The North Face Apogee 24
Design: mountaineering single-wall
Ease of Setup: very easy
Price Paid: none
Probably the best 2-3 person tent anywhere. Fabric is a 3-ply waterproof breathable, more waterproof and not so breathable. Has some (closable) vents at the top to add necessary ventiliation. The best part of the tent is the ultra-fast setup--no fly to dick with in high winds. Just get the three hoop poles in from the outside, then crawl in and put the two main poles in from the inside. Can be done in total blizzard whiteout conditions no sweat. Very lightweight and simple, I love mine so much that I got two more for backup, and that was a good move--they're no longer made. No problem, I'll be using mine forever.
Design: 4 season alpine
Ease of Setup: moderate
Weight: 5 lbs
Price Paid: $1200 cdn.
This is one of the best tents the North Face has ever produced. It is a single wall tent (integrated vestibule fly) making night-time or snowblind setup easy even though two of the five poles are internal. The structure is totally windproof and (needless to say) waterproof. Handles snow-loading excellently and two people can pack it in about five minutes. I have already pitched it a dozen times, not a problem anywhere. It can probably accomodate three people if necessary or if there is not a lot of gear. This tent cannot be beat for climbing in extreme conditions (freezing rain and 50mph wind) like we found in Banff two weeks ago!
Design: 4 season
Ease of Setup: fair
Price Paid: about 700 US
Just got back from winter mountaineering in Colorado. It did great--not a leak and warm. Great tent, everyone else love it--even the Bibler owners.
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