. We camped on a very small rock ledge and throughout the night, during a rough mountain storm, the tent held up throughout the night. it is an excellent performer. the only drawback of this tent is it's weight, but i will cary the extra 3 lbs. to know that my shelter will protect me. A great product.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Bill, a Mountaineer from California
Date Reviewed: 2/12/2001 7:45:46 PM
 
 

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Bottom line: When it's all caving in and you need a place to sit it out, this is the tent to have. Yes, there are lighter ones out there. But, as Dana Designs and Bibler state and I have watched first hand; the lighter tents flex and rattle too much in high winds and are designed to collapse to dump snow and pop up again. I don't want my tent collapsing on me in the middle of the night. I can't say enough good things about my Mountain.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jeremy Osguthorpe, a Climber from WA
Date Reviewed: 1/3/2001 5:15:29 PM
 
 

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Got this tent mainly because it was on sale. Overall I'm quite pleased with its performance. Holds up in wind nicely, keeps the weather out. But there is one thing about this tent that bugs me, the weight. I think the next tent I'm going to get is going to be single wall, preferabbly a Bibler. Even though this tent is strong, I just can't justify the weight compared to a single wall which isnt as strong but strong enough for my purposes. As stated before get the ground cloth, it will save your floor from stuff like twigs and stuff.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Martin, a Climber from Salt Lake Sity, Utah, U.S.A.
Date Reviewed: 11/20/2000 3:03:04 AM
 
 

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This tent is the best. It withstood a ton of snow in the mountains of Tibet. It is a bit heavy but it is worth every bit of it. I would pay the price again to have this tent. I will last a lifetime. I will give another review in a couple of months after I go back to Tibet and camp for 2 months in this tent.

Customer Service:
Great costomer service

Similar Products Tried:
Buy the Footprint it will help the floor stay in great shape. No need for the waterproofing though!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Vaibhav, a Backpacker from Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: 10/22/2000 7:22:39 PM
 
 

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I was looking for a 4 season tent for a while and I narrowed down my options to the Mountain 25 and Trango 2.

My brother wanted to buy me a gift for my birthday and he asked me which tent I wanted.

I decided to go with the Mountain 25 because it was available at the store where my brother bought it and the Trango 2 was not in stock.

I used the tent in Skaftafell National park in Iceland for the first time. It was raining heavily and very cold (this camping trip was in early September). In the night, the wind picked up too and if you have been to Iceland, you know how windy it can get. I was amazed at the performance of the tent. I guyed it out so it was bombproof in the wind. It also didn't leak (remember to seam seal it first with the included seam sealer). I am very glad with this purchase. I plan on taking it winter camping to Manning Provincial Park in BC this winter.

Thanks to my brother who gave me this tent as a gift for my 27th birthday
 

 
  Reviewed by: Chris, a Mountaineer from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: 10/22/2000 8:45:49 AM
 
 

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Strong, but heavy. Small interior space for its weight, fly is prone to flapping in wind because it can not be fully tightened to body. Holds up well over time, mine is now three years old. Overall quality is very good. Circular doors make ingress/egress somewhat difficult but are great at creating at tight tent body.

Customer Service:
No problems.

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Sierra Designs Tiros
Mountain Hardwear Trango
 

 
  Reviewed by: Joe, a Climber from Illinois
Date Reviewed: 9/25/2000 7:41:45 AM
 
 

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I bought this tent for $50 brand new at a rei b93. It was returned because there was a 1 inch slit on the outer stuff sack and the knot on one of the pole ends was too big. This tent is going to ranier to everest and all between. I reknotted the cord and sewed the bag and that was all. I have essentailly a flawless brand new tent that was repaired in five minutes. I would even call it repair, because it was so darn easy. Love the tent
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jeremy, a Mountaineer from America
Date Reviewed: 4/19/2000 9:19:47 PM
 
 

