The North Face Double Headed Toad 44 BX
Price Paid: bought it retail
I backpack short mileage for 3-4 day trips with my wife and two girls, 7 and 9 years old. After a few trips with two 3-person tents, I decided to try the Double Headed Toad to reduce weight and our collective footprint. Although we have only used it on one trip on the AT in Maine, I had to write and tell that it lived up to our needs and expectations.
The tent comfortably slept two adults and two children with plenty of room for gear. It was light enough to haul around on short trips (4-5 mountainous miles), and a much better alternative to carrying two tents. The Toad held back a hard summer rain well, but I am not sure how it would fair in fall or spring without testing it first. It is airy and cool, so probably best suited for summer trips.
The setup is easy and foolproof, and accessibility and gear stash are top notch. Both good things for family trips.
Beware that the Toad has a footprint that may be larger than some designated campsites on the trail. We had some trouble on a tent platform, but still fit it on with a little adjusting. I would also not prefer this tent for 4 full-sized adults, but I like a little extra room. Four smaller adults or a group including children fit very comfortably.
This tent fits our family needs and serves The North Face brand well.
This is not a review but a comment on a previous review. The tent can handle anything but snow. It is OK in cold weather if you and your bag (sleeping) are up for it. The BX at the end just means it came in a TNF box.
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Create your base camp abode with the Double Headed Toad 44 Bx tent by The North Face . A four-person lightweight backpacking design with expedition proven architecture makes this shelter an excellent choice for the whole family. An easy 4-pole set up with a roomy interior makes this tent versatile for on-the-go trekking, or for a longer, domesticated stay at your own Toad Inn.
The North Face's Double Headed Toad 44 Tent is a four-person, four-poled lodge which features two circular doors for easy in/out access. Weighing just 7 lb 9 oz and standing 42 tall, this roomy tent is ideal for trips with children or dogs, and can be broken up to share between three people at a light 2.5lbs each.
- Mountain Gear
Nothing says camping like a double headed toad. This four-person, four-poled lodge features two mirroring circular doors for easy in/out access for all occupants. Weighing just 7lbs, 9oz and standing 42 tall, this roomy tent is ideal for trips with children and dogs, and can be broken up to share between three people at a light 2.5lbs each. Designed with color-coded poles, canopy, fly, and an easy-to-use pitch system, set up and take down is a snap.
- The North Face
The North Face Double Headed Toad 44 tent sleeps 4, has 2 doors and has 2 spacious vestibules to stow excess or wet gear. This much larger version 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 fly fully envelops the tent and vestibule to give the ultimate in weather protection. Sturdy shockcorded DAC PressFit poles are the backbone of this classic expedition proven pole design and they are easy to use with the evolutionary ultralight clip set up system. Set up is even easier with the simple to understand color coded set up system. The Double Headed Toad is a great tent for 4 backpackers or a family who want great ventilation and a reliable, easy to set up tent. And it's even better for 3 backpackers who want more room. Oh My! It has 2 heads!Sleeps 4Main fly and floor seams are factory sealedFull coverage fly completely protects the tent from the weatherHUGE hooped vestibules provide additional storage space (15.7 sq ft ea) 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 - 5 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