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The North Face Minibus tent for 3 makes it easy to bring the creature comforts of home to the backcountry. This 3-season tent has great interior space and thoughtful livability features.

  • Stable 3-season shelter features 2 doors, 2 vestibules and a comprehensive color-coded design that speeds setup
  • Several well-designed technical elements improve the simplicity of pitching and help the tent remain taut and adjustable during use
  • Color-coded DAC Featherlite® NSL poles and webbing clips match up for easy pitching; these poles use an anodization process that lessens environmental impact
  • Join the canopy and fly in 1 easy click with specially designed clips
  • DAC Jake's Feet at tent floor corners keep the canopy taut and the structure sound, regardless of weather
  • H-Clips at pole crossings concentrate fabric tension at the strongest points in the tent's architecture and reduce weight
  • C-Clips create significantly greater interior volume while maintaining a campsite-friendly footprint size
  • Twist-clips make pitching and disassembly easy and fast, and save weight
  • Superlight siliconized nylon rainfly material is rugged and weatherproof; fully taped bathtub floor
  • 2 large vestibules match up with 2 large D-shaped doors; clever stash pockets in the vestibules can be accessed from inside or outside the tent
  • Large clear end window in vestibule allows weather watching
  • High-low ventilation design harnesses convection and crossflow to help expel moisture vapor and prevent interior condensation
  • Convenient overhead pockets stow headlamps and fragile items; abundant gear loops allow you to hang items from ceiling
  • Reflective guyline loops, guylines and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls make life easier at night
  • The North Face MInibus 3 includes compression stuff sack, stakes and guyline
  • Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only
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The North Face Minibus 3 Tent - 2012 Closeout Specs
Best use
6 lbs. 3 oz.
2,82 kilograms
4 lbs. 12 oz.
6 lbs. 12 oz.
7 x 24 inches
91.5 x 68 inches
232 x 173 centimeters
43 square feet
11.5 + 11.5 square feet
43 inches
109 centimeters
2 doors
DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum
9 millimeters
Coated ripstop nylon/polyester mesh
Coated nylon taffeta
Coated ripstop nylon
Freestanding tent
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The North Face Minibus 3 Tent - 2012 Closeoutis rated4.0out of5by1.
Rated4out of5byfromGreat tent for the closet voyuer.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' 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. Complaints: - 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.
Date published: 2013-02-15

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