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This is probably one of the best mountaineering tents on the market. The low profile design is very effective at shedding wind. The North Face did a test and put their tents behind a C-130 and tested the strength. The Mountain withstood 80 MPH Winds (more than any other tent they tested)! The 12 guy out points really help stabilize the tent in high winds. The tent has a fall-proof design that is bombproof. It can withstand hours on end of snow, freezing rain, and high winds without failure (my personal experience). The 2 doors make a convenient entry and exit that doesn't make you crawl on your gear to get out. The large hooped vestibule has plenty of space for cooking and storage, plus it even has a smaller rear stake out vestibule to go along with that! I like the fact that the poles are in sleeves rather than clips, with in my opinion easier to use, stronger, and less likely to cause problems. Theres not really any disadvantages with this tent, everything about it is just great! I would recommend this tent to anybody, especially if you need a lightweight shelter that can withstand the wrath of nature without flaw and a livable tent to wait out storms or acclimatize to altitude. Great tent, Great tent, Great tent!!!! (oh yeah, those that think this tent is expensive, just pay for it now so you don't waste money on another tent when your just going to get this tent anyway, it's cheaper in the long run and you won't have regrets)

Customer Service:
Haven't needed any

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My friend has a Mountain Hardwear Trango 2.something,I like my mountain tent way better!!!!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Sean, a Mountaineer from Allyn, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: 3/21/2000 4:40:52 PM
 
 

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This tent is ready for the mountains. It is one of the strongest tents i have owned in my career of mountaineering. With 12 guy out points thihs tent can take take gale force winds quietly and securely. If oyu want one tent that is ready for anything you can dsih out buy this one.

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Walrus, mountain hardwear trango, northface ve-25, bibler eldorado
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jeremy, a Mountaineer from WA
Date Reviewed: 3/11/2000 9:17:12 PM
 
 

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This has got to be the greatest tent there can be (except maybe for it's bigger brothers the Ambition and VE-25 which are just as good)! It's a very livable mountaineering tent (most mountaineering tents I've tried aren't the kind you want to be in a very long time). This one is great! I got mine for 300, but I would have payed another 125 for it. This tent is worth the money.

Similar Products Tried:
REI, Walrus
 

 
  Reviewed by: Dave, a Mountaineer from Canton, NY, USA
Date Reviewed: 2/21/2000 10:46:09 AM
 
 

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This is a great tent for serious conditions such as winter camping near or above tree line in the presidentials in the White Mountain region. It is extremely strong and quiet in high winds. I prefer this over the expedition 25 because I found the expedition 25 to be heavy, real tight fit for 3, and noisy in the wind. I wouldn't recommend this tent for most conditioins encountered because it is overkill. If you want an extreme conditions tent for 2 buy this one!

Customer Service:
None Needed!

Similar Products Tried:
TNF Expedition 25, SD Draco, SD Stretch Prelude, SD Clip 2, and the Walrus Rapedee
 

 
  Reviewed by: Lenny Contillo III, a Mountaineer from Oakdale, CT USA
Date Reviewed: 2/14/2000 1:32:24 PM
 
 

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I have owned the North Face Mountain tent for over two years now. In that time, my best friend and climbing partner Chris and I have taken it on numerous trips into the White Mountains of New Hampshire in some pretty incredible conditions; once at full exposure to high winds. This tent is solid when guyed out. Setup is much easier than clip tents and makes for a sturdier tent. Ventilation is good and it's bright yellow color makes it easier to spot in whiteout conditions. The only complaints I would have about this tent is it's weight and it's priced a little high. I would, however, pick this tent over any other on the market at this point.
 

 
 
  Reviewed by: Andrew Wang, a Mountaineer from Los Angeles, CA
Date Reviewed: 2/7/2000 11:45:22 AM
 
 

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I had this tent for 3 years. It has served as a tent year around. It is warmer than many other tents. I've used it in howling winds and snow,
but in the summer if you use it without the fly on it's great to keep mosquitoes off.

The only down side is that it's only for two people. If you have a party of three (the most comfortable number for glaciar travel) then this tent will not work.


