The design team at The North Face overhauled their Tadpole 23 tent, revamped it for more space to accommodate two campers with additional storage space, and gave it the notable name of Big Fat Frog 24. Its distinct frog shape gives this three-season tent a forward-facing vestibule with a 3.5-foot tall reach, offering an area to change clothing and organize gear. A full-mesh canopy gives camper’s the option of leaving the fly off in torrid temperatures for maximum ventilation, or setting up just the fly with poles and footprint (sold separately) for a minimalist excursion. The lightweight, color-coded DAC Press-Fit poles, pole sleeves, and clip-pitch system ensure a sturdy frame that assembles in just minutes. A fully taped floor prevents moisture from encroaching in your outdoor sleeping space.
- Redesigned with a poled vestibule and a compact, weather-resistant design
- Color-coded pitch system includes poles, canopy, and fly
- Break-resistant DAC Featherlite aluminum poles with Press-Fit connects
- Gear shelf and overhead pockets for stowing headlamp and small essentials
- Several gear loops
- Fly-only pitching
Historic Range: $138.98-$279.00
Reviewers Paid: $189.00
6 lb 7 oz / 2919 g
90.5 in / 230 cm
50.5 in / 128 cm
31 sq ft / 4.4 sq m
14.5 sq ft / sq m
42.5 in / 108 cm
My wife and I received this as a wedding gift and were a bit skeptical at first since it was a bigger tent and we wanted something smaller for backpacking. But it doe not disappoint!
With an added compression sack, it actually becomes rather small and is not all that heavy for a multi-person tent. We have used it around a dozen times, perfect on clear and beautiful summer nights you can sleep under the stars and see them all!
With the bivy on, it is wonderfully waterproof as we tested on a crazy rainstorm night up a local canyon. It also stood up to a 3 inch snowstorm (that we had no idea was coming) while we were in the Wasatch range. No condensation on our end.
I love this tent also because the bivy creates a faux porch which is great for storing gear/shoes out of the elements, but not in your tent.
Would definitely recommend it.
Price Paid: Gift
I have used my new Big Fat Frog several times now since purchase. I camp at least once a month and replaced my tent of 10 years with the Big Fat Frog.
Pros: The tent is very easy to put up and has stood up to some pretty terrific rain storms. I was completely dry during these storms.
The vestibule area is something special with a terrific amount of room for lots of gear. I have even cooked inside of it during a heavy storm.
The full mesh tent is great without the fly during nice weather. I plan to get the footprint so I can use the fly only setup. Lots and lots of room inside the tent too.
Cons: Advertised as free standing. Tent is indeed free standing but the fly/vestibule requires staking out to be used.
Does not seem to ventilate as well as I hoped. Never suffered condensation though so some ventilation must be taking place.
Price Paid: $189