User Review: The North Face Tadpole 23
Source: borrowed it
This reasonably weighted backpacking tent is great for room, visibility, and ease of use. If this tent is at the higher end of your price range, I recommend buying it. However, if this tent is at the low or medium end of your price range and if weight is a major concern, consider purchasing something more expensive.
- Good space vs weight
- ... but not ultralight
Setup: Setup is easy as far as footpring, poles, fly, and stakes are concerned. Also one of the better freestanding tents as far as that goes. Without stakes the pole do a good job of keeping the tent in place and the overall design makes cleaning very easy - just pick it up and shake it out while it's still assembled!
Stability: It pitches very tautly. Not a lot of experience in the snow but it handled wind and outside moisture well.
Weather resistance: With some care to prevent inside condensation, the tent handled moisture well. I've never subjected it to sustained assault from water, however.
Ventilation: The tent has great ventilation without the rain fly.
Room & storage: I'm six feet tall and shared the tent with a partner. I found the tent to be fairly roomy for the weight. There was decent room for our bodies without being smashed together as well as a decent amount of gear and clothing.
Packability: Great packability.
Ease of use: The tent is fairly straightforward without a lot of gimmicks, which is something I appreciate.
Features: One of the better freestanding designs I've seen in so far as it kept good tension even unstaked.
Construction and durability: The durability of this tent is good given its weight, it could be more durable, but will hold up under responsible use.
Conditions: I've used this tent a few times only but was really satisfied with it.