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dkmeec wrote a review of on October 17, 2008

2 5

I was pretty disappointed. I've always been hesitant about North Face just because I feel like you pay a premium for the name but don't really get any better gear. The stitching on the lower back pads started to come out and the bladder leaked. I tried to see if I could fix it but I think it's a design flaw in the cap of the bladder. The lanyard that keeps the lid from getting lost is attached from the inside at the bottom of the mouth and that's right where it leaked. I should have tested it first but was pretty mad when my top layers (that I needed to stay dry for the windy north rim of the Grand Canyon) got wet and was limited to half my water-carrying capacity on a 22-mile day hike. First and last time with North Face -- I think my suspicions were correct in that they're an over-rated brand.

Some nice features -- the mouth valve is definitely better than camelbak and the magnetic clip is ingenious. Just don't sacrifice functionality for bells and whistles.

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dkmeec wrote a review of on June 5, 2008

4 5

I have an older model of this tent -- has sleeves instead of clips and the doors aren't mesh. It's done fine in sub-freezing temps -- Minnesota/North Dakota. Condensation will collect if you have the fly closed up for the night but it hasn't ever been enough to drip through the mesh. It saved me one time when a microburst came through early in the morning and tore a huge branch off of a tree overhead. It bent up the poles and tore some holes in the fly. It would have kept me dry except that the walls were collapsed because of the weight. I patched it up and re-shaped the poles and still use it. A normal 5x8 ft. tarp/ground cloth fits it fine (excluding the area under the vestibules). Just keep the edges of the tarp under the tent or rain will drain off and pool in between the tarp and tent floor. You'll still be dry, but you'll be laying on puddles of water.

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dkmeec wrote a review of on November 12, 2007

4 5

The temperature ratings were accurate and it was comfortable. Used the liner with an old Kelty mummy bag in Voyageurs National Park (Canada/Minnesota boundary waters country) back in September. Low temps at night were in the low 40s. Didn't have to deal with any extreme weather, just a little rain a couple days in. I enjoy the flexibility of the liner and I saw it as an easy way to keep my sleeping bag clean.

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