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Join your buddies in The North Face VE 25 Tent and stay dry as the weather throws down its worst storms.

As the high-altitude snow storms rage, stay dry and comfortable in The North Face's 4-Person, 4-Season VE 25 Tent. Dual doors with dual vestibules give you plenty of room for your stuff, and The North Face's true bucket nylon floor blocks snow and rain from entering your safe haven. Get to basecamp and set up the VE 25 Tent quickly with the no-hassle continuous pole sleeves and color-coated canopy and flysheet webbing. Once you're cozy inside, peer out the durable polyurethane windows to check on the weather conditions. Multiple guy-points steady the VE 25 Tent against harsh mountain winds, and The North Face's internal tent pockets keep your headlamp, watch, and midnight chocolate snack accessible. Unzip the internal vents and enjoy a cool breeze when the weather warms up.

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5 5

The tent that invented bombproof

I have 2 of these, one that is 17 years old and another that is new. The older has seen a lot of use over the years, but looks nearly new. The new model is the same bombproof design with a few enhancements. The continuous pole sleeve, side hanging doors, sealed floor and the ceiling vents are not on my older model but are welcome changes.While it's true that the VE 25 weighs more than your average 2-3 person tent-what price can you put on bombproof protection?It's the only tent I'll take with me in the winter. It holds a crazy amount of snow and is solid in high winds. You can secure it any number of ways to rocks, snow anchors, trees or whatever with the supplied lines that attach all over the fly and main canopy for even more protection. The shock corded poles are all the same size (except for the fly pole) so there's no confusion as to what pole goes where. The freestanding design makes it a breeze to clean out in camp. You just pick it up and shake it out.Over the July 4th holiday in 2008 I was at Elephant Perch, in Idaho during a microburst storm that blew over as many at 1/4 of the trees in areas. I waited out the storm in the VE 25 at the base of a cliff. The wind howled for over an hour with trees snapping everywhere. It sounded like a jet engine inside the tent, but the tent didn't fail. I'm still amazed how it held up.Make sure that you put it away 100% dry and clean and you'll never have a problem with de-lamination or mildew and you'll be giving it to your kids someday.

The tent that invented bombproof
5 5

Heirloom

The freakin' ultimate tent.

I bought a vintage VE-25 at a swap meet in 1988 (I think, if the cobwebs in my brain are ok). It had the old brown closures on it, but the thing was bomb-proof until weatherproofing went south. So I bought a new one in Denver in 1994.

I use it constantly.

14" of snow on the roof. Snug as bug.
5" of hail. The thing never dies.
50 mile an hour wind gusts. Bring it on.

I have sent back to NF for poles, zippers, everything. Great warranty. They stand behind their products.

I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for.

Take care of it (Nikwax is an awesome product) and you can pass it on to your grand kids.

I expect to see mine in an antique store someday, if we ever stop using it.

Screw the weight.

YOU NEED THIS TENT!

Heirloom
Rio Negro - Uruguay

Rio Negro - Uruguay

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Shhhhh, Bubba is sleeping!!!!!!!

Rio Negro - Uruguay

Rio Negro - Uruguay

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Excellent Tent!!!!!!

ve-25 in the film As It Happens

ve-25 in the film As It Happens

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ve-25 at the tawoche basecamp, khumbu himalaya
http://vimeo.com/14622087

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how does this tent fair in hot weather? ...

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how does this tent fair in hot weather? Good circulation?

5 5

Solid. Dependable.

I love this tent. I bought it out of a sense of nostalgia as I had lived in one for 5 weeks on the Kahiltna and Denali. 23 years later, it is still one of the roomiest, bombproof and reliable tents for hideous conditions. I have owned and used a fair few 4 season and expedition tents, and for lounging around and buttoning up in a storm, this is the fave. While it is a weighty beast, if used for a basecamp tent, it will be lush. We humped this up to 17,000' on the West Rib and glad we did. I can't wait to take my children out on their first BC trip, and this is definitely coming.

Solid. Dependable.
5 5

VE25 beneath an unnamed arctic peak - Brooks Range AK

I lived in this tent for four weeks this past June in the Arctic. We encountered most elements-snow, lots of rain, high winds, grizzly and this tent had no problem the entire time. Super easy to put up and pack with great features throughout. It is however pretty tight with four people, much more comfortable with three.

VE25 beneath an unnamed arctic peak - Brooks Range AK

Hell-0, I have a ve 25 erected in my living...

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Hell-0, I have a ve 25 erected in my living room at the moment. I have recently purchased and returned two different MH tents. The 2 person and then the 3 person 4 season tent they have. BOTH tents the poles are a real problem. There is a connector piece all by itself that sits inbetween the two poles. Instead of staying with the shoulder slide in and then putting the strenghtening piece within the shoulder as NF has done. We camp the world. My question is the number of holes. One grey on all. I did not receive any booklet with my brand new tent. Maybe you could also direct me where to find care and erection instructions. One thing is I guess the two poles end at the same tab. Do you stake the tent and fly or just the fly? I would say both, but the system seems to use the fly as an anchor. I ordered the footprint and it will be here in a few days. Heading to Romania and the wilds there.

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Here's the instructions: http://www2.thenorthface.com/download/pdf/instructions-AAS6.pdf Give those a shot.
Enjoy your trip!

where are the clear windows located on the...

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where are the clear windows located on the tent? do the windows work with the fly on?

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The windows are on the fly itself. The two windows are located as part of the vestibule. To see out the windows you actually need to unzip the tent door. It's a two part tent door, inner door is a mesh screen - outer door is nylon, both inner and outer doors open separately.