 

 
  Reviewed by: Andrew Wang, a Mountaineer from Los Angeles, CA
Date Reviewed: 2/7/2000 11:45:18 AM
 
 

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I had this tent for 3 years. It has served as a tent year around. It is warmer than many other tents. I've used it in howling winds and snow,
but in the summer if you use it without the fly on it's great to keep mosquitoes off.

The only down side is that it's only for two people. If you have a party of three (the most comfortable number for glaciar travel) then this tent will not work.


 

 
  Reviewed by: Frank Thompson, a Mountaineer from Rosebud, MO USA
Date Reviewed: 2/6/2000 11:39:11 AM
 
 

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I hike in the worst of conditions.
It's a choice.
Like what mother nature has to offer.
Unfortinatly this means high winds and cold temps.
The mountain tent has the stability unmatched by any other tent in it's class, low profile keeps the dreaded wind off quite nice.
For a shelter that may provide life saving enviroment, the NTF Mountain Tent is and will be the only tent I ever buy
 

 
  Reviewed by: mike levine, a Mountaineer from thornton, colorado
Date Reviewed: 2/4/2000 1:03:13 AM
 
 

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This marvelous thing is my bomb shelter wherever I may land. The places I set up shop tend to be at altitude (12,500+ ft.)and with unfavorable conditions (just lucky I guess)The pole in sleeve design IS easier to set up in ugly conditions and makes for a VERY stable home without much dawdling. ALWAYS guy out any tent (if possible) in foul weather but chances are best in THIS tent if the extra stability is not available. Mine is now 3 years old and used probably 25 times without any complanit what so ever. Like any solid 4 season tent, it gets a bit frosty in the winter but that's pretty tough to avoid in ANY tent. The pockets around the entire base of the inside make for marvelous storage and keeping track of the million things one likes to have on hand. The gear loft will cramp you if you try to sit up inside so balance that option with that of your comfort. I am confident that any avid outdoors person will appreciate the performance of this tent. It costs a lot and dammit, IT'S WORTH IT!!!!

Customer Service:
TNF did process a return of their Mtn. Light Jacket for me a couple of years ago. The gore-Tex had delaminated and caused the garment to leak. Although it took about 6.5 weeks, they gave me store credit to to cover the cost of a brand new one. I tossed in another $30 and moved up to the Mountain Jacket. Lifetime Warantee means just that although it seems like a lifetime before your gear gets back to you.

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I have slept in too many tents to list here though none stick in my mind as being comparable or worthy of individual attention.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Chris Oteri, a Mountaineer from Boston, MA...USA
Date Reviewed: 2/3/2000 5:38:32 PM
 
 

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As a guide in New England, some of the worst weather in the world has found me, Mt. Washington, NH. to be exact. When I was in the market for a new tent, I tried them all. My final two were the Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 and the North Face Mountain.To make a long story short, I chose the NF Mtn. My reasons are these
1. The Trango, in high winds, does not set up properly. Since all of the poles have to be clipped in rather than slipped into sleeves like with the MTN. It tends to get set up crooked in wind or at night when visibility is slim to none.
2.Once the Trango has been set up, it is bomb proof like mostly everything made by Hardwear. The only problem I found was the set up and if you have ever been in winds stronger than 55mph you can relate.
3.Finaly, The Mtn. tent is the only TNF product that I own and no matter what mother nature has thrown at me, this tent has proved itself on more than 50 occasions. This is truly the one product from TNF that has passed my tests. Enjoy...

P.S. Definitely purchase the FOOTPRINT it will save your floor.

Customer Service:
Lifetime Warranty is definitely key.

