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Thanks to its simple two-pole design, you don’t need a PhD in tent-pitching to set up The North Face Rock 32 Bx Tent, which is awesome because no school offers such a degree. You’ll also dig the tent’s two doors and double vestibules, which come in handy when you’re lodging up to three adults in one tent.

  • 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
  • Double doors make for easy entry and exit; large vestibule storage space lets you keep wet bags and boots outside of your living space
  • DAC Pressfit poles provide structure and stability without weighing down your pack
  • Poles are 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
  • Built-in gear loft helps you organize your gear
  • Fast-pitch compatible; just carry the poles, fly, and footprint to save weight (footprint sold separately)
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Best I've tried and owned, thus far.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've owned both a Marmot Limelight 3P and a North Face Rock 32. And I decided to part with the Marmot in the end. Why? Because of a negative experience I had (see my Limelight review for further information). You see, anything I've owned from North Face, lasted me decades. And because of this, it kind of made it a no brainer to give this tent a shot.



From what I gathered during my outting with this tent. Setting it up is fairly simple. What I liked about this tent was that the gear loft is adjustable, so it doesn't droop down permanently and get in your way. The gear pockets at the doors are of decent size.



Now what I didn't like about the tent. The color option. The rain fly system is not a buckle system, kind of annoying when you want to remove it. The tent stakes that were included are garbage; look into upgrading them. The brow pole that gives the rain fly form around the tent is annoying to set up and take off. I was afraid I might break the plastic snap on clip.



In the end, after taking the Rock 32 out for a weekend trip in 30-40 degrees weather, I have to say, I am happy with my purchase. Sure there are annoyances, but it doesn't affect the fact that this is the best tent that I have owned and tested thus far.



Best I've tried and owned, thus far.

Dry and Roomy

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

This tent really is the best! Took it up to the North Shore (Minnesota) for a long weekend- it rained from the minute we got there and almost never stopped. I was more than a little concerned this being it's maiden voyage- this tent stayed dry- it was nice coming back to the tent, toweling off and crawling into a dry sleeping bag. It was cold (hovering in the low 50's, freezing at night) and I wondered how cold we'd get with the tent being mostly bug netting- but never found out because it's nice to cuddle up next to the wife and listen to the rain :) We are super happy with this tent- we've been sharing a 2 person tent (darn near a bivy) for the last 11 years and this thing feels like the 4 seasons. We'll be hitting the boundary waters with this tent and taking it into the North Woods of Wisconsin (the best non-mountainous state in the union) within the next week or two. We bought the footprint too and it's burly but like everyone says- it's just a little too big, works great, just a little big. Get this tent and go get dirty!

Superb Experiences (!)

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Just used it for the sake of three- (3-) season application on the Connecticut estuary [Long Island Sound] coastline of New England, and the sea breeze cooling me off was magic after my typical day's worth of hiking .... She is everything that of which I could have hoped for regarding setup-and-takedown, that being extremely user-friendly, ... she stands up to the elements coming off the waters (we are the first to experience the changes in the weather fronts) ... and she has the North Face consumer satisfaction guarantees, on top of < Backcountry.com > satisfaction policies .... Simply one very satisfying purchase .... Thank you, < Backcounty.com > (!!)

Superb Experiences (!)

Rock 32 in the desert

Durable tent. Set up on sandy ground lots of thorns everywhere. Footprint help a bunch here. Strong winds were no problem for this tent. Very sturdy and easy to set up in the dark. Being that the tent itself is all mesh that ventilation comes with a price in the desert, fine sand finds its way in and covers everything.

Highly recommended anyway.

Rock 32 in the desert

Expected North Face quality

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This tent vents very well because of all the mesh, which makes is great for hot climates. The gear loft and storage pockets on the side of the tent are awesome for stowing items you need to access easily. The fly also covers low down the sides to keep dust and water from entering through the mesh. Great quality for the price, I certainly recommend this tent to anyone needing a 2 1/2 person tent for 3 season use.

Easy to set up, warm, well designed

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

this tent took two seconds to set up by myself. It was a great size for one person and all my gear inside the tent. THe footprint made by northface only covers the tent, not the gear protection areas so I didnt want to use it. Otherwise an amazing tent for a great price, should last years.

Great tent for two!

    Had a wonderful 4 nights and 5 days in this tent. Nice and roomy for two. We experienced rain and temps in the 30s and stayed dry. Purchased the footprint with this tent and it lived up to promise...was completely dry when we lifted the tent despite the wet floor beneath.

    EEZY PEEZY LEMON SQUEEZY

      GF and I setup the tent for the first time in the dark. We got it up quickly and without much bickering. It rained pretty heavy that night and we stayed dry =)A little bit of condensation in the morning, but the tent vents so nicely that it was barely noticeable. Love the 2 exit option...GF almost pissed herself but was able to scramble out her side of the tent without tripping over me.

      Easy to put up, looks nice

        This tent was especially easy to put up. Because the main part of the tent is mostly mesh, it's exceptionally lightweight, but the rain fly was sufficient to protect us from the elements. It's also a nice color scheme -- overall, we were quite satisfied.

        Perfect tent for all kind of camping.

          This tent sleeps two and a dog comfortably. Definitely a tight squeeze to have 3 people in it, but that's the case with most tents and average American size. This tent is super easy to put up. Breathes well with the all mesh canopy. One of my favorite features is the gear loft. It is perfect for stashing your head lamp or anything else you might need in the middle of the night. You can easily hand the Black Diamond Orbit Lantern from the loft and enjoy ample light for reading, journaling, or whatever else you may be doing in your tent.

          Shelter from the Rain Like Nothing I've Experienced Before

            There have been numerous in depth reviews on this tent and they all speak truly of its performance. I'd just like to add my 2 cents:

            This tent withstood 20, I'll say it again, 20, straight HOURS of non-stop steady rain in the Appalachians last week. It was incredible! My partner and I were so pleasantly surprised that there was not one drop of water in the tent. This is after getting our sleeping bags and feet considerably soaked every night in Glacier with our last tent (I think it was an older Sierra Designs). It also rained the other 3 days we were out there too, but for a few hours at a time, luckily not 20 like our first night/day. You see why I'm ecstatic about this Rock 32 now, don't you?

            There are other great things to mention about this tent like the doors, the roominess/comfort, and the ease of set up, but these have already been touched on by others. I hope my experience will help you decide if this tent is right for your needs. For me, it definitely provided for a comfortable stay in nature.

            The Perfect Tent for Hotter Climate.

              I have had a lot of outdoor sleeping experience. I wouldn't call it camping but, more surviving. I served 6 years in the Marine Corps and have been issued all types of gear. Some of this gear was great and some I wouldn't put it in my pack if they paid me. The tents that I was issued all lacked good ventilation. These tents were so hot that I would usually spend my few hours sleeping in my gore tex sleeping bag cover, if not on top of the cover, with a mosquito netting thrown over me. I have had personal tents from other makers but, they were just cheap last minute purchases right before a weekend trip. I have been looking for a good 2 man tent so that my girlfriend will be comfortable on a weekend trip. Keeping her dry and as cool as possible were my biggest concerns. No better way to ruin a persons desire to cmap than to make their first trip miserable. This tent is well ventilated, dry, durable and not too heavy. The tent will sleep 3 people but, fits 2 with gear perfect and will let you keep your gear inside as well. I like the green color because it allows me to blend in better with the surroundings. The tent overall is made well and is a great price compaired to other tents that are made cheaper. Hope this review helps others make a great purchase.

              Truly three person

                Took this up the Devil's Path, in the Catskills, NY, for a two day back packing trip. For the price, it's a great weight and a great tent. We comfortably fit three people inside - one tall, larger guy, a tall skinny guy and a short woman. Really, if you can fit three sleeping mats side by side in there, you'll be fine, and you can! The vestibules are good, though maybe a little small if you have really big packs - we fit three 65 L packs inside them okay. The colour is great, really blends well with the woods. It's a very quiet tent in the wind, and it's easy to get everything very tight to prevent condensation. We didn't have any issues with water collecting on the inside. My question below asks whether it might be a bit cold getting into winter as the inside tent is all mesh, but it dropped to about 20 F on our trip and we were fine. The stakes that come with it are pretty poor, but I got six MSR ground hogs and use the original stakes for guy lines. I like the gear loft and the pockets inside the tent, and there are plenty of loops on the fly for moving guy lines around. I did a lot of research before buying this tent, looking at ten or twelve three person tents, and I'm really glad I settled on this.

