The North Face Heron 33
Just got back from two weeks car camping in this tent…
Design: Three season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Set up is a snap
Weight: Full pack 6.3 lbs.
Price Paid: $248
Just got back from two weeks car camping in this tent through North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Yellowstone. Some chilly nights (low 30), some rain, some strong gusty winds. This tent is the bomb for two adults...don't buy it for three unless it is for kids.
Two large mesh doors, each with its own vestibule, provide excellent exit/entry for each camper and easy access to plenty of fly covered space outside for gear, boots, etc. Great fly keeps things cozy, dry, and warm on worst nights, and is quiet in gusty winds if properly staked out. Lots of "noseeums" mesh for the warm nights with very good cross ventilation. Also has covered mesh vents in top of fly if needed. Suggest you buy the factory footprint.
Very easy to set up tent, fly, and footprint in less than five minutes. Very good pole design...simple, light, and strong. We used two XL Luxury Camp Thermarest pads and they fit perfectly in this tent with no room to spare (they measured 30"x77" each)...think queen size bed.
With good bags you could easily do cold nights without any problems. We were using Marmot Trestle 15's and were very comfortable on 30 degree nights in just our jockies and T's. I believe the Heron 33 added much of the warmth due to its design and material, yet works well on hot nights too with adjustments noted above. If you happen to snag a zipper, just pull the fabric perpendicular from the zipper and it pops free without any damage. Zipper pulls are glow in the dark...very nice touch.
This is not a stand up tent if that's what you need. Sitting up is fine, but it is designed to crawl into and read or sleep. Packs tight and light for its size. Excellent workmanship and materials. Highly recommend.
Here's what other sites are saying:
An ideal 3-person tent for camping and backpacking, the Heron 33 from The North Face is designed for maximum usable space. This tent offers quick set-up thanks to the Fusion Pitch System, super ventilation, water repelling and exceptional durability fit for all of your backcountry adventures.
- Mountain Gear
The Heron 33 is a three-person tent using a unique pole/hub configuration that provides the maximum useable space without compromising stability.
- Rocky Mountain Trail
Description of The North Face Heron 23 Tent Pack in farther and easier with The North Face Heron 33 tent. At a weight of 5lb 15oz The North Face Heron 33 tent is a lightweight and easily packable three-person, three-season backpacking tent. The Heron’s re
- US Outdoor Store
On Sale. Free Shipping. The North Face Heron 33 Tent (Fall 2008 Discontinued) Specifications: [Capacity] 3 [Weight] trail: 5 lbs 15 oz (2.69 kg) total: 6 lbs 5 oz (2.85 kg) [Poles] number: 3 diameter: 11.1 mm, 9.8 mm, 8.84 mm [Stuffed Size] 22in. x 7in. (57 cm x 18 cm) [Fabric] canopy: 40 denier, 240T nylon ripstop; fly: 33 denier, 244T nylon with silicone and 1500 mm PU; floor: 70 denier, 210T nylon taffeta coated with 5000 mm PU [Area] 37 ft2 (3.4 m2) [Vestibule Area] front: 14 ft2 (1.3 m2) rear: 14 ft2 (1.3 m2)Features: DAC reverse-combi pole system with aluminum hubs Silicone-treated flysheet Ultralight MicroClip Fully taped floor Freestanding design with two vestibules Brow poles to create additional vestibule space Color-coded flysheet attachment High-low venting Two stowable full-zip doors Reflective guyline poles and zipper cording Fly-only pitching Internal pockets and hang loops Compatible with The North Face #2 Gear Loft Compression stuffsack includedThis product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
Mesh ceiling, front, and rear door panels in The North Face Heron 33 3-Person 3-Season Tent help you and two of your camping buddies breathe fresh air all night when the weather's mild. When the weather isn't so mild, the DWR finish on the Heron 33 Tent's fly blocks moisture so you stay dry. The Heron 33's innovative DAC reverse-combi pole system features a different diameter of metal in different areas of the pole. This, along with the unique pole and hub configuration, changes the tension and alters the arc of the poles, which allows for steeper walls, greater headroom, and maximum use of space. The Heron 33's front and rear vestibules offer extra room to store muddy gear and packs.