User Review: The North Face Cirrus
Design: 3 Season so they say but easily a light 4 season
Ease of Setup: Not as easy as everyone says, but not too hard either
Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz.
Price Paid: $275
This is my fourth tent that I have bought this year. I am just addicted to gear. I have a big four season that I love, but let's face it, you don't always need to haul an eight pound bomb shelter if it's gonna be sunshine and stars. I have a one person that weighs 3 pounds and a bivy at just over a pound, but can't bring those if my girlfriend comes, so I set out for a lighter but durable 2-person summer tent. I settled on the Cirrus.
As a matter of habit, I pitched it the first night I got it in the backyard. Somewhat tedious the first time with the three-pole sleeve design, but I think its strength makes up for that. This thing is sturdy I tell you. Luckily a storm blew in that night and I couldn't resist sleeping in it (plus I got a new bag and that needed testing too). Taped seams on the fly kept the water out. Anytime a company tapes the seams on the fly you know they care about making a good tent. Mountain Hardwear's Room w/ a View is a beautiful tent, but they leave it up to you to tape the seams. Why? Large vestibule is nice for dry enrty/exit and also necessary since the door is excessively large.
Overall I was impressed. I still would prefer my Scorpion for harsh weather but the Cirrus can handle anything. I think this tent should be considered a 4-season tent with the 3-pole design, multiple guy outs, and full coverage taped fly, but because of the door design I think North Face decided to play it safe.
It packed down quite well once I separated the poles. I will definitely enjoy it this summer since the entire top of the tent is no-see-um mesh and excellent for star gazing.
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