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.