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The North Face Tadpole 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season


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Tadpoles are small, slimy, and froggy, but The North Face Tadpole 2 Two-Person Three-Season Tent doesn't necessarily share those characteristics. While we can't speak to its sliminess or frogginess, it's definitely the opposite of small, having been redesigned with Reverse Combi poles, which are wider at the roof and narrow at the floor to provide more space without increasing weight. Extra space doesn't mean extra effort, either, as the Tadpole's trail weight is under four pounds so it's easy to use on backpacking trips as well as close-to-home camping excursions. If durability's what you're after, the Tadpole's tougher than a full-grown frog. It's made of PU- and silicone-coated nylon ripstop, and even the ventilating mesh is made of tough, long-lasting nylon. The fly, too, is full nylon ripstop, and the whole package has fully taped seams to make sure no sneaky moisture finds its way through--the fly even has The North Face's High-Low ventilation system, which lets you keep air moving through the tent even with the fly on and vestibule sealed. With hubbed poles, setup's easier than sleeping, and a handy internal hang loop lets you stay organized, whether you're dug in for a week or moving your campsite nightly.

Price : $ 308.95


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Backpacking Tents Checklist

Weight Matters! For two people, any backpacking tent should weigh less than six-pounds...preferably less.
Don't Forget the Bulk. Packing a bulky tent sucks. Make sure it packs down tightly, ideally packing down to about 10x20 inches (smaller is better).
Mesh Matters. As a general rule, the more mesh, the lighter the tent. For warmer three-season use, usually, the more mesh you have, the better. Not only does the mesh save weight, but also allows for better air-flow.
Vestibules & The Rain. An often forget detail about backpacking tents are the vestibule. The vestibule provides a little canopy in front of your tent. Not needed during good weather, but absolutely needed during wet weather. Try to get one that is about 5 sq. feet large, or larger.
Speaking of Rain... Make sure the entire floor of the tent is waterproof. Most are, but if the tent says the floor is just "water resistant"...don't buy it! You'll regret it the first time your sleeping in it during the rain.
Remember the Footprint! Virtually all good backpacking tents also come with "footprints," which are essentially waterproof and tough tarps cut-out in the shape of the tent. Buy It! Not only does it enhance the tent's waterproofing, it also protects the bottom of the tent. Yes, they aren't cheap. But they are a lot cheaper than replacing the tent due to a sharp stick tearing a hole in the floor of your expensive backpacking tent!

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