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TNF Mountain Tent compared to Mountain Hardwear Trango 2
 

 
  Reviewed by: steve DYmond, a Climber from Denver
Date Reviewed: 1/31/2000 9:53:07 AM
 
 

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Whilei I have littel to add regarding the overall constructionand relaiability and weight, there are two points which one should be aware of, and which would dissuade me from re-purchasing this tent. First, I have experienced lots of condensation in this tent in very wet conditions-I can hear my readers ssaying open the doors you dummy-alas, while the vestibule door is an option the other end is not as the fall line from the top end is directly inline with the tent itself- thus if its pooring rain- you more or less have to keep the doors fairly shut, resulting in lots of condenssation-have tried the ole candle lantern to help dry and move air with littel luck. If this tent had a "visor" over the apex of each end, this situation regarding dripping might be reduced. ONe reviewer noted that he tent gets hot on sunny days-I discovered in Tibet taht using a reflective space balnket on the fly works wonders to keep tents tolerable in bright sun. I have kept abreast of other tents- and while I have had excellent luck with TNF stuff (and god I have a ton of it) I have changed loyalty mostly due to the GAP - Abercrombie and Fitch marketing I now see- TNF appears less focused on function and more on falsh- some of the tent designs seem interesting on the showrrom floor but I question the functinality- I see this as well for the Mountain tent as compared with Mountain Hardware, Sierra Designs, and others.

The tent does the one thing I demand- it it reliable and provides the margin of saftey needed for very harsh conditions in mountaineering and remote hiking. This it does admirably, but it is not cutting edge, as the price might indicate. I would recommend the tent-but would shop around as well.

My three star rating indicates more a value for the money and issues with design and weight, than a reflection on quality-with which I cannot fault.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Gustavo Delgado, a Climber from Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Date Reviewed: 1/28/2000 10:57:16 AM
 
 

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Great tent, big enough for 2, the 2 doors feature is very helpfull, it can be pitched very fast and also is very easy to move it from one spot to another as 1 piece.
Tent poles and stakes are the best I ever used.
One thing I don't like is the fact that you need to buy other accesories, like the gear loft, and they are expensive, they should be included with the tent.
When sun hits this tent, then it becomes too warm to stay inside for long time.
It is heavy. It is expensive. I think most of The North Face users, like me, are always waiting for the best deal on a specific item.

Customer Service:
When I bought this tent it came with a basic repair set, including an aluminum cylinder, about 6" long. What is it for ?????????
 

 
  Reviewed by: Mike, a Climber from New Hampshire
Date Reviewed: 1/25/2000 7:18:13 AM
 
 

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This tent is perfect for what it is designed to do - withstand crazy harsh conditions. It is great in wind, snow, rain etc and the large vestibule can fit all the boots, bags, and gear. My climbing partner is 6-5 and he fit in fine. This is not a summer tent, however (and it is not supposed to be). Limited ventilation and heavy weight make it a chore to lug if it's strength is not needed. Only problem I found is if you have the poles going through more than one grommet such as with the fly or a footprint, it can be a headache and take some strength to accomplish. The best winter tent I have seen though.

Customer Service:
North Face needs to get a web site with tech-specs and an easy to find 800 number. I keep having to call semi-knowledgable retailers.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Mark McNutt, a Mountaineer from Texas
Date Reviewed: 1/8/2000 3:06:15 PM
 
 

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I took the North Face Mt Tent out for a test run in the Maroon Bells/ Snowmass Wilderness this winter and although the weight was a bit much, it payed off in a good nights sleep no matter what the wind was doing. I woke up one morning after a windy night to find spindrift completely covering the west facing side of my tent, the tent stood solid. Getting the poles to thread quickly takes a little getting used to(don't force them!!!)

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I have used a lot of tents over the past 14 years. Eureka, Kelty, Moss, Walrus, Sierra Designs,Slumberjack, even a cheap Coleman Tent, and under windy conditions, I would take the Mountain Tent over all of them.

 

 
  Reviewed by: Mark , a Mountaineer from Portland Oregon USA
Date Reviewed: 1/6/2000 2:22:05 PM
 
 

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Easy setup in windy conditions,excellent shelter form wind and wet. The vestibule is handy for gear storage and cooking. Downfall is head room and side wall curvature. Tends to grow on the back while sitting long periods of time. good sleeper though.
 

