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Camp when the weather's severe, and climb when it's nice.

The North Face VE 25 Tent features top-shelf materials and bomb-proof construction so you and two alpine climbing partners can feel safe and secure any season of the year. Part of The North Face's coveted Summit Series lineup, the VE 25 performs best in heinous, high-alpine storms and can hang tough through the high winds and heaps of snow.

  • Athlete-tested Summit Series designation means that The North Face created this tent for demanding pursuits in challenging environments
  • Super strong nylon fly has a 1500mm PU coating to repel the harshest high-alpine weather
  • Ultra-durable floor built with reinforced nylon to withstand weeks of continuous use; a 10,000mm PU coating provides industry-leading protection against water
  • Bathtub-shaped floor elevates the tent seams off the ground to eliminate seepage; fly and floor also feature fully taped seams for added protection
  • Polyurethane port window lets you check the conditions outside without leaving your bag; window is cold-crack tested to -60° F
  • DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles offer a high strength-to-weight ratio and slide easily through tent sleeves
  • Reinforced dome structure withstands the absolute worst mountain weather in any season
  • Dual doors (front and rear) with poled front vestibule allow easy in-out, lots of gear storage, and extra ventilation with the interior door mesh that can be exposed during mild weather
  • Small rear vestibule provides additional gear storage
  • 48sq ft floor area provides enough space to fit three climbers comfortably (or four in a pinch), and its 48in ceiling height allows sitting up and crouching when you get stir-crazy in a three-day Andean storm
  • Entire tent weighs 10lb 13oz for practical hauling in the alpine when you split the weight between climbing companions
  • Zippered vents and convertible mesh doors enable lots of ventilation to fight condensation and mugginess during warmer trips
  • Reflective KEVLAR® guy lines and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls help alert you to your tent’s location
  • Sleeve design, DAC stakes with pull cords, and four fabric snow/rock stakes enable an easy pitch and security in any environments
  • Fast-pitch-compatible with poles, fly and footprint to drastically reduce weight in mild weather (footprint sold separately)
  • Once packed into its included sack, the tent package measures 24in x 9in for lashing to a pack or fitting inside a dry bag
  • Compatible with square gear lofts for more gear storage and for use as a clothing drying rack (sold separately)
  • The North Face Summit Series

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5 5

Cadillac of Cold

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great tent with all the "bells and whistles". It seems well thought out and constructed. Believe it or not, it's an actual three person tent - if you're buying it for two people I would save the money and weight by getting the two person tent. It could comfortably fit three adults. It has great storage and I love the glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls (it's the little details). Also, the duel vestibules are a great way to save precious interior space while keeping gear covered and snow free.

I took this tent out to Mt. Rainier NP last weekend - kept me warm, dry and comfortable.

Cadillac of Cold
5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I stayed up at Tahoe national forest in 20 degree weather and high winds next to a frozen lake, this tent is a tank and didn't move any with the wind and didn't feel any wind come through the tent. Haven't done any hiking with then tent yet, should be interesting since the tent is a bit heavier but it's worth the money! I highly recommend this tent.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We put these tents through the harshest conditions that Denali National Park had to offer. High winds and -40 this tent never faltered. If you need a tent that will stand up to whatever mother nature throws at you then this is the one for you.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tent was recommended to me by a friends dad who had been a raft and kayak guide for about 30 years in AK.. I've had the tent for about 5 years now, and have loved it. I've used it for all seasons, in all weather- serious wind, pounding rain, and -40 temps. At 11ish pounds, it is definitely not a backpacking tent, but when split up, put into the boat/raft, or thrown on a tow behind sled, it is definitely worth the extra weight. The fly attaches to the tent in at least 14 different spots and at the ends of the poles making a sturdy platform for the tie down lines to hold the tent down securely. The fly leaves space between the tent and itself for ample ventage, along with enough material to more than cover the entire tent(no soggy corners). In the summer it is a bit toasty, but the vents on the tent and fly do a decent job of keeping air moving. This is an all around great tent, and has been bombproof for me through some pretty intense showings of weather. Highly recommended.

