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Back to basics.
The North Face Tuolomne 2 Tent takes you back to those days when your family would pile into the pick-up truck and head to the mountains for the weekend to camp, fish, and hike. All the reminiscing probably has something to do with the tent's vintage look and effectively simple design; originally produced back in the '70s, the Tuolmne was long an icon in The North Face line and is now being reissued with a few modern improvements.
You'll find the same single-wall construction, three-pole shape, and easy-to-pitch design of the original Tuolomne, but with no-see-um mesh vents, a zippered front door, and a Tentertainment-compatible interior, the Tuolomne is comparable to most modern tents you'll find today. Both the fly and floor have been treated with a water-resistant PU coating to repel heavy drizzle, and they both sport fully taped seams to prevent droplets from creeping through. The North Face also threw in a footprint, so you won't have to worry about rivulets of rain soaking through the tent's floor halfway through the night, because that's a part of the '70s you'd rather forget.
- 70D nylon fly and floor with PU coating (1500mm)
- No-see-um mesh side vents
- Single door
- 2-person sleeping capacity
- Footprint included
- Side pockets
- Item #TNF02BI
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This thing sleeps 2 very comfortably. I cant believe how well this old design still works.
I love this tent
I love this tent. It's sturdy and the rain flap goes all the way to the ground to keep rain out
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Awesome nostalgia but not perfect
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I owned the original Tuolomne in the 1970's. It was my first backpacking tent and it was a great tent but it did wear out in time and I replaced it. When I saw the rebooted version, I had to own it. Buyer's remorse set in pretty quickly.
But first, what I LIKE about the tent. Unlike the original version, this is a single-wall design with an integrated rainfly. That means you can set it up in the rain and get minimal water inside the tent. Headroom is good at the entry end. Ventilation is astoundingly good. Poles are super robust. Because the front uses an A-frame pole setup, you can guy the front at 45 degrees offset to make entry/exit easier. Overall, materials seem decent.
Now, what I dislike. First, The North Face, you have GOT to stop putting the gaudy 1-foot logo on the sides of your tents. It looks terrible. If you are going to put a logo on the tent, silkscreen it on the inside so that it shows through muted like the Sierra Designs tents. If there was a way to scrub off your logo, I would. A small fabric patch sewn above the door like you used up until the 1990's was perfectly adequate.
It's heavy. I think this tent is best suited for car and canoe camping. I bought it for bicycle touring but it's just too heavy for that application.
Stakes...I knew this tent was not self standing when I bought it but 10 (minimum) to 12 stakes for a tent this small is nuts. Speaking of stakes, the ones that come with the tent are steel (heavy) and are bent at 90 degrees at the end (no loop or hook) , which can rotate easily and release the guylines. I use my groundhog stakes instead.
Summary: I like the design despite some unfortunate color schemes and over-the-top branding. It's roomy and bright. I do think if TNF wanted to reboot a vintage tent, the Toulumne's big brother, the Sierra, which had the A-frame poles at both ends and equal height ends, would have been a better choice. I do like the nostalgia factor but I think you can get more practical, lighter and self standing tents for the money.
I dig it
I got this tent for car camping and it's perfect for that. I've even used it in my back yard quite a few times. It's more spacious than most two man tents. It stormed hard on us a couple nights at a campground and we stayed dry and cool in the summer. It's very well-ventilated. Sun shining through the yellow material gives a positive glow while you wipe the cruelties out of your eyes and get up to make coffee. I upgraded my stakes to some MSR because the included stakes were "bendy". Take note you need to use all 13 stakes to set up this tent. Not as fast as a free standing tent with two poles but also, you don't need to attach a rain fly here. It's built in! Love it. Gonna last a long time too. Quality.
Pain in the A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This tent is spacious, attractive, and made with quality materials, however you can't put it up on rock. You MUST use the p cord pulls to anchor into something or your tent will fall. Also, the front cord is directly centered on your exit, making it difficult to get out of the tent.
I had a heck of a time trying to set this up on rocky terrain. God forbid you lose a tent stake.
Do you have a stock of yellow / gray tent as shown in the photo?
Is this tent freestanding?