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The North Face Coriolis

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

The Coriolis has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best three-season tents for 2021.

photo: The North Face Coriolis three-season tent


Price Reviewers Paid: $180.00-$370.00


8 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   4
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

I've had the tent for several years now. Use it up to a month a year. One slightly bent pole is only damage. Plenty of room for me and my gear, 6-2, 200#.

Two people the gear goes outside under a piece of plastic, not enough room inside and the vestibules barely cover my hiking boots. Still a decent tent, especially if someone else wants to carry part of it.

Weatherwise it's been through a couple of extremely windy nights on the coast of Portugal and survived without problem.

Roof is too flat so after a day or two of steady rain the drips start dead center. A heavy spraying with silicone helped but laying a piece of plastic over the top and tying it down good is the only sure bet for staying dry.

Setup isn't the easiest but it's not bad. Two black and one blue pole and they go in different sleeves means a headlight or a full moon at night.

Got NF Canyonlands for solo travel. Much easier setup, much lighter, longer so it is actually more functional in relation to gear storage, easier in and out. Steep walls can ride out rainstorms much better. Steep walls and single pole design mean less wind stability and it's not freestanding without the tie downs.

Design: 3 season freestanding 2 person.
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Not bad if there is light
Weight: 5.5+
Price Paid: $250

The space in the tent is great provided you don't toss and turn and DON'T have tons of gear. I am 5'11'' and about 180 and I have used this tent in many different environmental situations: from pouring down rain, to snow in the middle of January. Provided you have the right garments, you will be perfect with this tent. I have yet to have rain pour in through the seams.

As with the others, I have to agree, there is little circulation due to the solid construction of the pole panels, and the condensation due to the "flatter" construction. Yet, for its price, and longetivity, I would give this product a thumbs-up. It has yet to fail me. Happy hiking.

Design: three-season freestanding dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: fairly easy
Weight: around 6 pounds
Price Paid: it was around $230 back in June 1998

The tent is perfect for one person with gear and perfect for two people without much gear. The vestibules are not useful for larger items because they run down the side of the tent which gets pretty narrow. The two doors are very nice. I have never had a drop of rain come into the tent and I have been through some horrific thunderstorms where once there was at least an inch of water flowing underneath the floor of the tent and no water made it into the tent!!

The three poles, low height and tons of stake-out loops and guy out points makes in a bomb-shelter in higher winds.

There pretty much no ventilation with the rainfly on because the pole sleeves don't allow for that.

Design: "Three-Season Freestanding Dome"
Sleeps: 2
Price Paid: $180

I had heard both good and bad things about this tent, but after checking out several and comparing prices, I bought a closeout Coriolis. It has served me quite well on several trips but never so well as on one windy-ass night at 12,000 feet in the Sierras. Lots of stake down points on the fly as well as 3 guy lines kept me, my wife and our stuff from blowing away. Gotta love that. Vestibules could be a little bigger though.

Design: 3 season dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Pretty darned easy.
Weight: +-6lbs.
Price Paid: $200

This tent is great in a wide range of conditions. The canopy has lots of mesh so it was nice and breezy during a kayaking trip in Baja, yet the factory taped fly was bomber during a nasty (windy) rainstorm in New Hampshire. Favorite feature: the dual side doors which allow you to take that late-night pee without disturbing your tent mate (and vice versa!)

Design: 3 season dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: a cinch
Weight: 5lbs 11 oz.
Price Paid: $189

Even though I have not had this tent for many trips, I can already tell it will serve its purpose. So far I have taken it to the gulf coast at Chorpus Christie, Texas. Even with the winds off the gulf, there was NO problem with stability.

The ONLY thing that I have noticed wrong with this tent is the condensation as the other reviewer talked about.

So far I highly recommend this tent.

Design: 3+ season
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: 3-4 minutes with one person
Weight: 5lbs. 11oz
Price Paid: $370

The Coriolis seemed ideal for what I needed; a 3-season backpackable tent. It is pretty roomy inside, which makes up for the slightly less roomy porches. However with careful planning it is possible to keep all one's gear inside of the tent.

Its biggest problem is its flatish roof. This means that water can pool on it if you use the special velcro tabs provided. Also a lot of condensation forms on the underside of the roof and then drips through the vast area of mosquito mesh soaking the occupants.

It is flawlessly constructed and if you can live with pooling water and excessive condensation a good tent.

Design: 3 season geodesic
Sleeps: 2 (3 at a push)
Ease of Setup: Easy; about 5 minutes althought the velcro tabs are hard to get in the correct positions
Weight: 2.6kg
Price Paid: $290

I love this tent.

I shopped around for nearly a year and was set on buying the REI Slip Tent when the Coriolis hit the market.Three months aftern buying the tent I am glad to report it has performed very well in wind and rain and was given a great review in Outside magazine's gear review (even made the cover!).

I am a 5'7", 140 lb female and my partner is 6'4", 200 lb male. We and our packs fit comfotably into this spacious, 2-person tent.

One added asset: the color. Since the tent is blue it makes every morning look sunny (blue overtone of everything inside the tent make your brain over compensate with the complement orange making it look sunny when you venture outside). Silly, huh? But completely true!

This tent was listed as a 3-season general backpacking, but from reviews it should do well in mountain condition and from the weight would be great for bike touring. Happy trails!

Design: 3 season backpacking freestanding
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: VERY easy. Color coded three pole design. One person set up in about 3-4 minutes.
Weight: 5 lbs, 11 oz
Price Paid: $365

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