by Gear BoyfromLightweight, Sturdy & easy to pitch/packOkay so I bought this tent a few months back when it first became available. What first attracted me was the price, and the weight. The fact that TNF makes it did not hurt either. First impression when setting up in my living room was wow this thing is easy to pitch. The following are some initial highlights. I will also describe how it worked on a Mt Whitney trip in mid May 2012.
-easy to set up
-comes with 4 snow/sand anchors
-lightweight only weighs 5 pounds I weighed on my fish scale and it was dead on.
-you can ditch the vestibule and save a pound great if your going solo or just want lighter pack.
-sturdy from what i could tell winds never got above 20 mph the first night so can't say for sure but would expect it to hold up very well in higher winds.
-warm granted it never got below around 25 but still it was a warm tent.
-very little condensation. I think the second night we had the vent closed a little to much and and tiny piece of my wife's sleeping bag got wet but that was user error and it really was no big deal.
-looks pretty cool several folks made comments.
-vestibule is a nice size it fit 2 70 liter packs, our boots and stove and I still had room to get in and out without moving things.
-good size gear loft for 2 people. Note there are no side pockets inside.
- the vent in back makes for a great window.
-this tent is small which for me 5'7" and my wife 5'3" was fine but if your taller than 5'11" to 6 feet I would think this would be very tight. We were using Neo Air pads with foam mats and with my feet at one end we had about 5 inches of headroom enough for water bottles and some food etc.
-Although it never rained on us I would think this tent would not be great for heavy rain. But it's really not designed for that so if your going to be in heavy rain I might look at a tent with a fly.
My recent trip up Whitney had us camping at 10,000 and 12,000 feet on no snow so can't comment on how it performs in those conditions but I would imagine as long as you vent properly then your good to go. This tent was warm again temps never got below 25 but on the first night I was sweating in my 15 degree bag with light smartwool underwear and a light down jacket and beanie. Had to take off jacket and booties to get comfortable. When the wind did blow it held up well and had almost no noise. I used the snow anchors and placed large rocks on them in the front and sides and used stakes and rocks in the other areas. I wished it came with 6 anchors instead of 4 but I can always buy 2 more. All in all I loved the tent. keep in mind if your looking for a super roomy 2 man tent this is not it. So if your looking for a low priced, light mountaineering tent my opinion is that this is a solid buy for the money.
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 4out of5
by graniteLoverfromYou get so much for your money!I used this tent for a solo trip to Mt Whitney via the mountaineer's route on early April, 2013. The weather forecast did not call for rain or snow, but some strong winds were predicted at night. I camped at the Upper Boy-scout Lake area, which was fairly dry, and the winds brought down the temperature to the teens after sunset. This single wall tent provided a warm space from the elements outside. Setup was very easy, because it is NOT an internal pole design. I'm sure there are others, who are masters at setting up internal pole tents, but I'm tent-setup-challenged; however, I was still able to get the Assault2 up and ready within 5minutes, and I've seen others set this up in 2minutes. The upper mesh on the door and back side of the tent allowed enough venting to prevent condensation. The guylines are of thin light weight material, but still very strong. I tied the tent down with big rocks, and I felt bomb proof against the gusts over night. I left the vestibule and the stakes at home, which made for a very light trek, and the weight felt as if it was only 3pounds, but I'm sure it was actually about 4pounds.
The reason I could not give five stars is because of the fabric material. Initially, I bought the Black Diamond I-tent, but I had to return it because I found its internal pole design to be difficult for me to setup. Its fabric is amazing though with the tough thick material, and it could probably even do well in the Himalayas. In contrast, the Assault2's fabric feels thin and flimsy, and yet its weight is still close to the BD I-tent. The tent floor for both products feels very thin, but a matching ground cloth is available for the BD I-tent; while, there is no footprint specifically for the TNF Assault2, or perhaps I didn't search enough. This was not a major problem for me though, because I used the footprint of my summer tent. It was not the same size, but one can easily make it work. In addition, this is a very small tent designed mainly for an assault to the summit, hense the name. Even though its supposed to be for two occupants, fitting two small individuals could be uncomfortable.
Overall, I'm very happy with The North Face Assault2 tent, because its strength against the winds and includes so much accessories for the money.
Date published: 2013-05-01
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