The North Face Bullfrog 23
Design: 3-season tadpole-style
Ease of Setup: can do it alone; 2 is ideal
Price Paid: USD 404.78
very 2-person tent for asian sizes, with some room at the sides to store gear within the tent. may even accommodate 3 for those really cold nights!
floor area of vestibule is huge! can even cook while the bags are still there. need to practice crouching while exiting the tent in order to avoid catching the vestibule against your back.
no-see-um mesh blocks some of the water if they get through the rainfly.
door really opens wide!
windows are a great plus!
so far, holds well in wind, assuming proper pitching alignment.
hopefully they added a third mesh pouch at the top of the interior. pitching it without the rainfly contacting the body may require a little change in pitching when it comes to using the grommets and pegs. speaking of pegs, they bend rather easily, so careful when stepping on them or hitting them with rocks when pitching.
shape of compression pouch is impractical when used to pack the tent in a backpack: get a more squarish pouch or plastic bag for this.
Ease of Setup: poles can be a bit hard to get into loops at first
Price Paid: $200
I bought this tent in Canada a couple of years ago and it has been terrific. Stands up well to snow and rain with plenty of ventilation. Adequate vestibule and enough room for two with room to spare. Overall a great tent for those looking for light weight and good workmanship. It's a pity they stopped making them, as they are one of the roomiest small tents around.
Design: Three Season, free standing
Ease of Setup: Good
Weight: 4.5 lb approx
Price Paid: About $239
I owned this tent for about eight months and it provided excellent North Face Quality...sturdy and waterproof. I used it in some parks in Wyoming.
I gave it to my teenage son because I didn't like having to turn around after getting into the tent. This was especially problematic when another was inside already. I purchased a side entrance style with two entrances. Much easier to get in and out of in the middle of the night. It's like having your own room. Thanks.
Design: 3 season
Ease of Setup: No hitch-pitch easy if poles inserted, more difficult when you must thread the poles through the loops.
Weight: 4.8 lbs
Price Paid: $225
Similar to North Face Lunarlight and Starfire -- Bullfrog not in production anymore. Tremendous ventilation with mesh on all four sides, also helps keep condensation low with fly on. Many tie downs available with fly combined with low design promote great stability even in high winds. Fabric is strong (I have used in 12 deg F).
No hitch pitch difficult to thread poles in correct spots. However, when poles threaded, easy to take down and pack up with poles still inserted. Extremely quick setup in dark or rain when poles already inserted.
Plenty of room in larger two-person tent, low weight for long backpacking trips. Rate an 8 out of 10.
Ease of Setup: Moderate. Pole sleeves are discontinuous, so threading poles requires several efforts for all three poles.
Weight: 7# w/tent; 3.5# w/o
Price Paid: $200
Pros: The fly is free-standing even without the tent body, so you can take just the poles and fly for ultra-light camping. Good headroom and built-in vestibule. Three loops inside for a gear sling. Has excellent ventilation, yet has never leaked. Roomy for 2 people.
Cons: Can be annoyingly hard to set up, due to discontinuous and similar-looking pole sleeves. The main hoop also kinked permanently when the tent was hit by a huge storm downdraft (it still works, though). Can be breezy in high winds. Cramped in the foot area for two bags.
Sleeps: 2 with extra space
Ease of Setup: wonderful in all conditions
Weight: around 6 pounds
Price Paid: around $200 in the 1980s
Wonderful, I used it once a month and on two expeditions through my scouting experiences. It has always been there for me and has never let me down. With a warm sleeping bag you can use this tent for mild winter conditions.
Design: dome tent
Ease of Setup: easy
Price Paid: $350
Purchased used for $100 and could not be happier. The tent held up in snow, rain and ice for a 2.5 month trip to the Rockies. Had footprint which helped as well.
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