The North Face Expedition 36

rated 4.0 of 5 stars (3)

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photo: The North Face Expedition 36 four-season tent


Price Historic Range: $492.15-$579.00
Reviewers Paid: $700.00


Spouse and myself have proudly owned this tent for six years. We have taken it to every national park west of the Rocky mountains as well as the extremes of Alaska and it has been and continues to be a great tent. It is heavy but pays for itself by withstanding moderate winds, rain, and snow.


  • Well built
  • Well designed
  • Withstands the elements at a base camp on glaciers to warmer camping locations.


  • When the sun comes up it gets very warm inside. With its superb construction it is a little heavier than I would like.

Setup with one person is easy in even the most demanding weather conditions once you have some practice. It is a very stable tent in winter weather conditions from Denali to Adak, Alaska, weather conditions most weather conditions.

Plenty of ventilation keeps the interior from accumulating moisture inside the tent. For prolonged treks, the user will find the regular accumulation of moisture or ice on the inside of the rainfly. Drying time depends on the temperature. The rain fly is waterproof and resists a high wind load when installed properly.

The weight of the tent can easily be split up two or three ways. It will easily support three sleepers.

I studied this tent's specs against all other similar tents and even though this one was pricier than most, I was impressed with what I had read about The North Face Expedition 35. Of the eight other tents I own, this one remains my favorite and has never required any repairs. My wife and I flawlessly clean it after each and every use and carefully repack it in its stuff/compression bag.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $700

I have a TNF expedition 36, it is 3 years old. I have only used the tent several times. Two weeks ago I took my son, a Cub out for a weekend with his pack. Our tent was up and looking good, when we returned from a hike the pole that goes into the fly had fractured, the metal end broke in two pieces, it also ripped my fly. I would like to get it replaced, but am unable to find a contact number. I have camped as far north in this tent as Gries Fiord, the Yukon and Nfld.

I was very pleased with it until this happened, if it had happened last year it could have been a disaster!

I would like a contact number to find out how I can replace this pole.

Paul Burke

Design: expedition 36
Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: not difficult
Weight: 3 maybe 3.5

I purchased this tent as a mountaineering base-camp tent, and for winter camping and canoe camping. For these tasks, it seems like an excellent tent.

PROS: extremely luxurious tent for two; comfortable for three. Beautiful design, cheerful colors, extremely weatherproof and stable in high winds. Very liveable: lots of inside pockets, and excellent ventilation. Efficient floor plan and nice large vestibules that are easy to get in and out of.

CONS: Fiddly to set up; lots of poles everywhere, and it's hard to figure out which poles can be connected first. The weight is reasonable for three people, but two people won't be carrying this tent very far without feeling it.

Overall, an excellent tent, and for its intended purposes, and after spending about 20 days in it so far this summer, I'm very happy with it.

Design: 4 season, freestanding dome tent.
Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: not really bad, but not really great either.
Weight: around 11 lbs