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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
  • 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

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Here's what others have to say...

5 5

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.

5 5

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

At the base of Weaver's Needle

At the base of Weaver's Needle

Great little tent that's plenty light and has plenty of space for two skinny people like me :P I can't think of a better alternative at this price point.

At the base of Weaver's Needle

At the base of Weaver's Needle

Great little tent that's plenty light and has plenty of space for two skinny people like me :P I can't think of a better alternative at this price point.

5 5

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 Responded on

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!