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    12 Reviews


    Three isn't a crowd.

    The North Face 3-Person 3-Season Talus 3 Tent is both light on your back and your budget so you can splurge on odor-resistant undies and socks before hitting the trail with your two best friends. This well-ventilated mobile home tips the scales at a mere 5lbs 6.7ounces and still offers the convenience of double doors and double vestibules. Even if your best buds are of the four-legged variety, there's room enough for all three of you, plus a few extra rawhides.
    The nylon bathtub-style floor won't let ground moisture seep through due to the 3000mm PU coating. And since it's treated with 1200mm PU, the polyester fly won't let a midnight drizzle drench your sleeping body. If quick and light is more your speed during the summer, take only the fly, the ground tarp, and the DAC featherlight NSL poles for a breezy, lightweight shelter.
    High-low ventilation combines a mesh vent on the top with side vents for cross-tent airflow to minimize condensation build-up throughout the night. A Gear Loft comes with the Talus so your headlamp won't go missing in the middle of the night. Also included are guylines, stakes, stuff sacks, and the ground tarp so you can spend your hard-earned dollars on other camping gear, like a lightweight summer sleeping bag.

    • 70D nylon floor, 3000mm PU coating
    • 68D ripstop polyester canopy
    • 75D polyester fly, 1200 PU coating
    • DAC featherlight NSL poles
    • 2 doors, 2 vestibules
    • 5lb 6.7oz trail weight
    • High-low ventilation
    • 3 lb 12.6oz Fast-Pack option (fly, tarp, poles)
    • Gear Loft and ground tarp, included
    • Item #TNF00CL

    Tech Specs

    [fly] 75D polyester, PU coating (1200mm), [canopy] 68D polyester, [floor] 70D nylon, PU coating (1500mm)
    Wall Type
    DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum (9mm)
    Pole Attachment
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    [each] 9.27 sq ft
    high-low venting
    fully taped
    Gear Loft
    yes, included
    Interior Height
    45 in
    Floor Dimensions
    89 x 63 in
    Floor Space
    38.94 sq ft
    Packed Size
    8 x 23 in
    Fast-pitch Option
    yes, footprint included
    Fast-pitch Weight
    3 lb 12.6 oz
    Trail Weight
    5 lb 6.7 oz
    Packed Weight
    6 lb 1 oz
    Recommended Use
    camping, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    After a couple different outings..

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Now that I've gotten this tent on a couple different patches of dirt, I feel like I can properly review this. First, let me start by saying I was hesitant to pick this up because I've noticed some changes to TNF gear over the recent years and their gear isn't as bomber as it used to be. Glad I didn't listen to my cautious side! This tent is holding up!

    So far I've gotten it out in the dry desert climate, windy desert surrounds and super rainy Uintah Mountains. In all of the aforementioned conditions, the functionality was still the same. In the rain, everything stayed dry for us, and the poles held up nicely in the wind.

    Set up, thankfully, is super easy. The interlocking poles make all of this a breeze for pitching on the fly and getting you gear out of the sudden mountain thunder storm. I'd say it took about 7 minutes to do this by myself including staking and guying out the sides. Not too shabby for a 3 person tent set up.

    About the only thing I do not like on this tent is how the fly attaches to the tent/poles. A lot of other tents now have gone to a clip system of sorts, but this still just attaches via an eyelet underneath the eyelet/pole combination on the tent body.

    Overall, I'd say TNF is still winning with their equipment functionality.

    Setting up this one is incredibly easy

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

    I bought Talus 3 for my 1st camping trip with my partner and couldn't be more happier. Damn easy installation and pack up. It rained on the very first night, Talus was completely dry from the inside. Pretty spacious for 2...

    Setting up this one is incredibly easy

    North Face Talus 3 Backpacking tent

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

    I am 6'1" ~ 200 lbs, I have a 2 person tent, which is really a 1 person tent for me. I bought this tent because my son and I are going on a hike in the Rockies this summer and needed more room in a tent for the two of us. Last weekend I took the tent out for its maiden voyage on a 3 day hike in the Mark Twain National Forest. I bought this tent because the weight and the price was right and it came with tent footprint. The setup was easy and it had plenty of room inside for two people, 3 people would not fit if they are my size, but for my son and I it is perfect. I especially like the color guide on the fly and the tent showing which corner the fly matches too, makes it easy to get the fly adjusted right the first time. No rain occurred on this hike so I cant say how it would do in bad weather. I did notice the fly could be a little longer going closer to the ground, it barley covered all of the mesh windows and could see problems with water getting in on hard down pours. This maybe solved with adjustment, I didnt not stake down the guy wires. Overall I am happy with it and ready to plan the next adventure to use it.

    North Face Talus 3 Backpacking tent

    Northface talus 3

    Set up during snowstorm 3 full grown men fit with full sleeping pads and winter sleeping bags. Stayed completely dry, hardly any condensation in the morning. Zippers are a little tricky but no big deal. First time using it and worth every penny great tent!

