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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, sweaty socks, and freeze-dried mac 'n' cheese farts. 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
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- Q & A
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 feint 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.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org