The North Face Him 35
Design: 4 season
Ease of Setup: very easy set up
Weight: no problems setting the set up at all
Price Paid: $375 shipped
After camping in the North Face VE 25 (nice tent), I decided to try out the HIM 35 from NF. This tent is such a well planned out and built tent. I am very impressed with the overall design.
The main door is about 7" taller than the VE 25. The HIM 35 has much better ventilation than the VE 25. The front vestibule is large allowing easier access in and out of the tent for us older campers than the VE 25. I am also very impressed with the new lift technology really seems to make for a rock solid tent.
I have had this tent in very strong winds, actually a tornado touched down less than 20 miles from where I was camped. The HIM 35 felt very solid and secure through out the whole storm, very comforting tent when mother nature unleashes the worst of weather conditions.
Price Paid: $350 - outlet
I have had this tent now for about 6 months and love it. I tried the Mountain 25 and immediately returned it after setting it up in my garage. Just too small. I like winter camping and need the extra gear room plus extra height so I can change FAST in sub zero weather.
Ventilation options are great once you learn them. There are so many flaps and zippers, I couldn't imaging any time when you couldn't get perfect airflow. I had 2 weekends in January and each got into single digits at night. By the end of the 2nd weekend, my inside was frost free.
Setting it up is... OK. After about 15 times, I really have it down and I mark things myself with colored cable ties. The instructions stink and you cannot find tips anywhere on the internet. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
If I had it to do all over again, I'd buy this thing 10 times over. Great storage, vestibule rocks, very sound and tight when setup and just a comfort knowing it'll take most of what weather will dish out.
Update: November 24, 2011
1st- It's yellow which may help a little but mostly, it has so may ventilation options and the fly is
also so well vented, I can configure it to catch most any breeze yet know I am also ready should Mother Nature do what Mother Nature does best - Test You!
The one thing I did need to change was add a little extra cord to the fly's mid-tent stake out. It is too short to pull it out away from the tent and still stake. Just bring 3 feet of parachute cord and you’re good.
Also, the tent has a rain skirt around the vestibule area (great touch) that I tuck in and up so I get can airflow even through these areas.
One thing I did notice more in summer was how short the tent is. I'm only 5'8" but got a great deal on an EXPED Synmat 9LW (long and wide). It's 77.5" long and just fits. I guess I still harbor old camping fears of touching the sides of the canvas tents in rain so it shouldn't matter in current, double walled tents. Maybe I never noticed it in all my winter camping because I have so many layers under me that I just assumed I'd be wall to wall.
So, so far, it has proved well ventilated and comfortable in 10 below zero to 92 above PLUS I get the added benefit of knowing it will take a ton of Mom Nature's excitement. I really don't know why North Face discontinued it.
Design: 4 season freestanding w/ 2 vestible
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 10 lb
Price Paid: 600 bucks & worth it
Very good design and ease of use. Interior vents and mesh and glow in the dark zipper pulls. Front vestibule is like a living room, rear is a back porch. Snow flaps on vestibules keep rain and dew out. Fly only pitch with footprint.
A most comfortable tent for two people and gear. Three would be cozy. I think of this as a two person and gear tent. A nice shelter. Not something to carry, it is heavy. But worth it at basecamp. More on this later.
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