The North Face Trailhead 4
Love it. This review only applies to the 2009 Trailhead…
Design: Freestanding with vestibule
Ease of Setup: Very, two big poles
Price Paid: $350
Love it. This review only applies to the 2009 Trailhead 4 which is a little hard to find right now for some reason.
General description: as good as a basic 4 person tent gets. It doesn't have multiple rooms, cup holders, or other fancy things. It's a box. But, it's a beautiful box. The light color for the 2009 is light and makes the interior of the tent a nice place to read a book. The windows zip up and it has a full coverage fly. For a 6' tall tent, that is as snug and warm as you're going to get. The roomy front vestibule comes with its own pole and really extends the feel of tent (it is so large I put it over a small 3' tree on it's first run), so I had a tree in my tent.
* Very easy to set up, two big poles and 5 minutes
* Warm, most of the other 4 person tents have huge open panels that don't zip up or close. This tent has 2 big doors , two windows and a top vent and all of the side openings can be battened down on cold or rainy nights. I would trust this tent in a windy downpour completely.
* Really well designed front vestibule, makes the tent much larger. Nice rear vestibule for gear.
* Light color (tan?) walls and fly make the tent really bright and nice to be in, not at all cave like
* 6' tall means anyone who doesn't play basketball can stand up to change.
* Fits a queen size bed plus room for gear. Get the gearloft as well for knikknacks (unless your the aforementioned basketball player)
* Roomy for 2 people, comfy for 2 people and a child. Like all 4 person tents, if 4 people are in there that is it.
Cons: None that would make me regret getting it. A couple of minor comments.
Floor: don't fully trust the floor material, although no problems yet. It's heavy duty nylon, while most companies are going with polyesters now that just feel more durable. Definitely get the footprint, I am bringing a hefty tarp to throw under it if the ground is at all sketchy.
Boxy: Throw in a cup holder or the tiniest bit of sex appeal and this would blow some of the new fancy tents off the market. How about putting an optional screen and a floor on the vestibule to create a porch? I would have paid another 50+ bucks for that and it would have basically doubled the size of the tent.
How It Compares, REI Kingdom 4:
I first purchased the new 2009 REI Kingdom 4 Tent. There were a lot of great design features to that like all REI products, but it had two critical flaws 1) the rain fly only extended a couple of inches below the screens 2) none of the huge open panels closed. One night in the Redwoods in Spring of near bone breaking cold (the tent was colder than outside) and with the slightest breeze blowing straight through your soul: I returned that and went for The North Face Trailhead 4.
Note: This review pertains to the 2009 Trailhead 4 Tent, the 2008 is a different (darker) color, so disregard those comments if it's not this year's.
If you are looking for a quality 4 person tent, with…
Design: three season cabin style
Ease of Setup: Very Easy
Weight: 20 lbs
Price Paid: $299
If you are looking for a quality 4 person tent, with 6 foot peak, full rain fly, and roomy vestibule, this is your tent! Perfect for car camping (at 20 lbs too heavy to pack in anywhere). We wanted something nice for two people to stretch out in (with lots of gear and cots), but this would also be very nice for a small family. Vestibule is tall and roomy (my 2 person backpacking tent could be pitched in it).
As a rather short lady, I was able to set it up very quickly by myself. Someone said they had a problem with the fly, not sure why, it could not have been easier to pitch. The quality of this tent is very very nice. Interior pockets under each window are great storage. 2nd door and mini vestibule are also nice. I highly recommend this tent.Not sure why it is not as widely available as the Trailhead 6 and 8, it fits a nice niche in the market.
Good quality product like all North Face equipment.
Design: 3.5 season free-standing dome
Ease of Setup: tent very easy, fly difficult
Weight: 19 lbs
Price Paid: $320
Good quality product like all North Face equipment. Base tent goes up in a snap. The full cover fly is another story. Very cumbersome to erect fly, but once it is up offers great protection from the weather. The vestibule in the fly is good size and offers good protection of your equipment. Six foot height inside this tent is great. You don't ever feel cramped inside. Overall great investment.
