Review: The North Face Peregrine [ 2-man, 3-season Tent ]

Review: The North Face Peregrine [ 2-man, 3-season Tent ]
Product Description
Unique hammerhead floor plan provides the ultimate in livability vestibule options inside and outside the tent. Unique hammerhead floorplan provides the ultimate in livability vestibule options inside and outside the tent. 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. DAC Featherlite aluminum poles are up to 15% lighter than poles of equal strength and, as there are no inserts, are less susceptible to failure. Fully continuous pole sleeves and pole pockets increase structural integrity and ease pitching. Pole pockets allow quick pitching by one person. Reflective guy line loops 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, allow for wildlife/weather viewing and enhanced livability. High and low venting from mesh canopy and fly sheet cone vents assures airflow and simplifies climate control. 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. Dual doors provide easy accessibility and cross-venting for air circulation. Fully freestanding design with two large vestibules lends itself to quick and easy pitching. Fly-only pitching with fly sheet, poles and a matched TNF Footprint provides a summer weight-saving shelter option. TNF Gear Loft #1 is compatible to add extra storage space. Compression stuffsack to keep load small and tight.

Retail: $329.



Reviewed by: Brandon, a Climber from Centerton,Arkansas
Date Reviewed: 8/26/2002 12:10:34 PM
 

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This tent is great for 2 people, you can even sleep 3 in a bind. Plenty of room with 2 people with extra room for gear. Very east to set up and move if needed. The only complaint I would have is that its a little heavy for solo but great if 2 people are sharing loads, sometimes have trouble with fly zippers getting snagged. Good buy at $220-240 range, any thing more than that its overpriced. Check around online and find last years mod is your best bet.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Cindy, a Backpacker from Portland Oregon
Date Reviewed: 7/14/2002 10:54:51 AM
 
 

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What a great tent. We just recently went on a 4 day backpacking trip with our two Labs. The tent was awesome. It weathered a long night of continuous rain, be my husband and I, plus our two Labrador retrievers stayed dry, warm and, cozy. We had plenty of room for some of our gear plus the two big dogs. The two big doors are great. Lots of mesh pocket too for keeping the little stuff close at hand. Very easy to set up too with the color coded poles. Not too heavy considering the room inside. Great tent if you have dogs.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Chris, a Backpacker from Grayson Ga, US
Date Reviewed: 7/9/2002 5:19:53 PM
 
 

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Great tent. Camped on Trey Mt.(North Ga) and it poured, not a drop inside tent. I was very impressed with how it held up to weather cond. Very well ventilated, and easy for 2 people to fit comfortably and with room to spare. Once again, Great tent.

Customer Service:
none needed

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none
 

 
  Reviewed by: Walstib, a Climber from New York, NY
Date Reviewed: 6/29/2002 12:21:21 PM
 
 

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I just tried out my new Peregrine in Colorado. This was more atypical car-camping, so I didn't have issues with the weight (but this is definitely a car camping tent). I really liked the easy set up, but realized that I've got a lot of work to do guying out the fly (it didn't come with enought stakes for the fly). The internal space is bountiful, especially if you're used the classic NF Firefly, etc. I could store all of my gear right near my head, except my boots which stayed outside. I really, really like all of the gear pockets (3 on a side) and the dual doors. I didn't get any rain but suspect that it requires a little dancing to make sure the rain doesn't get inside the tent when entering/exiting. My concerns: price, stability in really strong winds due its atypical design, and weight. In sum, this is a great car camping tent or a tent to use when you can split it up among packs but wait until it goes on sale before you pluck it down for this one.

Customer Service:
No problems.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Anthony, a Backpacker from Ann Arbor, MI
Date Reviewed: 6/25/2002 5:51:27 PM
 
 

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My girl tells me about this tent with an internal vestibule and great stargazing capabilities, and I think she's crazy, but sure enough, here it is. Tons of space for gear, stayed nice and dry in very bad rain all night (except when the door was opened, some rain comes in but not a real problem) Fairly simply to set up, you almost can't go wrong. oh the pockets! 3 mesh pockets for each person. Not too heavy considering it's for two. the comfort it affords easily outways any flaws, the glowing zipper pulls, excellent ventilation, two doors. It's normally $319, but I got it for $239.

Customer Service:
Truth be told I hate TNF, it's more of a fashion trend here in Ann Arbor than anything else... :-(
 

 
  Reviewed by: Ours, a Day Hiker from Ashburn, VA, USA
Date Reviewed: 4/23/2002 9:56:29 AM
 
 

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I've had this tent for about 2 years now and I love it. It's stayed dry through several stormy days in Acadia, Maine and provided great ventilation on hot, humid nights in West VA. I recently took it on a fairly rough 14 mile overnight trip and the weight started to get to me. Do not get it if you plan on backpacking alone with it but for car camping or backpacking with a friend it's great. It's even roomie enough for a big guy like me to sleep in it with someone other than my girlfriend and not feel to close for comfort.

