User Review: The North Face Rock 32
Price Paid: $170
In my research looking for a 3-person tent it seemed that all the reviews stated that a 3-person tent in actuality is a 2 or 2.5 people - however with the Rock 32 fitting three people is not a problem. Sure, you'll be snug in there with three people and have little room for gear (that's what the TWO vestibules are for anyway), but it really can be 3-person tent.
I compared the Rock 32 directly with the Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3 (literally setting them up side-by-side) and found that the Rock 32 is a better constructed and sturdier design, has more internal mesh pockets, and the included gear loft is perfect.
Also, the Rock 32 has the third pole extending the vestibules height on either side which made it much easier to get in and out and store more gear. Finally, although the Drifter 3 had a little more length (head-to-toe when laying down), the Rock 32 had more width making fitting 3 people doable. Even at 6'0" I still have a (little) room length-wise in the Rock 32.
It's not the lightest 3-person tent out there, but if you're actually using it for three people splitting the weight among them makes it entirely manageable. All-in-all, a quality product that is high value the price.