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The North Face VE 25 Tent: 3-Person 4-Season


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    • Summit Gold/Asphalt Grey, One Size

    5 Reviews


    Very Extreme.

    When conditions get so bad that even the rocks go rolling for cover, hole up in The North Face VE 25 3-Person 4-Season Tent. The VE is a full-on expedition shelter designed for long alpine missions, with a super-solid construction that's built to withstand high winds, heavy snow, and serious exposure. Its classic two-wall design provides killer weatherproofing while keeping things breathable and reasonably fresh when the weather clears, and the PU coatings on the fly and floor stop water from seeping through even prolonged exposure to moisture.

    So you're not climbing over your companions and driving each other nuts during a long stay, The North Face decked the VE out with dual doors, each boasting a bombproof vestibule. High-low venting keeps some fresh air moving through the VE, so it doesn't smell like ski boots and sweaty socks. A PU port window lets you check on the storm, and reflective guylines make sure you won't trip on your tent when you head outside during a quick break in the weather. The guylines are also made from no-stretch Kevlar, the DAC stakes have pull cords for easy battening of the hatches, and there are also fabric snow stakes for security when you're setting up camp in soft snow.

    • Nylon taffeta floor with 10,000mm PU coating
    • Nylon ripstop fly with 1500mm PU coating
    • Polyester no-see-um mesh canopy
    • Dual doors with a poled front vestibule and rear vestibule
    • High-low venting
    • PU port window
    • DAC pull-cord stakes and fabric snow stakes
    • Reflective no-stretch Kevlar guylines
    • Glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls
    • Item #TNF02BC

    Tech Specs

    [fly] 40D nylon, PU coating (1500mm), [body] 40D ripstop nylon, 20D nylon mesh, [floor] 70D nylon, PU coating (10,000mm)
    Wall Type
    DAC aluminum (9mm)
    Pole Attachment
    clip and sleeve
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    [front] 11 sq ft, [rear] 5 sq ft
    high-low venting
    fully sealed
    Gear Loft
    sold separately
    Interior Height
    48 in
    Floor Dimensions
    104 x 85 in
    Floor Space
    48 sq ft
    Packed Size
    24 x 9 in
    Fast-pitch Option
    yes, footprint not included
    Fast-pitch Weight
    6 lb 8.5 oz
    Trail Weight
    9 lb 8 oz
    Packed Weight
    10 lb 5 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, winter camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Not what is used to be: VE-25 tent

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had my VE-25 going on 26 years now. I'm on my 3rd rain fly due to heavy use and material degradation from exposure t high altitude UV's. My tent has been amazing

    Today's current VE-25 is not the same quality tent I purchased 26 years ago. The material has changed and the company has changed. North Face used to stand by (warranty) the whole they don't cover a lifetime for the rain fly which is absurd.

    My 26 year old tent...5 stars.
    Today's North Face and today's VE-25.....3 stars.

    Testing TNF VE 25 (yellow / gray)

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

    I bought this Feb 2018, and set it up twice. The first time was to check it out and get a parts count. The 2nd time was a couple weeks ago, and it's still up. I wanted to test for rain and snow, and the sun remains out. Buy this and it may never snow or rain again ! LOL. This is in the Wht Mts of NH.
    I find the tent very tight, almost too tight to get the 2 main poles in. I also found for me it was a little hard to keep the poles in the grommets when installing them. I plan to make 2 plastic coffee top pole keepers. It comes with 15 stakes. For a total count for all including 4 places with a loop but no guyline you need 21 stakes. The cloth 'Snow Stakes' included are for sand and rocks.

    So far so good.

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

    So far I like it. It's my first TNF tent and my first trip was to my local CCC camp. I managed to set up the tent in time to avoid a fairly heavy rain and it held up nicely. Set up was quick and intuitive. Find the red tape and match them up. Easy peasy. I was a little worried that it would drip considering the Fly was touching the interior wall (where they used to have some sponge thing to prevent this) but it didn't. I'll tie it out a little tighter next time. The deer flies (a june/july sort of problem) were insane so my dog and I were actually forced to spend a considerable amount of time inside it this trip. Very very warm tent. Make sure all the ventilation is open especially in summer and look for a spot in the shade. I got the tent with a very deep discount but it was still very expensive. I'll put it to further use this fall during deer season and again in February for the coyotes. Probably a few trips in-between as well. It's a bit big for a single person and his dog. Could easily fit 2 plus a dog or even a family of 3-4 with small children. I'm 6'4" and have plenty of room to lay down or kneel without touching the wall/roof. The vestibules are convenient. I like the pockets. Very easy to sort things out and keep things handy. Not impressed with the color of the fly, the yellow looks slick and on a mountain top or during deer season is sure to be useful but if TNF could offer a simple forest green fly or maybe even a camouflage fly that would be nice and considerably less intrusive. It packs nicely thanks to the straps on the side of the bag but it's heavy to carry. Not a backpackers tent but it'll easily go on every canoe, dirt bike, snowmobile, or car trip I take. I suppose if you split it up between two people it'd be fine for backpacking. I wish I'd had this when I still had sled dogs and a trap line. So far overall I'm impressed. I hope to get many years of good use out of this tent.

