Weighing in at less than five pounds, this single-walled tent not only packs light for a two-person outing, but it’s manufactured with a high-tech breathable and tear-resistant Drywall fabric that will keep you and your expedition partner safe from the elements. The canopy and floor are made of 50-denier polyester ripstop, while the floor features a 3000 mm polyurethane water-resistant coating. The rainfly is a 33-denier nylon with a 1500 mm polyurethane/silicone-based coating to slough off dirt, debris, and even gropple. Imagine all the freed-up floor space thanks to the built-in gear loft and body and vestibule hang loops. Two 9 mm DAC Featherlight aluminum poles provide a solid frame. A removable vestibule can be left behind during a summit assault or for lighter travel.

Features:

  • Drywall proprietary single skin
  • Removable 33D siliconated nylon vestibule
  • Drop door with upper mesh zip
  • Reflective Kevlar guylines and glow-in-the-dark zip pulls
  • 4 fabric snow stakes

Specs

Minimum Weight 4 lb 11 oz / 2.14 g
Packed Weight 5 lb 4 oz / 2.38 g
Seasons 4-Season
Sleeping Capacity 2
Floor Area 26 sq ft / 2.4 sq m
Vestibules 1
Vestibule Area 6.8 sq ft / 0.7 sq m
Peak Height 44 in / 111.8 cm

Reviews

2

You must have not experienced any rain. I did. The…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 399 GBP

Summary

You must have not experienced any rain. I did. The tent IS NOT WATERPROOF. All my things inside were soaked. Water poured down inside the tent walls and collected on the floor.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING IT!

Pros

  • Very light

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Hard to set up

This is not an all-season tent. It is NOT waterproof. Few hours rain in summer in Scandinavia was enough to get our sleeping mats, bags, clothes completely soaked.

DON'T WASTE MONEY ON IT, DON'T BUY IT.

FromSagetoSnow

My Mountain Hardware Direkt 2 ia a similar tent but VERY waterproof. Maybe give it a try?


8 months ago
1

Super lightweight tent that is very liveable, and…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought via a "pro deal"

Summary

Super lightweight tent that is very liveable, and weighs under 1.5 kgs without the optional vestibule. It's definitely an alpine tent, but still a great versatile choice for bivvying or lightweight trips.

Pros

  • Incredibly light
  • All the extras are included
  • Good value
  • Tough
  • Good ventilation

Cons

  • Not a all purpose tent
  • Hard to setup
  • NOT WATERPROOF

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I picked up the Assault 2 to replace a MEC TGV 2 that I had purchased. I live in the Canadian Rockies, and do a fair bit of mountaineering, bivying, and winter camping. So far I've used this tent a couple times and as it stands I'm fairly impressed.

Getting the tent set up and taking it down always feels like an eye will be lost. It's getting easier, but jamming the poles into a place is always a big challenge as it requires a lot of pushing, and the extreme tension when releasing it is a little scary. Overall it's really solid once it's in, but it takes a lot of effort and it's impossible to do with gloves or cold hands. This is kinda a big drawback for a cold weather tent. 


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Once the tent is set up it's incredibly roomy considering its weight, especially when it's guyed out well. There is plenty of room for two average adult males. It's felt like I had enough room for my head and feet (5'10"). Compared to the Rab Latok Summit, or the BD Firstlight this guy is way bigger. There is good headroom, and it's easy to move about. The vestibule that's included is optional, but makes gear storage a breeze if you need it.


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There are three ventilation ports that you can operate from inside and one in the door, and they are covered by mosquito netting that I would say is quite unnecessary. There is fourth ventilation port in the door. In the alpine with a gentle breeze they seem to work well enough and the 360° vents make condensation only a minor issue on the upper parts of the tent.

The overall build is solid and weatherproof. The floor is tough enough to take boots, and I can't say I have any concerns about wind performance, though it hasn't been thoroughly tested yet.

The tent is light enough that it makes it worthwhile over a bivvy bag, as it's slightly lighter or the same weight, but way more comfortable.

Subalpine though this tent doesn't perform so well. I've only used it on a fairly chilly night, about 6 or 4 Celsius, but when we woke in the morning the upper part of the tent was soaked. There hadn't been any wind, so the condensation had built up considerably. The whole upper part of the tent was thoroughly soaked. When taking it down droplets went everywhere and I had towel it down after turning it inside out and giving it a good shake.

In the alpine with a light breeze it was terrific. No condensation at all. When the winds kicked up to about 30 km/h the tent didn't seem to notice. We'd guyed the sides down well, and it withstood everything just fine. It was quieter in the wind then many other tents I'd experienced. 

