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  • Main door with a removable vestibule, plus an escape-hatch back door
  • Proprietary DryWall single skin provides unparalleled single-wall breathability
  • Floor is made of ripstop nylon with 3,000mm polyurethane coating and water-resistant silicone finish
  • Vestibule canopy is made of ripstop nylon with 1,500mm polyurethane coating and water-resistant silicone finish
  • Dual top vents increase breathability and stability
  • Ample tabs for hanging stoves, drying lines or gear lofts
  • Easy-pitch X-tent design
  • DAC stakes

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Specs

Best Use Backpacking
Seasons 4-season
Sleeping Capacity 2-person
Minimum Trail Weight 3 lbs. 4 oz.
Fly / Footprint Pitch Weight Not applicable
Packaged Weight 4 lbs. 15 oz.
Packed Size 20 x 6 inches
Floor Dimensions 82 x 45 inches
Floor Area 27.3 square feet
Vestibule Area 26 square feet
Peak Height 40 inches
Number of Doors 1 door
Number of Poles 2 + 1
Pole Material Aluminum
Pole Diameter 9 millimeters
Canopy Fabric 50-denier DryWall ripstop polyester
Floor Fabric 40-denier ripstop nylon
Rainfly Fabric Vestibule canopy: 30-denier ripstop nylon
Ultralight Yes
Design Type Freestanding
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect tent for mountaineering. My first impression with the tent is the vestibule that no other tents come with it. Secondly, the body tent is roomy inside with many ample tabs to hang just about anything. I have bought gear loft, of course. I'm a big fan of one door entry to eliminate the weight of the tent. I love the escape-hatch and all opened vents to pressurize evenly inside/outside of the tent to keep the tent strong. I have no issue with condensation inside my tent if you open the vents properly. Vestibule really comes handy to keep the snow/rain out the main door entry and to store things outside. I must stay that I like the zipper glows at night. This tent keeps me warm all night. I hope this tent will last me a lifetime which I am very sure of its quality.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect tent for wherever life takes you I primarily use the tent for backpacking, but purchased it with the intent of mountaineering. After multiples uses I can truly say this was built for all occasions, even the worst. Perfect all year long camping, plenty of room, and super simple to set setup up in the dark. Tough to ask for more.
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Assault 2..... I LOVE IT! I got this tent as a gift as my family knows I love to travel, hike,camp,& fish. The Assault 2 is my go to tent for all of those situations! I love the removable vestibule & I love the design and how it's setup to handle wind and equalize pressure in the tent and keep it nice and comfortable. I've been in it in a thunderstorm with 50-60mph winds and heavy rain, been in a snowstorm in it while ice fishing (I could've driven home but had my Assault in my car) I set it up in a snap and I hang my heater from 1 of the MANY gear tabs it has to hang gear or whatever u want. I just can't say enough about this tent. I'm going to be going to Alaska in the winter next year (2016) I'm planning on purchasing The North Face 2 Meter Dome to take up north. I've heard ppl say I should buy an "Arctic Oven" but I can't leave The North Face brand the gear is AWESOME, the customer support is FANTASTIC and I just trust the gear will always work and not fail as long as I use it properly. I recently broke a pole on my Assault 2 I called customer service to see about BUYING a replacement and they said "No need to purchase a new pole we will replace your item FREE!" That's customer service! So keep making awesome stuff & I'll keep on coming back. The North Face is always on my Christmas list every year in 1 way or the other.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality tent for 4 season I bought this tent because I need a winter tent to withstand extreme weather. This tent is well built. Plenty of vents to keep the condensation out. I opened all vents all night and didn't have any condensation problem in Arizona. I have not tried in humidity yet. I had snow covered and strong rain/wind. This tent is so strong to withstand the wind using the guylines. Very roomy inside. I love many loop hooks to hang things and use gear loft. I'm a big fan of North Face (owns three tents). This will last me a lifetime.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Snug shelter on Mt. Rainier After too many years cobbling together snow shelters - I researched many single-wall options and settled on this tent. It includes the vestibule (most other options do not), which is very functional and very easy to attach.The guy lines are effective and easy to tension. I used a total of 12 SMC snow anchors; 8 to secure the tent, plus 4 to secure the vestibule.The conditions = moderate winter temperatures (mid 20's to mid 30's), windy (sustained ~20 mph / gusts ~30 mph), pellet snow, and large flakes (~ 10 inches total over 3 days). It was easy to limit moisture in the tent by using the the meshed/zippered vents at the crown. The small pole-supported awnings kept the vents snow-free while the winds were low and snow falling vertically. When the winds increased, I just closed the vent facing the wind. The rear window was closed almost the entire 3 days. The front door was left partially open most of the time because the vestibule was so effective. The side skirts on the vestibule were key to limiting snow incursion on the sides, while the front skirt was hanging freely into a foot-well. A limited amount of snow tumbled into the front of the foot-well, but none got into the tent through the front door, nor onto boots and other gear stored a few inches away from the front of the vestibule. I'm 6 feet tall with broad shoulders, so this 2-person tent was a good choice for me and most of my gear. I had plenty of room to sit up, change clothes, and unpack/pack. It was easy change wet and snowy footwear outside the tent but inside the vestibule.I just dangled my legs into the foot-well while seated at the front door of the tent. Breakdown was fast and easy - the vast majority of the time was spent excavating snow anchors. I plan to use this tent in the summer on a week-long bike ride. I expect the tent to ventilate well with the vents, window, and door all open. Are you looking for a single-wall, weatherproof, lightweight, & very effective shelter? Consider this tent!
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good in rain at all The Assault 2 has no rain fly and was extremely leaky in a 1" rainfall (never a downpour but steady over 24 hours or so). How does one design a tent these days with no rain fly? There were pools of water everywhere, so it's definitely not a four-season tent. Not even a one season if you're expecting to stay dry.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "LIFETIME GUARANTEE" ???? NOT I would use this product if I absolutely knew it wasn't going to snow or rain.I like it because the tent wall is solid all around (no mesh).Great for helping to keep warm air inside in cold weather. Don't like it because the poles bent after high winds and snow piling up and I was soaked inside after the snow began to melt. The warm tent wall caused the snow to melt and droplets of water formed inside. Little by little everything inside the tent including myself was wet in the cold. I had to wake up at 2 am to pack everything inside my backpack and wait for first light to cancel our trip and go home. I thought it would at least provide better protection from snow. Apparently it's ONLY for 16,000 ft. or higher. Where the snow won't have a chance to become water. I'm not going to experiment and take this tent with me when I do go to Denali or anywhere high though. I'm just not sure it's going to keep me dry. If I have to wait out a storm, and my tent wall is warm from me being inside, and the snow begins to melt..then what.. ???NOPE SORRY, I'll just get something else. I really thought THE NORTH FACE Assault 2 was going to be my favorite tent... light, functional, strong... and advertised as having DryWall. Misleading name to give material that isn't waterproof. But ok, so it's not waterproof... my fault for sure... silly me for thinking DryWall meant waterproof. Here's what really made me decide to really think about buying any more TheNorthFace equipment. I sent the tent for warranty service. My poles bent after a strong wind storm. Customer service suggested I bring the tent to an official TheNorthFace store to ship it for free, and it would be faster than bringing it to a distribution store. Ok, I drive the extra 50 miles and bring it to East Hartford, CT Westfield shopping center. There it sits for almost 3 weeks. Finally get a call from warranty after it ships, they state no defects found. I ask if I can buy the poles, they say NO, and ship back.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Waterproof I purchased this tent thinking I was so much smarter then my friends with their fancy one single wall tents from other brands. The Assault 2 was lighter, and much cosier. The honeymoon didn't last. After a couple trips where this tent performed well in high winds, and was far more spacious than other tents I was pretty happy. Sure some condensation formed, but it's a single wall tent. What do you expect. I took it on a mountaineering trip. Due to poor weather we stayed in the valley. Rain battered all night. In the morning I awoke to a cool sensation. My whole tent was flooded. There was at least 4 litres of water, if not more in the tent. Careful inspection of the walls revealed the problem. The seams were fine. The walls themselves were dripping. Not from condensation, but from wetting out completely. Assuming that this tent just hadn't been treated in factory with the final membrane, a common enough mistake, I attempted to warranty it. I was informed this tent was for extreme alpinism only, and that I just didn't understand condensation. a) If it's only for extreme alpinism then why bother with mosquito netting, and don't most extreme alpine adventures begin in the valley? b) I'm pretty sure a 140lb male can't create 3- 4 litres of condensation in a 8 hour period. I was hoping this purchase would redeem North Face in my eyes. It only confirmed to me that North Face is not what it used to be.
Date published: 2017-03-22
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Is this tent waterproof? I see reviews that it leaks?