                Truly three person

                How necessary is purchasing the TNF Rock...

                How necessary is purchasing the TNF Rock 32 footprint. I have read mixed reviews on it. Should I buy this footprint? One at all? Or a different one?



                Thanks

                Best Answer

                I would. Think of it this way: what sounds better, beating up and eventually replacing a $40 footprint or having your tent taking the brunt of all the crap the ground under it has to offer and having to replace that instead? A few more bucks, but somewhat of a necessary evil in my book.

                Hey, just got this tent from backcountry...

                Hey, just got this tent from backcountry and was putting it up in the yard. I realised the canopy was all mesh before I bought it, but now I've got it I'm wondering whether that might be an issue in colder weather. I was wondering what sort of temperatures people have been using this tent in, and whether I should get something with a more robust canopy for camping at the beginning or end of winter.

                Also, the 'ultra durable' stakes are pretty terrible - I managed to bend one going through soft clay. Looks like I'm buying some after market ones!

                Hi, how long are the poles for this tent?...

                Hi, how long are the poles for this tent? thanks!

                I live in Oregon and tend to do a lot of...

                I live in Oregon and tend to do a lot of winter camping … here winter camping means camping in the rain – lots of it. I just got the NF Rock 32. Any way I have taken this tent out 2 times. The first time it poured all night, the second it rained just a little/mostly but the humidity was very high. The first night I used the tie outs on the rain fly the second I didn’t but staked everything nice and tight. My problem is that each time a large amount of water pooled on the floor under my pad. However, when I checked under the tent the bottom and footprint were bone dry so it wasn’t coming through the floor. Also the top of my bag was dry, so o drips. I asked some guys at an outdoor store and I got some lame response like, “Well you probably aren’t putting it up right and that is just condensation” Now I am no super tent genius but it doesn’t seem like it should be all that hard to put this tent up. I am very frustrated because I have used very cheap tents with better luck. I do know that tent have condensation – but pools of water?

                Has any one experienced this or even used this tent in persistent rain with luck (not one flash storm) but hours of rain? I am trying to decide if I should return this tent.

                Thank you

                I would guess that you have a leak. A single wall tent may have that much condensation, but with the fly/mesh combo, you should not have pools of water on the floor from "condensation" -- particularly if the top of your bag isn't wet. Did you seal the fly? I would take it out again and try to locate the leak (i.e., check for drips on the fly).

                This tent really isn't a bad design and should work very well. However, no tent in existence is going to be able to prevent condensation in a persistent rain where you have air that is saturated with water, i.e. 100% humidity. No amount of ventilation will prevent condensation in that condition.

                I think that what happened is you had condensation forming on the underside of the fly. Because of the rain adding weight to the fly you may have had a small spot where the fly was touching the mesh panel. This would have allowed a slow drip inside the tent from one of the walls. If anything, what you described speaks to the good design of the tent in that it didn't allow the condensation to drip from the inside of the fly to your sleeping bag, instead it ran down the inside of the fly, and possibly where the mesh touched the fly it ran onto the floor of your tent. This is just a hypothesis, but it seems likely to me that's what happened. It would give a reason for everything that you described.

                A better tent design will keep the fly away from the mesh more reliably, but this situation, if my scenario is true, could have been remedied by tightening and adjusting the fly after it was wet. Tent flys do stretch when wet so you will have to adjust them after the rain starts. This is a good tent and I'm not sure that returning it will solve your problem.

                Loving this tent more each time I take it...

                Loving this tent more each time I take it out, but now I have two spots where pine sap dripped on the rainfly. I've read where rubbing alcohol, mineral spirits, or Goo Gone can work to get it off, but I'm concerned that might affect the waterproofing? Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm not that anal about the spots so if the sap isn't corrosive and is waterproof on its own is there any reason I can't leave on there?

