A high mountain Bastion of comfort.
Storms can last for days when you're camped on a glacier outside of Haines or waiting for a window of clear weather to make a summit bid in the Himalayas, so a solid and bombproof tent is a must when embarking on endeavors of this caliber. Designed with input from athletes, The North Face Bastion 4 Tent is built to tolerate the kind of weather that will make you grateful that you're safely tucked away in your Bastion back at base camp.
The wizards over at The North Face were somehow able to trim some weight from the Bastion 4, but still make it stronger and more resilient to high mountain weather and mega-deep coastal snow storms. The fly and canopy are lighter thanks to a 40D nylon material. The fly features fully sealed seams and a PU coating, giving it a hydrostatic head of 1500mm. The cut-in nylon 70D nylon floor is also PU coated and has fully sealed seams, giving it a hydrostatic head of 10,000mm.
The North Face integrated high-low venting into the design of this double-wall tent to offer adequate ventilation to prevent moisture from accumulating along the inner wall of the tent, while the cold-crack-tested port window lets you to check on the status of the storm from the comforts of your sleeping bag. Realizing that four people and gear can get cluttery, The North Face very wisely gave the Bastion ten interior pockets with multiple internal hanger loops to hang gear and layers from. The Bastion even is equipped with glow-in-the-dark dipper pulls for ease of use during still-dark alpine starts.
- 40D nylon fly with PU coating (1500mm)
- 70D nylon floor with PU coating (10,000mm)
- Fully sealed seams
- DAC aluminum poles
- Two doors and vestibules
- Four-person sleeping capacity
- High-low venting
- Cold-crack tested PU port window
- Glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls
- 10 interior pockets
- Internal hanger loops
- Four snow stakes included
- Tentertainment compatible
- Item #TNF02B9
- Q & A
Excellent experience with Bastion 4
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've carried a North Face VE-25 when expecting bad weather ever since a wet night in a tent in 1991, and it's still going strong. So I acquired a Bastion 4 for a six night trek in Arizona in March of 2018. My co-trekkers were my teenage kids and wife, none of whom are experienced backpackers, so comfort was important. The Bastion 4 weathered two strong thunderstorms, 40+ mph wind gusts, and one sleet storm - not a drop inside. At 3:30 am I heard a campsite 200 yards away grumbling, and I knew not everyone stayed dry, so I was thankful for this tent. Then on the warm nights it was comfortable too. It was big enough to accommodate two 6'+ sleepers with two 5'8" guys as well. The venting systems were adequate, even when zipped up pretty tight for rainy nights. It's easy to set up, and was easy to dry out. The known issue is weight - ours was 1 lb heavier than spec after removing unnecessary gear - I will not take this tent out there with less than 4 hikers to spread weight over or when a lighter tent satisfies the forecast. But other than that, I can attest to strength, dryness, and comfort.
The pole is too weak.
The outer pole of the tent is bent and broken.
I have never used it,
I am looking for a way to get a new pole.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Bought form back country, used once.
very very difficult to set up; almost impossible with just one person.
The directions that come with the tent are just a bit better than Egyptian hieroglyphics
Ultimately bent, then flat out broke the tent poles.
Of course, backcountry will not take it back. They are probably all sitting in the back coffee room laughing and saying "ha ha sucker!!"
I feel SCREWED.