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Thanks to its proprietary single-wall DryWall technology, The North Face was able to keep the trail weight of the 3-Person Phoenix 3 Tent right around four pounds. Split that among three people and you'll each be carrying around a pound and a half. The North Face's innovative crossing ridge pole design adds lots of headroom without adding much weight, so a day spent playing cards due to bad weather isn't nearly as bad as it would be in other, less roomy tents.

  • Single-wall DryWall and mesh body is lightweight and airy
  • Ultralight nylon ripstop fly keeps the weight down and the rain off
  • DAC Featherlite NSL poles are lightweight and rigid
  • Two main poles for lightweight rigidity
  • Crossing ridge pole maximizes interior space and provides a dry entrance
  • Two doors make it easy to sneak out without disturbing your partner
  • Two vestibules for plenty of wet storage space
  • 3-person capacity allows you to split carrying
  • Unique pole design provides tons of headroom without adding a ton of weight
  • Trail weight of just over 4 pounds for ultralight hiking
  • High-low ventilation provides increased airflow with fly in place
  • Fast pitch option weighs just 2.5 pounds
  • Light and simple clip-pitch
  • DAC stakes included
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Not too shabby

    Ordered this tent in a hurry (last minute gear problems,) without a lot of research, and turns out we're pretty happy with it...

    Spent 10 days out in it in Banff and Jasper, and definitely spent some time in the rain...That's what I was worried about (being a single wall, sort of,) but it made it through just fine...

    Still, having only one layer of Hy-vent (?) between me and serious moisture is just a little too much...We're going to dedicate this tent to less wet climates (Sierra and desert,) and stick with a traditional fly for the Northern stuff...

    That said, it's seriously light, packs easily, stands up nicely, and is quite comfy and roomy for two...

    Quite a fine tent...A nice addition to our quiver...

    TNF Phoenix 3

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have owned the North Face Phoenix 3 for a little over a year and have spent 20+ night in it. The tent has went through winter camping, heavy rains, damp weekends, and hot summer nights. I live in Wisconsin and its also been in Michigan and Minnesota. Over all the tent has preformed great. I would recommend getting the footprint and seam-sealing the tent again (the seams might have weakened from winter camping). There are a couple things with setting up the tent that will help. The small top pole is fed through a nylon strap and the strap connects to the top pole, if this is not done water will collect on the top (picture). Second is the high/low venting, without this the single wall will not work. Unzip the top part of vestibule for air flow, makes a big difference. Over all I really enjoy this tent and would recommend to others.


    Lightweight, Easy setup, Good head space, 4 pocket storage, Glow in the dark zipper pulls, Single wall, and Great color.


    Factory seam could be better, doesn't have a bathtub bottom, 50D floor could be thicker and seamless, and no screen roof to see out of for summer nights.

    TNF Phoenix 3

    Pretty good, not really for the Rain

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've taken this tent out a few times now and it has some problems. Inner zippers are catching...a lot! Bottom of tent definitely doesn't seem too waterproof. Set it up on some damp grass and you could feel water through the bottom. The stakes and holds on the tent are not great. And only having six stakes doesn't keep the tent very taught in between (have to hold the tent to zip up most of the time). That being said, there is good head room in the tent, it is very easy to set up, it packs down quite small, and it is pretty light for a 3 person tent.

    Update: Tent's zippers were not working well after going to Moab. Looks like the sand can easily get in the zippers and make them stick. Persistent rain will soak through the tent's fabric. Also very easy to get holes from embers. Had my tent about 30 yards from a fire and still got a couple small holes (don't remember it being that windy either). Still works well other than the rain thing.

    Update 2: Poles snapped and bent in Moab after some heavy winds. Waiting on possible warranty from North Face.