User Review: The North Face VE 25
Design: North Face VE 25
Ease of Setup: Nothing is easy in the wind and cold
Weight: 11 pounds
Price Paid: $500
OK folks, I just read the reviews. I am upset with NF because they are Sell-Outs, but let's face it...college kids have the money. NF can't make money on the mountaineers who buy a tent every 15 years.
I have sent all kinds of stuff back to them. They fix it and are great. I have spoken with them about design and tested products for them. I have busted their balls about mitten friendly tents and the ease of setting up in extreme conditions. These people live in Berkley...Remember? The few changes they have made in over 20 years are good. Color coding, reflective material, mitten friendly (kinda), and seams are good.
We all want the newest and coolest thing, but the VE-25 is damn near perfect. I have been on the tallest mountains in South and North America and thought my VE-25 was going to explode with 100+ winds. I sold it to a friend last year for $200 (18 years old), and this tent looked like it just came out of the factory.
I thought after 18 years, I would find a much more advanced tent. I keep looking, but have a feeling I will go with tent that has been at the base camp of Mt. Everest and on the side of Denali more than any tent in history...The Proud, Tried and True, Tough as hell, NF VE-25. -Eric Nourse