                Hey there, yeah you have to be extremely careful with cleaners, chemicals, etc. as they will remove DWR coatings... If it was me, I would try a heat gun/hair dryer and dry the sap and then it should become brittle and fall off... then just leave the small sap residue there; at least it won't be sticky anymore...

                I recently purchased this tent and I'm...

                I recently purchased this tent and I'm wondering I need to/should or should not use a waterproofing product on the tent at all? My previous tents were cheaper, recreational types that I used for Boy Scouts and we routinely did the seams and rainfly and underside. Can I skip this with a better quality tent like this or is still wise?

                Hello, I was wondering if anyone knew where...

                Hello, I was wondering if anyone knew where I could purchase the Rock 32 in Yam Orange? I can only find the Bamboo Green color option online, but I really prefer to have the orange version. Thanks for the help!

                I am about to camp yellowstone in a week...

                I am about to camp yellowstone in a week or so (mid/late march). I know a 4 season tent would be he way to go, but the increase is price does not seem necessary for me to make the bump from 3 to 4 seasons. I am traveling with one other person, and I am a major believer of a 3 person tent is really a two person tent that allows the extra comfort, flexibility, and storage. On the flip side, I live in the southwest and enjoy a good backpacking camp trip, so I am concerned with weight.

                What tent should I go with? Would this tent battle some tougher elements or is there a better one to suit my needs?

                Best Answer

                I don't know what the average temps will be in Yellowstone, but you will survive car camping in this tent. Condensation is your enemy in below zero temps, but this tent has plenty of ventilation. The problem with this tent is with heavy snow load. The vestibule WILL eventually be weighed down and will pull your stakes and that will be the end of your fun. Get some aftermarket heavy duty stakes and use it for car camping/overnighters and you'll be fine. DO NOT take this tent for extended wilderness winter trips! The tent will take three people easy, especially with the dual vestibules. Plenty of room for gear storage and a good sleeping area per person...

                I am wondering if the North Face Rock 32...

                I am wondering if the North Face Rock 32 Bx tent 3-person 3-season holds up in the wind and gale force rains? Also, what is the weight and broke down (stuffed) dimensions if anyone has this info and would be so kind to pass it along.

                This tent does stand up to winds well, but it NEEDS aftermarket stakes and the vestibule should be double-staked so you don't end up outside fixing it in the storm at night. I have had mine out in ~40 knot winds, and with the fly staked out and the vestibule double staked, no problems. Three season tents require good staking to remain upright and dry in heavy weather, but you don't have to carry a 4 season, so its all good! My tent did leak a bit the first time in heavy rains from the upper end of one of the zippers. Just seam sealed it up and it has been perfect since.

                I'm looking to purchase The North Park 32...

                I'm looking to purchase The North Park 32 tent.Is anyone familiar with ALsSports.com in Utah they have the best prices.I don't want to have any warranty problems later if I need to return it. Anyone know if items can be returned direct to The North Park Company? Thanks

                I'm looking to purchase my first tent and...

                I'm looking to purchase my first tent and after reading alot of reviews I keep coming back to this one.The only thing I question is the 43 inch height.I'm 5'7 and will be in the tent most of the time by myself but could occasionally share it.It will be used for motorcycle road trips.Is this 43 height something I should be concerned about or is that pretty much the normal for a 3 man tent? Thanks for your comments.

                Best Answer

                Chuck,
                Many three season tents are less than 43" @ their inside high point & some are more, so 43” seems to be right in the middle. These lighter weight tents tend to be lower in order to keep the weight down. Measure yourself sitting down to see how much room you'll have overhead. I think you'll be surprised to find out how roomy the Rock 32 is.

                Chuck,
                My reply may be too late to help you, but you do not need to trim weight on a tent if you are going to use it on a motorcycle. Therefore, you can get a high-profile, high-ceiling tent without sacrifice. The ultra-light tents are designed for backpacking into remote campsites. If you want to be more comfortable, there are many similarly-priced tents with head clearance of more than five feet. However, 40-45" clearance on a backpacking tent is typical.
                Kim

                I'm looking to purchase my first tent.After...

