A tent with a gear closet.
- Fly and floor fabric features a PU coating and taped seams to protect you and your gear from wet weather
- Bathtub floor design keeps seams off the ground to help eliminate seepage
- Vestibule storage space lets you keep wet bags and boots outside of your living space
- DAC Pressfit poles provide structure and stability without weighing down your pack
- Poles made with DAC's Green Anodizing process, which eliminates the chemical polishing stage, reduces the need for hazardous chemicals, and recycles water throughout the rinsing process
- Color-coded poles and clip attachments help you pitch the tent fast so you can get under cover quickly
- Steel stakes are ultra durable
- Compatible with triangle gear loft (sold separately)
- Fast-pitch compatible; just carry the poles, fly, and footprint to save weight (footprint sold separately)
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Let the air flow
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been using this tent for a few seasons now and really like it. It is a cozy fit for two people and even the dog if she's lucky. The vestibule is HUGE so you will have no problem fitting all you gear and bags inside keeping them nice and dry. My favorite thing about this tent is how all the walls are made from mesh. This is awesome in the summer or any time is getting too hot in the tent. It lets the breeze flow right through. It also is awesome for star gazing at night when you are ready to lay down and relax. The rain fly does an exceptional job at shedding water. I would recommend purchasing the footprint for it to keep the floor from getting torn up. (only con is that the footprint isn't included).
After 5 Years living with the frog.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This tent is pretty bulletproof when it comes to protecting you from the elements. Yes it is about 2 pounds too heavy, but those two pounds may be the saving grace when it comes to durability. Overall, I've camped in this tent in many different environments over 100+ days. I thoroughly enjoy the tent, and travel with it constantly. Only issues i have with the tent, are that they could have provided better stakes for this tent when i purchased it. Staking this baby down is a must to keep the tent fully operational with the vestibule.
-Zipper can be a pain if the tent isn't staked down properly.
-Side stake loops will easily tear, and will need to be replaced
Not Light, but very livable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been kicking around with this tent for a couple years now and have been very happy with it. It isn't super light, but broken down between two people it is manageable for backcountry endeavors. Where this tent has really shown its value is putting up a base camp and living out of it for a week. Its got enough space that you won't go crazy, and the vestibule can store all the gear you should need.
When setting this tent up you need to pay particular attention to how you tighten the fly down. If you put too much tension on the straps that are next to the tens door it will put extra tension on the zipper. Not fun in the middle of the night when you've gotta get out of the tent quick. Otherwise I have no complaints.
Great Tent from One of the Best!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This tent is spacious, easy to set up, durable, and backed by The North Face's excellent customer service and warranty department. My tadpole 23 ripped in a mad winter storm in Bishop, CA, while I was camping and climbing in the buttermilks. The North Face sent me this in replacement as they have discontinued the Tadpole and I couldn't be happier. The setup is lightning fast and if done properly, wind, snow, and rain resistant to a level one wouldn't normally expect from a 3-season tent. As far as I can tell it vents well.
That being said, spend the extra money and purchase a footprint for this tent. It is bomb proof and helps maintain the all around durability of this tent.
My only complaint is its a bit bulky and heavier than other tents on the market. That's why I rated it 4 of 5 stars rather than 5...
Happy hunting campers!
Can the Fly for Big Fat Frog be purchased...
Can the Fly for Big Fat Frog be purchased separately? Would it fit on my older Tadpole 23?
Solid, but heavy for a two man tent
This tent sleeps one in luxury, and two with moderate comfort. It is easy to assemble and the quality of the materials is great. It packs down small using an aftermarket compression sack, however, it is not the lightest two man tent you can buy. The MSR hubba series is more expensive but Having slept in both this tent and the MSR's I'd have to say that the extra money is worth the lighter weight of the MSR tents. This tent is very waterproof and made it through a couple snowy nights in the Sierras. I would recommend getting the footprint with this tent. The vestibule is HUGE and certainly make's the tent special. Put you gear, boots, or dog in there! This tent withstands wind very well when the guylines are set up. I even use this tent car camping because it is so easy to setup and takes little space. I would recommend this tent to anyone searching for a moderately priced two person backpacking tent.
Big Fat Frog at treeline near Alma, CO
BFF = best friend forever. Love this roomy, easy-to-set-up, and great looking tent! I agree with all of the other reviewers. Buy this tent and you wont regret it.
This tent has been great, obviously the draw is the large vestibule. Two 70+15 packs fit easily.
My only issue was that the vestibule collected a little moisture, but was easy to wipe down. Some reviews say it is vented well, I don't know that I agree. With the rain fly there isn't a lot of air flow. But it is roomy for two especially using the vestibule to store gear. It's easy to setup, I've done it by myself a few times. I'll be wearing this tent out before replacing it.
Big Fat Frog is big fat comfy!
As the review by D. King says below, the vestibule is what drew me to this particular tent. In addition, the complete screen style of the tent when not using the rainfly is awesome. You'll also find many others describing the "coziness" if your tenting with two people. My advice, buy this tent if you want to go camping with someone you don't mind getting cozy with! Durable, warm, well-ventilated. A bit on the heavy side to carry by one person, but it's doable. After two days of schlepping it by myself, I had to forfeit some of the load to a fellow hiker. All that being said, still very glad I decided to go with this tent and would buy it again if given the chance.
I'm considering this tent for cycle touring...
I'm considering this tent for cycle touring in Scotland with my wife. I have two questions - can the tent be piched flysheet first (it can often be raining very persistently) and secondly Scotland can be terrrible with midges (very small biting insects) - will the mesh inner keep the rascals out? It will need to be a very fine mesh.
