User Review: The North Face Westwind 2
Ease of Setup: Easy for the inner, a little trickier for the outer
Price Paid: I don't remember
Since the day I owned this tent (1996), I almost forgot how it was in the earlier days, when you always had to look out for water when it was raining and rain was something to worry about when camping. This tent holds completely tight, even when you open the zippers a bit for ventilation, and I never sealed the seams yet!
I actually like rain when camping now, once I am inside the tent, because of the nice sound it makes on its walls to sing you to sleep.
Ventilation is necessary though, because condensation can be a problem in cold and wet weather, but it's not really bad. Once I left the inner tent completely closed in winter to get warmer (it worked), but in the morning I woke up with a little headache, and the lighter didn't work anymore. When I opened the tent up a bit I could light my cigarette without any problems.
If it's hot weather, you can sleep outside or leave the tent open; the dual-side opening serves as a wind-catcher then. Really a nice, minimalistic (this shows when you put up the outer tent) tent.
I use it for every type of camping, from car-camping to winter tours, although sometimes I would wish I had a little bigger tent, like a Hilleberg GT model. But, on the other hand, since I can only afford one tent at once while studying, I prefer the Westwind for its versatility. It has an extremely tiny footprint, to appreciate especially in forests, and even three people can sleep in it without lying on top of each other (although this is really on the very limit)! If I buy a bigger tent one day, it will serve as a second tent, I'll keep my Westind as long as it lives.