    Northface talus 3

    Great tent for 2!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After doing a bunch of research, my boyfriend and I bought this for short backpacking trips and car camping. We absolutely love this tent! Its super fast to put up and take down and can easily be put up by one person. This is ideal for us because our most common use for the tent is camping out the night before a hike or a day climbing. Its great to have a tent that we can quickly and easily put up at 9:30 on a Friday night after a long drive. My favorite feature is definitely the shape of the tent, it has alot more head space than the conventional 3 person dome and so is more comfortable to sit up and hang out in. As for handling weather, the first weekend we used it we had some serious downpours and stayed completely dry. We haven't had to deal with horizontal rain or serious wind yet, so I can't comment on how the tent would handle those conditions. I wouldn't mind the vestibules being a little bigger, but they fit a pack and a pair of boots, and I doubt you would find bigger on a backpacking tent.

    Great tent, except rain fly is too short

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Used the tent in the BWCA and had heavy rain 2 nights in a row. While it did not leak or rain in, the rain fly is too short, as mud and water splashed up in to the tent via screens on the tent. It would have been perfect had the fly been about 3 inches longer. We did experience 20 mph plus winds and it held up just fine. This tent is really only made for 2 people as my son and I fit with just enough room to not touch each other. Overall we love the tent, it's easy to setup and take down. Had the fly been longer, it would 5 stars in my eyes.

    Nice but small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I bought this tent to take my two kids camping. One is 11 and one 8. We received the tent and set it up in the yard to check it out and it was a snap to set up. Took just a few minutes. However, we soon found that this was in no way a 3 person tent. All three of us could not lie down side by side. Aside from that, I really liked everything about it. So much to that I exchanged it for the 4 person version. It does allow for 3 but not 4 unless that 4th is a tiny dog. Also, as always, Backcountry was amazing with their customer service in getting my exchange processed.


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

    I like to call this a two person plus gear tent or a three person just for sleeping tent. The hub design is a little weird, and if it breaks you seem kinda screwed, but the height to width ratio "feels" good when in it.

    I also own the Stormbreak 2 which is simpler to set up and has the same condition of being great for one person, tight for two.

    Talus 3

    Great tent! It is very spacious for 2 people and has some awesome features like the built in gear loft. The tent is incredibly easy to set up and just as simple to pack.

    Talus 3

    Trooper of a tent

      I used this tent on a recent hiking trip in Iceland where the weather proved to be both windy and wet for hours on end. The tent was super easy to set up (color coded), fairly easy to break down, and took the wind like a champ. We stayed dry and safe in the tent all night.

      An underrated performer

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

      The weight of the tent with the included footprint and gear loft is 6 pounds 13 ounces. The North Face, Marmot and Mountain Hardwear do not include the weight of the footprint and gear loft in their packaged weights.

      That being said, it is slightly heavier than other 3 person backpacking tents on the market. However, it is extremely competitive in quality and performance. The Talus 3 is pretty similar in design and quality to the Marmot Limelight 3 person tent. The Talus 3 has a little more room and also has a vent on the rainfly for extra ventilation. I took it out for the first time last night and it stayed dry through a severe thunderstorm. No bent poles, despite 40mph winds at one point during the night. There was never any condensation in the inside of the tent, even on the cool morning after the storm. I can't wait to bring this tent on all my outdoor adventures!

      Incorrect specs - 6lb 12oz.

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

      I thought the 6lb 1oz "packaged weight" was too good to be true. I called up Backcountry and North Face to verify, and they assured me that that number was correct. Bought the tent, received it in the mail, put it on the scale, and it weighs in at 6lb 12oz. Waste of time!

      Maybe 6lb 1oz is what it weighs without the included footprint?? stuff sacks?

      Does it come with the tent pegs? If it does what kind of pegs are they? If it doesn't what type of tent peg should I purchase for it?

      Best Answer

      Hey Josie,

      This tent does come with stakes, however they are the soft aluminum stakes that tent to bend easily. I would use something like the MSR groundhog stakes (which I use with my tent) they are very rigid and light. I can drive mine into rocky soil with a hatchet or a rock and not worry about breaking them.

      Hey all,

      I am almost certain to buy this tent, but there are 2 hold backs for me. Hope you guys can help me.

      Is there enough room to sit in the outer tent and cook just outside the tent (when raining). While having the door open, won't water come in the inner tent?

      More important question: The magazine: outdoor-magazin has tested the tent. They claim the tent is not windproof at all. What is your experience so for? This worries me. (link: )

      Best Answer

      There isnt enough room to sit in the vestibule and cook. You could probably sit inside the tent and place the cook ware in the vestibule to use.

      With the door open it is possible for rain to come inside the tent because the door is mesh.

      I have used this tent several times throughout the year and experienced high winds with rain as well as snow and I have not had any issues. I love the tent. It is a great value.

      I returned a Marmot Limelight 3P tent because dust/dirt/grit would blow under the rainfly and through the tent mesh. Any body had any pros or cons regarding this with The North Face Talus3? From photos it looks like one or both ends of the tent is mesh. Anyone with problems of dirt or splashing rain coming in under rainfly at the tent ends?

      I have the talus 3 and Ive used it during winter, summer, fall, through snow and rain and I havent had any issues with what you're experiencing. In the winter, i've experienced slight condensation build up, but I've never had any issues during the other seasons. It sets up very easy and I strap the packed tent to the external compression straps of my pack. I've been very impressed so far. I always use the rain fly and it provides great protection from the elements. I love the fact that it comes with the foot print and gear loft...makes it a great value.