Here's what other sites are saying:
When it comes to luxury camping for the whole family, look no further than The North Face Trailhead 4 Bx Tent. The Trailhead 4 sleeps four adults comfortably is equipped with a front vestibule, so the whole family can store their dirty hiking shoes under the protection of the tent without contaminating living quarters.
- Altrec Outdoors
The North Face Trailhead 4 Bx Tent is a versatile, heavy-duty, four-person tent with two doors and a huge poled vestibule. + Aluminum alloy pole + Front vestibule + Fusion pitch combines pole sleeves and clips + Taped nylon floor + Partial fly with color-coded attachment + Internal prayer-bound floor seams increase user space with clean angles + Dual doors + High-low venting with mesh screens and zip closure + Stuffsack included + Compatible with The North Face® #2 Gear Loft The North Face Trailhead 4 Bx Specs: Capacity (persons): 4 Weight: 20 lb. 8 oz. Dimensions: 96" x 96" x ??? Floor Area: 64 sq. ft. Vestibule Area: 37 sq. ft. Freestanding? Yes Poles: 2 + 1 Doors: 2
Free Shipping. The North Face Trailhead 4 Person Tent (Fall 2009) The Trailhead 4 Tent by the North Face is a versatile and heavy-duty, four-person tent with large fly and two doors.Specifications: [Capacity] 4 [Avg Weight] trail: 18 lbs 2 oz (8.22 kg) total: 20 lbs 8 oz (9.31 kg) [Poles] number: 2+1 diameter: 13.0 mm [Stuffed Size] 28in. x 9in. (70 cm x 23 cm) [Fabric] canopy: 70 denier, 190T nylon taffeta; fly: 75 denier, 185T polyester taffeta coated with 1200 mm PU; floor: 70 denier, 210T nylon taffeta coated with 2000 mm PU [Area] 64 ft2 (5.9 m2) [Vestibule Area] front: 37 ft2 (3.4 m2) rear: 15 ft2 (1.4m2)Features: Aluminum alloy poles Front vestibule Fusion pitch combines pole sleeves and clips Taped nylon floor Partial fly with color-coded attachment Internal prayer-bound floor seams increase user space with clean angles Dual doors High-low venting with mesh screens and zip closure Stuffsack includedThis product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
The Trailhead 4 is a 4 person, 1 room, family tent with a full coverage fly, 2 doors, and mesh on the roof and all sides for great ventilation. Sturdy aluminum poles use The North Face's Fusion Pitch, combination clips and continuous sleeves, for easy and fast set up every time. The floor is a factory sealed 6 oz. Oxford nylon for extreme durability and ultimate water protection. Each door has a vestibule for storing gear. The front vestibule is hooped for stability and extra space. Another nice feature is that this is one of a very few tents of this size to have a 6' center height. Sleeps 4 Main fly and floor seams are factory taped for extreme weather protection. Full-coverage fly completely protects the tent from the elements. Fusion Pitch - combines clips & sleeves for fast & easy set-up. All 4 sides of the tent and the roof have no see um mesh for comfort. 2 Doors - for easy entry/exit and great ventilation. Front and rear vestibules for dry entry and extra gear storage. 6061 series aluminum poles for economical strength. Freestanding. Mesh gear pockets for internal storage. Poles attach to tent body via locking pole tips and grommets for fast and easy set up. 2 equal length poles make set up easy. Color coded fly attachment also ease set up. Post and grommet assembly with locking pole tips for convenience. Side release buckles attach fly to body for fast easy set up. Flashlight loop. Tent, pole and stake bags included. Fire retardant. Import.
A spacious four-person tent, The North Face Trailhead 4 offers plenty of headroom, luxury, and quality. Sure to make your next family camping trip comfortable and more fun, the Trailhead 4 features The North Face's Fusion Pitch design. Pole sleeves provide strength in windy weather as well as an easy setup. Prayer-bound floor seams increase user space with clean angles, and the color-coded canopy and flysheet webbing make setting up the fly a snap, especially convenient before the rain starts to fall. When up to 4 people are coming and going from the Trailhead 4, dual doors are a necessity. Rounding-out a host of features is an internal pocketing system and an included stuff sack.