The North Face VE-25 Tent

Priced: $466.70 - $619.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 20 reviews.
The North Face VE-25 Tent -
The The North Face VE 25 Mountaineering Tent is a three person, four season tent designed for the most extreme mountain environments.
This The North Face Summit Series tent has been torture-tested at high altitude and low temperatures.
DAC stakes with pull cords give secure anchors.
Four fabric snow stakes are included for anchoring in deep snow.
Dual doors and vestibules for multiple entry and storage locations.
Front vestibule has pole to create more room for bulky winter gear.
Fulled taped, nylon bucket floor won't let moisture in and stands up to rough surfaces.
High-low venting lets you regulate temperature and get rid of moisture without opening yourself up to the weather outside.
Reflective guylines and glow-in-the-dark zippers make getting out and walking around without tripping in the middle of the night a cinch.
No-stretch Kevlar guylines with camming adjusters let you pitch this winter tent as tight as a drum so it's unflappable in high winds.
A polyurethane port window has been cold-crack testing to -60 degrees Fahrenheit, and lets you look out on the weather from the comfort of the inside of your tent.
This perennial favorite mountaineering tent from The North Face is a dependable shelter for any mountain expedition from the local range to the tallest in the world.
Going to climb Denali? You'll want the VE 25 tent for a good portion of your multi-day expedition winter camping.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Full-coverage rainfly includes pole-supported front vestibule with snowflaps and a stake-out rear vestibule for gear stowage

Weather and Wind:

  • Polyurethane windows, cold crack tested to -60°F, improve living conditions by increasing light and views
  • Bathtub-shaped floor elevates the tent seams off the ground to eliminate seepage; fly and floor also feature fully taped seams for added protection
  • Polyurethane port window lets you check the conditions outside without leaving your bag; window is cold-crack tested to -60° F
  • Taped, seam-tensioned true bathtub floor offers the clean angles and usable space of a catenary cut without requiring seam sealing
  • Waterproof, polyurethane-coated rainfly and floor provide superior protection and durability


  • Reflective guyline loops and zipper pulls help locate tent in the dark, minimizing the risk of tripping over guylines or kicking it loose


  • Ultra-durable floor built with reinforced nylon to withstand weeks of continuous use; a 10,000mm PU coating provides industry-leading protection against water
  • Sleeve design, DAC stakes with pull cords, and four fabric snow/rock stakes enable an easy pitch and security in any environments
  • VE-25 comes with DAC stakes with pull-cords and 4 fabric snow stakes
  • Super strong nylon fly has a 1500mm PU coating to repel the harshest high-alpine weather


  • Once packed into its included sack, the tent package measures 24in x 9in for lashing to a pack or fitting inside a dry bag
  • 48sq ft floor area provides enough space to fit three climbers comfortably (or four in a pinch), and its 48in ceiling height allows sitting up and crouching when you get stir-crazy in a three-day Andean storm

Lining and Layers:

  • Reflective KEVLAR® guy lines and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls help alert you to your tent’s location


  • High-low venting
  • Zippered vents and convertible mesh doors enable lots of ventilation to fight condensation and mugginess during warmer trips
  • Internally adjusted mesh top vents ensure spindrift melts onto rainfly
  • Dual doors (front and rear) with poled front vestibule allow easy in-out, lots of gear storage, and extra ventilation with the interior door mesh that can be exposed during mild weather


  • DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles offer a high strength-to-weight ratio and slide easily through tent sleeves
  • Continuous pole sleeves increase structural integrity; DAC Featherlite® NSL poles slide through without snagging


  • Compatible with square gear lofts for more gear storage and for use as a clothing drying rack (sold separately)
  • For a lightweight setup during nice weather leave tent body behind; use the rainfly and footprint (sold separately) with the poles and stakes
  • Athlete-tested Summit Series designation means that The North Face created this tent for demanding pursuits in challenging environments
  • Entire tent weighs 10lb 13oz for practical hauling in the alpine when you split the weight between climbing companions
  • Fast-pitch-compatible with poles, fly and footprint to drastically reduce weight in mild weather (footprint sold separately)
  • Multiple exterior guy points, no-stretch Kevlar® guylines with cam adjusters and an internal guy system provide stability in extreme storms
  • Reinforced dome structure withstands the absolute worst mountain weather in any season
  • Small rear vestibule provides additional gear storage

The North Face VE 25 - 3 Person Tent. A three-person juggernaut and perennial favorite with core mountaineers.

