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The North Face Kings Canyon 3 Tent


    The North Face Kings Canyon 3 Tent

    The North Face Kings Canyon 3 tent is a roomy, freestanding backpacking tent big enough for basecamp, but rugged enough for backcountry exploration. See details

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    The North Face Kings Canyon 3 tent is a roomy, freestanding backpacking tent big enough for basecamp, but rugged enough for backcountry exploration.

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    The North Face Kings Canyon 3 tent is a roomy, freestanding backpacking tent big enough for basecamp, but rugged enough for backcountry exploration.

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    The North Face Kings Canyon 3 tent is a roomy, freestanding backpacking tent big enough for basecamp, but rugged enough for backcountry exploration.

    • 2 doors with 2 vestibules offer private entries and personal gear storage
    • Double-hubbed poleset, crossing ridge pole and combination-diameter pole sizes maximize interior volume and provide a dry entrance
    • Color-coded webbing and poles make setup quick and easy
    • Lightweight and strong DAC Featherlite® NSL poles with press-fit connectors use an anodization process that lessens environmental impact
    • Twist-clips make pitching and disassembly easy and fast, and save weight
    • High-low ventilation design harnesses convection and cross-flow to help expel moisture vapor and prevent interior condensation
    • Lightweight silicone- and polyurethane-coated high-tenacity nylon rainfly material is rugged and weatherproof; fully taped bathtub floor prevents leaks through seams
    • Convenient overhead pockets stow headlamps and fragile items; also features abundant gear loops
    • Reflective guyline loops, guylines and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls make life easier at night
    • As a convenient option, poles and rainfly can be set up with the footprint (sold separately) to create a lightweight shelter
    • The North Face Kings Canyon 3 tent comes with stuff sacks, DAC tent stakes and guyline/tighteners

    Please note: The North Face products can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.


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    The North Face Kings Canyon 3 Tent Specs
    Best use
    5 lbs. 4 oz.
    2.38 kilograms
    4 pounds
    5 lbs. 14 oz.
    7 x 26 inches
    88 x 71 inches
    223 x 180 inches
    43 square feet
    10.5 + 10.5 square feet
    41.5 inches
    105 centimeters
    2 doors
    Double hubbed poleset / 1 cross pole
    DAC Featherlite NSL
    8 millimeters
    Ripstop nylon / no-see-um mesh
    Coated ripstop nylon
    Coated ripstop nylon
    Freestanding tent
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    The North Face Kings Canyon 3 Tent is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bomb-proof Luxury No one else has reviewed the three person version of this tent, and the two person version, which I believe is the same design, has two uninformative reviews that aren't very helpful. I like REI and I value that some people put a great deal of thought into reviewing gear, so I'm going to take the time to give my impressions. Apologies for the length. Let's start with the circumstances of my first outing with this tent. It was the end of the first week of June this past summer. A series of tornadoes tore through the Midwest on a Friday, taking several lives and they were quickly moving east as a line of intense thunderstorms. My fiance and I were setting out for Assateague Island for a long weekend of camping on the beach. I had bought this tent just for our trip so that we didn't have to cram into my two person tent. We knew we would be in for some weather our first night there as we checked the reports during the drive out and heard for the first time about the storms tearing through the heartland. By the time we had hiked into our campground and were setting up the winds were a steady 20mph and gusting considerably. Setting up a tent in those conditions is quite an undertaking. It is important to note that this tent does not come with enough stakes to secure all the guy lines. But I had brought an extra set of sand stakes knowing we would be setting up in the dunes. I highly recommend you set-up and tear-down this tent at least twice before taking it out. The pole design can be confusing at first and it is easy to invert the main hub and have to flip it over before attaching the body of the tent. However, this is not something that takes more than a couple cuss words and a minute to correct. Once set up with the guy lines as taught as I dared make them, I had my doubts about the structural integrity of the tent poles. Within a couple hours we were experiencing 40mph winds with violent gusts to easily to 60mph. The tent was flexing wildly as the rain began to come in buckets. Lightning was crashing all around us. It was by far the most extreme storm I have ever camped in. A couple times I woke at the sound of the tent flexing and lay awake listening to determine if the guy lines and stakes were holding, and feel the floor for any moisture. But it held, and not only that, it performed flawlessly. Not a drip of moisture made it inside and it poured all night long. I give it my bomb-proof seal of approval after that storm. It still boggles my mind that a pole did not snap, a seam did not rip, a guy line did not break. For the rest of the weekend it was a luxury to have that much room between the two of us. We didn't even need to use the awnings for our gear, it all came in with us and there was room to spare. Air circulation was superb and we never had any condensation issues. There were pockets for everything and gear loops for everything. The color in the pictures make it look white, but it is a sandy beige color. This actually is quite nice when inside the tent as it makes it seem more airy and light, and allows you to wake naturally with the sunrise. I dinged this tent for being heavy and difficult to set up, in the cons. I only say it is difficult to set up because it is not intuitive to work out the pole hub. A couple times setting it up and you'll be fine. And it is heavy, but for three people splitting the fly, tent, footprint and poles it would be fine. For two people doing high mile days, it's too much weight (look at the two person version which I believe is the exact same design). I prefer to go light as I can, but in good conditions when you could ditch the tent body and go with just the footprint and fly, I think it might be doable for two people and you have a veritable mansion. Our hike in to our campsite was about 1/4 of a mile from where we parked, so I had no weight concerns for this trip. But those are such minor complaints after it survived one of the worst storms of 2013, and by far the worst storm I have ever camped through, that I still give it a 5 star rating. If you have a camping trip for two that doesn't involve a long hike-in, this is a fantastic tent. Well done TNF!
    Date published: 2014-04-14

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