The North Face Mountain 24
Price Paid: $260
I've used my North Face Mountain 24 tent several times since purchasing it used.
I was in the Smoky's the week before Thanksgiving with overnight temps of 25-30 degrees in the middle of the mountains backpacking and was plenty warm in the tent. I'm 6'3 and my brother 6'8 shared the tent and fit comfortably.
The vestibules are roomy with enough space for both of our odds and ends. It's rather easy to set up with little fight and will take about 10 mins for the advanced, 15-20 for beginners.
Tent was easy to carry in my pack weighing less than 8.5 lbs. Usually I carry a smaller tent in the summer, but wanted to be sure of a warm night during winter camping.
I recommend this tent for fall/winter/spring backpacking or basecamp for 2 people but no more. I haven't tried it out during the summer yet, but imagine that it'll be kind of hot for 60-70 degree nights.
Design: four season dome
Ease of Setup: 2 out of 5 - fussy poles, hard to get fly on in wind.
Price Paid: $475
This is a very rigid HEAVY - WET - tent that takes a really big packed down spot of snow. The vestibule is huge but fills up with snow if you vent the tent. In a warm storm the non-vestibule end gets wet because if the outer door is open for venting the snow comes in on the inner tent and melts through onto your sleeping bag -- worse in a rain. In cold still nights you'd think "A river runs though it". Nice for summer camping with my wife instead of a "family tent" though.
I have been in two winter storms where I was happy to have it though, even with its problems it is quiet in wind, no flapping. Most often used with a sled so the weight is no problem, but I prefer my Bibler El Dorado. Like most two layer tents it can have really bad condensation problems.
Ease of Setup: easy
Price Paid: $~300
Although heavy, it is bombproof for winter. Tends to hold water after rain. It has withstood heavy wind and all kinds of precip. Played cards and eaten dinner with 5 people in cold and wind while tent was toasty.
I've owned for 10+ years and only repair it has ever needed is seam sealing the floor.
Design: 4-season, free standing, rain fly vestibule requires 2 stakes
Ease of Setup: I can do it in the dark in under 5 minutes.
Weight: at least 8 pounds, it's a monster
Price Paid: $300+
Bought this tent for wilderness boarding school when I was 15, pretty much lived in it for 9 months. Been using it to camp for the last 15 years.
Somewhere along the line I lost one pole and broke another, but it still sets up and stays up, lasted 3 days of consistent thunder storms, pouring rain and hail last summer before it finally started to leak. It's quite roomy and comfortable for 2 adults. I've crammed as many as 4, which I don't recommend outside of an emergency, but 3 is doable if you're all good friends.
I'm ready to trade in for something more light-weight. This thing is a beast to carry especially since now I only really backpack in the summer, but my next tent will definitely be a North Face. Plus this one is still totally serviceable if I do decide I need to camp in the snow. I don't think I've ever gotten such good use out of anything in my life.
Ease of Setup: Easy, quick setup
Weight: 9lbs 7oz total
Price Paid: $360
This tent has proved worthwhile for every backpacking/snowshoeing trip I've encountered. In the winter it handled three feet of snow and strong wind; in the summer I was able to use just the vestibule, foot print, four poles and a few stakes, shaving many pounds off my pack weight.
Design: Modified Dome
Ease of Setup: Easy, not necessarily quick.
Weight: 8 lb 3 oz
Price Paid: $349
This is the most beautiful bombshelter you will ever want to be in, but unless you camp in monsoon season it is definitey not worth the weight. The vestibule is just enough for two packs in front, two pairs of sundowners in the back. And although it does not look like it has much ventilation we never had condensation problems. Excellent tent if you don't care about weight or have a friend who is the "pack mule." Also it is bright yellow in color so bears might think "look at that big pile of honey."
Design: 4 Season High Camp
Ease of Setup: Straightforward if you have 1/2-a-brain
Weight: 8lbs 5oz
Price Paid: $479
If you don't mind "humpin'" this bombshelter it is awesome. I have had mine for 2+ years, it has been on Mount Rainier in 70+ mph winds on more than one occasion, and I have never had so much as an inkling of a problem.
The integrated vestibules have enough room in front to cook in and in back to store your boots and gaitors.
I just got tired of haulin' this beast and sold mine in March to get a Bibler Fitzroy.
Design: 4 season expedition tent
Weight: 3.65 kg
Price Paid: 5000 sek
In snow mixed rain the mountain 24 is a very comfortable tent. I have found this tent ideal for long walks +14 days or more. The footprint is very useful to stop stones and and rocks penetrating the tent floor. The forest green colour of the tent seems not to atract insects so much compared with the standard yellow colour.
Design: 4 season modified dome.
Ease of Setup: Piece of cake.
Weight: 8lbs 4 ounces
Price Paid: 450 canadian
I love my Mountain 24. Well worth the price. And well worth its weight too. I've had it for 2 years now and I have taken it on trips throughout NAmerica during all seasons. I am very impressed; I would definitely buy another one.
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