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Equally at home in the soggy Pacific Northwest or the arid desert southwest, The North Face Tadpole 23 Bx Tent outfits you and a companion for your outdoor adventures. This lightweight tent won’t weigh down your pack on long treks, and the three-pole clip and sleeve pitch system makes setting up camp a breeze. When the weather's so hot and stifling that you’re sticking to your sleeping bag, pull back the fly and expose the full-mesh canopy.

  • Fly and floor fabric features a PU coating and fully taped seams to protect you and your gear from wet weather
  • Bathtub floor design keeps seams off the ground to help eliminate seepage
  • Three DAC Pressfit poles provide structure and stability without weighing down your pack
  • 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
  • Unique but effective tapered rectangular tent design stands up to wind and harsh weather
  • D-Shaped door placed at the head of the tent enables easy entry exit with disturbing a sleeping partner
  • Large front vestibule (9sq ft) lets you keep wet bags and boots outside of your living space
  • 26sq ft floor area provides enough space to fit two adults comfortably, and its cross pole creates a 40.5in ceiling height for sitting up when you get stir-crazy in a storm
  • Entire tent weighs less than five pounds for easy hauling in the backcountry, especially when you split the weight between a partner
  • Fully mesh canopy and large door enable superior ventilation during muggy mornings, desert trips, and to cut down on condensation during wet, cold nights
  • Color-coded poles and clip attachments help you pitch the tent fast, so you can get under cover quickly
  • Fast-pitch compatible; just carry the poles, fly, and footprint to save weight (footprint sold separately)
  • Once packed into its included sack, the entire tent package is only 6in x 23in for easy lashing to a pack or fitting inside a dry bag
  • Interior ceiling pockets and gear loops hold your headlamps, map, or other small accessories close at hand
  • Steel stakes are ultra durable
  • Compatible with triangle gear loft (sold separately)
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Love it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Initial setup was intuitive and easy. The Tadpole is 100% free standing and the frame geometry is inherently stable, easily dealing with 30 mph desert winds in Joshua Tree NP. I like the bamboo green color and how the tent looks and build quality seems excellent. It's a bit scary bending the poles so much to fit them into the corner grommets and the mesh surfaces are very taught (perhaps too taught?) without any wrinkles whatsoever. I assume that with more use it will loosen up a bit. The zippered entry works smoothly and getting in and out is easy. The interior feels surprisingly roomy but is just a tad short - at 5'10" my toes or head sometimes touch the mesh. 2 people in this tent? A tight fit. All that mesh means a lot of fresh air and starry nights with no condensation worries, but I haven't had to use the rain fly yet. Inside are 4 conveniently located stash pockets and the additional g-string gear loft I bought from Backcountry.com installs perfectly and is practical. There are 3 guy lines included along with the usual skinny stakes, which seems standard for all tent brands in this price range. I'm supplementing them with some MSR Groundhogs. When packing up I rolled up the tent, rain fly, groundsheet, poles and stakes separately, yet everything fit easily back into the main tent bag. Is this a backpacking tent? Hmmm, might be a bit large and heavy for that but I'm mainly using it for car camping so this isn't an issue for me. By the way, I experienced excellent and prompt service from the gearheads at Backcountry.com - thanks!

Tadpole 2 was better

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First, I will say that this tent is very solid, and stands up well to just about all conditions. I will also say that unless you need protection from bugs, there is virtually no point in carrying the "canopy" part of the tent. It is literally just a mosquito net. The tent stands up just as solidly when set up with only the footprint, poles, and rainfly. In wind, it's very breezy inside. This was not the case with the previous version, with which I had no condensation problems. I'm guessing that the "improved ventilation" version costs less to make. This might sound petty, but in the mountains, in cold winds, it is important. Still a pretty good tent for the money.

Great tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great tent for 1... maybe 1.5. If I were to take someone along of normal size I'd bring a larger tent. With only one door it makes for a tricky exit. It worked very well in Yellowstone (Rain, light snow) and up in Shasta.

TNF Tadpole

    The tent itself is a great build- it's been holding up strong through years of use and abuse so far, and is still in great condition. I do like that it has a lot of mesh for ventilation, and the zippers are very easy to work. The size of the tent is my biggest challenge. This is technically listed as a 2 person tent- and sure, it does work for 2 people if you want to get REAL nice and cozy. I would personally prefer it as a 1 person tent on the regular. But for myself, I would prefer a little more floor space for 2 folks and for less weight. Overall, this tent is still a solid choice- just not my cup of tea!

