User Review: The North Face Tadpole 23
Design: three-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Very Easy. Color coordinated poles. After setting this up a few times, I can have this up in 2 minutes in the dark.
Price Paid: $179
This tent I would recommend to anyone that is interested in camping/ backpacking. And when i say camping, I do not mean using an air mattress and driving your car into camp and just moving everything from the car to your tent.
After reading some of the reviews from people, I feel that people just don't understand how you should buy a product. Before I buy a product that is normally priced at 199, I will do a lot of research. I bought this tent at 17, and have been using this tent ever since. I spent over 2 months researching tents and fell in love with this tent. I pitched it in the store to make sure I had room to sleep with gear. Along with having head room. I am 6' 2" and about 175 lbs. Most outdoors stores will let you pitch tents in the middle of the store because it draws people in to figure out what all is going down in the middle of the store. People are more likely to buy products if they see other people using them.
I just recently bought the footprint, and this weekend, I tried just the frame and fly. Amazing. Only complaint was that if it was dry, you breathed in dust all night. but that is nature. I signed up for that. I have used this tent 2 times with my friend while backpacking. The first time, there was a foot of snow, and It was perfect for what I needed, fit us both with gear we didnt mind putting in the vestibule. The second time the weather was 50 at night. We just watched the stars by only using the fly and mat and leaving the vestibule open. I have used this by myself and left the fly off to watch the stars. A very nice experience.
My only problem/ biggest suggestion is that if it is very wet out, the bottom may leak a little. If you buy a footprint(mat) you will save yourself a lot of time and aggrivation. It keeps the floor in better condition, and you can also just use the fly and mat for an awesome experience.
But please. Do your research before you buy a tent or any product for that matter. I dont care if you are rich and can afford anything. Why spend money you work hard for on something you are not going to love.