The North Face Expedition 36

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



Spouse and myself have proudly owned this tent for…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $700


Spouse and myself have proudly owned this tent for six years. We have taken it to every national park west of the Rocky mountains as well as the extremes of Alaska and it has been and continues to be a great tent. It is heavy but pays for itself by withstanding moderate winds, rain, and snow.


  • Well built
  • Well designed
  • Withstands the elements at a base camp on glaciers to warmer camping locations.


  • When the sun comes up it gets very warm inside. With its superb construction it is a little heavier than I would like.

Setup with one person is easy in even the most demanding weather conditions once you have some practice. It is a very stable tent in winter weather conditions from Denali to Adak, Alaska, weather conditions most weather conditions.

Plenty of ventilation keeps the interior from accumulating moisture inside the tent. For prolonged treks, the user will find the regular accumulation of moisture or ice on the inside of the rainfly. Drying time depends on the temperature. The rain fly is waterproof and resists a high wind load when installed properly.

The weight of the tent can easily be split up two or three ways. It will easily support three sleepers.

I studied this tent's specs against all other similar tents and even though this one was pricier than most, I was impressed with what I had read about The North Face Expedition 35. Of the eight other tents I own, this one remains my favorite and has never required any repairs. My wife and I flawlessly clean it after each and every use and carefully repack it in its stuff/compression bag.


I have a TNF expedition 36, it is 3 years old. I have…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: expedition 36
Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: not difficult
Weight: 3 maybe 3.5

I have a TNF expedition 36, it is 3 years old. I have only used the tent several times. Two weeks ago I took my son, a Cub out for a weekend with his pack. Our tent was up and looking good, when we returned from a hike the pole that goes into the fly had fractured, the metal end broke in two pieces, it also ripped my fly. I would like to get it replaced, but am unable to find a contact number. I have camped as far north in this tent as Gries Fiord, the Yukon and Nfld.

I was very pleased with it until this happened, if it had happened last year it could have been a disaster!

I would like a contact number to find out how I can replace this pole.

Paul Burke


I purchased this tent as a mountaineering base-camp…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 4 season, freestanding dome tent.
Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: not really bad, but not really great either.
Weight: around 11 lbs

I purchased this tent as a mountaineering base-camp tent, and for winter camping and canoe camping. For these tasks, it seems like an excellent tent.

PROS: extremely luxurious tent for two; comfortable for three. Beautiful design, cheerful colors, extremely weatherproof and stable in high winds. Very liveable: lots of inside pockets, and excellent ventilation. Efficient floor plan and nice large vestibules that are easy to get in and out of.

CONS: Fiddly to set up; lots of poles everywhere, and it's hard to figure out which poles can be connected first. The weight is reasonable for three people, but two people won't be carrying this tent very far without feeling it.

Overall, an excellent tent, and for its intended purposes, and after spending about 20 days in it so far this summer, I'm very happy with it.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The North Face Expedition 36 is a 3-person, 4-season tent with steep side walls, lots of internal pockets, and excellent ventilation. Designed to promote high to low circulation, the Expedition 36 can travel from hot to cold climates better than other expedition tents that tend to cook you in warmer temps. The Expedition 36 has dual doors and dual vestibules, with a hoop pole on one side that creates additional vestibule space - can you ever have enough 6 Featherlite SL aluminum poles and a color-coded canopy and flysheet webbing make for smooth pitching, while reflective guylines, guyline loops, and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls only add to the convenience. This tent has been cold-crack tested to -60 F.

- Backcountry Outlet

On Sale. Free Shipping. The North Face Expedition 36 Tent (Fall 2006 Discontinued) FREE FOOTPRINT! For a short time only, purchase this tent, add the super cool Footprint (look to the right to see a photo) to your cart and it's yours for free! The Expedition tent by The North Face is ideal for a base camp headquarters, this unique shape and pole sleeve constructionset the standard for wind and snow stability in an expedition tent. The Expedition tent by The North Face features: Capacity: 3+ Average Weight: standard 11 lbs 11 oz (5.30 kg) total 12 lbs 10 oz (5.73 kg) Poles: number 6 diameter 10 mm Stuffed Size: 25in. x 9in. (63 cm x 23 cm) Fabric: canopy 40 denier, 240T nylon ripstop fly 75 denier, 185T polyester ripstop coated with 1500 mm PU floor 70 denier, 210T nylon taffeta coated with 10,000 mm PU Height: 51in. (130cm) Floor: 94in. x 72in. (238cm x 183cm) Area: 48 ft2 (4.5 m2) Vestibule Area: front 15 ft2 (1.4 m2) rear 9 ft2 (0.8 m2) Key Features: Wind-resistant, spacious, three- to four-person expedition tent. DAC Featherlite SL aluminum poles Continuous pole sleeves Taped, nylon taffeta true bucket floor Color-coded canopy and flysheet webbing Internally adjustable zippered vents with mesh screens Dual doors with dual vestibules Durable polyurethane windows, cold-crack tested to -60 degrees F Hoop vestibule pole in front vestibule Multiple guy-points Reflective guyline loops, guylines and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls Fly-only pitching Compatible with TNF #2 Gear Loft Internal pockets Compression stuffsack included

- Moosejaw

The Summit Series Expedition 36 is a wind-resistant, spacious three-to-four person expedition tent.

- Altrec Outdoors

Take the Expedition 36 on your next alpine assault or mountain adventure. It sleeps three and offe

- Snow Leopard Mountain Sports

The North Face Expedition 36 is the newest tent in the Expedition Series line. Made for the most extreme backpacking encounters, the Expedition 36 tent allows backpacking in all conditions. With room enough for three people and enough innovative features

- US Outdoor Store

The North Face Expedition 36


The Expedition 36 has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$492.15 - $579.00

The North Face Expedition 36 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 21, 2007 at

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