    Stay Dry

      The first time I used this temp was during a torrential downpour while visiting Mammoth Caves National Park. Without any footprint, I figured my night would be at best a little damp. By morning time I realized there was not a drop of water inside. Great little two man tent. It would be a tight fit for two, but at least if someone has to get up they wont be crawling over the other to get out. The vestibule size is very roomy. Happy with the product.

      Stay Dry

      10 years later

        My Tadpole 23 is about 10 years old. There is a reason the design of this tent has barely changed during that time (the internal wall on mine is not fully mesh). I have taken this tent backpacking, back country canoeing, car camping, you name it. It is an incredibly durable and sturdy tent, and 10 years later it barely shows wear and still sheds rain like it was new.



        This tent is a bit big and heavy if you're backpacking solo, but is plenty efficient if using it for two. Its not exactly roomy for two but it gets the job done and the vestibule is big enough for two packs in a downpour. The design is good because it gives you room where you want it above your head, not above your crotch like many 2 person backpackers.



        The beauty of this tent design is how solid it is when pitched freestanding (no stakes). Many backpacking tents will shake wildly in a serious windstorm but you will feel safe and secure in the Tadpole 23 in all conditions. The structure is so good you can pick up the whole tent and shake it with the door side down to "sweep" out the floor, and you won't feel like you might break a pole doing it. You will not be disappointed with this tent.

        Just Great

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have used it several times. It is a great 3-season tent. Easy and quick to put together. I also spent a night in non-stop rain and the tent kept me dry. A few things to think about:

        1. The tent might be too small for a very tall person.

        2. No footprint - which is usually needed.

        Great Tent!

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

        I just got back from my first run with this tent on a trip to Mt Feathertop here in Australia. This is a good tent with basic features suited to most non complex situations.



        I did find that the tent is a little short however. I am around 6 ft 2 in tall, and found that when I was in my sleeping bag, i was pushing my hear against the door, and my feet against the end of the tent. Not a massive issue, however as the tent has limited airflow, condensation can result in the foot of your sleeping bag to get a little wet.



        For condensation however, I did find that by leaving the vestibule door open slightly, this created enough airflow to stop most of the condensation.



        The tent is also not 100% suitable for bad weather. The set up is not exactly simple, and due to the mesh inner, this means that a set up in the rain means you will definitely get a wet interior.



        All in all, a good tent, one that I will use time and time again, however, only when the forecast is nice.

        Great Tent!

        Great Tent

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        My fiancé was kind enoughto buy me this tent for valentines day. The tent is great. Don't let other websites fool you or steer you wrong with low ratings because the "tent is small". Yes, this is a small, know that when you buy it. It's a great tent, there is a reason the tent has been around for over 18 years. They thought of everything with this tent, no snag zippers, reflectors on the stake down spots, pockets for the door and even loops on the inside of the tent to hang things from. You may read "issues" with condensation, 2 easy steps to stop this with the understanding that you are in a small tent in which your body heat will inevitably heat the tent up and cause a small amount of condensation. Step one, use the guy lines and steak the side of the rain fly (2 extra straps) down and away from the tent. This will stop it from pooling up near the bottom. Second, the top of the rain fly zipper can be undone a few inches and the rain over hang is large enough to stop anything from getting in, but allowing air to ventilate in and help disipitate the moisture. My tent held up in the rain and wind of the beaches. I even sleep with my dog in it. The vestibule is large enough for your gear and the tent is spacious. If camping with a dog I recommend a drop towel to help protect against nails. I just use a old bed sheet, it has proven tough enough for a dog to walk on without fear of nails puncturing the tent floor. This tent is great and I truly recommend it.

        Great Tent

        Love it!

          After a lot of research and much deciding I finally came to the conclusion to get this tent. I was going on a 30 mile backpacking trip in the Rockies of Colorado. The weight, cost, reviews, and brand name were what sold me in the beginning. After 3 days of constant colorado rain at about 12,000 ft. I can honestly say I slept great and remained 100% dry. I can't say the same for my camping partners in their tent I wont name. Many people are saying this tent is crowded for two people Me(6' 175lb) and my tent partner(5'11" 150lb) had more than enough room in this tent. However on the last night of the trip it stopped raining and my tent partner did not know the universal rule of 'No food in the tent." He left a cliff bar in the side pocket, a mouse had climbed up the mesh and chewed a 1.5" diamater hole in the tent. Needless to say waking up at 2:30am to a mouse crawling on my face made me a little, um furious. So dont leave any food in the side pocket!!