 
  Reviewed by: O'Hara Forrestal, a Backpacker from Bellingham WA USA
Date Reviewed: 1/5/2000 9:14:33 PM
 
 

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Pitches tight as a drum, which makes it an excellent choice for use in the Pacific Northwest as a standing multi-day base tent. I have slept continously in mine for 4 months and have not had any problems.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kris Nuttycombe, a Climber from Boulder, CO USA
Date Reviewed: 12/21/1999 6:01:14 AM
 
 

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I've used both the Mountain 24 and the discontinued Aerohead for several years. The Mountain is a great basecamp tent, though due to weight considerations it's not the best tent to climb with. Both of these tents are bomber in high-wind and heavy snow conditions when properly guyed out. I have found, though, that with wet and heavy snow the fly can be pressed in against the inner walls of the tent, which can occasionally be problematic. Not the best value, but really sturdy.

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North Face Aerohead
 

 
  Reviewed by: Tim, a Mountaineer from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: 12/4/1999 11:45:19 AM
 
 

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I have had this tent for a little over a year now. Last winter / climbing season, we experienced unusually high snow fall in the cascades -- this tent came through. It has seen high winds on both Mt Rainier and Mt Adams, and a heavy snow load as well. Although these conditions are not the limit of the tent, I believe it performed exceptionally well. I must agree with some of the other reviews regarding weight, but, in some instances, you get what you carry. I believe that the trade-off for security and durablity are well worth the extra ounces. Great Tent!!

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Sierra Designs Lookout, REI Trail Dome --(I wouldn't take this tent into the mountains, ... campgrounds ok if tent platforms are provided)
 

 
  Reviewed by: kenneth, a Climber from nikiski AK USA
Date Reviewed: 10/22/1999
 
 

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I'm tired of all of this hype about TNF tents. Why settle for a heavy tent, which is difficult set up in adverse conditions, and is small, not to mention not bombproof. To its credit, however, this is a superbly designed conventional tent. However, this tent is completely outclassed by Stevenson's Warmlite tents. They are about half the weight, double the floor space, and can withstand up to 150 mph winds! Not to mention the superbly designed one piece, double wall construction. If you want the best, don't settle for this tent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Peter Wong, a Backpacker from NYC
Date Reviewed: 10/20/1999
 
 

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This is just the best tent I ever own, Very stable and waterproof in high wind and downpour condition. It do get kind of hot in the summer, but for winter it is perfect. A zipper vent on the top would be nice for summer, and the foam is really ugly even though they did the job well. and a thicker pole like .380 from SD will be stronger.

Customer Service:
Haven't have to contact them yet.

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SD tiros guide.
 

 
  Reviewed by: David, a Car Camper from New York, NY
Date Reviewed: 10/14/1999
 
 

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This tent performs great in every condition, although it's a little hot in the summer. It's easy to set up, and comfortable for two people and gear.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Ryan Ragle, a Backpacker from Fort Collins, CO
Date Reviewed: 9/29/1999
 
 

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I have used this tent in everything from snowstorms and high wind to very warm summer weather and it has performed great in every condition. Easy to set up, comfortable size for two people and gear.

Similar Products Tried:
eureka, mountain hardwear, sierra designs and various other lesser qualty tents
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kyle Voigt, a Backpacker from W. Lafayette, IN, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/21/1999
 
 

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Expensive! This tent is high however well worth the cost! I have had over 2 feet of snow on it and it was rock solid! It is very durrable for the more experienced ""tent pitcher"" This is no tent for the back yard. Take it to the EXTREME and it comes back for more, my favorite tent!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jack Sherwood, a Backpacker from
Date Reviewed: 9/15/1999
 
 

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I have a TNF Mountain. As everyone says it is heavy. 9lbs+. That's because it is made to withstand very severe weather. Once I left my ground cloth sticking out in a rain storm. All the water went under the tent. In the morning the bottom of the tent felt like a big water balloon. Not one drop got in. Very breathable too.

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Eureka, Apex
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jimmy Severson, a Climber from Sherwood, OR USA
Date Reviewed: 9/14/1999
 
 

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This tent is great. My dad and I use it on Mt. Ranier every year. It is typical North Face quality and I expect it to last for the rest of my life. Needless to say I am very impressed.
 

