The North Face VE 25 - 3 Person Tent. A three-person juggernaut and perennial favorite with core mountaineers.
The North Face VE 25 Tent features top-shelf materials and bomb-proof construction so you and two alpine climbing partners can feel safe and secure any season of the year. Part of The North Face's coveted Summit Series lineup, the VE 25 performs best in heinous, high-alpine storms and can hang tough through the high winds and heaps of snow.
The North Face VE-25 is engineered to withstand the extreme conditions of high-altitude alpine environments. This 3-person juggernaut is still a perennial favorite with core mountaineers.
|Body Material:||40D Nylon Ripstop|
|Canopy:||lightweight nylon ripstop, water-resistant finish|
|Canopy fabric:||Ripstop nylon|
|Canopy materials:||40D 240T nylon ripstop, 1.2 oz/yd2 (42 g/m2) water resistant finish|
|Country of Origin:||Imported|
|Design type:||Freestanding tent|
|Dimensions:||Length. 85" x Width. 59"-104" x Height. 48"|
|Fastpack Weight:||7 lbs 10 oz / 3.46 kg|
|Floor:||70D 210T nylon taffeta, 2.7 oz/yd2 (94 g/m2) 10,000 mm PU coating, water resistant finish|
|Floor Material:||70D 190T nylon taffeta. 5000mm PU|
|Floor area:||48 square feet (4.5 square meters)|
|Floor dimensions:||104 x 85 inches|
|Floor dimensions - metric:||264 x 214 centimeters|
|Floor fabric:||Coated nylon taffeta|
|Fly:||75D 185T nylon ripstop 2.3 oz/yd2 (78 g/m2) 1500 mm PU coated water resistant finish|
|Fly / footprint pitch weight:||7 lbs. 10 oz.|
|Fly Material:||75D 190T polyester taffeta.1500 mm PU|
|Gear loft Included:||no|
|Mesh:||20D polyester "no-see-um" mesh|
|Minimum Weight:||9 lb 12 oz|
|Minimum trail weight:||10 lbs. 13 oz.|
|Minimum trail weight - metric:||4.9 kilograms|
|Number of People:||3|
|Number of Poles:||4+1|
|Number of doors:||2 doors|
|Packaged weight:||11 lbs. 12 oz.|
|Packed size:||9 x 24 inches|
|Peak height:||39.5 inches|
|Peak height - metric:||100 centimeters|
|Pole diameter:||9.0 millimeters|
|Pole material:||Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL|
|Rainfly fabric:||Coated ripstop nylon|
|Season Rating:||4 Season|
|Square Footage:||Floor Area. 48 sq ft / Vestibule Area. 15 sq ft|
|Stuff Sack Dimensions:||9" x 24"|
|Trail Weight:||10 lbs 13 oz / 4.90 kg|
|Vestibule area:||11 + 5 square feet|
|Vestibule area, front:||11 square feet (1 square meter)|
|Vestibule area, rear:||5 square feet (0.5 square meters)|
|Weight:||11 lbs 12 oz / 5.32 kg|
|The North Face VE 25 Footprint||$49.95 - $50.00|
Getting me a new one this year as my Christmas gift to myself. My first one was purchased in 1980 or 1981. Can't remember which year. Finally gave it away in 2002 when the plastic started smelling cheesy. I didn't take very good care of this tent and it lasted 22 years. I'm only a three season camper, nothing major, but used it 5 or 6 times a year. Extremely functional design, weather resistant (one of the great joys of camping, for me, is being stuck inside the VE25 during a huge rainstorm/lightning thunderstorm/hailstorm. You feel safe, secure, and the inside of the tent is quiet). North Face appears to have made some minor improvements since I bought my first VE25, so I'm looking forward to the camping season in 2012 (for me, it's late March to Mid April, then late June through mid November. Most of my camping is in the Adirondacks). From what I recall, the price hasn't changed much. I think I paid about $400 bucks for it in 1980. Bought it in Manhattan, I think in Paragon Sports. Only got stuck in a snowstorm once in it (I'm not a winter camper) and it performed admirably. It's really the gold standard in tents. There are better tents for really serious all year mountain madmen, and lesser tents for families, the occasional weekend, etc., but this is the best, most durable, and best designed all purpose tent for the serious outdoor camper. Oh, yeh, once I got the hang of it, it was very easy to put it up by myself. Light enough to carry on the pack. Not a true lightweight, but you get so much more for the extra 2 pounds or so. Work out a little more before the trip and it won't be a problem. Phenomenal for two, very comfortable for three. You can do a four person weekend if it's just you, the wife, and two kids--and everyone understands the rules about packing for a camping trip. Enjoy. It's the tent to go with.
This tent was recommended to me by a friends dad who had been a raft and kayak guide for about 30 years in AK.. I've had the tent for about 5 years now, and have loved it. I've used it for all seasons, in all weather- serious wind, pounding rain, and -40 temps. At 11ish pounds, it is definitely not a backpacking tent, but when split up, put into the boat/raft, or thrown on a tow behind sled, it is definitely worth the extra weight. The fly attaches to the tent in at least 14 different spots and at the ends of the poles making a sturdy platform for the tie down lines to hold the tent down securely. The fly leaves space between the tent and itself for ample ventage, along with enough material to more than cover the entire tent(no soggy corners). In the summer it is a bit toasty, but the vents on the tent and fly do a decent job of keeping air moving. This is an all around great tent, and has been bombproof for me through some pretty intense showings of weather. Highly recommended.
I stayed up at Tahoe national forest in 20 degree weather and high winds next to a frozen lake, this tent is a tank and didn't move any with the wind and didn't feel any wind come through the tent. Haven't done any hiking with then tent yet, should be interesting since the tent is a bit heavier but it's worth the money! I highly recommend this tent.