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Include the Flint in your survival kit.
- 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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Hey guys, trying to decide between buying...
Hey guys, trying to decide between buying the North Face footprint or making my own with Tyvek or some similar substance. What would you recommend? Probably won't be doing any extreme camping, but would like to be dry in some good rain.
The footprint doesn't really help you stay dry per se, but it will protect the tent from getting holes in it, it provides an extra barrier to heat loss to the ground, and it can make set up easier too.
Plastic or tyvek works just as well (and cheaper!) but you lose the option for fast pitch (or "dry pitch in the rain") and it can make setup slightly (and I do mean slightly) more difficult.
If you do go with plastic or tyvek, make sure the sheet is slightly undersized so it doesn't stick out beyond the sides of the tent body--because if it DOES stick out, you will get puddles under your tent!
I'm totally with David on this, but, even though it always sucks to have to pay more (extra) for the right footprint for a tent, besides the fast-pitch option, it's nice to have the all the right parts when you need or want them. If you wait, you also have a good chance of the right footprint becoming something you can't find anywhere, including TNF, because it'll be out of production (we get that a lot from people). I like Tyvek, but I like a complete tent set up even better. Hope this helps you out.
Tyvek is cheap, light and durable and will protect the floor of your tent. I use it all the time. Just set up your tent, measure where the poles meet the ground, and put in a few grommets, which will make it to fit. And related to what David said, taper the material in slightly between the grommets to prevent water from collecting under the tent. On a side note - I once ran a 100 mile race in rain and snow in a tyvek suit. What an awesome material!!!!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I used the tent several times, normally with two people, but once with wife and daughter. It is plenty roomy inside, but could be somewhat tight for three adults. I bought aluminum stakes for it (takes 9 stakes), which are much better and lighter than the ones provided. Setup is easy and recommend using the footprint which doesn't add much weight. Not sure why the other reviewer had problems with wind. Tent is fairly strong and if guy lined out I don't see why it would have problems in the wind, though I have not had it in strong winds. It held up very good in heavy rains though.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Im 6'2 and avg build. and this thing is short! i know.....im tall but i sleep in it sideways and still end up with a damp sleeping bag by morning in the foot and head region...and its not sweat haha....bottom line....pay attn to Dimensions!
Waste of money
I used this tent along with my students on a recent trip to California. While the tent is easy to erect, it is pretty tight for three people, kids maybe, but adults, no way. It is also poorly ventilated with the fly completely zipped and is easily bent over in any wind above 20 mph. While the poles cross at a the peak, only one of them connects at the peak to the tent itself. We had to weigh down the tents with backpacks to keep them from blowing away in Pt. Reyes National Seashore. The "ultra durable" stakes are a joke. You might as well use coat hangers. They are easily bent and North Face didn't even bother to put a point on them. I guess they were planning to have us drive them into a plowed field. There are plenty of other tents on the market that blow this one away in terms of quality and room for the cost of this junker. For car camping, this might work. Just hope a storm doesn't blow in or the tent might also.