Camping Gear Guide
Backpacking Tents

The North Face Triarch 3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season


Product Details

The North Face's lightweight Triarch 3 Tent has a surprising amount of internal space for backpackers and campers alike. Its lightweight, freestanding architecture features vaulted arches at the head and footbox as well as vertical side walls for plenty of moving space. The North Face made the walls out of ultralight ripstop and breathable no-see-through mesh, and the PU-coated fly and floor protect the inside from moisture and abrasion. The Triarch also features double doors and vestibules for convenient entry and storage for both you and your backpacking buddies. The North Face integrated ample tabs inside for hanging gear, wet clothes, and the included gear loft. The added footprint keeps the inside liveable even when it's rainy and muddy out.

Price : $ 469.95


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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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