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The North Face 2-Meter Dome

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: The North Face 2-Meter Dome four-season tent

I am selling this tent. I am always alone, my VE-24 is adequate. A gent asked me to post a review at TRAILSPACE. Here it is.

A boat dropped me off deep in the River of No Return Wilderness. Salmon River. The boat operator said "got any whiskey?" I said "no." He said " I'll be back to pick you up in 2 weeks." He left.

I had set this tent up once before. In less than a half hour, the tent was up. My base camp setup was, for the most part, complete.

I was alone, always alone. I didn't see another human for 2 weeks. I was the KING OF IDAHO for 2 weeks. Elk and bear hunt.

I ate like a hog. Still, I lost thirty pounds. I am a very small person. Thirty pounds is a lot for me. I felt great. I felt powerful. Invincible. JEREMIAH JOHNSON. THE LAST MOUNTAIN MAN. Chingachgook.

I don't have a big IQ. The 2 METER NORTH FACE 8MAN 4 SEASON TENT almost went up by itself. This is called "excellent engineering." Tolerates a reasonable snow load.

This tent is a palace. Big as a house. Specs say 47 pounds, but i think it's far lighter.

Hole in the floor for your stove. Chimney stack in the roof for the fumes. 1 door. 2 windows.

I love this tent. Easy to set up. Easy to live with. I just travel alone. When the weather goes to hell, and you're stuck inside for 72 hours, you'll understand why you spent the money. 


Update: December 3, 2011

I think that this is a "North Face" or "North Star", not the current "2 Meter".

I stand corrected.

I will try to figure out how to post some pictures.

Price Paid: $5,000.00 USD

Great tent but a major design flaw.


  • Strong
  • Straight forward setup
  • Roomy


  • Bugs and water in your tent

Great tent, except for the large roof vent design. If the fly is on you need to insert an aluminum pole to prop up the chimney. Without this pole a large swimming pool will form on top your tent. However with the pole in your screen must be left open on top the tent to accommodate the pole. Thus bugs can enter. So it's either water or bugs. Major oversight on North Face design.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 5500

A tent that you'd only need for extended basecamp life. The fabric of both the tent body and fly are a lot more heavy-duty than what you find in regular tents--the floor was like backpack-grade cordura if I remember correctly.

The poles are also quite thick, much more than a standard tentpole. Pitching the tent is impossible with one person and very difficult with only two, and the pole order and sequence is not intuitive--better have it dialed or the instruction manual handy.

You can stand fully upright inside; it's basically a full-sized room, and the doors are just that--doors which you just walk right into. Great tent, but sadly lost it in a divorce battle. Such is life...

Design: perfect geodesic dome
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: rather difficult
Weight: 50 pounds
Price Paid: free

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This four-season, eight-person geodesic-shaped dome tent is The North Face’s ultimate base-camp quarters. In the words of TNF pro rock climber Cedar Right, the 2-Meter Dome “was my living room, bedroom, kitchen, and art studio for two months… It was so cozy I almost didn’t want to leave.” With a built-in chimney vent, a canopy made of thick 210 denier nylon, a 1500mm polyurethane-coated fly, a beefy 420 denier nylon floor with a 10,000mm polyurethane coating, and durable zippered doors, this base-camp tent will provide reliable support whether your expedition’s base camp is set up at 16,000 feet in the Himalayas or in the inhospitable frigid Antarctica tundra. Twelve heat-treated, 11mm Easton 7075-E9 aluminum poles provide strong support in extreme conditions and slide through sleeves at crisscross intersections for steep walls and maximum living space.


  • Hemisphere shape based on original geodesic dome principle developed by Buckminster Fuller
    Pole configuration creates steep walls and maximum headspace
  • Fully-taped seams for complete weatherproof protection
  • Two exterior windows and a chimney vent
  • Interior canopy loops
  • Dual doors

The 2-Meter Dome replaced the The North Face Dome 8.


Price MSRP: $6,000.00
Current Retail: $6,000.00
Historic Range: $4,999.90-$6,000.00
Reviewers Paid: $5,000.00
Capacity 8
Total Weight 49 lbs 13.44 oz / 22.607 kg
Floor Area 166.84 ft² / 15.5 m²
Trail Weight 166.84 ft² / 15.5 m²
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