Comments about The North Face Minibus 3 Tent - 2012 Closeout:
I've used this tent for Almost a year now over 4 seasons.
- Super easy to setup,even by yourself. Enough Room in each vestibule for 2 or 3 backpacks. - Used this tent in 40mph winds and it held up without a problem which was a suprise. - Have to say might not mean anything to some but the colors of this tent are just cool. Cool enough to make you feel like a kid at Toy' R' Us with Mom's credit card. - Nice and roomy. I'm 6'3 250lbs, and though I probably wouldn't share this tent with 2 strangers did manage it with 2 dogs (Italian Mastiff's..one was a small puppy) and my lady. FYI...if your hike to the top of the mountain in January (17 degrees) just before nightfall and you forgot the sleeping bag. Sleeping between 2 dogs in your tent is a great survival tactic. They understand staying warm. Trust me.
- The rainfly does collect water during heavy downpour in the top- middle section. Had to actually push the rainfly from underneath to get rid of the puddle.
- Like most three season backpacking tents there is zero privacy as this is an all mesh tent. Even worse if temps are low and there is any wind don't expect any protection from draft unless you figure out a way to block the gap underneath the rainfly. For this reason more than anything I decided to switch to a Big Agnes tent. Wind protection and privacy are big issues as I am often camping with my lady on a campground or backpacking on the side of a windy mountain.
-The doors are easy enough to exit but not quite as easy as the Big Agnes Copper Spur 3 which is considerably more expensive at the moment (I'm 6'3)
Still decided to give this tent 4 stars as it is a very sturdy build which works well for it's intended 3-season use. A little less mesh and this tent is easily 4.5 stars.
Attached a pic of a backyard test run. As you can see a queen air matress just fit in there.
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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend