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The mother of all modern mountaineering tents.

Built on decades of research, rigorous lab and field testing, and loads feedback from TNF athletes, The North Face 2-Meter Dome Tent stands alone as the quintessential mountaineering palace for surviving the world's most extreme environments. Part of The North Face's highly coveted Summit Series, this modern expedition tent features a classic hemispheric shape that descends directly from Buckminster Fuller's original 1975 prototype. Modern materials, serious advances in storm-proofing, and powerful ventilation systems make the 2-Meter Dome the ideal base-camp shelter for surviving an Antarctic deep freeze, braving an arctic winter, or hunkering down during a relentless, weeklong Himalayan storm.

  • Athlete-tested Summit Series designation means that The North Face created this tent for demanding pursuits in challenging environments
  • Super strong, 210D nylon fly has a 1500mm PU coating to repel the harshest high-alpine weather
  • Ultra-durable floor built with super-burly nylon to withstand days and weeks of continuous use; a 10,000mm PU coating provides industry-leading protection against water
  • An impressive 125 square feet of floor space fits up to eight sleeping bags
  • Super strong, lightweight, 11mm Easton aluminum poles slide through sleeves and crisscross multiple times to form an ultra-strong lattice of support
  • Sleeve attachment points distribute pressure from wind and snow accumulation better than a clip design for maximum strength
  • Steep canopy walls and geodesic shape allow you maximum space, fend off voracious winds, and shed snow with ease
  • Chimney vent allows for safe cooking and helps prevent condensation from building up
  • Dual doors allow for cross-ventilation
  • DAC Featherlite NSL poles keep weight down without sacrificing strength or durability
  • Interior canopy hang loops provide a spot to hang a flashlight or electric lantern
  • Square-shaped gear loft sold separately
  • Fast-pitch-compatible (footprint sold separately)
  • The North Face Summit Series

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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've used this in several expeditions throughout North America and can definitely say I've put it through the ringer. High winds, snow , rain, I've seen a lot of action from within the walls of this tent and this thing has hung tough through it all. I'll usually set up a small table/stove/kitchen area within the tent on one side, and use the other side for sleeping quarters. This all depends on your group size however. At almost 50lbs it's pretty big to be carrying, but you can split up the tent, fly and poles and create fairly evenly weighted loads. Definitely worth it if you're going to be in the mix for a while.

I see this tent has a stove vent. 1)...

I see this tent has a stove vent.

1) Has anyone used a stove inside?

2) If so, which stove?

3) How big is the stove 'hole' in the tent floor?

4) When not using a stove, is there a stove 'hole' cover?

5) Why are there no pics of a stove in use? The location, center, off-center, can really change the configuration & limit the # of ppl.

6) Sorry for all the questions, debating between this tent & an Alaskan Tarp & Tent outfit.

thank you!

Best Answer

The North Face Meter Dome tent is a burly base camp tent used for big mountain expeditions such as Himalayan 8000m peaks, Denali Ranger bases, and Aconcagua. It's often used as a hang out area with a platform setup for the stove, so there isn't a hole in the floor for a smaller stove setup. You could likely set one up on the floor if you're creative and careful not to catch the tent on fire, but that's at your discretion. I've used a 2-burner Coleman stove in these and it works great for group cooking, venting well through the chimney (still be wary off fumes building up though).

Alaska Tarp & Tent does a great job of custom designing bush tents, but this is not that. This is a lightweight mountain expedition tent that has the durability and design for 4-season big mountain use. You can use this tent for sleeping large groups or as a hangout zone, the manner which you utilize the space best is up to you. this isn't a stove pipe vent, but a simple chimney. Gotcha. Still, a valuable option to keep condensation down & a 4-season design. thank you!

TNF Dome in the San Juans

TNF Dome in the San Juans

Throw this on a ridgeline and let the wind beat on it for a few weeks - no problems.

Does this have a waterproof floor?

Does this have a waterproof floor?

Best Answer

Floor: 420 D nylon taffeta with 10,000 mm PU

That's about as durable and waterproof as you will see in any tent out on the market right now. The floor is fully taped and constructed for heavy traffic and mountaineering conditions.

Will this really hold up in extreme wind?...

Will this really hold up in extreme wind? Also is there reinforced door protection that will keep it long lasting?

Best Answer

Any expedition tent made by The North Face is going to stand strong in extreme conditions. This is the base camp tent you see in almost every Mount Everest documentary. The floors and doors are made for high traffic.

I've camped on a col in Bella Coola for a week in high winds (gusts to 60MPH) and have to say this is rock solid. The thing hardly flinched even during the stronger gusts. Setting it up in those winds was an adventure though!

TNF dome- Shisha Pangma advanced base camp- fall 2010

TNF dome- Shisha Pangma advanced base camp- fall 2010

This costs twice as much as The North Face...

This costs twice as much as The North Face Dome 8 Tent 8-Person 4-Season tent. What makes this one worth the extra money?

Best Answer

Different materials, lighter, Chimney vent, sleeves vs. clips... This one is made to take a little more constant abuse for a longer period of time.

Unanswered Question

Im trying to find out the length of the...

Im trying to find out the length of the poles for this tent. I could do with the size packed and also the length of each when put together. I know its odd but i have to know as it depends wether i obtain one.

TNF dome at BC Gasherbrum II in Pakistan

TNF dome at BC Gasherbrum II in Pakistan

The dome at work shedding snow at BC in Pakistan- summer 08. photo: Kim Havell

TNF Dome tent at BC- Gasherbrum II, Karakorum, Pakistan

TNF Dome tent at BC- Gasherbrum II, Karakorum, Pakistan

photo: Kim Havell


An Expedition Expert Tent

    This tent stood up to the test on the Baltoro Glacier in Pakistan at 16,300ft this past summer. Phenomenal tent for base camp that is easy to assemble with a group of four plus folks, and resilient to all the elements. Great windows & double door protection (with fly), along with several pockets/sleeves for storing gear. Good floor that is very strong and withstands climbers' abusive tred. Shape allows for easy snow shedding and size is perfect for hanging out. We fit eight plus folks and extra gear and communications in this tent comfortably. The tent had no issue with hot to cold, and ventilates very well with the 2 doors & 2 windows unzipped. This tent is not wanting in any way, and the designers have covered everything you need in this product.

    Great looking tent, but at 47 lbs, that's quite a load to carry on foot for a week from Askole. I assume it breaks into three parts of, what, 15 pounds? I'd also love to know what packs people chose for the trip.


    Hi Alaska Barb, sorry for a year delayed response. Just saw this comment via the new tool on this site. Yes, it splits up into 3 different loads. I don't own it so I have to double check but I think you are more or less right. We had porters carry it to our base camp so it is heavy but for a big team , it was very worth it.

    We all used different packs. The TNF folks used their specific packs and I am an Osprey athlete so I use the Variant and the Ariel for trips like this now.

    Hope that helps..almost a year later! :)