    Good design, but poor warranty

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have owned the VE 25 for many years. Recently the coating on the rain fly failed and became very tacky adhering to itself. I was told by North Face that the Lifetime Warranty does not cover the rain fly on their tents. It is a nice tent for mountaineering, but you might think twice given the warranty exception.

    Good design, but poor warranty

    The Northface is not the company they once were but now more of a fa$hion accessory, but I think we all know that by now since they were sold. I had an older VE24 which I loved until the tent and rain fly started getting sticky, delaminate and all the taped seams failing. Returned it and under their "Lifetime Warranty" was given a gift card / credit for the price of a new one, which I purchased. Way to go TNF; standing behind their products. 4 years later and the rain fly on the new VE25 is becoming sticky and the taped seams completely flaking off; tent body itself is in perfect condition and they've been stored together in a dry garage so I can only assume there's a problem with who ever is making the rain fly for them. I've used the tent maybe 5 nights of car camping (please, no shaming; wife likes comfort) without the fly in good weather and recently for 2 nights during a rain so the fly had seen little if any use (and needless to say it leaked). TNF warranty department said it wouldn't cover the fly due to the way it was store (wet????) which the warranty doesn't cover, yet when I explained that wasn't the case, they then said it's beyond the "life of the product" in terms of the warranty (4 years of light use?). When asked just what IS the life expectancy of the tent they refused to give a straight answer, dodging and weaving with situations that didn't apply to this particular situation. Really, the fly was barely used and it's obvious they've a problem on their hands given the number of people who's experiencing the same problems. Rather than stepping up and doing the right thing, they're brushing it off under the vague guise of a "lifetime warranty" which they can't really define with any type of distinction; it's open ended and defined as it suits them. I was adamant of making my case, stating the facts and pressing them when they offered illogical excuses that didn't apply to this particular situation. Eventually I was allowed a "one time courtesy" and was offered a replacement fly; jeez, how nice of you and so confidence inspiring! I shouldn't have to jump thru all the BS hoops on a $600 plus tent when if fails, nor from a company that helped define much of the outdoor industry at one point in it's life; though apparently not anymore. When you have some cottage industries doing some amazing work, and the likes of Patagonia and Marmot who stand behind their products and warranties AND their customers (A+ in customer service), it'll be the last time TNF sees any $upport from me. Really, wtf?

    The Bomb!...and bomb proof

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Wow what can you say about this tent other than it is just incredible. I use the tent about 3 weeks out the year hiking the national parks and doing a few mountaineering trips. The tent has always performed superbly. Although the tent is rated for 3 people, for 2 people the amount of room you have is unbelievable...near luxurious. My wife and I have plenty of room to sit up and stretch out in this tent. All of our gear (two backpacks, snowshoes, stove, poles, etc) easily fit in the larger vestible. The smaller vestible is useful but definitely smaller. 3 people with gear will fit but it would definitely reduce that luxurious feeling. I've had mine for about 16 years now and it is still going strong. I was a bit apprehensive about the price when I made this purchase, but given the durability of the tent I would say it was well worth the up front cost. We've used the tent doing winter climbs of Mt Harvard/Mt Columbia and other 14ers in Colorado. All I can say is winter bivouacing at 12300ft during a winter storm is not for the faint of heart. Waking up the next morning our tent was nearly buried in snow but the the VE-25 was definitely up for the challenge. Love this tent. The only downsides would be the weight (over 10lbs packed complete) and the breathability. The lack breathability makes it a great alpine tent but for the summer months we use a lighter 3 season tent. Our latest trip was an early November four-day kayaking trip along the Outer Banks/Cape Hatteras National Sea Shore. The tent again held up to the tail end of hurricane season without breaking a sweat...and I didn't have to carry it in a backpack this time. If cool, cold, or extreme frigid temperatures are in the forecast you simply cannot go wrong with this tent.

    The Bomb!...and bomb proof

    Can this tent be set up in the rain without the inside of the tent getting wet - i.e. is the tent material itself water resistant enough to get the tent up and fly on, before it starts letting water through?

    Hey Tania,

    In order to pitch the tent as quickly as possible without rain getting inside, you'll want to also purchase the footprint that is compatible with this tent. That way there's no where for the water to get through. Let me help by emailing me at