Arrive early or late ... either way, the Flint sets up fast and easily.
- 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
- Single door and vestibule saves weight
- 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
- Interior gear loft clips mean you can add a loft and create extra storage space (compatible square gear loft not included)
- Fast-pitch compatible; just carry the poles, fly, and footprint to save weight (footprint sold separately)
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what size footprint should i purchase for this kind of tent?
do you thinnk its material is durable to last six months?
I recommend 87" x 44", if you want to make a custom footprint from a different material. Otherwise, I would just buy the Flint 2 footprint. You wouldn't want it any larger, because if it is sticking out the sides, then there is a chance rain water will run down the exposed edges and pool up between your tent and footprint. Always use a footprint. Never rely on just the durability of the tent floor. It is much easier and cheaper to replace the footprint if damaged, vs replacing your tent floor.
Originally bought this tent to replace a p.o.s. alpine design and could not honestly be more pleased. First trip with this tent was the searing heat of utah's canyonlands during the summer. Stayed perfectly cool all night and day. One of the features I really appreciated during this trip was the ability to set up only the fly for a cool waterproof shelter. Then I took it camping in Golden, Colorado during the middle of a hail storm that was gusting 60 mph with golf ball sized hail. Not a drop of moisture inside as well as a completely intact shelter in the morning. I sleep like a baby knowing that my Flint 2 has my back. Very roomy for a one person. Often fits me and all my gear inside the tent and my girlfriend and I sleep comfortably together inside. Set up is a breeze and doesnt even take five minutes with very little practice. Only complaint that I have at all is that it didn't come with a gear loft. I rarely give anything a "perfect score" but in this case North Face earned it.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I purchased this from REI for about 80 dollars shipped (during a sale in May, 2012) and its proven to be a decent tent. I would say for the price i paid, its actually phenomenal.
Downside is its heavy and kinda large for a solo backcountry style expedition but if you actually have two people with you and might be expecting moderate amounts of rain/snow this should be just right.
For solo expeditions i would recommend something way smaller and lighter...this tent would be overkill.
In addition, its a tight fit for two people. There is no question that gear will remain outside and you'll be in close quarters the whole night. Otherwise, its an extremely tough, sturdy tent...
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought this tent to use for all my geology trips over the next few years while I am getting my bachelors degree. These trips will consist of multiple trips to Oklahoma/Arkansas during the fall and spring as well as a 10 day backpacking trip through the Colorado plateau (including the Grand Canyon) during early summer.
I have taken it on one overnight trip so far and it was great. It was mid-October and I went ahead put my rain flap on just in case there was any dew because of a close proximity to a lake. Others in my groups had issues with their tents and the rain flaps not keeping the condensation out but I stayed completely dry!
Others have mentioned that the stakes are cheap, however, I found that they worked just fine. But I only put one stake in the ground and I wish I had gone ahead and staked each side because if there is any wind you will feel it. But I didn't blow away and the wind (and movement of the tent) didn't wake me up. I slept quite well actually.
The instructions are a tad difficult to understand so make sure you set it up before leaving because it would be really frustrating to figure out if you were in the dark or exhausted from the day.
Responses to previous comments:
A 2 person tent generally means it will hold you and your stuff- thats it and this tent is no different than any other one on the market in that respect.
There is an interior mesh pocket on the ceiling.
The footprint isn't necessary, however, if I'm buying a tent for $135 I'd rather protect my investment by buying a $35 footprint than potentially buying another, now $180, tent because I messed up the floor.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Things I LOVE about this tent:
-All the mesh makes for a cool summer camping experience
-It's light and the bag has some extra room so you it's easy to pack and unpack.
- I've been caught out in a few severe thunderstorms with 50-60 mph gusts and it stayed completely dry inside (and in the vestibule) and remained structurally intact.
-The price is good
Things I don't like:
- The placement of the only door is on the end of the tent, rather than the side, which makes it somewhat awkward to get in and out.
- You'd really have to like the other person if you were sharing this tent, meaning there's really only room for one person to sleep comfortably. I'm only 5' 8" (on a good day) and my head and feet touch both ends of the tent.
Long story short, it's a good tent for the price and for one person to take on a weekend camping trip/hike. I haven't backpacked with it, and won't as I'm going to return this tent and look for something a little bigger. Probably TNF's "Rock" series, which features two doors on either side of the tent. A little more expensive, but worth it for my taste.
Bought my Flint 2 on clearance for $75 and love it. I've used it on two backpacking trips over 8000ft. It was easy to put up in the dark, and it's very light. I bought the footprint and it fits like a jem. The only things I didn't like were that there were not enough guylines for the number of loops, and there were no interior pockets (claimed above). Minor issue as far as I am concerned. I love it.
Edit: Update for what this was it is too big for my needs, I have transitioned into UL backpacking. For its purpose this is a good tent though. But I have moved on.
i backpack with this thing all over utah, its never leaked and the floor material is very thick and waterproof, same with the fly. The mesh goes all around which is awesome for summer camping (ditch the fly).
Another thing that is awesome is that tent doesnt require any stakes, its freestanding and you can get by using 1 stake to guy out the fly. Another thing is that the fly doesnt touch the even if you dont stake out the fly tightly, which eliminates condensation. Also, all these factors make this tent quick to set up and tear down and pack up.
this is prettymuch the best tent you can get for the weight in this price range.