You could pitch the fly first using the footprint. I've never seen any insects get through the mesh, and I live in North Carolina where there is basically any horrible insect you could imagine.
The vestibule sells it...
My backpacking buddy bought this tent, and we used it for an overnight trip to Virgin Falls.
For a 2-person tent, the Big Fat Frog is not the most spacious design. And a tad on the heavy side for backpacking.
Even though neither of us practiced nor read the instructions, the tent went up fairly easy.
When first unpacked, it seems complex- especially the poles.
The included stakes are... well... just ok. We bent 2 of them on the first use.
Condensation was a reality, but not excessive.
Ventilation is good- maybe even leaning a little toward the drafty end of the scale.
Warning: You WILL be cozy with your tent partner. Your sleeping pads will overlap at the foot end. You will be playing footsies- whether you like it or not.
This is one of the most unique designs I have seen for a tent- the vestibule is huge. It was plenty big enough for our gear (stacked), and my buddys dog!
Stooping over to get into the vestibule, and then turning and kneeling to get into the tent itself, can be a bit of a pain if you are even close to being tall (Im 6 ft and my buddy is a couple inches taller). The same goes for getting out. Consider some type of mat/padding. Your knees will thank you.
I can't comment on durability or weather protection yet, as we've only used the tent once so far- and it didn't rain.
All in all, a pretty good tent.
One last thing; Get the footprint. Youll thank me later.
Enjoy this frog
When I say frog, everyone listens. When I say I have my frog, everyone gets curious.
This tent has great ventilation, but let's question the two person tent concept. You had better know your sleeping partner well!
With one end small it is very likely you will be toe to toe with the other occupant.
Good things do abound within the tent. It is fairly spacious near the fly, but do not try to stand up. It was not built for that purpose.
A couple of things, I wish was there was a pad that extended from one side to the other in the entry vestigial. Cool air can also plow through the lower portion of the entrance and water intrusion may occur so protect your backpack gear off the ground.
I bring a rug mat to make it easier to kneel on and to store goods to keep off the damp/wet ground in this vestigial. Also I use an outer mat when I step out to stand up or put more clothing on. That makes egress and ingress is much easier.
The tent is a mite heavy with all of its features so a 20 mile hike experience can wear you down.
It is also helpful to color code your tent items even as some of the tent already has coding on it. That I do find helpful.
The tent is also airy and not too private without the rain cover on it. Just be careful you do not show off body parts if you change or sleep without coverage inside the tent.
I enjoy this frog
It has great ventilation, but let's question the two person tent concept. You had better know your sleeping partner well!
With one end small it is very likely you will be toe to toe with the other occupant.
Good things do abound within the tent. It is failrly spacious, but do not try to stand up. It was not built for that purpose.
A couple of things I wish was there was a pad that extended from one side to the other. Cool air can plow through the lower portion of the entrance way and water intrusion may occur. I bring a rug mat to make it easier to kneel on. Also for an outer mat to step out on. I bring another mat so that egress and ingress is much easier.
It is a mite heavy with all of its features so don't think of it as a 20 mile hike experience with it.
I find it comfortable and fairly easy to put together so that is ok.
What is the interior height, in both areas...
What is the interior height, in both areas (taller door side and lower back end)? Interior height of the vestibule?
Great Protection, Tons of Space
Spent about 25 nights in this so far this year. By far the best tent I have ever owned. Extremely sturdy DAC poles and goes up quick. The huge open doorway makes it easy to move around items stored in the vestibule. There are plenty of pockets for storage and plenty of space inside, comfortably fits 2 5"10 people or 1 and a 45lb dog. Ceiling height is good, can sit up easily and move around without hitting my head.
Which brings me to the vestibule storage. SOO much space, I took this with me for Ride the Rockies 2010 for 7 nights and fit two huge duffels and two road bikes (front wheel off) in the vestibule with a little fan dangling.Because of the mesh the tent breathes great and has held up great against wind, rain and snow.
Although it is a little on the hefty side, split between two people makes it just over 3lbs each. Probably a little overkill as a solo tent but my lab follows me on most trips so it works out ok.The fly is very thin sil nylon but stretches well and really keeps out the elements.Like the other posts below I have also had the same issues with condensation but nothing extreme that detracts from the product. My only other little gripe is it's a little to easy to drag dirt and stones into your sleeping area because there's no floor to the vestibule.Overall - excellent tent which I use for all 4 seasons, easy set up and breakdown and plenty of space. Very comparable to MTN Hardwears 2 person tents but with the added vestibule.
Big Fat Frog Faced the Music!
I love it! This tent stayed dry during an all night thunder storm. It's very easy to set up/tear down and the vestibule alone is worth the price. The Big Fat Frog is a fantastic tent. It calls for two people, but I pack it for myself (or myself and my dog) and it works out very well.
I was not entirely impressed with this tent. It's on the heavier side of things, 6lbs. 7oz. however it's incredibly roomy. Pretty easy set up, however here's where me main complaint comes in; the outer rain shell does not clear over the mesh screening very well, it even touches in some places. This leads to a lot of condensation and possibly more weight when carrying. we tried staking it differently but that failed to remedy the situation. Also, I found the ventilation to be lousy unless you had the vestibule door wide open. I feel as though the design is too complex to be be effective. K.I.S.S.!
Big Fat Frog in Canyonlands (2)
In Canyonlands Nt'l Park
Big Fat Frog in Canyonlands
Canyonlands Nt'l Park