User Review: The North Face Bedrock 55
Ease of Setup: hahahahaha - a joke!
Great looking tent and plenty of room for 3 or 4. Stayed dry inside last year in a week of heavy rain and wind.
BUT.....putting the tent up is fiddly. The inner goes up fine with no problems, but the fly sheet is a bastid. Vestibule pole is really hard to put through the sleeve, and then it's pain in the rear attaching it to the inner tent - in hot weather you end up getting wet from sweat while under the fly trying to attach it, with that nice sticky fly inner draping over your head, then in wet and windy weather it's a pig as you have to duck and dive under the wet fly trying to secure it before throwing the rest over the tent. Not easy, not fun.
AND....to really pi55 me off...this year we went to put the tent up, again in wind and rain, and found that over the course of 12 months, in dry storage, having been put away dry, all of the shockcord in the poles had deteriorated and become string...about 3 feet longer than needed. Buggered around for ages shortening it all to hold the poles together, then finally got the inner up fine, got the fly over, went to just straighten the fly up and "PING"...one of the yellow alloy poles snapped at the top of the tent. Removed the fly - luckily no damage to the fly, but did make a small hole in the sleeve. Took all the poles out in disgust, chucked the tent in its bag, and me and my lad shared a Coleman Avior X2, my wife and one kid slept in the minibus, and my other 2 kids slept in friends' tent.
The pole snapped at the point where the end ferrel finishes and joins into the pole. On checking all the other poles I found another had a longitudinal crack in exactly the same place. None of the poles had been over-bent and there is no reason for the failure other than poor construction - I suspect the load bearing section of the inner ferrel is too short and possibly the interference fit is too tight which has led to the pole tube being stretched too much.
This experience has really put me off TNF. While I'm kind of fond of this tent, I get the impression that TNF are selling over-priced cheaply made stuff off the back of their good reputation for expedition stuff. I certainly will NOT be buying another TNF tent that is made in Kprea and finished in China - it would surely be no better than any other cheaper tent!
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