User Review: The North Face Tadpole 23
Price Paid: $170
My husband and I purchased this tent in May 2011 as a two-person, three-season car camping tent (although it's light enough that it could easily serve as a backpacking tent). He also owns a four-season expedition tent by TNF that has held up well over the course of about 10 years, but we wanted something more breathable, lighter, and newer (his was getting a bit musty).
Unfortunately, when we took the tent on its inaugural camping trip to Acadia, Maine, a few weeks later, it leaked badly even though the fly was properly staked out and we had a ground sheet. Some dampness seeped through the floor (although that may be due to a small puddle forming on top of the ground sheet).
More problematically, though, the fly itself leaked. It began dripping on us from above before it even started raining — drops of water from damp trees were enough to start the leaking, which we thought may have just been condensation dripping down from inside. Later, during a brief, 20-minute rainstorm, it began dripping more steadily on our heads and shoulders and it was clear that this was not due to condensation. The fly was leaking heavily.
Maybe this tent was just a dud, but we'd recommend keeping your receipt until you've tried out the tent in a moderate rainstorm. We were disappointed and plan to return ours.