User Review: The North Face Trailhead 6
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: About 600 euros
This tent has been a grave disappointment. It cost a lot of money and we have thrown it away after 5 years because of the constant problems.
- "Relatively" easy to erect
- Numerous - see text
Forced to buy a footprint after one year's use because the floor leaked wherever anything was stood down on it — it was reproofed under guarantee but we didn't trust it.
Very draughty in cold weather: I expect a 3-season tent to go down close to freezing without excessive discomfort but this one didn't. Regular re-proofing failed to stop intermittent leaks and this is a tent on which water sits for hours and takes ages to dry. The vestibule sides sit too high off the ground and rain splashes with mud anything stored there. I agree that the colour is drab.
Worst of all, last week when we put it up the flysheet must have snagged on something (perhaps a pole not totally pushed together) and when we tightened it it tore, a tear that then ran for about ten inches. We had repair tape with us which did a temporary job but this May (2013) is the coldest and wettest in Italy for 200 years and the repair remained a weak point for leaks. It also leaked in other places although we re-proofed it last summer.
So on our 8th successive annual May camping trip to Tuscany and Umbria we dumped the tent, saving a few useful bits like the floor, which we cut out for use in the new Italian tent, a Nova Mistral 5, which we bought in Tuscany last weekend on a day of 24-hour rain. It's brilliant, with useful space, sealed and draught-free bedrooms and a fabric from which water runs off and dries rapidly. It's a three-hoop tunnel tent, like the little Swedish Hilleberg tent weighing just over a kilogram (the Mistral is of course much heavier) that we use for trekking.
We said goodbye to the Trailhead with no regrets!