 
  Reviewed by: JP, a Climber from Quebec, Canada
Date Reviewed: 9/14/1999
 
 

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From the Rockies to the Andes. Had it for the last 4 years and still rock-solid in 100 km/h winds. You can tie this baby off and it wont budge!!! I also have a Sierra Orion CD, but w/ the 2 doors, the TNF has better ventilation so I take it on sea kayaking trips as well... And in the winter, OH BOY just a tad heavy in the pack...

Customer Service:
LIFETIME

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  Reviewed by: Stephen Younge, a Climber from Seattle, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: 7/7/1999
 
 

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The only knock I have against this tent is that it is very heavy. It is also difficult to set up as it requires some brute strength to force the poles into their grommets. This tent is a bombshelter. The poles stretch the tent body as tight as a drum. In high winds, when guyed down correctly, it doesn't budge. The yellow colour makes it very cheerful inside. The vestibule is big enough for storing gear and cooking. The circular doors look cool and they are easy to open and close with one hand. Don't forget to add seam sealant to the places where velcro is attached to the fly!

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Sierra Designs Tiros 1, which worked just great too, but had a tiny vestibule. This has been replaced by other Tiros models with vestibules.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Paul Parent, a Backpacker from Wildwood, MO, USA
Date Reviewed: 6/9/1999
 
 

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Excellent tent where weight isn't a consideration. We have used ours on numerous canoe expeditions in MO, TN, AK, etc. both winter and summer (100 degree temperature variation) and found the tent can handle just about anything. Great deal for the money. Better than lots of more expensive alternatives. Unfortunately, we are planning some long through hikes and it is not a feasible alternative when we are cutting spoons in half to shave micro ounces. We swallowed hard and paid for a Bibler.

Customer Service:
We bought the tent at a close out sale and it came without the foam separators between the fly and body. We tried on several occasions to purchase some from North FAce but no one there seemed able or eager to help us. We gave up. I'm not sure how important they really are anyway.

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Siierra Design Lookout CD, Eureka Timberline. North face??? Several others.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Patrick Jordan, a Climber from Toronto, Canada
Date Reviewed: 6/9/1999
 
 

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Have used this tent in all sorts and had no problems at all. The reason I want to write this review is to say how amazing The North Face is. My girlfriend was using the tent for balance when she fell into the tent bending (beyond my ability to repair) 3 of the five poles. I sent them all off to North Face and they replaced them all for FREE!! I didn't lie or exaggerate about how the poles broke but they did it all for free anyway. For that reason alone I would buy high end gear from TNF again without hesitation.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Austin, a Climber from Tx
Date Reviewed: 5/31/1999
 
 

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I love this tent. I've taken it with me in the St. Elias Range in Alaska and it has stood up to everything mother nature can dish out. It has seen 85 mph winds on Rainier and 3 feet of snow on Hood. The Mountain tent has never failed me. Thanks alot TNF

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Never have had to call them on my tent. But on Nuptse jacket i got i had a problem with the down on one of the sleeves not retaining it's loft. Got a new one for free

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I've tired all kinds of other 2 man expedition tents from Kelty to Mountain Hardwear. One leaked the other was blown down. I just keep coming back to my Mountain Tent. Why give up a perfect thing
 

 
  Reviewed by: Roger, a Backpacker from Colorado
Date Reviewed: 4/19/1999
 
 

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Though I do a lot of week long backpacking, I have never taken this tent along because of the weight and the fact that my brother and I use his Sierra Design Nightwatch CD on long trips. But believe it or not I spent 2-years in a North Face Mountain tent (actually lived in it!) as I went to school. A friend loaned me his backyard. (true story). This tent saw every kind of weather that northern Colorado can get, including a 500 year flood. This tent did better than I ever could have imagined. I probably could have done an add for North Face. For summer camping it would probably be hot if your under 7000 feet. Otherwise, for two people this would be a tent I would take to Everest!


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