The North Face Particle 13
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $50
Fast easy pitch, one person palace. Plenty of room for gear in the vestibule, decent venting.
- Strong pole design, quick setup
- Color-coded idiot proof poles and tabs
- Well ventilated for most conditions
- Tall enough for people up to 6'4"
- Heavy for my taste for a one-man solo shelter
- After extended periods fly wants to wet out
- Fly door zipper snags easily
Have spent quite a bit of time in this tent, usually as a basecamp tent for climbing trips. Spent a week in Red River Gorge, four days ice climbing in Hyalite, camping in the Rockies and all around Montana, Kentucky, Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah.
Plenty of dry gear storage not only in the vestibule but in the tent. I was able to keep three different jackets, several gallons of water, headlamps, books, etc inside the tent body, using my climbing pack as a pillow, and a full base camp duffel of clothes, toiletries, water filter, and sundries in the vestibule.
On a two-day trip to a hot spring in Idaho, we had quite a bit of rain, wintry mix, and snow and after a good two days of that the fly started to wet out and cling to the mesh walls, but only the breathability was affected; water never made it into the tent body.
All in all I've been pretty happy with this shelter, but I've since found a lighter option, although, alas, not as roomy. Excellent tent, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Design: 3 season 1 person shelter
Ease of Setup: very easy, even in high winds
Weight: under 4 pounds. including tyvek sheet
I recently used this excellent tent in a weeklong trek in Yosemite. Easy to set up and pack, light and sturdy. a little cramped during rain, but dry and warm.
Ventilation was ok, somewhat stuffy when the rainfly was on, but no condensation. Little details help such as the hanging loops and glow-in-the-dark tabs. I'd buy it again. Looking for the footprint but can't find it in the catalogs. I'll keep using my tyvek sheet. Other reviews emphasize setting it up with feet into the wind - I'd agree it would be more stable.
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The Particle is a lightweight one-person tent with a silicone flysheet for packability and water repellency, ideal for adventurers who value performance and efficiency.
- Altrec Outdoors
Features: The Particle 13 Tent by The North Face is a freestanding, lightweight, roomy, one-person tent with silicone flysheet. DAC The Particle 13 Tent by The North Face has featherlite aluminum poles Silicone flysheet Continuous pole sleeves Taped, nylon taffeta true bucket floor Freestanding design with side vestibule Color-coded flysheet attachments High low air circulation through mesh panels and door D-shaped door Multiple guy points Reflective guyline loops and zipper cording Fly-only pitching Internal pockets and hang loops Compression stuffsack included Specs: Capacity: 1+ Avg. Weight: [trail] 3 lbs 11 oz (1.67 kg) [total] 4 lbs 2 oz (1.88 kg) Poles: [number] 3 [diameter] 8.84 mm Stuffed Size: 24in. x 6in. (60 cm x 15 cm) Fabric: [canopy] 40 denier, 240T nylon ripstop [fly] 33 denier, 244T nylon with silicone DWR and 1500 mm PU [floor] 70 denier, 210T nylon taffeta coated with 5500 mm PU Area: 16 ft2 (0.7 m2) Vestibule Area: [front] 4 ft2 (0.4 m2
The North Face Particle 13 single-person three-season tent designed for fast, light backpacking.
- Backcountry Outlet
The Particle is a lightweight one-person tent with a silicone flysheet for packability and water repellency; ideal for adventurers who value performance and efficiency. Features: Color-coded flysheet attachments Compression stuffsack included Continuous pole sleeves DAC Featherlite aluminum poles D-shaped door Fly-only pitching Freestanding design with side vestibule Freestanding; lightweight; roomy; one-person tent with silicone flysheet High low air circulation through mesh panels and door Internal pockets and hang loops Multiple guy points Reflective guyline loops and zipper cording Silicone flysheet Taped; nylon taffeta true bucket floor Particle 13 Specs: Capacity: 1 + Average Trail Weight: 3 lbs 11 oz / 1.67 kg Average Total Weight: 4 lbs 2 oz / 1.88 kg Number of Poles: 3 Pole Diameter: 8.84 mm Stuffed Size: 24' x 6' / 60 x 15 cm Fly Fabric: 33 denier; 244T nylon with silicone DWR and 1500 mm PU Canopy Fabric: 40 denier; 240T nylon ripstop Floor Fabric: 70 denier; 210T nylon taffeta coated with 5500 mm PU Area: 16 ft / 0.7 m Front Vestibule Area: 4 ft / 0.4 m Rear Vestibule Area: N/A Bathtub Tent Floor Info: Bathtub tent floors provide waterproof ground coverage with a seamless floor in contact with the ground; so that no water can creep through minute seam holes. Wings help to pull the walls taut and keep them that way through any weather.
- Snow Leopard Mountain Sports