Review: The North Face Roadrunner 2 [ 2-man, 3-season tent ]

Review: The North Face Roadrunner 2 [ 2-man, 3-season tent ]
Retail: $259.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $199.95 only. (offer expires soon)

Product Description

Polyester ripstop fly sheet is UV resistant, low absorbent and super lightweight 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. Brow pole attaches to fly to create additional space in vestibule. 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 -600, are located near vents to allow for fog-free wildlife/weather viewing. Fully freestanding design with two large vestibules lends itself to quick and easy pitching. High and low venting created with mesh canopy and vented vestibule for climate control. 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.


Reviewed by: Rob, a Backpacker from BC Canada
Date Reviewed: 8/18/2002 12:24:10 PM
 

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I have the 2001 model called the RoadRunner 2. Might be the same as the RoadRunner. Funny, but I bought it for the same reasons Brent did and am just as happy with it. I would always recommend buying a two person tent that had 2 doors over another with only one. It is well worth the little extra weight for the convenience and added storage. Took ours out on our first trip for three days. Experience some nasty rain and wind. It performed solidly. Its nice to have confidence in your shelter when ugly weather strikes and I am very happy with this tent. Just remember to seam seal the fly sheet where the Velcro attachments are sewn on because rain will drip through. I personally loved laying back and looking out the windows, nice touch. Glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls are a nice touch to. I'm 6'2, 220lbs and found tons of living space with another person. Highly recommend this tent, even if it is a tad more expensive than others in its class.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Taylor Maurer, a Backpacker from Asheville NC US
Date Reviewed: 2/7/2002 4:03:34 PM
 
 

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One of the most roomy tents for it's weight. Light enough for one to pack. Roomy enough for two to sleep. Two door, two vestubile allows easy access and plenty of room for storing gear out of the weather (or man's best friend) while not making it cramped inside the tent . It's such a study tent that I imagine that it would pass for a four season if it didn't have all the mesh that keeps the tent well ventelated with upper and low venting options. Also the gradual ark of the dome might have an accumilation of snow in a winter storm that might lead it to collapes. For the most part I take it out in the winter in the southeast without too much worry. The low profile performs excellently in high winds on exposed peaks. The only drawback to this great tent is the low head room which is an inconvience for a guy like me who is 6'4''. As for future design changes I personally could do without the two small windows which seem to be fogged up all the time and I would bring the zippers completely to the floor. Though more debris tends to get in the tent with this design two people could sleep perpindicular and still be covered by the rainfly. My limited experience with setting the rain-fly up with the foot print has led me to believe that it is cumbersome and almost worth the wieght of the inner tent just to make pitching easier. Over all I would like to thank The North Face for producing one of the best tents in it's class.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Brent, a Backpacker from Denver, CO
Date Reviewed: 11/20/2000 7:57:34 PM
 
 

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What can I say? This is an incredible tent. I wanted to find something smaller and lighter than my 4-season, that I could easily carry by myself for solo trips, but still be able to take on hikes with my girlfriend. It's incredibly light, easy to set up, and can handle the weather. It has a lot of mesh, so it ventilates well, but I don't think I'll be using it in the winter. The two large doors were a definite selling point. The two vestibules make storing gear a snap. I also appreciate the reflective guyline loops on late night trips to take care of my business.Another selling point is the ability to set up just the fly and ground sheet (not included), for some lightweight summer camping. I haven't tested this yet, so I can't comment on this feature. The footprint is a bit small for two people, but worth it for the weight savings. And it's just the right size for one person. A smaller, lighter version of TNF's Kestrel.

Similar Products Tried:
Kelty Vortex, SD Orion


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