                I'm looking to purchase my first tent.After looking and reading reviews I'm strongly considering this tent.I will use it for motorcycle road trips and usually be in it alone but want it large enough to share with one person if necessary. I was wondering if this tent comes with the fly screen or if it has to be purchased seperately.I know the footprint is sold seperately and was wondering if it takes up much space.Is anyone else carrying this tent on their motorcycle, according to the specs it looks like it packs small and light. Thanks for any information that might be helpful.

                Best Answer

                This tent does include a fly & as you already know, not a footprint. It packs down in it's included stuff stack to 25 x 7 inches but can be folded or stuffed differently to better suit you needs. The mesh body walls provide good ventilation & 41 sq ft of floor area is plenty of room for your gear or another person. The large vestibule is great for storing boots, etc.

                Although I think that there are better choices if you are looking for a motorcycle camping tent, this is a very comfortable tent for two people. In my opinion, better choices would probably be more expensive, but specifically I would look for a roomy, well designed 2-person tent in order to save a few more cubic inches for other gear on the bike. Of course if you have enough storage space then I wouldn't worry about it. In that case this tent would be great for what you have in mind.

                so does anyone know if any 3 man tents can...

                so does anyone know if any 3 man tents can fit 4 guys for 7 day adv race over rough terrain,wet conditions and winds of say 60 to 80km'hr?? if not can u recommend any 2 man tents?we need very light tents belw 3.6 kgs fro 1 or 2.0 kg for 2 man tent?

                is this tenet strong enough for 4 guys for...

                is this tenet strong enough for 4 guys for 7 day adv race in 70 knot winds?and lots of rain?

                well first id say that a three person tent with four people is pretty much impossible to do. and for that high of winds id look into a different tent with a better pole structure,look into getting two msr hubba hubbas. there isnt very many four person tents that will hold up well in wind. so getting two high end tents for your group to split between you guys is the way to go.

                Hi I just bought the Rock 32 and put it...

                Hi I just bought the Rock 32 and put it up. I was wondering if anyone had any feedback on the tie downs that come with it. Do all four tie downs need to be used or can you just get away with using 2 on each of the vestibules? It looks like you need to use all four tie downs in order to get the fly tight, however they only provide enough stakes to use two tie downs? Any feedback would be appreciated!

                Levi,
                What length are these "tie downs?" From the images I am seeing short 6 inch-ish cord loops attached to the vestibules. and I see the loops at the other 2 ends of the rain fly. I would suggest picking up 2 more stakes and tying the fly down at all 4 of those positions, always. I also note 4 loops midway up the fly at each of the corners. These are meant for guy lines (the reason I asked about the length of the tie downs) and any longer cordage would be used for guying out in the direction the wind is coming from. I hope this helps a little..

                Hey Tim-

                Sorry my last post wasn't very clear. I was referring to the 4 guy lines that they provide with the tent. I have not had much practice using guy lines in the past. After reading your post it sounds like these guy lines are meant for the four loops midway up the fly at each of the corners. Do you have any advice on guying out a tent? Or do you have any links that would help me better understand when and how to use the guy lines? Additionally, there is a loop at the bottom of the rain fly on the sides opposite the vestibule. This loop is too high to throw a stake in. Would it make sense to use the guy lines on these loops? I hope this makes more sense.

                Does this come with a rain footprint? Is...

                Does this come with a rain footprint? Is a footprint necessary to have for this tent?

                Best Answer

                This tent does not include a footprint but here's information about one in case you find it necessary:

                http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/The-North-Face-Rock-32-Footprint/TNF3028M.html

                You don't need a footprint for any tent as long as you're careful where you pitch it. For what it's worth, I've never used one since I started backpacking/camping a few years ago. It adds extra weight which I neither want nor need. If you want to have extra ground protection, consider an ultra-lightweight tarp. It can also double as a canopy in rainy weather.

                Has anyone had any experience with this...

                Has anyone had any experience with this tent in the rain?