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Great Tent / Bad Mesh Insert

I recently purchased the North Face Docking Tent with the 4 and 2 person docks and the mesh insert. Up to the point I inserted the mesh insert this was an excellent tent. However, once the mesh was inserted this tent became just an average tent. I think the mesh design significantly reduces the overall interior space and the floor could have been better aligned next the side walls. I think North Face could have better designed the tent if they would have separated out the mesh insert into a traditional floor insert and used a traditional mesh door cover. The bathtub floor could have used zippers attached to the interior side walls. With a little modification by NF this tent could have been awesome meeting the needs of two different groups - one that wants a covered space for recreational use and does not mind no floor covering and the other group that wants more of a traditional tent with floor and mesh walls. If you are not interested in the mesh insert, I would give this tent a 5 however, if the mesh insert is important to you, it gets a 3.

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Good review, thanks. Did you post this on North Face? They should know that it needs a redesign.

Also, it was hard to tell from the photos, but is there any access to the sleeping docks from the outside or is it a one-door cabin at this point?

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After field testing this product, I am now significantly downgrading my rating. The mesh insert was even worse than anticipated. As indicated earlier the mesh insert does not connect into the tent by anything other than hooks. This results in a significant gap between the mesh insert and the outer walls and the mesh insert to the sleeping areas. As a result you end up with bugs in the tent, the ground exposed between the main tent and the sleeping area, and if there is heavy rain with some wind you will get water in the tent. Again if you have no interest in the mesh insert, I think it can be a good product. If you plan on using the mesh insert and want an open feel between the sleeping area and the main tent then I would now rate the tent with a 1 star.

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You can only access the sleeping docks from the main Docking Station. It acts as a four door hub or sorts.