Single-walled clip tent for the backcountry.
- DryWall waterproof breathable tent fabric is lighter and has a higher tear strength than a standard PU tent fly
- 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
- 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
- Light and simple twist clips are easy to use and conserve weight
- Ball cap connector eliminates the grommet and tip at the end of the ridge poles for quicker setup
- Built-in vestibules let you keep your smelly and dirty boots out of the tent
- Internal loops ideal for hanging headlamps and accessories
- Footprint sold separately
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Ok. This tent is amazing. Simply put. Yeah, as simple as putting it together. This is now my go-to tent, unless I'm going to very cold climate, the weight, ease of setup, precise comfort (not too low, not too high), makes it the perfect tent for almost every case.
I used it in the Moab desert, in City of rocks in Idaho, in Yosemite. Pretty much everywhere I go!
I had a marmot limelight before this one. Shipped it back as soon as I got this beauty, you can't beat a less than 4lbs tent that takes about 30 seconds to put together!
Is there place to add guy-lines?
Is there place to add guy-lines?
In CT on the AT
Decent stakes, reflective guyline incl.
Light winter camping?
I know single wall...
Light winter camping?
I know single wall tents have some vent problems when it comes to condensation and rain. I want to know if anyone has used this tent in light winter situations? Light snow and winds with temps in the low teens? Anyone?
10 year olds pick
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
i already know and love this tent but recently my ten year old friend asked me to help him choose a tent. we went to the local store with biggest selection and he set up every 2 man tent from every brand. i tried to convince him to get the tadpole and save a little of his hard earned cash...but he was utterly convinced that the phoenix 2 is the coolest, easiest, best tent with best features available. it has been used hard from desert camping to high in uintas with equal delight!
Great but not good enough
I am a newbie when it comes to camping. Bought this tent about month (may be more) ago and used it on two trips so far. I carry a lot of photography equipment on these trips so a tent that's small and lightweight is an absolute must and this tent does a great job in that area!
My biggest complaint about this tent is condensation, (almost)whole tent was wet inside and out. I've decided to read upon some of the things that might add to the condensation issue instead of returning this tent right away.
I'll update this review/ratings after my next trip.
TNF Phoenix 2 - Superlight 2 person 3 season tent
When I first saw this tent in TNF's 2012 tent catalog, I thought that it seemed awfully familiar. After buying one and setting it up I realized why: The TNF Phoenix 2 looks remarkably a lot like a tent that Sierra Designs made a few years ago called the Baku 2. The only real difference is the entry zipper, which zips straight out, whereas it zips to the side on the Baku's vestibules. The North Face Phoenix is a half pound lighter, due to a lighter canopy fabric and floor, but I don't think that this is necessarily an advantage. Both tents have woefully poor venting for single wall tents, but the thing that bothered me the most about the Phoenix is the lack of a bathtub floor. If there is any amount of water on the ground, while you are setting it up, the inside of the tent is going to get wet. If, by chance, anyone connected with TNF's R&D department happens to read this review may I suggest that you add a bathtub floor and larger vents on the top of the tent that are closeable from the inside. Another thing that I experienced with the SD Baku 2 is that the lack of "solid" doors allowed dust to blow through the tent when being used in a desert environment. I would suspect that the similar design of the Phoenix 2 will have the same problem. I would add water resistant sil-nylon doors that could be zipped off and left at home if not needed. I am sure that adding better venting, a bathtub floor, and solid panels over the doors will add a little weight, but I think that even if the tent is a pound heavier it would still be a very light two person tent and certainly more functional.
Easy as 1-2-3
This tents was by FAR the easiest thing to put up. There are three poles. Just 1-2-3. We stayed warm in low 30-Degree temps, and didn't have any issues with Moab moondust coming in the tent with 20mph winds. This thing packs down tiny, smaller than a camp-chair. Zippers and zipper pulls are BRIGHT green, so easy to see in the middle of the night. There is a door on either side of the tent so no crawling over someone or their belongings. Only down side I saw was the lack of windows if its a warm clear night. But other than that, it was a great tent.
This is a very good tent with one minor thing that could be slightly improved in my opinion. On the plus side, it is very light, easy to assemble, and seems to do fine in the rain (have not used in heavy, prolonged rain as one reviewer seems to have done and given a lower rating). With all of the flaps down, I've had it in pretty heavy winds and it feels very stable. The cross rod gives you a little more space when sitting up, and makes it feel fairly spacious for a 2 person tent.