For the small packed weight and size, this tent can't be beat in the alpine. It's definitely a colder, windier weather choice, but that's what it's designed for. 

Edit 8/2016:

Recently I took it out in some decent rain. The tent didn't leak. It seeped. All night long water flowed through the fabric, creating a huge puddle on the floor. By the time I properly woke up in the morning the tent floor was filled with water.  

I looked up the rating on their website and they claimed it was waterproof to 3000mm of pressure. Well apparently that means moderate rain will seep right through. Or my best guess is that someone in the manufacturing process forgot to apply the membrane.

I've contacted warranty about this, and the final rating will be based on the results. 

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review, Tam. Please keep us posted on how the Assault holds up in wind and winter conditions. Got any pics of it out yet?


2 years ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Great pictures, Tam. Thanks for sharing them.


2 years ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the update, Tam. I'm sorry to hear you got wet.


8 months ago
0

Great tent for beginner mountaineers before investing…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $480 Aus

Summary

Great tent for beginner mountaineers before investing in a far more expensive tent. Better used for summits or snow, out of sight of rain.

We backpacked South America. The cold, perfect. Warmer weather, there is not enough ventilation for air to circulate unless front and back are open, but the rain getting in is the next problem.

Use this tent to "assault" a mountain, quick and fast set up and down. Don't expect to live in it in all four seasons in one place for a couple of days. A bare minimum use tent for a backpack to move quickly.

Pros

  • Strength against elements
  • Ample ventilation for cold
  • Easy setup for beginner mountaineers
  • Lightweight, one-person setup

Cons

  • 4-season tent that isn't water tight
  • Too less ventilation for warmer regions
  • Front vestibule doesn't seal on tent entirely

Serious mountaineers, stick to the Mountain 25.

G00SE MODERATOR

Welcome to Trailspace, Stephen. Thanks for the review. I'm not a mountaineer, but if I were a beginner I wouldn't want to drop $480 on a tent that I couldn't use going forward. Can you recommend (possibly review) a tent in the same price range for aspiring mountaineers to consider instead?


3 months ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Stephen! Thanks for sharing your first review with us. I'd also be curious to hear what you think of the Mountain 25 (or other alternative tent) in a review of it.


3 months ago
Stephen clissold

Hi G00SE, this tent is perfect for those entering into the winter and alpine, and have no doubt it would be a great investment for quite a few years for a hobbyist or beginner-intermediate to carry in a small pack, although for those that may want to set up a camp for a few days, such as a high altitude summit, or expedition trekking, it is not ideal, and ideally recommend spending the extra dollars to purchase a North Face Mountain 25, more space, larger ventilation openings on doors, a far more versatile, multi-use tent, larger in sleeping area too. Otherwise for those that go for a weekend to the alpine regions or for a multi-day x/country trek, this is perfection, lightweight, simple, easy to maintain.


3 months ago
Stephen clissold

Hi G00SE, this tent is perfect for those entering into the winter and alpine, and have no doubt it would be a great investment for quite a few years for a hobbyist or beginner-intermediate to carry in a small pack, although for those that may want to set up a camp for a few days, such as a high altitude summit, or expedition trekking, it is not ideal, and ideally recommend spending the extra dollars to purchase a North Face Mountain 25, more space, larger ventilation openings on doors, a far more versatile, multi-use tent, larger in sleeping area too. Otherwise for those that go for a weekend to the alpine regions or for a multi-day x/country trek, this is perfection, lightweight, simple, easy to maintain.


3 months ago
Stephen clissold

Hi Alicia, personally owning a North Face Mountain 25 and North Face Himalayan 47, now that I know the importance of reviewing these products to help aspiring outdoor enthusiasts and development in the industry, I will be reviewing all equipment owned, mainly


3 months ago
Stephen clissold

Mainly North Face equipment due to their quality, and any defects that very rarely occur they are re-assuring to work with in regards to warranty. This tent is a great tent, no doubt about it, but as a mountaineer, this tent is for quicker, shorter treks. Saying that, this tent has been to Antarctica, and did a far better job than I imagine I would have had with my North Face Mountain 25 when setting up in 80-100km/h winds. And was a very sturdy tent, even when in-secured to snow and no water or condensation. Truly a great tent for alpine camping and lightweight for keeping a small load to carry!


3 months ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks, Stephen! It's always helpful to hear from more people about how their specific outdoor equipment worked out. I'll look forward to your other reviews.


3 months ago

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