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Single-wall tent for year-round exploration.

In years past, serious backcountry adventurers tended to avoid single-wall tents because the fabrics used to make them weren’t really all that waterproof or breathable. Technological upgrades in fabric quality have produced a new generation of single-wall tents that live up to The North Face’s high standards. Thanks to its all-new DryWall fabric, The North Face Assault 2 2-Person Tent provides four-season protection from the elements and is making serious adventurers rethink the value of single-wall tents.
  • 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
  • The North Face Summit Series

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2 5

NOT FOR RAIN!!!!

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.

5 5

Handled wind very well, no condensation

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.

4 5

Pretty good but not perfect

  • 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.

Pretty good but not perfect

Does the vestibule have a two-way zipper...

Does the vestibule have a two-way zipper to aid in venting?

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Yes it does. Very helpful indeed.

does this tent require a footprint

does this tent require a footprint

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All tent floor live LONGER with a footprint. but you don't mast

2 5

Not for a bad weather day

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.

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No 4th-Season tent, no matter the brand, can hold up to rain. I use my MHW Lightpath 3 for all early spring snow camping and early winter trips.

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I just returned from a 5 day sea kayaking trip in the Puget Sound, with 4 out of the 5 days having rain (one with 30 to 40 mph winds and sideways rain), and my old Bibler Eldorado tent didn't leak a drop.

5 5

bad to the bone

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!

bad to the bone
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Love your work Renan and thanks for being a part of the BC community. Just curious...would this be a good option for someone who does trips just slightly less intense that your's? For example, someone who is just getting into mountaineering and winter camping and not doing expeditions like the Tooth Traverse or first ascents the Himalaya?

5 5

Light and fast

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.

Light and fast
Fabric Tech Info

Fabric Tech Info

Here's a little tech info about why the fabric on this tent works so well.

5 5

nICE

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

do they make a floor saver for it

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it doesn't appear so. Just the same, most outdoor gear places sell footprints that will fit these dimensions.

3 5

My side on the Assault 2

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!

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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

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Your experience is unfortunate, but really, no single wall tent is going to stay dry after 5 days of rain. And to TNF's credit, the tent was designed as a fast and light mountaineering tent, with winter conditions in mind. Waterproofing, by design, is somewhat compromised for weight savings - this is the case with all single-wall 4 season shelters. It's just the nature of the beast. If you expect rain, pack a shelter with a fly, or consider bringing with a tarp to double as a tent fly.

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"4 Season" is a deceptive name on any of these tents... Should be called "4th Season". Single wall maountaineering tents are made for wind and snow. No brand of 4th Season tent will last in rain. Every 4th Season/single wall tent I've been in has condensation. These tents have thier place, just not in spring, summer or fall. IMO

How waterproof is the Assault tent? Even...

How waterproof is the Assault tent? Even in hard rain.

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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

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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

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It's not. Buy a good 3-Season if your going to encounter rain. 4th-Season tents are for wind and snowload, they will not stay dry if the humidity outside is above 20%.

how's the condensation scene? does it...

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?

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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!

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. <br/>  <br/> It can take 4 season like a solid rock, it is a 4 season tent!