Make the mountains your year-round home.
Designed to withstand surly winter storms, whipping winds, and downright bone-chilling temperatures, The North Face Mountain 25 Tent is a stout 2-Person 4-Season shelter ideal for everything from winter camping in the Rockies to glacier hunkering in the Chugach. Being the most compact tent in the Summit Series, the Mountain 25 is a great option for self-supported missions with a burly build but a highly manageable trail weight of just under nine pounds, so you don't need a plane or a helicopter to carry it for you.
The Mountain 25 may not be the heaviest expedition-style shelter around, but it's built to withstand the kind of weather you'll inevitably encounter during winter in the mountains. The 40D nylon fly strikes a good balance between strength and weight, is treated with a PU/silicone coating, and has fully taped seams to repel sleet and snow, even when they don't stop for days on end. The untreated main canopy is equipped with dual doors and mesh vents, so you don't wake up to dewy mess halfway through the night.
When the storm carries on longer than you thought possible, you can peek through the polyurethane port window and check on the conditions (hint: they're probably still bad). The North Face crack-tested the window down to -60F, so you won't have to worry about severe arctic temps wreaking havoc on it, although polar bears may still pose a threat. Inside the Mountain 25 are eight pockets to keep everything organized, so you don't lose your mind due to clutter during that three day storm, and multiple internal hanger loops to provide a spot to hang wet and smelly gear before you turn in for the night.
- 40D nylon fly with PU/silicone coating (1500mm)
- 70D nylon floor with PU coating (1000mm)
- DAC aluminum poles
- Two doors
- Mesh vents
- PU port window (cold crack tested to -60F)
- Glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls
- 8 interior pockets
- Internal hanger loops
- 4 snow stakes
- Item #TNF02BB
- Q & A
Good Tent With A Frustrating Set Up
Haven't owned a four season tent in a long time and after a lot of shopping around I went with the Mountain 25 (which was my last four season tent many years ago). Took the tent for a "demo run" in the backyard last night to get a feel for the set up and overall construction.
My very first impression: the included directions are worse than useless. In my opinion, if you even need to reference the directions to set up a tent it is too complicated. The body was straightforward with color coded poles and sleeves. As many others have mentioned the tent is a bit tricky to set up in the wind (I did alone in 10mph wind). Once you have a few poles in the tent wants to take off on you. Things started getting a bit odd with the black poles that criss-cross around the sides and attach with the clips. Once I had it in the poles it just didn't look right. They almost seemed to be bending back outward and curling in to attach to the floor. (At this point I would have preferred to see an actual photo of the tent set up in the instructions - should be pole be in first hole of tab, second,etc). It didn't seem like it could go any other way so I moved on to the fly.
The fly was also a bit confusing. There is one red tab that aligns with a red tab on body so orienting on the body is straightforward. Question was do I hook the tab for the fly under the tab for the body or temporarily unhook the body and sandwich it in between? Directions provided zero help with this feature. It seemed to make sense to hook it underneath but then the tensioning buckles for the fly sit at odd angles and are rather difficult to actually operate. And the vestibule pole had me thoroughly baffled. I was expecting a sleeve to put it in but the sleeve was not obvious. I looked inside and outside fly without success so I just opened up inside and used the gear loop, which worked but made the zippers on vestibule hard to work. (I later figured out taking it down following morning that there was indeed a sleeve and what seemed were sewn tabs toward the bottom were actually sleeve openings. They were just really snug and seemed sewn. And they were black so they blended in.)
Once I got everything up and staked there was an odd sag between the vestibule and top of tent that did not seem right. Looked like snow or rain water would puddle there. Based on how the first black pole fits it didn't seem like there was a way to make it go away, even tensioning the fly. When you put the velcro poles in the top vents in place the sidewalls of the tent also sag noticeably. I didn't spent a lot of time messing with the tensioning adjustments so maybe that can be corrected but it looks odd.
Overall the tent was spacious enough, has plenty of gear pockets, etc. My only gripe here was the zippers, particularly the ones on the fly. They did not slide well at all and had to be operated with two hands. I took some of the tautness out of the fly and it didn't help. The zippers catch on the overlapping material that protects them, the tent body, they bind if not pulled perfectly straight, etc. I have several Marmot tents (not four season) and the zippers operate far more freely and without snagging, even when I don't bother getting the fly all staked out and taut.
Once everything was set up and adjusted it seemed to perform well. The fly didn't flap in the breeze and there is enough room for performing tasks (I'm 6'3") without feeling cramped. I was also impressed with how the tent breathes. It was 18 deg outside (27 deg inside tent). I put the poles up on the fly vents but intentionally left all the other doors and zippers closed to see how bad the condensation would be. I was in tent for about 8 hours. The tent walls had a very light, sparse frost with some slightly heavier areas near where my head was. When I took fly off there was more moderate coating of frost. So the tent seems to breathe very well. So all in all I like the tent but the set up is an issue, especially in wind.
I wanted to like it, but.....
I just purchased this new 2016 version of the Mt. 25 tent, to have on hand as a backup, or be able to loan it to friends who occasionally backpack with me. It's worth noting, that I already own a 2015 version of the Mt. 25 and a 2014 version of the VE25. Both tents are exceptional and complete bomb shelters. Both are true 4 season tents built to withstand very high winds and very heavy snow loads in the most extreme weather. The high quality and durability of these tents is very apparent right when you just begin to unpack and handle them. So anyway, I set it up the new Mt. 25 right away in my basement to check it out. I was dissapointed by several changes I noticed. First off, I noticed the stuff sack no longer has the 3 built-in cinch straps with the buckles. The new stuff sack has just one strap sewn on length-wise with several loops along it to put straps through and lash to your pack. Not a huge deal, but I like the older stuff sacks better. I was really excited about the new color scheme on the fly, with the contrasting bright yellow and jet-black diamond panels on the 2016 model. Well, the stock photos look great BUT, in reality, the panels on the fly are actually quite muted. The panels are a very pale, mustard color and a darkish-gray color. Not nearly as impressive as in the stock photos. I expected the contrast of the yellow and black to really pop, but they don't. The material the fly is made of is noticeably thinner and seems much more fragile than the flys on my other 2 NF tents mentioned above. In fact, the fly on the new tent is actually translucent and you can see your hands right through it when you hold it. It is very similar to the (lighter weight) material the tent body is made of. The tent body is very similar to my 2015 version of this tent but with some not-so-great changes. The 2 black spacer "sponges" on the outer tent walls that keep the fly from touching the tent body are now gone. The mesh in the ceiling vents and doors is much lighter-duty than on my 2 other NF tents. It would not take much to damage the new mesh at all. The large mesh pockets on the inside of the tent are still great, but I only counted 6 and on the new model and in my older tent there are 8. With all that said, it is indeed a Summit Series NF tent with a lifetime warranty. I guess time will tell if it will hold together as well as the older models. I ended up returning this tent to Backcountry, and they were great, no hassles. I will be purchasing more gear from BC when the need arises. Good people to deal with!
Non stop year long camping in style!!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've been eyeing this tent for as long as I can remember. 600 bucks for a tent??? Yeeshhh! Well I saved up my pennies, nickels, and dimes and finally pulled the trigger and can call it mine. This thing is a beast of a tent! I was surprised how roomy it was compared to my previous Northface Talus 2. Set up isn't overly complex once you get your orientation to all the parts down. The quality is what you'd expect for such a pricey piece of gear but I know it'll last forever if I take care of it. Overall I'm very satisfied with the purchase and look forward to years of non stop camping! #goatworthy
Is this a new design for 2016? looks amazing :D