The North Face Phoenix 2 Tentis rated2.5out of5by2.
Rated4out of5bypabstafromSo far, so good.I looked for a small, lightweight tent that would fit in a 36L backpack for solo rides in the fall. This seemed like a good product with enough space for a 6' person.
I have used it twice for several days, both times under mild rains (3-4 hours/night), and no water came in. I am however still skeptical of its waterproof property under sustained heavy rains.
Condensation, or high humidity, is an issue and one needs to think of the best way to orient the tent to exploit winds to change air (if it is not too cold). Otherwise, expect humid gear.
It is still a good compromise for its weight, specially if you have to carry a tent alone.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated1out of5bybackpackerclintfromVery DisappointedI went to the Payette National Forest last week to try out my new tent. As I was setting it up, clouds started to roll in. Within an hour it started to rain and continued to for two days. At first the tent held true to it's claims but after about 8 hours of steady rain, I noticed some small drops of water pooling up in the two opposite corners where there are mesh pockets. I checked around the inside of the tent and it was dry everywhere except these two spots. The seam connecting the mesh to the bottom of the tent appeared to wick water from the outside in. This it a terrible flaw in the design of the tent. I used a small towel to clean up the water but as the rain continued, the amount of water leaking in increased.
After 24 hours of rain, the tent started to leak through the ceiling right along the taped seams. At first I thought it was condensation but when I would dry off the ceiling, I could see water begin to seep in. My sleeping bag and gear started to get wet from the dripping ceiling. In attempt to keep my stuff dry, I had to use my towel to sop up the water from the ceiling and corners about every two hours.
Thank goodness the temperature was mild enough that I did not get cold at night despite my down bag was wet in areas. This tent is a big disappointment and is the first tent I have owned that leaks. If I had gone on a trip with cooler temperatures, I could have been much more miserable than I was. I have attached pictures to show the troubled areas.
Date published: 2013-06-26
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