FEATURES of The North Face VE 25 - 3 Person Tent.
SPECIFICATIONS of The North Face VE 25 - 3 Person Tent.

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.

Mountain Gear
Serious protection for mountaineering, the VE 25 tent from The North Face shelters 3 with a PU-coated fly, DWR-finished canopy, and waterproof, fully taped, coated nylon bucket floor.

Paragon Sports
A perennial favorite with core mountaineers, the North Face VE 25 Tent is a three-person yurt for lodging in severe conditions. By severe, they mean Everest-bagging, -60«F kind of temps.


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.


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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
Capacity:3 person
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
Footprint Included:no
Free Standing:yes
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
Sleeping capacity:3-person
Square Footage:Floor Area. 48 sq ft / Vestibule Area. 15 sq ft
Stuff Sack Dimensions:9" x 24"
Taped Seams:yes
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)
Wall Type:Double
Weight:11 lbs 12 oz / 5.32 kg
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The North Face VE-25 Tent Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

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.

Michael Alexander at on 12/16/2011

I'm a Believer

I read every review I could find anywhere before buying this tent. I have now used it for a couple of seasons, and I love this tent. There was a learning curve for me in setting it up, and the first couple of tries took me much longer than it does now. I can pitch this tent in about five minutes now, though would say it would take considerably longer than that pitching it in snow or a storm. That may be one small drawback, but once up this tent is amazing.
It's too heavy for one person as a mountaineering tent, though it would be great for climbing and mountaineering with two or three people splitting up the parts. My take on backpacking with this tent is that unless I'm doing really serious uphill, I'll pack this tent in rather than others I own and trim my pack weight somewhere else.
I feel more secure in this tent than any I've ever owned. Wind, rain, sleet, hail - I sleep like a baby in my VE-25.
You have to use this tent to appreciate the innovative design and details. Storage is amazing! 8 large mesh pockets hold anything and everything. Venting is spectacular. The vents are easily adjustable from inside or outside the tent, and I've never had any condensation inside the tent with even minimal venting. The glow in the dark zipper pulls make night time entries, exits and vent adjustments a breeze. The vestibules are large, especially if you plan to enter and exit through the smaller rear vestibule and use the 11 sq ft front vestibule to store your gear.
The bottom line is that this tent inspires confidence, no matter what mother nature throws at you.
Greg B Cyclist at REI on 08/08/2013

Firm commitment

I've use the VE 25 tent for over 3 decades now. I've mountaineered in Alaska and Glacier; backcountry expeditions in West Yellowstone at -40 and camped in Big Bend at 100+. I've use this tent religiously it most all situations and yes I've gone thru 4 tents. My first VE did not have a vestibule and I used it nearly every weekend for over three years in the high peaks of the Adirondacks and White Mountains it was great until I just wore it out in about 8 years, I returned it to North Face and but alas it couldn't be repaired however they replaced it, and the new one served me for almost 10 years. I came across the VE 25 "Guide" version, I bought it because I was wearing out the VE so quickly and the "Guide" still serves me well today as a backup or spare tent of use by others. However I still had the VE 25 which devoloped a mold problem on it and the waterproofness started to fail, so after 10 years I again returned it to North Face, they informed me the mold damage wasn't covered under the warranty, however they sold me a new VE25 at a reasonable cost and to this day is my primary tent for three seasons. The VE25 tends to be too warm in the summer months, the ventilation is ok, but when you're at 90F+ it is hot. I resort to another NF tent for summer. But in winter especially in storms it's bombproof! I've been in blizzards, hurricanes and some great weather and I love this tent. When or shall I say IF my VEs wear out, I will replace them with a new VE.
TopT at The North Face on 01/02/2014

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.

