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The North Face Tadpole 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

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    11 Reviews


    A little package with full-grown performance.

    Tadpoles are small, slimy, and froggy, but The North Face Tadpole 2 Two-Person Three-Season Tent doesn't necessarily share those characteristics. While we can't speak to its sliminess or frogginess, it's definitely the opposite of small,  having been redesigned with Reverse Combi poles, which are wider at the roof and narrow at the floor to provide more space without increasing weight. Extra space doesn't mean extra effort, either, as the Tadpole's trail weight is under four pounds so it's easy to use on backpacking trips as well as close-to-home camping excursions.

    If durability's what you're after, the Tadpole's tougher than a full-grown frog. It's made of PU- and silicone-coated nylon ripstop, and even the ventilating mesh is made of tough, long-lasting nylon. The fly, too, is full nylon ripstop, and the whole package has fully taped seams to make sure no sneaky moisture finds its way through—the fly even has The North Face's High-Low ventilation system, which lets you keep air moving through the tent even with the fly on and vestibule sealed. With hubbed poles, setup's easier than sleeping, and a handy internal hang loop lets you stay organized, whether you're dug in for a week or moving your campsite nightly.

    • High-tenacity nylon ripstop fly and vestibule with PU coating
    • Water-resistant nylon ripstop canopy with nylon mesh
    • Nylon ripstop floor with PU and silicone coatings
    • Superlight
    • Fully taped seams
    • Hubbed DAC Featherlite NSL poles and color-coded webbing
    • High-low ventilation and internal hanging gear loop
    • Gear loft and footprint sold separately
    • Item #TNF00CI

    Tech Specs

    [fly] high-tenacity nylon ripstop, PU coating (1200mm), [canopy] nylon ripstop, [mesh] nylon no-see-um mesh, [floor] nylon ripstop, PU coating (1500mm), silicone coating
    Wall Type
    DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum, Reverse Combi
    Number of Poles
    Pole Attachment
    clips, hub
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    8.8 sq ft
    high-low venting
    fully taped
    Gear Loft
    yes, sold separately
    Interior Height
    40 in
    Floor Dimensions
    88 x 54 in
    Floor Space
    29 sq ft
    Packed Size
    12 x 21 in
    Fast-pitch Option
    yes, footprint not included
    Fast-pitch Weight
    2 lb 15 oz
    Trail Weight
    3 lb 15 oz
    Packed Weight
    4 lb 7 oz
    Recommended Use
    camping, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

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    Still a solid choice

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The tadpole is a classic design from North Face. It's a time-tested, sturdy design and it looks like the North Face is continuing to refine the design with improved venting in the rainfly. While I haven't had issues with this tent specifically, I have noticed that this tent seems like it is made out of cheaper material than tents in the past. Regardless, I've used it countless times in the desert of southern Utah, all over the rockies as well as numerous backpacking trips to Hawaii, and it has never let me down.

    1.5 years later

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer


    _ great ventilation when properly staked

    _held after strong winds

    _great looking design, specially when rainfly is off

    _spacious for standard/small size body

    _light for car camping


    _set up is not like conventional tents

    _a bit heavy for backpacking

    _snow/dirt will have a tendency to stay on top due to its flat design

    -single pole is now slightly bent due to use over time

    -velcro that keeps the rainfly secured to the tent is now peeling off (see photo)

    1.5 years later

    warranty and poor quality

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I would recommend to ckeck the ´lifetime warranty´ for this tent...As North Face is well known for his bad quality tent, I would suggest to buy from someone else. My fly , as a lot of other customers from tadpole tent, went sticky and wasn t waterproof after a few years, even by using it just for a week end each year.
    I am gonna buy a new tent, but not from North Face.

    Great Tent!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    It's light weight good for backpacking as it weight lest that 4lbs. and it's easy to store on a backpack. The most great thing about this tent is the interior space it's so huge. Plenty of room and the vestibule have enough space to store anything you need. My only concern is the poles construction. I had some problems with them are a little fragile for my taste. I used it under winds of over 40~50mph and it just stay in place without any issue. The condensation stay outside as should and inside stay very dry after a few heavy rain.

    !!I would recommend this to a good friend.!!

    Great Tent!!

    A Tent With A View

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    We bought this tent exclusively for wilderness camping and have not been disappointed. This tent is extremely light and compresses to about 6 inches square with the fly. Be careful when compressing however as the fly has plastic vent stays that may break. The set-up was easy but not inherently obvious. I would recommend a practice run or three. The tent was spacious for two people, the roof is high enough to sit and move around comfortably, the door opens to a very large entrance, the vestibule was large enough for two pairs of boots and packs, and the ventilation was outstanding. By far our favorite feature was the mesh roof which allowed for relaxing afternoons watching the leaves fall and nighttime stargazing.

     A Tent With A View

    Hasn't let me down.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have had this tent for almost a year and used it on countless car camping and shorter backpacking trips. This is BY FAR my favorite tent I have owned. It's low profile means it can go places other tents can't (last week we were able to set up under a cliff overhang that our friends couldn't fit under).

    Last fall we were out in the desert and caught in a serious wind storm. Everyone else's tents were starting to blow away but not this guy, he stayed strong through the toughest winds I have been out in.

    Then on another outing, this time up the woods, a heavy rain storm hit us in the middle of the night. Woke up without any water inside aside from some condensation build up (not enough to pose any issue).

    There is really just too much for me to say.


    -sleek design

    -Plenty of room for 2 people

    -Vesibule big enough for 2 people's gear

    -Very waterproof / wind proof


    I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

    Hasn't let me down.

    Great Tent

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

    Took this tent out for the second time last weekend because they were predicting less than ideal weather. The first night was about 30 degrees and we got right at an inch of rain. This tent help up great. I woke up the next morning completely dry. The second night we had temps in the low to mid 20's and I was worried that condensation would be an issue. But I was wrong. I found 4 droplets on the inside on the rain fly. It isn't the lightest tent in the world but I'm willing to carry a little extra weight for this tent. The only time this one will stay at home is if I decide to carry my hammock.

    Great little tet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This tent sits at probably the best weight/cost ratio on the market. If you want to go lighter than this, you'll start to pay out the big bucks. She's pretty solid, very waterproof, and does well in the wind. (she stayed up in wind that knocked me over) Easy to set up, quick to take down.

    The one down side is that the roof is somewhat flat. I woke up to a foot of overnight snow, which had piled on top of the fly and weighed it down onto netting, which let some water in. But it's a three season tent, so taking it on a trip where it might get a foot of snow on it was pretty stupid.

    All in all, great tent

    Took camping for three weeks straight.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This tent is great. My husband went camping for three weeks straight has part of his job and it held up well. It doesn't provide a whole lot of privacy without the rain fly, but I like it that way so I can sleep under the stars.

    It is super easy to set up too.

    Does anyone have a gear review for this...

    Does anyone have a gear review for this tent they could please share?? Thanks

    Best Answer

    A quick google brought up a few reviews:

    While these aren't the best reviews, and they may not be referencing the same model year, I hope they help!