The North Face Big Fat Frog 24

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

The design team at The North Face overhauled their Tadpole 23 tent, revamped it for more space to accommodate two campers with additional storage space, and gave it the notable name of Big Fat Frog 24. Its distinct frog shape gives this three-season tent a forward-facing vestibule with a 3.5-foot tall reach, offering an area to change clothing and organize gear. A full-mesh canopy gives camper’s the option of leaving the fly off in torrid temperatures for maximum ventilation, or setting up just the fly with poles and footprint (sold separately) for a minimalist excursion. The lightweight, color-coded DAC Press-Fit poles, pole sleeves, and clip-pitch system ensure a sturdy frame that assembles in just minutes. A fully taped floor prevents moisture from encroaching in your outdoor sleeping space.


  • Redesigned with a poled vestibule and a compact, weather-resistant design
  • Color-coded pitch system includes poles, canopy, and fly
  • Break-resistant DAC Featherlite aluminum poles with Press-Fit connects
  • Gear shelf and overhead pockets for stowing headlamp and small essentials
  • Several gear loops 
  • Fly-only pitching


Minimum Weight 6 lb 7 oz / 2919 g
Seasons 3-Season
Sleeping Capacity 2
Doors 1
Floor Length 90.5 in / 230 cm
Floor Width 50.5 in / 128 cm
Floor Area 31 sq ft / 4.4 sq m
Vestibules 1
Vestibule Area 14.5 sq ft / sq m
Peak Height 42.5 in / 108 cm



My wife and I received this as a wedding gift and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: Gift

My wife and I received this as a wedding gift and were a bit skeptical at first since it was a bigger tent and we wanted something smaller for backpacking. But it doe not disappoint!

With an added compression sack, it actually becomes rather small and is not all that heavy for a multi-person tent. We have used it around a dozen times, perfect on clear and beautiful summer nights you can sleep under the stars and see them all!

With the bivy on, it is wonderfully waterproof as we tested on a crazy rainstorm night up a local canyon. It also stood up to a 3 inch snowstorm (that we had no idea was coming) while we were in the Wasatch range. No condensation on our end.

I love this tent also because the bivy creates a faux porch which is great for storing gear/shoes out of the elements, but not in your tent.

Would definitely recommend it.


I have used my new Big Fat Frog several times now…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $189

I have used my new Big Fat Frog several times now since purchase. I camp at least once a month and replaced my tent of 10 years with the Big Fat Frog.

Pros: The tent is very easy to put up and has stood up to some pretty terrific rain storms. I was completely dry during these storms.

The vestibule area is something special with a terrific amount of room for lots of gear. I have even cooked inside of it during a heavy storm.

The full mesh tent is great without the fly during nice weather. I plan to get the footprint so I can use the fly only setup. Lots and lots of room inside the tent too.

Cons: Advertised as free standing. Tent is indeed free standing but the fly/vestibule requires staking out to be used.

Does not seem to ventilate as well as I hoped. Never suffered condensation though so some ventilation must be taking place.

Manufacturer's Description

Visit The North Face's Big Fat Frog 24 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Big Fat Frog 24 Tent is a roomy 3-season tent. This oversized version of the infamous Tadpole 23 features a cavernous, poled, front, vestibule that reaches 42.5 tall, plenty of space for two adult campers, and some storage. DAC Press-Fit(TM) poles Lightweight, easy-to-use clip pitch system Comprehensive color-coded pitch system includes poles, canopy and fly Fully taped bathtub floor and full-zip doors Convenient overhead pockets stow headlamps and fragile items Full mesh canopy for comfort and ventilation Huge poled vestibule with shelf for keeping gear dry Abundant gear loops Fly-only pitching

- OMCgear

The North Face Big Fat Frog 24 TentThe North Face Big Fat Frog 24 Tent is a model camping companion as you go exploring into the wilderness. Its DAC Pressfit poles are lightweight and ensure the stability of your shelter, even in windy conditions. The clip-pitch system makes the whole process of setting up, easier and hassle-free. You can use the overhead pockets to stash away your essentials. Get cross-ventilation and prevent humidity, thanks to this tent's mesh canopy. This feature also lets you have a great view of the starry sky at night. With its poled vestibules, you can ensure that your gear is stored in a compact manner. So get The North Face Big Fat Frog 24 Tent to experience the feeling of being at home away from home, while enjoying the wonders and thrills that nature has to offer!

- SunnySports

The North Face Big Fat Frog 24 tent sleeps 2 and has a very large poled vestibule to stow a lot of excess or wet gear. This variation of a classic backpacking tent design also features roof and walls that are 100% no-see-um mesh so breezes get in but bugs don't. The full coverage fly fully envelops the tent and hooped vestibule to give the ultimate in weather protection. Sturdy shockcorded DAC PressFit poles are the backbone of this classic design and they are easy to use with the revolutionary ultralight clip set up system. Set up is even easier with the simple to understand color coded set up system. The Big Fat Frog offers room to sleep, room for storage, great weather protection and great ventilation. How good is that?Sleeps 2Main fly and floor seams are factory sealedFull coverage fly completely protects the tent from the weatherHUGE front hooped vestibule provides additional storage space (14.3 sq ft) Classic designDAC PressFit aluminum poles are lightweight and reliableUltralight all clip system is lighter and easier to use than conventional clipsFreestanding design is stable and easy to set upBathtub floor wraps up the sides and keeps you dry1 large circular doorAll mesh design is great for ventilation and stargazingColor coded pitch system for fast set upGear pockets and gear loops make organization and stuff stashing easyPost and grommet for easy set upAll carry sacks and stakes includedFast Pack Weight - 4 lbs 11 oz - leave the tent body home, bring the poles, fly and optional fitted footprint to create an ultralight shelterIncludes convenient flashlight loop on the ceilingGuy out points for stability in windFire retardantImport.

- Campmor

It's big, it's fat, and it looks like a frog. The North Face's shapely, two-person Big Fat Frog 24 Tent features a cavernous poled vestibule that reaches 42.5 tall with space for two adult campers, and some storage. Lightweight design includes color-coded poles, a fully taped bathtub floor and a large, full zip door on the front for easy access.

- Mountain Gear

The North Face Big Fat Frog 24


The North Face Big Fat Frog 24 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 31, 2014 at OMCgear.

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