User Review: The North Face Rock 22
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120
The perfect tent — fast, easy setup, perfectly weather tight yet cool in hot, steamy summers, and smartly designed in every detail. Has features typical of high-end tents at a relatively entry-level price.
- Absolutely leak-proof
- Easy setup
- Built-in gear loft
- Full mesh
- The door zipper can jam if you haven't pitched it tight.
Got this tent because I was tired of sweating it out in hot, steamy, Southeast US camping trips. Fits the bill with full mesh interior and good spacing from the fly for best ventilation. Also makes the tent completely leak-proof, even in horizontal, driving rains.
Full-clip set up lets you camp with just the fly and footprint for ultra-light camping (although, admittedly, it's a two-man, three pole tent, so even "ultralight" is not the lightest on the market). Same feature also lets you take down and fold the tent, dry, while it's raining, leaving only your fly wet.
In terms of space, the tent is adequate. There is a built-in, adjustable height gear loft overhead, and pockets on the sides. Gear loft does cut into headroom. Not a problem for me at 5'9", but might be an issue for taller users.
There are doors on both sides, with vestibules for each, but the vestibules are small. They'll fit a pair of boots, but not a pack. Also, the zipper for the vestibule entrance faces up. Advantage is, you can sit in the door, unzip the vestibule, and simply stand up to exit the tent. Disadvantage is, in active rain, you can unzip the tent and get a lapful of rain. This can be avoided, but it does limit the usability of the vestibule space in wet weather, somewhat defeating the purpose of a vestibule. I find I tend to use one side for a door, and the other side for storage.
In terms of stowage, I've never had a piece of gear fit its stuff sack more perfectly. It slips into the bag, and the bag sits nicely in my pack.
I've used this tent as a Scout leader and for family camping, on trips in the Southeast of the US, where this officially three-season tent works perfectly all year long. In the north and mountains, it would probably be a true three-season performer.