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The North Face Talus 4 Tent: 4-Person 3-Season

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Car camping and backpacking? The Talus has it covered.

When the whole family is ready to hit the trail but the youngsters aren't quite ready to lug their own tents around, The North Face Talus 4 Four-Person Three-Season Tent is ready to pick up the slack. At under seven pounds, putting in squarely in the "superlight" category, you wouldn't think the Talus is a spacious, family-friendly shelter, but it's designed to be equally at home car-camping as it is heading out on the trail for days at a time. Both the fly and floor are coated with waterproof polyurethane and fully taped, and there are polyester mesh panels on the canopy to let air in and let you look at the stars when the weather's nice.

The Talus also uses The North Face's High-Low ventilation system, which has a vent to keep air moving even when the fly's on, and a gear loft and footprint are included to make life on the trail, or next to the car, that much easier. As a final touch, there's an external Gear Locker that provides plenty of space for wet, muddy gear, so your sleeping space can stay clean and comfortable until it's time to head back home.

  • 75D polyester fly with PU coating
  • 70D nylon floor with PU coating
  • 68D polyester canopy
  • Fully taped canopy and floor seams
  • Exterior gear locker
  • High-Low ventilation system
  • Interior pockets
  • Gear loft and footprint included
  • Item #TNF00CK

Tech Specs

Material
[fly] 75D polyester, PU coating (1200mm), [canopy] 68D polyester, [floor] 70D nylon, PU coating (1500mm)
Capacity
4-person
Season
3-season
Wall Type
double-wall
Freestanding
yes
Poles
DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum (10.2mm)
Pole Attachment
clips
Number of Doors
2
Number of Vestibules
2
Vestibule Space
[each] 8.89 sq ft
Ventilation
high-low venting
Seams
fully taped
Gear Loft
yes, included
Interior Height
41 in
Floor Dimensions
80 x 90 in
Floor Space
50 sq ft
Packed Size
8.5 x 26 in
Fast-pitch Option
yes, footprint included
Fast-pitch Weight
4 lb 11.8 oz
Trail Weight
6 lb 10.6 oz
Packed Weight
7 lb 3 oz
Recommended Use
camping, backpacking, family camping
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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A whole lot of tent for the price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll start by saying that with an MSRP of $298.95, you'll be getting a whole lot of tent for that price. I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars because it's a pretty rad tent. If you have any questions about this tent or other camping gear, definitely contact me.



4-Person Category:

In the 4-person tent category, there are a few others like the Marmot Limelight 4-person, the Marmot Tungsten 4-person, the MHW Shifter 4-person, and a few other various tents. But when comparing price, trail weight, floor dimension, ease of pitching and quality of use, I'd put the TNF Talus 4 at the top of the category. Some of the other tents will have a slightly larger floor dimension, some will have a slightly easier door but as a whole package I don't think any of the others will pack the same punch for you.



Weight:

For the sake of how I use the Talus 4 (car camping with 2-3 people) weight isn't a huge deal for me on this one. But when comparing to the 4-person/3-season backpacking tents, this is one of the lightest options. At 6lbs 10.6ozs, this is a pretty light weight 4-person tent.



Assembling:

Put the foot print down where you want the tent to go. Place the tent body over the footprint, making sure the right sides match up (I wish TNF color coded the footprint in one corner the way they did with the tent body and rain fly). Then assemble the "H" shaped pole unit. Put the poles in each corner going through the grommets at each corner for both the tent body and the footprint. Then clip the tent body to the poles. Attach the end clips for the center cross pole. Toss over the rain fly (matching the red corner of the rain fly up with the red corner of the tent body) and make it so the pole goes through the grommet at each corner of the rain fly. There are two clips on the rain fly that go over the ends of the center cross pole. Stake out the tent at each corner and the vestibules. Tension the corners of the rain fly and guy out the tent if you'd like to.



Poles:

The poles are 3 poles that are joined at the intersecting points with a special pole clip so the poles create an "H" shape and are one unit. This is pretty cool since you can put it together pretty quickly and easily. Only down fall is that since it is a single unit it can be a bit finicky to collapse (but no where near what I've experienced with other tents).



Rain Fly:

Had no issues with the rain fly. We didn't extend the guy lines since we didn't have to worry about wind or any storms rolling in. The zipper on the vestibules jammed a bit if I pulled down and out (to close the vestibule). I found that the best way to eliminate it snagging was to pull down (towards the ground) and in (towards the tent body). For unzipping, I pulled up (toward the sky) and in (towards the tent body).



Gear Loft:

There is one long rectangular gear loft that is fixed in place. I really liked this gear loft design compared to ones by Marmot or other companies.



Corner Storage:

Each corner has a triangle mesh pocket for storage. The pockets are all the same and pretty good sized.



Interior Hanging Options:

There are three little loops along the center line of the tent for hanging stuff from. In one of my photos below (of the gear loft) you can see that I've hung a light for the center loop. Pretty useful and awesome.



Vents:

Each vestibule has a large vent on the right side (as shown below in one of my photos). We had no issue with condensation.



4-Person:

When I've used the tent it's been with myself and one other person. I'd definitely use the tent with 3 full sized adults but I'd be real hesitant of using this tent or any 4-person tent with 4 full sized adults. If I were to use this with 4 people, ideally it'd be 2 full sized adults and 2 kids.



All-in-all this is a pretty sweet tent. For all the features, size and how well it performs, it's a steal of a tent in the $300 range.



If you've got any questions about this tent, shoot me an email!



Jared D.

Expert Gearhead

801.736.4336

jdowns@backcountry.com

A whole lot of tent for the price

Gear Loft

Internal shot of the gear loft. This one is pretty big which makes storing extra gear easy. There are also corner pockets for storage of items like headlamps, chapstick, etc.



Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!



Jared D.

Expert Gearhead

801.736.4336

jdowns@backcountry.com

Gear Loft