User Review: The North Face Rock 32
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300 the first time, $125 the 2nd
- 2 doors
- Mesh body
- Spacious for 2 people
- Bear resistant rain fly
- Weight (backpacking)
- Bulk (backpacking)
I love the all mesh top. it's great for those hot summer nights. on nights when it sprinkles a little, it usually doesn't matter because the close-knit screen doesn't really let the water pass through (untill it really starts raining). it's a little on the heavy side for backpacking, but not bad when split between 2 people. the girlfriend and i normally use this for car camping, but i'd love a smaller version to throw in the pack for personal use.
set up is very quick and easy. i can set it up in under 5 minutes, and it easily fits back into the stuff sack with the foot print. you can actually put 2 rain flys in the stuff sack with everything, with no problem. the first time i bought this tent a bear mauled it and the only thing to survive was the rain fly (i still currently use it in defiance of the bear). also, bear attack is not covered under the North Face warrantee, but they did give me 50% off a new tent, so i got the same one again. i like it.
The tent is also sold as a 3-person tent, but like all tents, it's actually usable for 1 less comfortably. construction seems pretty solid, and is waterproof. i've used it in early march in northeast, pa a few times, a 3 day long constant heavy down pour, and a few various other storms and i've stayed very comfortable every time. you can also leave the mesh tent body at home and just attach the poles to the rain fly and the foot print, but this lets the bugs have free roam at you while you rest.
over all i love this tent. it's sturdy, weather resistant, very breathable, and i love tbe 360° view when the rain fly is off. the only downside is the weight, but it is a 3=person tent (2 + gear).