User Review: The North Face Bedrock 55
Design: 3-season dome can free stand
Ease of Setup: One person can very easy with two
Weight: approx 14 lbs. not a back packing tent unless you slpit it up and used the full capacity
Price Paid: $250+/-
I think I may have gotten one of the last production models in the U.S., It sounds like it may still be available in Europe. I've had the tent for over three years and purchased it for car camping. Usually I really research a purchase of this size but trusted it to be a good quality tent coming from North Face. Had I read reviews ahead of time I would not have ever purchased this tent and I have to say I would have missed out on a really nice tent.
I've spent more nights in it in the rain than not and it is one of the driest tents I've ever owned. I've been camping and sleeping in tents a long time. I recall when a floor in a tent was a novelty. I've read complaints about the vestubules being too large and what would you ever use it for. I'm not as flexible as I used to be and I have to say I really like the ease of getting in and out of this tent.
Water can drip in off the brow through the mesh so you do have to be carefull how far you open the vent in rainy weather. The brow pole sleeve on mine has the PVC out so even though it is snug, it does slid fairly easily. I did seam seal my tent before use but only once in three years, I think the only tent I never seam sealed cost me $14 at K-Mart 25 years ago and it still doesn't leak today.
Anyhow it seems the Bedrock 55 got itself a lot of bad reviews and maybe the earlier productions models deserved said reviews but my tent apparently had the concerns addressed, and yes it did come with all the guys cords and enough stakes. I've been out it some failry windy conditions and have never fully needed to guy it down. I haven't had it in desert conditions so can't speak to sand or dust blowing up under the fly but my exerience has been that nylon tents can't get enough ventilation so I wouldn't trade it away any of the mesh.
I like the fact that I can set it up with the footpring and fly. I would never really seriously consider it a backpacking tent but suppose you could split it up for five people and the weight might be tolerable but why. Really comfortable for a base type camp tent.
Overall I'm very happy with this tent maybe if you are buying used you should look for the later model. Everybody is different I've had tents that are supposed to be great that cost hundreds of dollars that aren't as relaible as my cheapy K-Mart model so go figure and good luck. I hate to get out there and get wet but it's still better than being cooped up inside. A wet camping trip is still better than a dry day in the office.
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