Customer Service:
No problems here

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North Face Lunarlight and Starlight
 

 
  Reviewed by: Crosby , a Backpacker from Atlanta, GA, USA
Date Reviewed: 6/3/2001 8:56:48 AM
 
 

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This tent is awesome! I've used it in snow, rain, & shine. It kept me warm, and dry always, & cool in summer, but the best thing is the design. I've NEVER been at ease in a 2 person tent cause stuff just gets jammed everywhere & is always a pain in the ass, until I got my Peregrine...no more hassles with stuff in my way! Dual doors are excellent, fly is great for ALL types of nasty weather. Only negatives in order of inconvenience: Climbing in & out with rain can get some drops/junk in the tent because the vestibles are a little tight (it is hard to store my pack under the vestible, but no problem for boots & smaller items). The zippers are a little tricky, & the weight is a little much, but in my opinion is worth it once I set up & realize how much more comfortable I am than my buddy in his tiny Sierra Design. (also, you should be able to get a deal on this tent somewhere, I'm proud I only paid $169.00 at Galyans on some huge sale so value for me is a 5, but the retail price is a bit much at 319.00 & overall denotes a 4...can't anyone drop their prices?).

 

 
  Reviewed by: Roving Gambler, a Backpacker from Atlanta, GA USA
Date Reviewed: 5/10/2001 10:12:28 AM
 
 

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We recently purchased the '99 version of this tent (new) for $159. From Dsports.com using a 20% off of $199 coupon. IF you can get it for that price I would say it is an incredible deal. Very roomy tent with great stargazing possibilities. Quite easy to setup as well.

Our first night in it--while camping in the mountains of NC--we weathered a 2 hour+ SEVERE thunderstorm without so much as drop of water in the tent, or any concern about its stablitiy.

My only concerns with the tent are that it is on the heavy side (OK for two people backpacking though.) And that you have to be extra careful with the

zippers--they have a tendency to get stuck on the material if you do not use two hands, or learn the "lead with the thumb" technique of zipping.



Customer Service:
No experience
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jeff, a Car Camper from Oregon
Date Reviewed: 5/9/2001 5:08:31 PM
 
 

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I loved the design of the tent from the first time I saw it. I wasn't sure if it would actually be practical or not, but I found it on sale for under $200 (REI) and decided to get it. I haven't had it in any real extremes yet but it's performed well from snow-on-the-ground and icicles-on-the-tent, to rainy beaches in spring.

Pros
Excellent feeling of space inside the tent. Feels cavernous but everything was always within reach.
No moisture or condesation problems. Always dry as a bone (though I've yet to have it in an extended downpore.
Easy and fast to set up even in total darkness with just a AA flashlight.
Stable and taut
Good ventilation and visiblity
"Stand up" doors allow you to avoid crawling (but let in the rain too. :( )



Cons
Small vestubles. Though enough for boots and a pack, but not a dog or cooking
Difficult to get in/out without letting in the rain.
Only SIX stakes ?!? on a tent that retails for over $300? a little stingy, TNF
Pole sleeves are continuous but take some practice.
Sometimes necessary to stake it down to get max space.

Overall it's a great tent and I have no real complaints. I had also been looking at the Marmot Swallow, but couldn't see spending the extra money. The 5 star value rating is if you can get it for around $200. At $315 I'd have to give it only 3 or 4.

Customer Service:
I also got the TNF attic attachment for the tent. It seems to fit strangely and is not worth the money $22. (I returned it)
 

 
  Reviewed by: Nick Chope, a Climber from Houghton, MI
Date Reviewed: 5/8/2001 10:41:08 AM
 
 

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I actually have the Condor, though it is the same tent but with a 4-season design. I love the SPACE! You can cram 3 people in it - no problem and with 2 it's like a hotel. Setting it up takes a minutes or two, the curved pole sleeves snag on me a lot. The vestibules are a little small, but with all the space inside you only need to fit your pack in them anyway. The ventilation is fantastic! As well as the star gazing inside. The tent stakes are sturdy and the condor comes with 12! It's heavy and packs up rather big - those are my only complaints. It's waterproof as far as my use goes (haven't had a big downpour in it yet).

