The North Face Geodome 4 Tent
Very stable tent for all weather, four-season use.
- Intuitive setting up
- Very well ventilated
- Heavy wind and rainproof
- Can be hard to set up alone.
- Velcro straps around rings a bit short
- Need to adjust the rainfly can be needed
Beautiful tough tent that can withstand all weather: rain, snow, hard wind.
Despite what may fly around on the web, It's actually easy to set up, except two points: The first is when you need to raise the first pole, that is hard to do alone; two people is easy for that first pole. The second being the eventual need to adjust the rainfly after throwing it over the top. The velcro straps are a bit short to reach in a propper way in their positions.
The ground sheet and the Starp 5 tarp, Pentapoles and the aequatorial pole are easy to do, no worries.
The tent withstands hard rain, snow, strong wind and is surprisingly stable for its height. I am 1,89m (6'2") and can stand upright inside it. A bit tight for four persons and the lower black bottom raises towards the outer edge.
Lots of pockets and detatchable belt bags are smart as there is no apsis anywhere. Only room for boots at the entrance, no more.
The North Face Starp 5 tarp fits well and can be set up to redeem a bit of lost space plus outside living, packing, climbing gear space. The sewn-in plastic star shaped protection areas where the small poles touch inner and outer tent, work well and are adjustable for lines. The user manual is only in Japanese and is unclear in one point: the detatching of a line with a clip. Is it one or many? Anyway, I don't detatch any. Stakes are v-shaped and are fairly well working. I am using triple side longer ones for tough weather though.
The Starp 5 can also withstand hard weather and have very smart rain/snow gutters. This is an "all must carry something" or a sherpa tent, eventually a car tent for more ordinary use. It's not that big and weighs around 11 kilo plus the Starp5 and the HEAVY Pentapoles.
The air mattress is dividable and can be set up to use only half of its area. Not needed with my -40deg. cel. mattress and other gear, but works well, apart from that there is no apsis, so sitting in the door or using the Starp 5 is a must. Mine is yellow and as usual, it attracts insects and birds. Just use it higher up in the mountains ;)
Very well ventilated with lots of options. No condensation so far. Remember this is a modern rent, so silicone UV protection to be applied ONLY on the outside of the rainfly, NOT on the inside, where it's PU treated. Very important to remember, or it can/will break down the material. Treat it asap on the outside, and it will probably withstand a LOT of use, as my other TNF tent have done (VE-25) (third newest from all of the series). All guylines are reflective as well as zippers.
Longer stakes are to be used in hard weather and in sand etc. if you use it in low altitude. Packs easy in the bag.
It's a mystery to me, why The North Face only sent this out on the Japanese market? It's very expensive, although good deals can be had in Japan now.
I recommend this tent and exercise the setting up with the first pole at home. Otherwise easy to set up.
Hard weather, lower and a little elevated placing. Not been very high up yet with this tent.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 1100 usd plus Starp 5, footprint etc.
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Historic Range: $2,000.00
Reviewers Paid: $1,100.00
11.07 kg / 24.4 1lbs
230 × 218 cm / 90.5 × 85.8 in
4.12 m2 / 44.3Ft²
210 cm / 82.6 in
|Number of entrances
|Number of poles
|Stuff sack size
73×26 cm/ 28.7 × 10.2 in
75D Ripstop polyester
150D Polyester Ox 10,000mm PU Coating
75D Polyester taffeta1,500mm PU Coating
in Japan and Korea