Reviews and Problems with The North Face TADPOLE 23
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I just purchased this tent from our local store and…
30 November 2011
Summary: I just purchased this tent from our local store and tested it immediately at Camp Voltaire in Cuenca, Batangas, Philippines. During the night, some strong winds hit the campsite but the tent withstands pretty good. A day after, rain started to fall and left some droplets on top of the rainfly. I thought it will penetrate since the droplets stayed on the top, but by just giving a little tapping and shaking and it's bone dry again. I am starting to love this tent.
This review applies to 2008 version of the tent. After…
24 November 2011
Summary: This review applies to 2008 version of the tent. After 2 years of light use the tent fly became extremely sticky and the seam tape started to peel. The fly is sticky on the inside part due to coating deterioration. Additionally, most of the velcro straps on the fly are now ripped. I saw many other users accuse the coating problem also. Good parts: small footprint on the ground, quite light tent. Overall impression: poor quality tent, in short time it became unusable.
I've had this tent for about 5 years. In warm locations…
Patrick Campbell, Trailspace.com
9 September 2011
Summary: I've had this tent for about 5 years. In warm locations it is great. Check the weather report and you can leave the fly at home. Nice and breezy and you don't have to worry about snakes etc etc coming too close while you watch the stars. I used it twice when it was below 0 Celsius. It wasn't snowing so I can't comment. When you pitch the fly make sure to pull it out a far from the tent as you can.
I bought this tent 6 years ago in '05 for backpacking,…
3 September 2011
Summary: I bought this tent 6 years ago in '05 for backpacking, after an afternoon-midnight downpour w/snow in the Sierras, and 3 people stuffed in a 2-person tent. I've used it only three times, once in the rain but not on the trail, just stationary camping, and I can't see any problem with it. I recently changed my approach to 3-season backpacking, and now just use a bivy bag. I always preferred sleeping free of enclosures anyway when not under the city lights.
My husband and I purchased this tent in May 2011 as…
31 May 2011
Summary: My husband and I purchased this tent in May 2011 as a two-person, three-season car camping tent (although it's light enough that it could easily serve as a backpacking tent). He also owns a four-season expedition tent by TNF that has held up well over the course of about 10 years, but we wanted something more breathable, lighter, and newer (his was getting a bit musty).
Took this tent on a one-week backpacking trip to Yosemite…
15 August 2010
Summary: Took this tent on a one-week backpacking trip to Yosemite this June. Overall, the tent itself performed fine: Easy to pitch, freestanding, plenty of room for one with gear. I'd give the tent a rating of 4 or 5 if it weren't for: The fly. My experience parallels that of Tony C. My tent is a few years old (approx 5 yrs) and the fly has deteriorated to the point that it will be useless in rain. The fly surface has turned waxy and sticky.
This tent I would recommend to anyone that is interested…
Chris Gumm, Trailspace.com
3 April 2010
Summary: This tent I would recommend to anyone that is interested in camping/ backpacking. And when i say camping, I do not mean using an air mattress and driving your car into camp and just moving everything from the car to your tent. After reading some of the reviews from people, I feel that people just don't understand how you should buy a product. Before I buy a product that is normally priced at 199, I will do a lot of research.
Firstly, matching the poles was a pain. Then, bending…
19 August 2009
Summary: Firstly, matching the poles was a pain. Then, bending the fiberglass arch pole was a pain and seemed way too tight...I was waiting for it to snap. Thirdly, I got claustrophobia in it. The fly was pain to put up. Way too cramped inside. Used it once in a hurry before setting it up at home. After one night I got a cabin. Poor design. It even looks like a coffin.
Easy to put up, light and able to withstand most wet…
4 August 2009
Summary: Easy to put up, light and able to withstand most wet weather. Great for a hike. Bad ventilation and flat spots might lead to leakage if not pitched perfectly. I was sold this by a guy who said it was an American style design in that you put up the inner first. Does it rain in America??? Outer first seems logical to me.
I can say that I really like the tent. However, I…
19 May 2009
Summary: I can say that I really like the tent. However, I just spent a weekend motorcycle camping and I was very unhappy to find that the rain cover is breaking down. This tent is a couple years old, and lightly used. No problems with tears, or zippers, but the inner surface of the rain cover is very sticky, it appears that the waterproofing is breaking down. In addition, the seams are cracking and crumbling what appears to be a wax like sealant.