User Review: The North Face VE 25
Ease of Setup: hard for first timers.
Price Paid: full
This is a nice tent but is now way over priced for where it is made.
I used my brother's old VE 25 a few times. I don't like the yellow color. Great for snow, but forest camping you have to worry about dark tree sap and dirt staining it. Also, a little short on room inside.
North Face products are now all made in China and are not as good! If you have one of the older U.S. made VE 25 tents hang on to it! It is worth something.
Basically you are buying the name now. I think NF was sold a few years back around 2000. The North Face is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the VF Corporation, which makes everything in China.
North Face could easily lower the price, since they are making a killing on outsourcing everything. But they want to stick it to you for that extra buck the CEO needs for a new house in the Hamptons! The good name is now being whipped to death for the sake of easy profits$$$
I don't want to spend big bucks for a tent that could be sprayed with lead or some hazardous sealant material. No quality controls in China! Remember the lead on the toys and the poison dog food that killed thousands of dogs! I don't care if NF still has a lifetime warranty. I can't collect if I'm dead!
Instead I would buy something else made in China with good reviews!
The Cabela's Alaskan Guide tent is the next tent I will most likely buy. Same style as this one and built as well for half the price! Also, tent is not yellow. It comes with either fiberglass or aluminum poles and 4-6-8 man models.
Read the user reviews on this tent. It is great! Made for years the same way.