User Review: The North Face Westwind 2
Design: Four-season hoop
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 8+ pounds
My Westwind served well as a two-person and solo tent on a number of arctic trips in Canada. It balances lightness, design simplicity, roominess, and strength. The yellow fly made it seem cheery and cosey in the worst weather. When hit by an explosive katabatic wind and severe temperature drop in the McKenzie mountains near the Arctic circle, I was able to get my Westwind set-up quickly in spite freezing hands and violent shivering.
Alas, the fly is not mouse proof, and mine got chewed when left stored.
Considerations: Design not great for laying in the tent taking in a view. If camping in bright clear weather and long daylight hours, ie high arctic, maybe a dark fly would be better. Other designs with criss-cross poles maybe stronger vs the simplicity and lightness of the Westwind's hoop design.
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