The North Face O2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
The O2 Tent is The North Face's lightest tent for ultralight backpackers, alpinists, and weight-conscious campers. At a little over a pound, the O2's superlight construction includes no-see-um mesh walls, and the ripstop fly and floor have PU coatings to protect you from cold winds and wet weather. The North Face equipped this ultralight tent with one large door and a vestibule big enough for all your backpacking gear. High-low venting ensures airflow throughout warm summer nights. A vaulted head and footbox give you and your buddy a surprising amount of space, and The North Face added multiple loops for dry lines and headlamps. You can replace the end poles with your own trekking poles to reduce the O2's weight even more.
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Backpacking Tents Checklist
||Weight Matters! For two
people, any backpacking tent should weigh less than six-pounds...preferably
||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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