Single-wall tent for year-round exploration.
- Athlete-tested Summit Series designation means that The North Face created this tent for demanding pursuits in challenging environments
- DryWall waterproof breathable tent fabric is lighter and has a higher tear strength than standard PU tent flies
- DryWall fabric provides improved breathability (869 g/m2) over other single-wall tent fabrics so that condensation doesn’t ruin your trip
- Reverse Combi poles use a different diameter of metal in strategic areas to maximize tent-wall tension and floor space
- Included vestibule lets you keep your smelly and dirty boots out of the tent and is removable to save weight for light-and-fast treks
- Mesh door option helps circulate air and further reduce condensation during clear nights
- Reflective KEVLAR® guy lines and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls help alert you to your tent’s location
- Built-in gear loft helps keep your gear organized and accessible
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So a friend let me borrow her Assault 2. I was planning a small solo excursion in Dartmoor. First night the weather changed brought strong wind and driving rain. And at 11pm I thought to my self all snuggy up in my sleeping bag, "I'm glad I have this trusty tent."
... THEN ... Drip drip, right on my face. Apparently the small elastic band that would be used to secure open the window flaps (note windows were not open) started to funnel water into the tent.
... If ONLY that were it. HA. Water began to be channeled into the tent through the floor seam. Also the walls were saturated and water penetrated the walls as well. Puddles of water collected inside the tent. I used a hand towel and two shirts to absorb the water then squeezed it outside. The rain was not a heavy rain at all, just an average rain and it would be expected that a tent would protect from this. This continued for the rest of the night.
The tent is not all bad. It held up extremely well in wind, and the vestibule was amazing and save my gear. The tent was also very warm. I have no idea about this tent's functionality in alpine conditions, snow, etc. And reading other reviews, it appears that's what it's made for.
So I'm commenting only on my experience... if you are going on a camping trip where there will be lots of rain, DO NOT GET THIS TENT.
Just came back from a spring mountaineering trip up to 10000 ft. with TNF Assault 2 tent. The tent handled sustained 30mph alpine wind very well, only using the 4 corners and 2 tie-downs. The sleeve system distributed the wind pressure well; the side wall did get pushed in but is expected.
No condensation issues even with everything zipped up but an 1-inch hole in the back window. However it is probably due to the windy condition that the air flow is good.
I am 6'2, and I had no issues with the length of the tent. I share the tent with my wife who is 5'6. The space worked, but was not spacious (boots outside, packs inside). If you absolutely don't want to come in contact with the tent wall or want to "stretch out" inside of the tent, then this is not a 2-person tent for you. For light and fast alpinism, it can work well with the exception of rainy conditions.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm finally able to write a confident review after my latest trip at winter elevation with single digit temps, wind and sideways snow. It's super light and the option of only bringing in the main tent for quick assaults/bivouacs is killer. The included vestibule and gear loft are features that automatically put it above similar Black Diamond's and the Mountain Hardwear Direkt. It is quiet in wind. The material sheds snow well. It has good ventilation with the option to fully open air vent or mesh vent. Vestibule window is like having live NOAA updates from the comfort of your warm sleeping bag. There are enough guy lines to plaster it anywhere.
My main complaints are:
It's really short, I am 6'1", use a long bag (6'6") and can't keep my footbox off the wall.
The vestibule is sick but the connectivity to the tent sucks. If it's windy and you are parked back to the wind, the blowing snow will sneak in through the cracks between the tent and vestibule. This means that in high winds/snow you'll wake up to a little layer of snow INSIDE your vestibule.
Bare in mind this thing is small, as the name implies it's an assault tent and 2 people would probably only want to share this for quick overnighters on the move. I use it as a solo tent since my stays are longer, in single locations and desire more comfort. This thing is great for my purposes and it would achieve perfection if it were just another 6 inches longer.
For what I was looking for, the Assault 2 and the Nemo Tenshi are the best tents on the market. Knowing what I know now however, I may give the slight edge to the Nemo since it appears the vesty is better connected to the tent.
Note: To those complaining about rain leakage; if you want a rain shelter, save some money and buy a three season tent, or save a lot of money and get yourself a tarp from Home Depot. This tent is intended for high alpine, not rain forests.
Does the vestibule have a two-way zipper to aid in venting?
Yes it does. Very helpful indeed.
does this tent require a footprint
All tent floor live LONGER with a footprint. but you don't mast
I took the Assault 2 the the Cascades and camped at the snow during summertime. I sleeped alone at the tent and left the front window open to avoid condensation but while it rained outside with wind, water would get through the back window zipers and stichings (that on the first week of usage, the tent was new). Me and my gear got wet, alltough neither the rain or the wind were strong they last the whole night.
I got wet and that is defnetly not a shelter I would like to have once again in the montain. It would work great if the weather is dry or very light rain, but if weather changes, than you are in trouble.
I was not happy with its performance.
But on the positive side, if you have clear weather the tent is incredibly small, light and holds well against wind. It is a good tent, but not ready to face days in a row of bad weather.
I use this tent for real deal alpine climbs and any adventure where I want to have shelter and not deal with the fuss or weight of a bigger tent. A lot of the other tents like this on the market have interior pole design which is time consuming and frustrating to set up. When I'm tired after a long day of climbing I don't want to deal with that. Also, the drywall is the best fabric I've experienced so far for single wall tents. I'm impressed with this tent!
The Assault 2 is quite light and does a good job for what it is designed for. Packs up small and if split two ways, it is barely noticeable. The small vestibule holds boots and a pack. Haven't tested it in single digits yet, but I have a feeling it would do just fine.
Camping in the early spring
Here's a little tech info about why the fabric on this tent works so well.
i BOUGHT THIS ONE, and i took it to 20000 ft.
PERFECT!!! no more to says, perfect!!!
The weight is a miracle, really light tent, perfect for an expedition.
I took it to the caribbean see, 3 days raining like crazy!!!
and worked perfect for me(i was alone, is a 2 person tent, but i was alone), no rain inside the tent, worked pretty much for me.
I tested it on 2 different weathers... for other people didnt work proppelry, for me fine! if you need more information just ask me!!!
do they make a floor saver for it
it doesn't appear so. Just the same, most outdoor gear places sell footprints that will fit these dimensions.
I recently returned from a trip to Telluride. I used the North Face Assault 2 tent. It rained almost every day we were camping. After five days, the tent was completely soaking wet on the inside. I contacted the North Face warranty department to let them know about the tent defect. I received the below email back from them!
Thank you for contacting The North Face. Your tent was evaluated by our warranty technician and was determined that no material defects were found. The tent is a single wall tent designed for high alititudes above 16,000 ft. where there is little to no precipitation in the air. As a special service we can issue you a gift card for the full purchase price of the tent
How waterproof is the Assault tent? Even in hard rain.
It will hold up to heavy rain, but with a 4 season tent it is the condensation inside that will be an issue if you are closed up tight
Jake - the tent is super waterproof. However from my experience if you leave the vents open during a rainstorm water will get in through the vents
how's the condensation scene? does it actually have Dry Walls?
also, the fabric weight is a little light for a 4-season tent. does it look like it will stand up for more than 2 or 3 seasons?
Hi...I used a different TNF tent with the same Canopy in winter, in heavy rain there is a little condensation like all tent and single wall tents...but is not that bad the canopy is not that wet, the canopy in a way dry. in the snow this canopy is great very little condensation.
It can take 4 season like a solid rock, it is a 4 season tent!