The North Face Talus 4

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Disappointing for a North Face product. Design and…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $299


Disappointing for a North Face product. Design and engineering are flawed and thoughtless. I question who REALLY designed this product.


  • Easy setup
  • Gear loft integrated
  • Good color
  • Didn't leak
  • Low condensation


  • Engineering

Before I slam this tent, please know I only used it on a three-night winter camping trip, maybe not ideal for this tent's purpose. But c'mon, it has the North Face name and I've winter camped in $99 tents with better performance.

Setup is pretty straight forward. I did set it up indoors to practice (of course).

Conditions: Setup night was about 36 degrees and rain. Dug about 12" of snow to create our pad. Next days were dry and a high of 25 and low of 0. Light winds.

Bottom line: I have a NF HIM 35 expedition tent that I'll use normally when winter camping. Great, great tent — EXCEPT, it's a big deal to set up. Just a lot of parts. So I saw this 3-season NF and took a shot. Less than excited.

Getting things somewhat taut on the fly is more important in winter wind conditions. Besides the noise, less for Mother Nature to grab onto means greater overall success (think drag in car design). The pole design on this tent, when you set the guy-lines, you actully compress in the sides, so you get a big bow of fabric on the inside. OK, so maybe I don't use the tradition "V" config for the lines (2-lines to one stake)and sort of pull them "apart" to straighten the poles. Then the lines are sort of in the way of the doors.

My engineer buddy and I looked this thing over and tried many different ways. We just couldn't get the fly tight or the body flat. Maybe it was us. 

Another thing that just leads me to wonder about this tent. When winter camping, I open the screen D-door all the way to make way for easier access to vestibule storage (no bugs). So you unzip the doors all the way, but when you tie them off, you actually need to pull hard on the screening, pulling against the zipper. Like your stressing the zipper. 1" more of zipper would have eliminated this.  Not a big deal, but just, what were they thinking.

There were a few other things, but overall, I came away thinking this was designed by someone who didn't really use it to camp much. Or, something changed between design and production.

The next business day, I returned the tent. North Face DOES have a great return policy, thank goodness.

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Offering dependable 3-season backpacking and car-camping performance at a wallet-pleasing value, The North Face Talus 4 Tent shelters 4 people in light, durable and convenient comfort.


The North Face Talus 4 Tent The North Face Talus 4 Tent is a four-person outside shelter. The guylines keep the tent walls taut, which prevent the tent from flapping in the wind. The ground tarp keeps your gear clean while sorting, and prevents the tent from ripping and tearing. The DAC Featherlite NSL poles provide strength to the tent. The gear loft organizes your essentials. Its fully seam-taped canopy and floor provides watertight construction. The North Face Talus 4 Tent has high-low ventilation.

- SunnySports

When the whole family is ready to hit the trail but the youngsters aren't quite ready to lug their own tents around, The North Face Talus 4 Four-Person Three-Season Tent is ready to pick up the slack. At under seven pounds, putting in squarely in the "superlight" category, you wouldn't think the Talus is a spacious, family-friendly shelter, but it's designed to be equally at home car-camping as it is heading out on the trail for days at a time. Both the fly and floor are coated with waterproof polyurethane and fully taped, and there are polyester mesh panels on the canopy to let air in and let you look at the stars when the weather's nice. The Talus also uses The North Face's High-Low ventilation system, which has a vent to keep air moving even when the fly's on, and a gear loft and footprint are included to make life on the trail, or next to the car, that much easier. As a final touch, there's an external Gear Locker that provides plenty of space for wet, muddy gear, so your sleeping space can stay clean and comfortable until it's time to head back home.


Free Shipping. The North Face Talus 4 Tent FEATURES of The North Face Talus 4 Tent Gear Loft and ground tarp included DAC poles High-low ventilation for better breathability Maximized interior space for a more comfortable experience Fully seam-taped canopy and floor Guylines included SPECIFICATIONS of The North Face Talus 4 Tent Total Weight: 7 lbs 3 oz / 3.26 kg Trail Weight: 6 lbs 10.6 oz / 3.02 kg FastPack Weight: 4 lbs 11.8 oz / 2.15 kg Footprint Weight: 12.1 oz / 345 g Floor Area: 4.65 square meter / 50 square feet Vestibules: 2 Vestibule Area: 0.83 x 0.83 square meter / 8.89 x 8.89 square feet Peak Height: 41in. Stuff Sack Dimension: 8.5 x 26in. / 21.6 x 66 cm Number of Poles: 1 Pole Diameter: 10.2 mm Door: 2 Capacity: 4 person Fly: 75D polyester, 1200 PU coating Canopy: 68D polyester Floor: 70D nylon, 1500 mm PU coating This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw

Lightweight, loaded with features, and built to last a lifetime, The North Face Talus 4 tent provides exceptional backpacking performance at an incredible value.