Needless to say - you won't be doing any star gazing through the window. The window is useful when the fly is completely zipped closed and you want to see if anybody is in the vestibule before unzipping and entering from outside.

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The windows are the small poly circle on the vestibules. The tent proper does not have windows, just mesh and nylon doors.

fly fishing in Vermont

fly fishing in Vermont

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VE 25 base camp on fly fishing expedition on White River in Vermont.

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Extremely helpful picture. This is the only picture of the VE 25 without a fly on - I've sat out summer showers without the fly and stayed dry. The fly is only necessary for real storms, at least for the summer, and would only be advisable during serious storms. I've been very pleased with it for summer camping without the fly, actually strangely less condensation than a 3 season tent with the fly up. Bombproof during storm/winter camping.

5 5

VE 25 a Great Tent

Got my VE 25 six or more years ago with encouragement from my son and have used it in the North Cascades, all over Canada, and In the SW deserts of the US. Other than putting a tarp over it in the desert to protect it from the UV, it has been a delight to have the extra room when I am using it as a base camp. I can set it up in the dark (I practice this with my eyes closed!) and take it down in about four and a half minutes - including stuffing it in its bag! It is too heavy for excursions from the base camp - so then I turn to the bivy sac.
If you want a great tent that will last for years in howling winds, -30 degree weather, and the heat of a summer desert - this is a wonderful option. You will never regret having the VE 25 as part of your camping gear.

VE 25 a Great Tent
5 5

The pinnacle of vertical shelter

This tent is like the shark, crocadile and turtle all rolled into one. So perfectly evolved the TNF has been making it for 20 years or something.

Iv'e had this for 14 years so I can't remember how much I paid. Been there done that in this brick @#%! house. 60-80 mph winds, heavy snow loads, pouring rain followed by heavy snow. It handles it, quietly so you can sleep. You would never know the wind was doing that until you get out to clear snow!. A little on the heavy side but three days into a full on tentbound white out and you will appreciate the extra room, warmth, and the bomber security. Room for two nutballs and all their gear. Three's a squeeze with gear but it keeps it warmer. For long wait outs two is all I would want. Once had 6 folks in mine for an ad hoch poker tournament! House advantage didn't help. I lost.

I thought about getting something lighter. I have a firstlight for ledges but after looking at all the other 4 seasons I keep coming back to the 25. The ones that were lighter were smaller and/or single walls and I could tell they won't stand up to the stomping that this tent laughs at. TNF service is unmatched, I needed new sponges that go on the side to keep the fly from flapping so I called TNF and they sent me new ones free. I mean free didn't even hit me up for shipping!

After many years of service mine is getting tired. I just reproofed the fly with solarproof from nikwax, another awsome product, to buy me some time. No fear though,TNF will switch poles for free under warranty, and if you need to relace a fly or body you can purchase them from TNF and/or replace worn out parts at discount via warranty exchange. Can't go wrong with this one!

I know guys going on 15 or more years in these. You go up high on Everest, Denali, Ranier, White Mountains and you will see 25's. You can't beat that. Folks that complain about it haven't been there, don't understand what this tent is about and haven't taken advantage of TNF warranty on this bad boy. You have to know what its designed for and this is designed to keep you alive up high and come home with you for the next adventure.

This ones a no brainer.

Tawoche 2k10 dispatches #3

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The journey to a remote bascamp in nepal...there are a few great shots of the inside of our VE-25 towards the end. It was the tent of choice for our light 2 man winter expedition

Any reason to avoid a used 25 if it's been...

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Any reason to avoid a used 25 if it's been well-cared for and put away dry? This one is about 10 years old. Probably been used 12 times over the years.

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As long as you know it has been well cared for, you should be just fine. I have an almost thirty year NF Pole Sleeve Oval & it looks great with about 2.5 times more usage on it. A word to the wise, always consider the unseen enemy, UV damage!

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I agree with Jeff, just one other thing to watch for is the windows. After years of deterioration, sun, wind and water damage they do start to crack. Just be sure to inspect them before heading into some gale force winds with damaged windows. That’s a mistake I will never make again. Along with buying gear on eBay.

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probably too late to be useful to you, but remember that ALL north face tents are warrantied, unless the O or the A on the label has been blacked out. the 'o-block' or 'a-block' means that it was from an outlet or has been marked as damaged or defective, respectively. Outlet and D&D products no longer have warranty.

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I've used my VE -25 for 8 yrs now, no issues. Performed perfectly. Winds up to 60 MPH on Mt Mitchell. Comfortable 3 adults to 180 lbs each. vents well in summer.

Snapped by pole to the Ve-25, abuse not...

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Snapped by pole to the Ve-25, abuse not weather. Any suggestions on finding replacement? blk one.

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You will need to contact North Face direct @ 1-866-715-3223 (prompt 7) concerning getting a new pole. They'll go easy on you. I know this first hand since I had to do the same thing regarding getting my North Face Backshadow pack repaired after marmots decided to dine on it a few years ago. Here's some more information:

http://www.thenorthface.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TNFAttachmentDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=207&catalogId=10001&attachment=%2Fcorporate%2Fabout_us%2Fcontact_us%2Fcontact_us&type=corporate

VE 25 Aconcagua 2009 - Nido de Condores

VE 25 Aconcagua 2009 - Nido de Condores

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is it velcro that holds down the outer fly side vents,/
if so what stops it ripping open in high winds,
does the 2 man version have the same vents on outer fly,/

Chilin on the Glacier in the VE 25

Chilin on the Glacier in the VE 25

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Renan and I spent a few weeks on the glacier in The Ruth Gorge in this rig and we stayed high and dry. At one point a storm had us tentbound, a little delirious and inspired to create a mural on the ceiling of the tent.

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