Josh Good at on 09/13/2013

Exceptional durability

I bought the VE-23 version of this tent probably 30 years ago. It's nearly identical to the VE-25 without the updates, change in doors, etc. I love this tent! Every time I use it I think it must have been designed by geniuses. I've used it in snow, all night rain, hard winds, cold, heat, and it's held up easily to all of that. Can be set up by one person, can move it around easily. Stayed in it this week with a new twist--a queen sized air matress with my wife. Still had room in the corners for clothes, radio, etc. My zippers came apart a few years ago and last year finally sent it in to North Face for its life-time guarantee. Several weeks later it came back good as new. Excellent quality, flawless design, can't wait to get in it soon!
SageB at REI on 06/06/2011

I also have two

Got my first VE25 as a gift when I was in college more than 30 years ago. It was my primary backpacking and mountaineering tent for more than 20 years, and while it is nominally a three person tent, I have slept five adults in it. When properly set up and guyed down the tent is very sturdy and sheds water, wind and snow. Although I have smaller and lighter shelters now for climbing or fast and light trips, I still use the old VE25 for car camping, for snow, and for backpacking trips with the kids where comfort and whining avoidance is worth the extra weight. My experience with the tent has been so good that I used my REI rebate last year to buy a second brand new one, which is very similar in design to my old tent.
John H H at REI on 05/05/2012

I have two!

My first VE-25 I bought about 20 years ago and it is still going strong. I bought a new one this year, because this is the best tent on the market for longevity. Backpacking this thing is a crusher, and I normally try not to backpack it, unless I am snow shoeing into high country. My wife and I used it last with our two dogs, and there is plenty of room for all and gear. Like Jeremiah Johnson said about a Hawken, "You can't go no better." I passed the old one down to my son. I also have a Mountain 25 when not going out with my wife and dogs. Equal protection in a smaller package.
Jack L at REI on 09/09/2011

I do love this tent.. BUT

This thing is pretty awesome. I feel like with the right bag I could camp on Everest. Only think is it is pretty bulky. Once split it's not so bad. You MUST have two other people going with you.. give one the fly, one the tent, and one the poles. Obvious advice.

If you want to camp on top of Mt Washington use this tent.. just buy a warmer sleeping bag then I did :P
HIKER-TRASH at REI on 11/11/2012

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.

rodp1034488 at on 12/27/2013

Portable bomb shelter

Little heavy for backpacking, but perfect for dual sport motorcycle out back, Alaska, Death Valley, Zion, Grand Canyon etc rugged conditions, high winds, heavy rains and freezing cold, can't beat this tent. Sleeve type, takes longer to erect, 15 minutes in the dark swing a rubber dead blow hammer filled with led driving tent stakes and still have all my fingers and toes. See ya in Mexico 11/2013
Sheepdog1 at REI on 11/11/2013

Negative Reviews:

New Tent—VE 25, horrible experience

Purchased the VE 25 recently. When we opened the tent, both of the clear panels were ripped (we did not know this prior to opening the tent for the first time at the camp site). We took our daughters on their first camping trip--and I attempted to cover the hole. We were unfortunately caught in a heavy downpour--and the tent was drenched. Luckily, our other tent was the reliable VE 24 that I had for years. We've used it in extreme conditions, from the arctic, to a suite of base camps at sub 0 elevations, to rain forests (camping for weeks at a time, with no problem. The VE 25 appears to have a flawed design.
Maxx1 at The North Face on 09/23/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Wish it lasted longer

Great tent! Loved it for 1.5 seasons. Then the cover began to degrade and rip, despite UV protection treatments. Now I am at a loss as to how to get a new fly. This shouldn't be my problem with such and expensive tent.
Brucio at The North Face on 03/24/2012