User Review: The North Face Mountain 25
Ease of Setup: Very easy after a few practice runs.
Weight: About 8.5 pounds
Price Paid: $99
I bought this tent at an REI garage sale for $99. I thought to myself for that price I had better set it up. I took it out and set it up. It was like brand new. The only problem was the window on the rainfly was almost completely detached. I took it to my local North Face store and they repaired it and shipped it back to me for free (under warranty) even though I got it used.
I just used it for the first time in the Colorado Rockies. I took it even though it was still summer. I camped at a lake at 11,897 feet. Close to treeline. At first I thought it would be too hot so I took my new REI Half Dome tent as backup.
As we hit camp the sky got really dark and nasty. We got our tents set up just in time for the rain. It rained off and on all that night and into the next day. Even though we where 4 wheeling in, each person took their own 2 person tents. I am glad I took this North Face tent. It saved my bottom. It rained so hard that all of my friends' tents got some water in under the vestibules. My tent got no water in and kept me dry and warm.
I also had more room than any of my other 2 person tents. I am 6 foot 2 inches and weigh 250 lbs. Each morning we woke ujp to frost on our tents and I was the only one with a dry sleeping bag and gear as the others had 3 season mostly mesh tents and the condensation got them.
I have to give kudos to TNF for making a bomb proof shelter. Now I can't wait to use this tent in the winter in the Rocky Mountains. My nephew and I are already planning trips above treeline, based around this tent. Can't wait to abuse it and test it's abilities.
Although I got this tent for $99 (like winning the Lotto) I would highly recommend this tent and even at full price it is worth it due to the quality and durability TNF put into this tent. Just think, your life may depend on it in bad situations. Don't skimp on your gear.
FYI, I did find the footprint at an REI store and it is a must-have. It kept water and mud off my tent floor.