I got my special-edition PRO-Peace North Face VE-25…
23 July 2011
Summary: I got my special-edition PRO-Peace North Face VE-25 in 1986. I lived in it every day for 10 months as I walked across the United States. It has served me faithfully since then and only now is the UV degradation reducing it to a fair-weather friend. In Lincoln, NE, properly staked out, the tent, a friend, and I endured a thunderstorm that had clocked wind gusts of 114 mph. Mostly, we just weathered lots and lots of rain, some icy cold mornings, and baking sunshine.
This tent is like the shark, crocodile and turtle…
11 March 2010
Summary: This tent is like the shark, crocodile and turtle all rolled into one. So perfectly evolved the TNF has been making it for 20 years or something. I've had this for 14 years so I can't remember how much I paid. Been there done that in this brick @#%! house. 60-80 mph winds, heavy snow loads, pouring rain followed by heavy snow. It handles it, quietly so you can sleep. You would never know the wind was doing that until you get out to clear snow!.
Sturdy multipoled tent.Good in high winds and snow…
9 July 2009
Summary: Sturdy multipoled tent. Good in high winds and snow and feels well put together. However... I originally bought this to take into European mountain ranges in the summer so I (and two mates) can pitch it high up without fear. It was a upgrade from a Roadrunner 33 (2 season) which leaked badly. This had a small drio leak develop at the top where the clip lock in the flysheet clips onto the inner.
OK folks, I just read the reviews. I am upset with…
28 April 2009
Summary: OK folks, I just read the reviews. I am upset with NF because they are Sell-Outs, but let's face it...college kids have the money. NF can't make money on the mountaineers who buy a tent every 15 years. I have sent all kinds of stuff back to them. They fix it and are great. I have spoken with them about design and tested products for them. I have busted their balls about mitten friendly tents and the ease of setting up in extreme conditions.
This is a great tent!! However, it is difficult to…
12 March 2009
Summary: This is a great tent!! However, it is difficult to set up! You better practice before you hit the trails or else you will be cursing all the saints in alphabetical order. Lots of room, for two! buy some silicon spray to keep the zippers working properly overtime.
My VE is over ten years old. Although it's been used…
9 January 2009
Summary: My VE is over ten years old. Although it's been used in the Rockies, it has most often been used simply as a camping tent. I love the functionalist aspects of the thing: it goes up fast, is easy to work with and is especially drum-tight and unflappable inside. I find the interior to be both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, a beautiful space to occupy.
I have been a backpacker/camper for over 30 years.…
14 October 2008
Summary: I have been a backpacker/camper for over 30 years. I have camped in most conditions/seasons. I hike/camp about 240 days a year. I also do bicycle touring crosscountry USA. I have used many tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, stoves, boots, shoes, sandals, lights, etc. I used one tent for 28 years, the North Face VE-24 from 1978 to 2003 and took good care of it.
This is a nice tent but is now way over priced for…
10 August 2008
Summary: This is a nice tent but is now way over priced for where it is made. I used my brother's old VE 25 a few times. I don't like the yellow color. Great for snow, but forest camping you have to worry about dark tree sap and dirt staining it. Also, a little short on room inside. North Face products are now all made in China and are not as good! If you have one of the older U.S. made VE 25 tents hang on to it! It is worth something. Basically you are buying the name now.
The story of my VE 24-25:I bought a VE 24 (precursor…
12 May 2008
Summary: The story of my VE 24-25: I bought a VE 24 (precursor of the VE 25) in 1986 after my tent was blown off a ridge in the Italian mountains. We camped in a heavy storm with lots of other tents (80!) at the Midi (Chamonix): only the VE's survived. I camped a total of 30 weeks in winter: no problems. They exchanged the bottom for free. In 2001 the tent blew away and fell 600 metres. Only the outer hull was damaged. Luckily North Face found a spare VE 25 cover.
I used the previous version of this tent for 20 years…
18 June 2007
Summary: I used the previous version of this tent for 20 years in extreme weather conditions in Alaska. That tent took me through 3 storms with hurricane force winds, and it never failed me when all other tents around me were destroyed. I finally retired it last summer after the second fly became to sun damaged to be recovered. I plan to buy another one. North Face quality has gone down in the last years, but if this one is even close to the original, it can't be beaten.