5 5

Wind proof.

Recently put the VE 25 through some punishing winds in Waterton Lakes National Park. The VE performed beautifully, built like a tank.

How well does it ventilate? Is it a steam...

How well does it ventilate? Is it a steam cooker in the summer?

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It does have vents, but being a 4-season tent, is primarily designed to keep out the elements such as wind. "Steam cooker" is one way to put it, but sauna and sweltering hell might also work. Best if used to hunker down in harsher and colder environments, not for late spring and summer camping. Although, in its various incarnations, the system can be tailored to some degree to suit milder conditions. Hope this helped.

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I've had it out in the summers in interior AK- sun all night long- and it was definitely toasty. But when you set it up right, you can get a decent breeze going- even in the windless interior. If there is a breeze line the doors up with it and get the vents open on the top. The fly vents even have a little plastic prop that helps to push them up and gets that much more action. Not ideal for warmer temps, but gets the job done and keeps the bugs off!

5 5

Still the Best!

This is the most bomber tent in the world. Take a look at a picture of a high altitude basecamp and count the VE 25s. Seriously this tent has probably seen more death defying gnar then any other ten in the history of tents. This is a great ten for winter camping, or for people who want the most bomber shelter possible in the other three seasons.

Sweet life

Sweet life

This is from 2011 during a trip to climb Stetind, Norway's national mountain.

Getting ready to set up the VE-25

Getting ready to set up the VE-25

Jimmy Chin surveys the campsite while the VE 25 sits quietly by waiting to be erected.

5 5

Great Tent

Getting me a new one this year as my Christmas gift to myself. My first one was purchased in 1980 or 1981. Can't remember which year. Finally gave it away in 2002 when the plastic started smelling cheesy. I didn't take very good care of this tent and it lasted 22 years. I'm only a three season camper, nothing major, but used it 5 or 6 times a year. Extremely functional design, weather resistant (one of the great joys of camping, for me, is being stuck inside the VE25 during a huge rainstorm/lightning thunderstorm/hailstorm. You feel safe, secure, and the inside of the tent is quiet). North Face appears to have made some minor improvements since I bought my first VE25, so I'm looking forward to the camping season in 2012 (for me, it's late March to Mid April, then late June through mid November. Most of my camping is in the Adirondacks). From what I recall, the price hasn't changed much. I think I paid about $400 bucks for it in 1980. Bought it in Manhattan, I think in Paragon Sports. Only got stuck in a snowstorm once in it (I'm not a winter camper) and it performed admirably. It's really the gold standard in tents. There are better tents for really serious all year mountain madmen, and lesser tents for families, the occasional weekend, etc., but this is the best, most durable, and best designed all purpose tent for the serious outdoor camper. Oh, yeh, once I got the hang of it, it was very easy to put it up by myself. Light enough to carry on the pack. Not a true lightweight, but you get so much more for the extra 2 pounds or so. Work out a little more before the trip and it won't be a problem. Phenomenal for two, very comfortable for three. You can do a four person weekend if it's just you, the wife, and two kids--and everyone understands the rules about packing for a camping trip. Enjoy. It's the tent to go with.

Based on the website picture, the fly does...

Based on the website picture, the fly does not completely surround and cover the tent. Is this correct?

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The fly does surrounds and covers the entire tent, which is what helps make it great for winter use. The fly nearly reaches the ground as well.

How much does it weight and is it good for...

How much does it weight and is it good for hikeing trips?

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It is nearly 11 pounds. This tent although will work just fine in the summer, is made more for colder temps, and winter. It will do for hiking, but there are much lighter tents for that purpose

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It's every bit of 11 lbs. I wouldn't WANT to hike with it. That being said, I bought it for mountaineering adventures. So It (or parts of it) will be on my pack for at least part of the trip.
Depending on size/composition of your party and nature of the trip, it could be essential. In the Himalayas. It's standard issue. At Yosemite in July, probably not your best choice. But if you want to have just one tent for all adventures summer or winter - this one will last you decades... unless you throw it off a cliff in a fit of weighted down frustration.