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Marmot Hoot, Marmot Zenith, Sierra Designs Omega DC
 

 
  Reviewed by: Bryan, a Backpacker from Triad Area, NC
Date Reviewed: 4/29/2001 6:52:03 AM
 
 

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when I first saw this design, I was aw struck with a "I-can't-believe-no-one-thought-of-that-before" mindsweep. It is a great tent. Very roomy for me and my 6'5" self. plenty of room for ghear inside and moderate room for wet clothes under the vestibule. Its a bitch 'n a half to set up the first few times, but it is mastered easily. While waterproof, you will get wet entering/exiting tent during/right after a good rain. But this art is also soon mastered. The quickpack footprint-rainfly summer setup is awesome. It, too, does take time to setup but is well worth it on a warm night with the ventilation and inclement weather protection. All in all, a great buy for the weekend camper or extremist looking for a bad@$$ tent. But the manufacturer is stingy with the stakes. They only give you about half as many as oyu need to the full setup.

Customer Service:
Customer service with the north face is good, but increasingly harder to get a hold of with all these yuppies buying TNF stuff. POSERS!!!

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REI half-dome, Eureeka Apex 2, Sierra Designs Meteorlite
 

 
  Reviewed by: Traci, a Backpacker from Raleigh, NC
Date Reviewed: 4/23/2001 10:43:11 AM
 
 

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The design is wonderful! Spent last night in this tent- outside it was windy and snowing/sleeting. Inside we were dry and the tent handled the wind well! Great deal at an REI dent sale!!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Owen, a Backpacker from Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Date Reviewed: 4/19/2001 9:00:38 PM
 
 

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With the two side doors it is almost like being in two seperate tents. The opportunity for a very wide view is great. It seems to be a very natural shape for a tent and suits my camping style. Color is neat and packs down well.

Customer Service:
I have had trouble with having the product arrive in a timely manner. An order placed for a sleeping bag was abandoned after waiting 5 months with promises of it being sent in a couple of days.

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The North Face and Coleman
 

 
  Reviewed by: Douglas T. Weaver, a Mountaineer from Rolla, MO, United States
Date Reviewed: 3/23/2001 7:48:05 PM
 
 

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This tent is great! The hammerhead floor layout provides for a huge space for gear storage, both inside and out with the fly attached. It's one of the easiest TNF tents to set up, but is too heavy when travelling solo. I would heavily suggest spending the extra $50 or so for the Condor, which is the same tent in a 4-season set up. It's just as well ventilated, but can keep you warm in winter mountaineering conditions.

Customer Service:
No experience with TNF's customer service. Their gear is awesome.

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  Reviewed by: marcus romanello, a Backpacker from Cincinnati, OH USA
Date Reviewed: 2/23/2001 2:24:09 PM
 
 

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After spending a few rainy nights in a much less well-designed tent, I bought my Peregrine and have loved every night in it since. Even a steamy summer night in my own backyard was comfortable due to the excellent venting capabilities. And if you pitch the fly with just the footprint, its even better!
Inner gear storage is amazing to boot.
The weight of the tent is the main qualm i have, but between two people its quite bearable. It'll be a long while until another tent finds its way into my pack.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Chris Sheridan, a Climber from Playa Del Rey, Ca, USA
Date Reviewed: 2/10/2001 11:16:08 PM
 
 

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I bought this tent over a year ago and have loved it. I've used it in the Sierras as well as many Joshua Tree trips and it has been fantastic. The design makes windy nights no problem, and the double doors with there own vestibules is great. The hammerhead design makes gear storage inside very convenient. Overall, a great tent for backpacking and general camping, a little heavy but worth it.

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  Reviewed by: Micaiah, a Backpacker from Seattle
Date Reviewed: 1/24/2001 9:06:53 PM
 
 

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First I have to ask why are people reviewing this tent if they don't own it or have not feild tested it. The Peregrine has been good to me since I purchased it on my way down to a week and a half road trip through California. I got the chance to use it last weekend snow camping. Here is the skinny; it vents very well. Here in humid old Washington you need that. Condensation has been minimal. What is this I hear about stability? It's solid as most 3-Season tents. If you like jumping on your tents go get a camper van! It's held up well towind, though I've yet to get it in anything severe. The comments about the fly zipper are well founded though. You have to get it lined up just right just to make the zips tollerable. The shape is fantastic! It's not only gracful, but useble space as well. And the fact that when I get up in the morning I don't have to crawl over my wife, but just unzip the closest flap and lean forward to get up. Very egronomic. The fly has never leaked on me, but stakeing out the vestables is a bit tricky, it needs just a bit more material to cover my pack. All in all, I don't think I'll have to shop for a tent for a long while.

Customer Service:
I have had no real experience with The North Face since I don't have or really want any thing else by them.

