User Review: The North Face Moraine 23
Design: Three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: It needs some exercise, but once you've got the trick it is easy and fast.
Weight: +/-3.0 kg
Price Paid: 250 euro
(preface: English is not my native language)
The North Face Moraine 23 is a great tent for 2 persons. I bought this tent in 2007. It was at that time not meant for longer hikings: I just bought it because it was affordable and I went camping in France. Later on (due to financial reasons) we used this tent on the GR20 trail (Corsica) September 2008, and we did not regret it.
Tent type/Set up:
The North Face Moraine 23 is a free standing tent type. My husband and I used this tent on the GR20 trail in Corsica in September 2008. The soil is very rocky, and it was easy to ‘pitch’ the tent with stones. It stood like a house.
The tent has 3 aluminium poles. The inner tent needs to be set up first, followed by an easy system to attach the flysheet to it. It takes a little-little bit of exercise to set the tent up because of its special design, but after a while you can manage in about 5 minutes, which was pro because the GR20 has some challenging ‘étappes’.
There was space enough to get my husband (6.06 feet tall) and I in the tent with all the equipment we both use (that means backpack, boots, cooking material,…etc). The vestibule is rather small. That is one of the negative aspects.
One night there was a raging storm with lots of rain. The inner tent stayed completely dry.
(See also at 1min24sec and 1min44sec: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyRft_zz7gs&feature=channel_page )
Another night we dealt with frost. The condensation on the inner side of the flysheet was frozen. That night didn’t give a very refreshing sleep, and it was clear that the tent is indeed a 3-season tent. Don’t understand me wrong: it gave sufficient shelter, but in combination with a sleeping bag of +/- 0 degree (Celsius) comfort and a bad sleeping mat it can ruin your night. My husband who has a highly protecting sleeping bag and good mat had no complaints about this.
Very nice 3-season shelter
Roomy for 2 persons
Free standing tent
Not too expensive
Quiet heavy for longer hikes.
Not very compact due to f.i. the 3 poles.
Almost no vestibule.