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The North Face O2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

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6 Reviews


Lighter than air.

The O2 Tent is The North Face's lightest tent for ultralight backpackers, alpinists, and weight-conscious campers. At a little over a pound, the O2's superlight construction includes no-see-um mesh walls, and the ripstop fly and floor have PU coatings to protect you from cold winds and wet weather.

The North Face equipped this ultralight tent with one large door and a vestibule big enough for all your backpacking gear. High-low venting ensures airflow throughout warm summer nights. A vaulted head and footbox give you and your buddy a surprising amount of space, and The North Face added multiple loops for dry lines and headlamps. You can replace the end poles with your own trekking poles to reduce the O2's weight even more.

  • No-see-um mesh walls
  • PU-coated ripstop fly and floor
  • Large door and vestibule
  • High-low venting
  • Multiple loops for hanging dry lines or headlamps
  • Vaulted head and footbox
  • Item #TNF01C7

Tech Specs

[fly] 15D nylon ripstop, PU coating (1200mm), [body] 15D nylon no-see-um mesh, [floor] 20D nylon ripstop, PU coating (1200mm)
Wall Type
DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum (8.7mm)
Pole Attachment
Number of Doors
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
5.13 sq ft
high-low venting
Interior Height
37 in
Floor Dimensions
51 x 82 in
Floor Space
25.6 sq ft
Packed Size
6 x 21 in
Fast-pitch Option
yes, footprint not included
Fast-pitch Weight
1 lb 5 oz
Trail Weight
1 lb 14 oz
Packed Weight
2 lb 4 oz
Recommended Use
ultralight backpacking, camping, alpine
Manufacturer Warranty

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Perfect bikepacking tent.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The North Face O2 Tent is sort of my bikepacking dream come true. It's super compact and easy to toss on your ride, and weighs next to nothing. A bit plus that it has over some other ultralight tents is that it doesn't require trekking poles for setup, and on a bikepacking trip trekking poles are far from anything I carry on me. It's mesh is light enough to see the stars through if its a clear night, and while I haven't been rained on in it (yet) the fly seems sturdy and reliable.

Good tent, but some issues.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I got this tent a little over a year ago, when I started my job on a trail building crew because of its light weight and how weather resistant it seemed. Since then I have camped with this tent extensively (as in four nights a week every week for the entier summer.) And have put it through a number of incredibly different weather conditions and environments. Overall it is a good tent, but I don't think it is a good enough tent for how extensively I use it and while most of the time it works well there are somethings about it that make it only suitable for a lighter variety of camping and backpacking. One of its biggest downfalls is that its durability is very little. Three weeks after I bought it and one windstorm later the U shaped poll that holds it up had bent. Which was unfortunate. Even so generally it does hold up in stronger winds, just not really strong winds (the stakes have a tendency of ripping out of the ground). The rain fly works rather well and its design keeps water from being anywhere near the base of the tent. This like the rest of the tent only rings true to a certain point though and I've found that during monsoon season after hours of continuous rainfall water will pool on the top of the tent an the rain fly can leak, but usually not much. The most disappointing thing is its durability. The mesh is very thin and will pull and scrunch up in places after your first use. For me this wasn't an issue because bugs where still kept at bay but it was pretty disappointing because the other dome tents I had never had this issue. The rain fly connecters also ended up ripping off, which was awkward.
Overall this tent has kept me warm and dry when I needed it to most, but its been bearly a year and I'm already sending it in for its warranty after a summer of use. So I think this tent would be great for those who don't use their tents almost constantly, but for me it was not durable enough and began to fall apart after a few months.

Great ultra-light tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Have used twice for backpacking trips, and am happy with the purchase. I'm 6'2", and my son 6', and we both slept comfortably, to my surprise. Survived a moderate rainfall with no problem. Always nice to see rain beading up on fresh waterproof nylon. Nice how the rain fly extends a fair distance from the tent floor. Was looking for a light tent to use solo, and the 02 is as light as every solo tent on the market. A smart design all around. I cut out a ground tarp to protect the thin floor material. Cheers!

Good tent. Very light

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used the tent several times now. I've used it in heavy rain, hot weather and cool weather. It goes up easy and I sometimes restake a corner or two after getting it up. It's about 2 lbs. 6 oz. as it comes. I replaced the stakes with MSR Carbon stakes to lower weight to 2 lbs. 4 oz. The tent is a little shorter than the specs, but will still fit a long thermarest pad. It held up well in heavy steady rain and no rain got inside. My mesh has a few places on the door that look like the first reviewer's tent, but no problems with it. I think the mesh stretched a little and just looks like that. No bugs get in though, so I'm not sure why the first person had a problem. NF has lifetime warranty also, so I'm not sure why he had problems with NF. Tent packs very small and fits inside even a day pack, which I use for solo overnights. Plenty wide inside for one person and all gear. Not sure if I would try sleeping two in the tent, unless smaller couple that likes to snuggle. Side door is good and allows easy in and out. The vaulted ends are great, as most tents lose height at the ends. Can't use trekking poles on the ends as they don't fit. Overall very pleased and it is my go to tent unless my teenage son is with me.

Good tent. Very light

A big fault with the tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this tent and after the first night i used it, bugs had managed to pry holes in the mesh. I had to cut my trip short, return home and return the tent. I was offered a replacement or repair (at either cost or no cost to me depending on an evaluation after i had shipped the tent to California, i live over the other side of the world, and paid for the shipping) but I wasn't happy owning a brand new tent that had been repaired after the first time i have used it, especially when all i did was sleep in it and did not damage it myself, or having a replacement tent which may have the same problem if its a factory fault. I didn't even camp anywhere which had extreme conditions or wildlife.

I asked several experts and well known tent sellers and they all said they have never seen this before but bugs shouldn't be able to break through a 'no-see-um' mesh otherwise what would be the point of having the bug protection system.

Anyway, see the pictures for yourself. Other than this problem, i loved the tent, the pack size and weight, and it's great for a one person. Easy to set up and not as expensive as some other tents in the same category. I'm just sad that i had to change tents and change brands because of the lack of an amicable solution (North Face haven't been very helpful), and this unbearable problem.

A big fault with the tent

So light, you'll forget you have it.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I brought this bad boy out with me a few times to Moab and have loved every minute of it. Setting it up is a breeze and once you get it down, only takes a minute or two. The no-see-um mesh is great for keeping out creepy crawlers and the door was even wide enough for me to sneak a bouldering pad in there with me (in place of a sleeping pad). The tent performed well in rain storms from light drizzles to heavy down pours although I don't know how well it holds up in wind storms yet. Perhaps the most enticing part of the tent is the weight, at 1 lbs 5 oz - 2 lbs 4 oz, this tent is light as a feather and takes up minimal room in your pack, making packing light and easy. Finally, there isn't a ton of vestibule space, but enough for your boots and a small bag if necessary. For the price, this is one of the best tents I could find for durability, weight, and size!

So light, you'll forget you have it.

Is this really free standing? It can stand on its own without any stakes in the ground? I can't see how the middle pole holds itself up.

From your answer I understand it is NOT a freestanding tent, which it says it is in the description. It is very important to know if a tent is freestanding or not.. maybe this should be changed?