Similar Products Tried:
For the other season this tent was not designed for (even though I just camped w/ it in 10' of snow) try a warm and sturdy Igloo. If you like this tent, check out Marmot. They are the strongest contender.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Brent, a Backpacker from Gaylord MI UAS
Date Reviewed: 12/24/2000 8:09:45 PM
 
 

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I got the tent for some spring and summer camping, it's got great ventlation, so don't even think about fall or early spring camping. Fly leaks but can be sprayed, my tent came with like 4 stakes and 5 guy lines, pretty stingy North Face.

Customer Service:
Customer service? HA!

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  Reviewed by: erick, a Backpacker from clevegas,tn
Date Reviewed: 11/24/2000
 
 

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ive had the tent coming up to a year so far its been great the floor plan is sweet dual doors lots of space easy setup bad points a little heavy but its worth it the vestiuble could be a tad bit bigger for when im climbing for all the extra gear but fine for back backing and when it is raining if you open the fly its hard to keep the rain off the tent other than that it is a great tent if its space and great floorplan your looking for this is it
 

 
  Reviewed by: Tyler, a Backpacker from St.Louis Mo
Date Reviewed: 9/15/2000
 
 

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I saw this tent and had to have it despite my passionate (I hope I spelled that right) hate for TNF. I use it at least twice a month for the last 3 months and it has held up beter than I expected. It is just the right size for me and a buddy to go out on the weekends w/ all our gear on a hike or climb.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Bart Cook, a Backpacker from Edgartown, Ma
Date Reviewed: 8/23/2000
 
 

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I've only had this tent for a little over a month, but have used it now on three occasions. I like the floorplan, plenty of room for two and some gear inside while boots and packs can fit in the dual vestibules. Dual doors prevent having to climb over your tentmate when entering or leaving thr tent. Stands up well to winds and rain. During heavy rain, entering or exiting the tent can be a bit tricky as the vestibule door is centered directly in front of the inner tent door. There-by making it difficult to prevent some rain from finding it's way in.

Customer Service:
No problems with this tent, but I have had warranty work done on other T.N.F. products with no problems of any kind.

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  Reviewed by: Chris, a Car Camper from Brownstown, MI
Date Reviewed: 8/12/2000
 
 

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I love the design but was disappointed to find on the tent's first ever outing the fly was less than waterproof. Out of ten sunny, blue-sky idyllic Newfoundland days and nights there was only about 6-8 hours of light, moderately wind-driven rain, but even this relative smattering was enough to soak the fly through to the tent fabric. We stayed dry, unless we touched the wall fabric, which was sodden. I have yet to contact TNF, but I hope this isnt their idea of waterproof.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Matt, a Backpacker from Minneapolis, MN, US
Date Reviewed: 7/20/2000
 
 

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I was really hooked on the shape and the fact that I was able to purchase this tent for US $215. Once I had set it up a few times the things that bugged me went away. This thing handles the wind like no other tent I have seen. My only complaints are securing the rainfly with all of the velcro loops can be a pain, and its a little heavy for the use I plan on putting it to.

Customer Service:
N/A

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  Reviewed by: Andrew, a Backpacker from New York, NY 10021
Date Reviewed: 7/13/2000
 
 

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This tent is spacious but flawed. The most significant problem is that the reinforced poll sleeve ends prevent you from clipping on a tent footprint as you can with other North Face tents. Secondly, the rainfly zipper catches the rainfly fabric every six inches or so. Finally, the rain fly seems to move sideways off the poles so that one of the two rainfly zippers gets stuck. The poles are also very long so that they drag up soil/sand off the ground if you fully extend them before sliding them through the sleeves.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Mike, a Backpacker from Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Date Reviewed: 7/7/2000
 
 

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I loved the design features of this tent until I actually set it up and was disheartened to find that even the smallest amount of force on the pole crossing at the foot of the tent causes the entire thing to collapse into a flat pile. TNF tried to remedy this by adding a little cord connection, but even the slightest wind could dash any chance of a sound night's sleep. I still love the design, but TNF needs to remedy this problem before I would buy this tent.

Customer Service:
TNF is otherwise a great company, but while they are becoming more popular every year, their quality is becoming less and less appealing.

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Nobody has yet to try this type of design, or to improve this existing one, but if they do, I would jump at the chance to try it.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kenneth Huntley, a Backpacker from Dallas, TX USA
Date Reviewed: 6/28/2000
 
 

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This tent is the sweetest thing since my grandma's cherry pie. The design makes perfect sense - when you want to get out of the tent, you simply standup - no dogding the sides. Sweetness.

Customer Service:
The North Face customer service is second to none.

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Sleeping on the ground, in the lake and Slumberjack - this tent rocks me like a hurricane. No I am not a fan of the Scorpians.


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