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Two large vestibules, space to sit comfortably, and a taut, non-sag pitch? Sounds like The North Face Minibus 23 Tent. A few moments of poles, canopy, and fly color-matching and you’ll have your Minibus set up and ready to go. Large D doors mean you don’t have to feel like you’re in contortionist tryouts every time you get in or out of the tent, and high-low venting keeps the air fresh. A window, pockets, and Gear Loft #2 compatibility (sold separately) increase your camping comfort.

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4 5

Minibus23 IMHO

Good tent for tall people ( I'm 190cm) with plenty of internal space, good pockets;
2 vestibules for a gear and 2 enters - a great feature.
The tent is sensitive to proper tightening - a loose canopy will create a pool
on the top in raining weather.

Minibus23 IMHO
4 5

I have tent envy!

I was just on a trip with a bunch of other fellow campers and they all had this tent! It was the perfect 2 person tent for 3 seasons! Plenty of room for two people and some gear. I especially love all the vents! Can't wait to get my own.

I'm 6'1'', 230 pounds and an ex-D1 linebacker,...

I'm 6'1'', 230 pounds and an ex-D1 linebacker, am I goin to be able to fit in this thing with another person my size? my girlfriend can't make all the trips with me so my buds have to suffice

Best Answer Responded on

You're going to be a bit tight in the shoulders with 2 guys your size. If you can swing the additional weight, the Minibus 33 3-person would be a roomier way to go. The girlfriend would probably appreciate the extra space, too. For reference- The 23 is 54.5" wide and the 33 is 65" wide. Both tents are 92.5" long.

5 5


Here is a good informational video about this tent.

5 5

This tent rules!

This tent is pretty much pure awesome. It's big enough that you don't have to intimately know your tent buddy to sleep two people comfortably. This was a HUGE concern for me, as I looked at a lot of Mountain Hardwear tents that claimed to be 2 person tents, but realistically only hold 1.5 people.

I've taken this tent to a few venues and it has performed admirably. It's easy enough to set up in the dark of Jasper National Park, and it's sturdy enough to stand up to 24 hours of rain and gusty winds in Landmannalaugar, Iceland. There was plenty of room for gear inside the vestibules, and even a little in the tent.

Technical details aside this tent is simply a joy to use. I highly recommend it. Also, the glow in the dark zipper pulls are just plain cool.

5 5

Good Stuff

It's a lil on the heavy side, but not really, considering what this thing is all about

There is generous headroom (more than footprint) thanks to the smart engineering of the two small orange poles and the C-Clips.

Pitchin' and strikin' is easy as pie- just set up once before you head anywhere. I'm diggin' the Twist-Clips and The hub system allows for a nice distribution of wind stress on the DAC poles, allowing the tent to hold up really well in higher wind. This system I believe also contributes to the condensation control.

I've had this tent in a couple rain situations. One was three days of non-stop rain with one solid hour of blinding down poor. I was camped next to a slope that fed ALOT of rain our way and did dig a very small trench around one side of it.
No leaks (tarp under floor). No condensation, either. At night with the rain, it would get muggy with my girlfriend and I in it, however, I just pulled back the sleeping bag, and could actually feel cool, clean air- so I believe the low-high vent system is smart and works really well.

A cool feature I liked is the inside-outside pockets. And the glow-n-dark zipper pull tabs glowed fairly bright all night on a night darker than a black steer's derrière.

So I really don't have any complaints, and actually LOVE this tent. And this is coming from a fella who avoided The North Face because I never took it serious with its wilderness chic business.
I think the company may spread itself a little too thin because of the chicness - some stuff is made poorly, some good. The Minibus 23 Is made GREAT.

5 5

Innovative--FORM & FUNCTION!

I'ts cool to see something innovative come to market that is strong in both form and function.

Function: Last year I took this tent to misty/rainy eastern Europe and then to the high altitute/arid Tibetan plateau...performed in both environments perfectly..i'd take this tent for just about anything besides a full on winter himalayan expedition

Form: The roomy overhead space has helped me with my lingering claustrophobia induced by hanging portaledge bivies!

Actually a two man?

Hi, first off, thanks...

Actually a two man?

Hi, first off, thanks for the floor plan Angus. That will help out immensely. I'm just wondering if anyone has had a chance to see this thing in action. Most of my experience with tents has lead me to believe that a "3-man tent" is actually suitable for two people and a "2-man" is usually suitable for one person and a midget. So my question is this: Can you comfortably fit 2 people and some gear in the Minibus 23?

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Comfort is such a subjective thing. I can tell you this, I have a 2 person tent that is 60" wide and I wouldn't have it any other way. I like to conceptualize how well a 25" sleeping pad (or 2) will fit in there. In your case, you would have 4" of wiggle room comfort. Now given there will be a slight slope on the sides, that brings your comfort space down even further. As for gear, you have tons of vestiblue space. If you are really set on this tent, best advice would be sleep toe to head.

I have the Big Agnes Sunnyside 2, but th Parkview 2 by Big Agnes practically the same thing except lighter. Definitely a a two person tent!

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Good to be appreciated. Thanks man. I've slept in two different two-mans, one from Marmot and one from Sierra Designs, never a TNF. The Marmot was extremely cramped and had pretty much no room other than people, whereas the SD had a lot more. I'd guess that since this is a 3-season and features some pretty techy high walls, it'll be roomier than most. But again, I don't really know. I'd just suggest the footprint thing.

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If you want to comfortably fit 2 people and gear in a 2p tent at a weight way less than this, then i would suggest the Marmot Aeolos. Way more room (bent knees at the tent tabs), huge head room (cross poles), beefy strength (camming clips and sleeve combo), 2 doors 2 vestibules and weight under 6lbs. Buy the Aeolos, or at least get inside one. I am 6' 2" and could eeasily sleep with someone my same size and have a good 12" of wiggle room.

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I actually just bought this tent!! doesn't seem that anyone that responded actually has this tent.
I have the Minibus 33. and i got it for me and my son or out biking with a friend. The 33 is the 3 person tent. I can tell you that the three man is actually comfortable for two.

if you want a comfortable two man get the three man. i'm glad i went with the 33 instead of the 23!! i am going to write a fuller review after this.

Best Answer Responded on

Why hello me. I would first like to thank those that tried to answer my question. However, since none of them actually own the tent in question, I will now answer my own question.

Yes, this is actually a two man tent. It is set up in my kitchen right now and it's easily the biggest two man tent I've ever seen. It can accomodate two Exped DownMat 7s with room to spare. There are plenty of pockets for gadgets and reading material. Once I have slept in it a few times outside my kitchen I'll throw up a review for it.

Hope that helps. Thank me.

Responded on

I agree _ I have this tent. Although it seems most tents state their occupancy based on absolute capacity, this does have that "extra" room- the head room is wider than the foot. I fit two fullsize Thermarest mats, with extra room to boot. Plus generous vestibules free up alot more room for the gear and beer.