          Two thing I would buy and replace right from the get-go is the tent spikes, not very good for the sometimes hard CO ground. BUY the footprint you will be happy!

          I contacted BC about getting a mesh repair kit because I did not expect anyone to give me a new one for something that was 'my' fault. They located the mesh repair kit for me, and said they would completely replace the tent altogether....WOW backcountry HIGHLY impress with the costumer service - you earned yourself a long time costumer!!!

          Awesome tent but not meant for anyone 6 ft or taller

            This tent is great. Sets up quick and can stand up to some tough weather. The only complaint is that the walls come in at too steep of an angle. I am 5' 11" and my toes and head touch the sides when I lay down. Very annoying.

            hello. where I can get accessories for...

            hello. where I can get accessories for this tent? seme lost the awning or covering of the tent

            im looking between this and the big fat...

            im looking between this and the big fat frog for high altitude camping and hiking

            Does anyone have a pic of this thing packed...

            Does anyone have a pic of this thing packed down? I'm also on the fence between this and the Alps Mountaineering Zephyer 2.

            My husband and I are looking for a new...

            My husband and I are looking for a new lightweight backpacking tent and are debating between this and the Kelty Salida 2. We like the Kelty Salida 2 because it is lighter and a few inches longer (we are both tall), but have seen several reviews mentioning that it has a problem with condensation (our current generic brand tent collects condensation terribly and is greatly irritating). I know with a small tent that is something that is hard to get away from , and I saw a few people mentioned there was a little bit of condensation trouble with this tent, but does anyone have an idea as to how the two might compare? This North Face tent seems to have a lot more mesh; does more mesh always equal less condensation?

            Best Answer

            Hi Emily,



            So why have you guys narrowed it down to just those two choices? I'll throw in a 3rd choice- the TNF Mica FL2. Lighter, longer, faster to pitch and break down, side doors and 2 vestibules, "hi-low" venting. Check it out.



            More mesh doesn't always equal less condensation, although it does allow for better air flow than solid nylon. It's largely in how you pitch the tent and the air flow between the shell and the fly. That's not to say that you need to guy it out completely every time, just that spreading the fly out for more air flow is usually the best answer to condensation problems. Sometimes it's as simple as just getting the fly up off the ground a little.



            Hope this helps.

            I actually own the Tadpole 2 person tent and it is pretty small. It's perfect for just me, so I really like it. But I've had two people in it before and we basically were taking turns suffocating each other throughout the night. Plus, I'm a big fan of Kelty products.

            I need just the poles for this tent. Can...

            I need just the poles for this tent. Can i get them rather than use the fiberglass replacement poles that everyone sells?

            I am going backpacking in Costa Rica in a...

            I am going backpacking in Costa Rica in a couple weeks, and am considering bringing a tent, but I am just worried that it is going to take up too much space in my pack. I have a 5000 cu in backpack, but I will be gone for 3 months, and have a lot of stuff I want to fit in there! Does anyone have any ideas on if it would be worth it to bring a tent like this?

            Hey Brian...It depends what you want Ive been in Central America 4 months but I used youth hostel all the time... If you want to camp then all 2 person tent weighs the same now or very close.. Don't forget to go to PArque Nacional Corcovado and do the walk between the Park Ranger Station its a 30 km walk and do the one in the jungle, I regret so much not having done that one as I flew the cessna overlooking the hike I didn't do!!! Have a great trip!

            where can i get this tent in other colors...

            where can i get this tent in other colors besides green?

            Hey guys do you think the 2 side guy lines...

            Hey guys do you think the 2 side guy lines should be tied to the two bottom loops on each side or the two loops on the front corners? I've seen both scenarios in the pictures

            Best Answer

            Its up to you as a personal prefrence. The bottom loops on each side are going to give you more ventilation but I think the two loops on the front corners will help in strong winds. In a storm it would be good to have extra guy lines and tie down every loop available.

            I have broken the pole in the front of the...

            I have broken the pole in the front of the tent. Do anyone know where to buy a new one??!!
            Jon

            What is the differance between the Tadpole...

