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hpnicholso1945948 wrote a review of on April 26, 2012

2 5

When I first saw this tent in TNF's 2012 tent catalog, I thought that it seemed awfully familiar. After buying one and setting it up I realized why: The TNF Phoenix 2 looks remarkably a lot like a tent that Sierra Designs made a few years ago called the Baku 2. The only real difference is the entry zipper, which zips straight out, whereas it zips to the side on the Baku's vestibules. The North Face Phoenix is a half pound lighter, due to a lighter canopy fabric and floor, but I don't think that this is necessarily an advantage. Both tents have woefully poor venting for single wall tents, but the thing that bothered me the most about the Phoenix is the lack of a bathtub floor. If there is any amount of water on the ground, while you are setting it up, the inside of the tent is going to get wet. If, by chance, anyone connected with TNF's R&D department happens to read this review may I suggest that you add a bathtub floor and larger vents on the top of the tent that are closeable from the inside. Another thing that I experienced with the SD Baku 2 is that the lack of "solid" doors allowed dust to blow through the tent when being used in a desert environment. I would suspect that the similar design of the Phoenix 2 will have the same problem. I would add water resistant sil-nylon doors that could be zipped off and left at home if not needed. I am sure that adding better venting, a bathtub floor, and solid panels over the doors will add a little weight, but I think that even if the tent is a pound heavier it would still be a very light two person tent and certainly more functional.

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