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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
- 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