User Review: The North Face Cirrus
Design: 3 season, free standing
Sleeps: 1+ (2 if you're close friends)
Ease of Setup: 3 minute set up, includes the footprint
Weight: about 6 lbs (with footprint)
Price Paid: $199
I've had this tent over a year now. It's phenomenal. Factory-taped seams keep the tent interior dry. Seam-seal the velcro seams and the zippers on the fly and you'll have one waterproof, bombproof tent. I use it in the Pacific Northwest (which means, constant rain) and even the stuff in the vestibule stays dry. Set-up is a breeze even in the dark because all the poles are the same length and there are poles sleeves--no silly little clips to thread the poles through. Steep walls mean you can use every bit of the floor space and there's plenty of room to sit upright. Ventilation is so good, you forget it's an issue.
In really cold weather, the lightweight tent fabric means this tent may be a bit chilly. Wear another pair of socks or snuggle up to your tentmate.
Cirrus (and its sisters Nimbus and Cumulus) is admittedly a bit heavier than other tents, but folded pole length is shorter, and the diameter of the pack is skinnier than many tents, so it's easy to strap to the sides of your pack.
Pound for pound and dollar for dollar, this is one of the best tents you can buy.