User Review: The North Face Tadpole 23
Design: Three-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Very Easy
Price Paid: $149
I bought this tent several years ago and it's had its ups and downs. It is nice that it's freestanding and I haven't had any of the leakage problems that many others have reported despite dozens of trips through all kinds of weather (including light snow).
I have had some quality issues, including a pole that snapped and some seam tears despite taking really good care of my gear. But even that wasn't a big deal since I have gotten a lot of use out of the tent.
The biggest cons for me here are the size. It is barely a 2 person tent, really only suitable for couples since its hard to lay straight in anyways so you will be spooning.
Also, it's kind of bulky when packed despite its moderate weight. It's kept me dry, but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.