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The North Face
Tadpole SL Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

3 out of 5 stars
6 Reviews
Current price: $385.00 Original price: $550.00
30% off
Color:Tin Grey/Acid Yellow



Why We Like The Tadpole SL Tent

To keep weight off our pack without losing comfort, we trek into the backcountry with The North Face's Tadpole SL Tent. The single-wall, single-door design keeps the gram count low, while the stake-out points and gear-stowing vestibule give us and our furry companion extra elbow room inside.


  • Ultralight tent for you and your backpacking mate
  • Stake-out points help increase livable space for comfort
  • Waterproof construction keeps you dry in rainy weather
  • 2 lightweight poles for easy setup and sturdy performance
  • High-low vents and no-see-um mesh door boost airflow
  • Spacious vestibule keeps your gear out of the elements
  • Fast-pitch option to shed even more ounces (footprint sold separately)
  • Item #TNFZBNB
[canopy] 20D polyester, 15D nylon ripstop, PU coating (1200mm), non-PFC DWR coating, 20D nylon mesh, [floor] 15D nylon ripstop, non-PFC DWR coating
Wall Type
Easton Syclone 2.0 (carbon fiber)
Pole Attachment
Number of Doors
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
high-low venting
fully sealed
Floor Dimensions
82 x 41in
Floor Space
Packed Size
[tent] 16 x 8 x 5.5in, [poles] 18 x 1.5 x 2in
Footprint Included
sold separately
Fast-pitch Option
footprint sold separately
Trail Weight
2lb 0.6oz
Packed Weight
2lb 3oz
ultralight backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

3 based on 6 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 2 reviews
4 Stars - 0 reviews
5 Stars - 2 reviews

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1 out of 5 stars

April 3, 2024

Worst TNF tent I have ever owned!

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Was really excited about this tent due to its light trail weight, but wish I never bought it. I used it on 2 separate trips. As mentioned by others setting up the internal arch pole is tricky because it doesn't click in anywhere and is very difficult to wrestle into place, but that's not why I rate this tent so poorly.. Single wall construction tents just don't breathe well and even in dry conditions! On my first trip condensation builds up on the inside walls of the tent overnight soaking everything inside. On my second and last trip with this tent I was at Sequoia NP and it rained both nights, the walls are not waterproof at all and everything inside the tent got soaked, the floor kept water out but as the tent absorbed more water it started to run down the sides and pool on the floor. Don't buy this tent, or any single wall construction tent unless you like sleeping in a sec bag!

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5 out of 5 stars

March 10, 2024

I would buy this tent again.

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Great tent. Light, spacious, and kept me dry in the rain.


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3 out of 5 stars

January 17, 2024

Great 3S single wall. Just needs a little design tweek.

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Great single wall for light weight. Breathable. Archway carbon pole troublesome to set up and seat in reinforced corners (see pic). Tend to creep out and puncture bottom tub. Happened twice now. -2 stars.

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1 out of 5 stars

September 1, 2023

Very light, but sadly not waterproof

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I purchased this product and took it on a weekend backpacking trip into the Wind River Range in Wyoming. It was wonderfully light to carry. For setup, it was a little difficult to place the front "arch" pole, as you have to place this tent inside the tent to secure it, but doable with a friend. This tent does not have a rainfly, and I was excited about the idea of a waterproof single-layer tent. Unfortunately we experienced storms with moderate rainfall, and the "waterproofing" did not hold up. By the second day of our trip, the inside of my tent was soaking wet, and a small puddle formed on the floor of my tent. This water appeared to be coming in through the walls of the tent (not condensation). TNF Customer Service was wonderful about sending me a return label & issuing me a refund. If you are camping somewhere where rain is unlikely, this is a great, light tent. Unfortunately this tent did not work for me.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 29, 2022

This is my second

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Easy setup light weight perfect for kayak camping or bike camping


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3 out of 5 stars

September 3, 2022

A really nice tent but it goes back

I've put it through the wringer

I slept 19 nights in this tent, temps of exposure between 40 and 98 F (4 and 37 C), two t-storms with torrential rainfall, and one night with a strong side wind. Pros: This is the largest 2-person tent I have seen in decades. It is very light, packs small, and it dries fast. It didn't leak even once and only on one morning I had a little condensation on the lower wall. The poles are light and finally TNF installed quality shock cords. With the improvements I mentioned below, it will be an ideal friend for long backpacking or mountaineering trips. Minor cons: the color shows dirt very quickly, the thin floor fabric is a subject to a quick deterioration, the front door zippers open only one way, from down up - the vertical zipper, and front left to right - the horizontal one, and this feature makes the ventilation process of the tent harder. The vestibule zipper gets caught in the overflowing sleeve all the time. From a $550 tent, I would expect a waterproof zipper that doesn't need additional protection. Major cons: the lengthwise pole that goes on the outside of the tent has both ends of the same, small size, which is a mistake. The one that goes into the sleeve should be definitely thicker. As you can see in the photo below, the pole will poke a hole in the fabric soon. The biggest flaw in the design is the width-wise/across pole that goes inside the tent. This pole must be re-designed and placed on the outside of the tent to make the final product functional. The pole is held in place inside by 5 Velcro straps. The Velcros are NOT able to keep the pole in the designated position and the pole is constantly sliding down the tent - photos attached. The top Velcro is slowly pulling away the seal from the seam so it will cause the tent leak soon. It is very time consuming to place the pole and while doing it, you need to keep the door open, so if it's raining, you will get rain inside the tent no matter how hard you try to avoid it. I pitched the tent after the sunset once, and immediately had dozens of bugs attracted by my headlamp flying inside the tent. I can't imaging pitching the tent in really windy conditions. Finally, if TNF makes the suggested changes, I will take this tent back. Otherwise, it is a return. P.S. I can't place all the photos of the tent I have. Backcountry people, any suggestion?

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