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A lightweight single-wall tent for lightning fast summit assaults.
Designed for high-altitude endeavors, The North Face Assault 2 4-Season 2-Person Tent is now even lighter than previous models, with more ventilation to combat condensation. Great for minimalist mountaineers, the Assault 2 boasts a trail weight of just 3lb 4oz and includes a removable vestibule for light and fast summit bids. The canopy is composed of The North Face's proprietary Drywall fabric, which has the highest tear strength of any of The North Face's fabrics. In addition to it's bombproof strength, Drywall fabric is highly breathable to reduce the amount of condensation at high altitudes.
New to the 2015 model, the Assault 2 now has two mesh vents made of a lightweight 20-denier polyester mesh to further increase the overall breathability of the shelter. And with an extra pole between the vents, the tent is now even more secure for those windy, snowy nights in the alpine. The inside of the tent is fitted with plenty of tabs to run dry lines as well as a gear loft that is sold separately. The easy-pitch X-Tent design makes set-up fast and simple in inclement weather, while the seam taped, PU-coated floor prevents moisture from working through the base of the tent and can be fitted with an additional footprint (sold separately).
- 50D Drywall durable polyester ripstop canopy
- 20D nylon mesh top vents
- 30D nylon ripstop vestibule with PU coating
- 40D nylon ripstop floor with PU coating
- DAC Featherlite aluminum poles
- Front door with rear escape-hatch back
- Removable vestibule
- 3lb 4oz trail weight
- Dual top vents
- Easy-pitch X-tent design
- Multiple interior tabs for drying lines, lights, or gear lofts
- DAC stakes included
- Gear loft and Footprint available (sold separately)
- Item #TNF01AY
- Q & A
Great design, terrible materials
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this tent as a lightweight ski traverse, mountaineering tent. I'd borrowed friends Awhanees, firstlights, and Nemo single wall tents prior to using this.
The first few uses were in summer and it performed okay. The condensation was worse then in a firstlight for sure, but I was fine with that considering the low weight, but massive increase in liveable space.
I took it on another trip, and the temperature fell, and with that came moderate rain for 6 hours overnight. When I woke in the morning the whole floor was puddles. At first I assumed that the water had come through seams I'd failed to tape, but they were well taped. The leak was from the material itself. I actually watched the water soak, collect then drip down. This tent was not in the slightest bit waterproof. When I went to pour the water out there was a total of 4 litres the came out.
Assuming a manufacturing error I contacted North face about the issue. I was informed that I clearly didn't know how single wall tents work, and that it was just condensation. I replied that I did in fact know how condensation worked, that the person across from me was using the same tent, had the same experience, and our compatriot with a First light did not experience any water at all. The staffs response was further patronizing, and frustrating.
North Face has no clue how a single wall tent should work. I strongly recommend against buying this tent.
Attached is a photo of another trip where this tent leaked when snowfall accumulated on top. I guess this is only for hardcore dry Himalayan snow?
Easy to cary, fast setup. Strong for heavy weather. Verry good price at this store. In EU over $1K
Hey so since it's water resistant you don't need a rain fly right ?
it's water resistant but not waterproof. So if you're going to be in heavy rain or snow, we'd still recommend putting a canopy up above the tent or a rain fly so that you have some more protection from the elements.
Let me know if you have any additional questions on the tent -I'd love to get you set up with the perfect camp set up!
Hi! Is this tent waterproof?
This tent is going to be water-resistant.
Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!