            What is the differance between the Tadpole 23 and the Tadpole 23 Bx?

            How wind resistant is this tent? I just...

            How wind resistant is this tent? I just had a tent crumble on me when the winds picked up. Don't want it to happen again.

            Best Answer

            I had it in the storm of my life on a point in the Grand Canyon. We had a group of 6 and a few tents poles collapsed or flat out broke from the wind. The tadpole held strong through the storm. Not a drop of water inside either when others were soaked in the morning.

            Where can I get the footprint for this...

            Where can I get the footprint for this tent?

            What is the length of the tadpole

            What is the length of the tadpole

            Best Answer

            Interior length is 85.5". The Vestibule extends another 39" for a total length of 124.5", or around 10.5ft.

            The width goes from 35" at foot to 50.5" at shoulder, to 45" at head.

            Not an astounding amount of space for a 1 door 3-season tent of this weight. The price is pretty good though

            I bought the tadpole tent online for $100...

            I bought the tadpole tent online for $100 bucks. I think it was an older model, it came with a red rain fly. Anywho the tent worked amazing!!! But he red rain fly kind of sticks together when unpacking it and is cracking. Is the newer model rain fly better? and if so could I buy that rain fly someplace? and would it fit my tadpole 23?

            Hey. Does this tent have a way to ventilate...

            Hey. Does this tent have a way to ventilate because i hate waking up to a wet down bag.

            Make sure you have the sides pulled out, they make it have a nice airflow. You'll have to tie the extra yellow cords the tent comes with to the tabs on the side and stake them out. Or if the weathers nice leave the fly off. Condensation isn't too bad of a problem with the fly on though. It doesnt seem like it drops off of the fly and onto you.

            Hey, guys. Bought one of these years ago...

            Hey, guys. Bought one of these years ago on sale and never used it. Just opened it and the underside of the rainfly is super sticky and the storage bag is sticky on the inside as well. Not sure what to make of this, still works well, other than near impossible to get back in the bag given the fact that the inside is all sticky. Any thoughts on this? Can I de-sticky it somehow? Do you think that the rainfly is not going to work as well since its all sticky? Any additional thoughts? Going to use it tihs weekend. Hope it holds up well. If I need to replace the rainfly can I buy one seperately?

            Thanks!

            You probably both got tents that were overheated at some point, so the silicon coating the nylon melted and seperated from the rest of the tent, and is just hanging out. BC should replace it for you, or you could talk to TNF directly, it's not really something that's your fault, so it should be covered by the warranty.

            I just used my tadpole in Grand Teton NP...

            I just used my tadpole in Grand Teton NP and i noticed that the tent had some issues with condensation. What can i do to make sure it doesnt get a large amount of condensation inside?

            Best Answer

            JC, what kind of condensation problems are you having? Double wall tents don't do much to remove condensation, rather they create a barrier between you and the wall where the condensation has built up. If your tent is staked down and pulled taught, then the condensation should run from the inside of the fly to the ground without entering the tent, meaning condensation will be there, but it shouldn't harm you.

            If you are still having problems and need to simply reduce condensation, you simply need more ventilation. You can create ventilation by cracking the door, or simply leaving more room between the fly and the ground.

            Hope this helps

            A certain amount of condensation is unavoidable in any tent. It occurs because of moisture lost naturally through respiration. In a tent like the tadpole, the water vapor is meant to leave through the mesh and collect on the rainfly. It can then evaporate into the air that circulates through out the tent. If you have too much condensation, you can try to ventilate the tent better. This can be done by ensuring the rainfly is not too close to the ground and/or opening the fly at the top of the zipper. This allows warm air to escape through the top and cool air to rise thus furthering the ventilation. Some amount will be natural and may be unavoidable depending on weather conditions. Hope this helps!

            Would this footprint possibly fit a talus...

            Would this footprint possibly fit a talus 23 tent?

            Best Answer

            It's always best to have a footprint that's shaped and sized to fit your tent so that you don't run into troubles with water pooling under the tent.

            The easiest option is probably to make your own footprint. Get a piece of whatever you want to use for a footprint (a tarp works but is heavy. painters plastic is waaay lighter and works really well), set up your tent on top of it, trace the outline of the tent, and then cut inside that line (so that none of the footprint sticks out from the edge of the tent. Voila, instant tent footprint.