There is some condensation buildup, but it has been fairly minor even in heavier humidity. The two side vestibules can be folded out of the way to give it a little more cross-ventilation to help prevent this if there is a breeze, but the hooks that hold back the flaps could have been placed better to keep the flaps fully out of the way and allow for a little more airflow, so this is the one design element I would change.
Overall, a great 2 person tent.
I use the Phoenix 2 for motorcycle camping...the poles are packed with my bedroll, so that leaves the footprint and tent about football sized, which packs quite nicely in a saddlebag. Just finished a 3 day, 2 night trip. First night was setup on very wet grass, it had been raining prior to my arrival (tho there was no rain while I was there) By morning, tho the ceiling and walls had a clammy feel to them, there was no actual dripping condensation anywhere in the tent....the vestibules were another matter....they were drippy wet! Both vestibules had the upper vents open. The second night was supposed to be in the dry part of the state (until the storm front came thru) Tent was pitched on dry ground, and thoroughly dry by bedtime....then from about 11pm to 5-6am we had thunder, lightening, rain and wind... Again the high vents were open. Tent was as steady as a rock in the wind gusts, and not a drop of water came inside! When morning came, everything was still dry, the tent walls/ceiling did not feel clammy, and even the vestibules were dry! My friend uses a Eureka Backcountry 2, and I'm setup in 1/3 to 1/2 of the time it takes him....not rushing, it's just that easy!
Tent was setup on dry ground
It rained off and on all night
Mt Vernon, Wa
Phoenix 2 setup on wet grass
Not for heavy rain
There is much to recommend about the Phoenix 2. It is lightweight, compact and the ideal shape and size for two. In mild conditions or light rain, it does a fine job of keeping you dry. However, in pounding rain or rain driven by a heavy wind, the waterproofing is not up to the job. I recently completed a six-day hike down the West Coast Trail on Vancouver island. It's a rainforest, and rain it did - non stop for 20 hours. We were soon aware of a fine mist coming through the fabric and by morning, we, and all our gear, was soaked through. In those conditions, it needs to be tarped.
Just wondering about the length of this...
Just wondering about the length of this tent. I am six three. Would it work? Otherwise it looks pretty cool.
it will, although very comfy for you and another
You'll be cramped; I'm 6'3 and wouldn't buy a tent with a length less than 88". This one comes in at 85. Problem is that the measurement is over the floor...add a sleeping pad and bag with the sloped walls and you'll loose a few more inches. While you can fit, you're head and feet will touch the walls of the tent and probably get wet from condensation.
Phoenix 2 Dimensions
Tent Fabric Tech Info
Here is a little tech info out of The North Face catalog about what makes the waterproof breathable fabric in this tent work so well.
Backpacking in the Uintas
Used this tent for four days last summer backpacking in the uintas we had sun, rain, and even snow and the tent stayed dry inside and out.
Have anyone try the impermeability of this...
Have anyone try the impermeability of this tent ,when someone inside touch the walls or the roof wile its raining? I ask this cuss this is a single wall tent that kind of worries me, I fear that if Im inside this tent in heavy rain and accidentally touch the tent walls or the roof it will start to leak inside.
Hi Amrath, of two different single wall tents and a hybrid 1/2 single-wall + 1/2 fly style tent I have found that they are definitely impermeable to rain- in other words, waterproof.
But therein lies the problem of staying dry: unless the tent is made of BREATHABLE material OR has a LOT of cross ventilation the condensation is what will soak you - not the rain. How much condensation forms depends on wind, humidity and temperature. The ultimate "single wall tent" is a tarp and a ground cloth or a fly+ footprint.
With a tent and fly, condensation settles outside the tent wall and on the fly. The humidity, temperature, wind, etc almost don't matter because you till have a tent wall between you and the fly and condensation.
My favorite tent is my 1/2+1/2 hybrid. It's neat because you can go to sleep with the "1/2 fly" rolled back for star-gazing and if needs be you can button up with little effort if the weather changes in the middle of the night. The tent is about 20% lighter than it's full-fly cousin.
My opinion on this Phoenix 2: it looks like it has LOTS of screen and therefore cross ventilation. There are vestibules instead of a separate instead of a separate 1/2 fly like my hybrid so there is one less thing to carry. It definitely looks to have more headroom. I may just have to order one. This will prompt my wife to say "how many tents do you need??" Well, I am not getting rid of my trusty old NorthFace, my Kelty, or my Eureka any time soon :D