User Review: The North Face Tadpole 23
Source: received it as a personal gift
Love this tent! Proper storage is vital.
- Easy to pitch
- Warm and dry in the cold
- Airy in the summer
- Rain fly needs special care
My tent has proved cool in the summer, warm in the cold, and dry in the rain. It's easy to pitch and once up, has pockets that are easy to access without having to squat down and crawl inside.
However, after several years the rain fly is now useless — eliminating the warm and dry factors of my beloved tent. My understanding is that the deterioration is a result of mold/mildew and storing it incorrectly. When not in use, keep the tent in an interior, dry closet, and do not roll it up or put it back in its bag. Lightly fold it, making sure it is completely dry and dirt free first.
I have not been able to replace the fly to test this, but I wonder if those who have not had a problem with deterioration can speak to it?