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

Review: The North Face Talus [ 2-man, 3-season tent ]
Retail: $199.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $139.95 only. (offer expires soon)

Product Description

Full-coverage polyester taffeta fly sheet is UV resistant and non-absorbent for durability as well as 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. Nylon taffeta floor is polyurethane-coated for waterproof protection and resistance to abrasiomn. DAC 7001-T6 aluminum poles are light, strong and easy to use. Continuous pole sleeves increase structural integrity and ease pitching. Internal prayer-bound floor seams increase user space with clean angles. Large vestibules create entry space for storage. Dual doors provide easy accessibility and venting options. Cone vents in vestibules provide cross-drafting and continuous airflow for enhanced livability. Color-matched canopy and fly sheet webbing ease pitching and ensure correct set-up the first time. 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.


Reviewed by: Bill, a Mountaineer from Southern California
Date Reviewed: 7/27/2002 3:01:14 PM
 

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Summary:
I bought this tent to replace another summer tent. It's fairly light but more like 5 pounds packed. I put the tent and fly in a small compression sack and pack it with my sleeping bag in the lower compartment of my pack and place the poles seperate in the upper part of my pack. Tent carries better this way. It breathes well and pitches quickly. It is true 3 season tent but I would try it in winter if I had to. Holds up nicely in windy conditions as it did near the peak of San Gorgonio during high winds. Typical well built North Face equipment as I expect it to be.

Customer Service:
Have dealt with NF on my Mountain 25 getting a part. They were courteous and fast in assisting me to get it ready for my trip. I also have an NF outlet store near me and they help when they can.

Similar Products Tried:
Mountain 25 is my choice for winter mountaineering. Pretty indestructable and winter storm resistant.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Sean Stichter, a Backpacker from Cincinnati, OH, USA
Date Reviewed: 5/21/2002 2:08:00 PM
 
 

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I've had this tent for about a year now and I've taken it backpacking in Ohio, Kentucky, and North Carolina. For the price the weight is right and the performance generaly good. The tent has plenty of room for two (if friendly) and a vestibule large enough for one pack and boots. I've weathered one serious thunder storm in Pisgah and it kept me dry all night. I was able to cook in the vistibule with the roof vent open. The only problem I've discovered is that the rainfly will develope condensation and comes in contact at one area on either side of the entrance. this can be minimalized by staking the sides of the fly out but cannot be totaly eliminated. Overall a good tent for the price, but I will most likely invest in a nicer one when the money comes available. Avid backpackers on a budget should love this tent.

Customer Service:
The North Face has always repaired or replaced any damaged items without question for minimal cost if any.

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North Face Canyonlands
Eureka tent (name unknown)
Coleman tent (name unknown
 

 
  Reviewed by: Ranger Bob, a Backpacker from Palmyra Pa
Date Reviewed: 5/7/2002 8:03:54 PM
 
 

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Almost Identical to a tent I bought in 96 that one brought me through 2 yrs of rocky Mountains and the entire AT. I am so happy North Face has made a replacement. This one is lighter by 3 lbs too! Design is pretty bomb proof. Price was steep but I should have shopped around.

Customer Service:
North face has good customer service

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Remington Celestial
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  Reviewed by: John Towey, a Backpacker from Gordon PA USA
Date Reviewed: 10/11/2000 1:22:09 PM
 
 

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This is a nice little tent for the price. I have used it several times since I purchased it a few months ago. I found that when you tighten down the fly good and tight the two front poles bow inward allowing the body to touch the fly. To eliminate this problem use the two side loops in the front for adjustable guylines to pull the poles outward. The living space isnt too wide or long but has great head room and steep walls. The vestibule is farely large for such a small tent but you still may want to keep your packs outside. Recently I had the tent out in some chilly weather and there wasnt one drop of condensation inside the tent it all migrated to the rainfly. The only downfall I had was a small hole in the floor which is my fault but I would make or purchase a footprint. All and all this is a great tent and I would recomend it to anyone.

Customer Service:
Good customer service always helped me locate gear needed

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eureka timberlite II
TNF expedition 25
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