Asked by: Cal23
Actually it's not waterproof. Made for snow and high mountains, but not for rain.
Answered by: Zardoz
Date published: 2017-07-15

Most tents of this style and floor length are cramped for a person 6' or taller. If someone of that height was using this tent on a pad, would either their feet or head be touching the end of the tent while laying down?

Asked by: Hiking toaster
Whatever measured they provide at ground level, it doesn't translate to livable space 10 inches above ground because of sloped walls. I am 5ft 9". Used in winter sleeping on a foam mattress and a Neoair pad, in a -10 bag at 0 degrees. My head and feet were touching the ends. I was alone, so I slept diagonally. The bag ends were still touching the single wall, so they got soaked in condensation despite having all three vents full open and similar opening at the door.
Answered by: Iago V
Date published: 2017-02-03

What is the weight of the Assault 2 tent minus the vestibule?

Asked by: ETB
Without the vestibule, the package weight for the Assault 2 Tent is 4 pounds 2 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-17

Has anyone who has this tent also bought the footprint? If so, is it a must or does the tent do just fine without it?

Asked by: Brittnee
The Assault 2 Tent should perform just fine without a footprint if care is taken. That said we always recommend purchasing a footprint with every tent that we sell. Footprints protect the bottom of your tent and provide additional water protection.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-26
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect tent for mountaineering. My first impression with the tent is the vestibule that no other tents come with it. Secondly, the body tent is roomy inside with many ample tabs to hang just about anything. I have bought gear loft, of course. I'm a big fan of one door entry to eliminate the weight of the tent. I love the escape-hatch and all opened vents to pressurize evenly inside/outside of the tent to keep the tent strong. I have no issue with condensation inside my tent if you open the vents properly. Vestibule really comes handy to keep the snow/rain out the main door entry and to store things outside. I must stay that I like the zipper glows at night. This tent keeps me warm all night. I hope this tent will last me a lifetime which I am very sure of its quality.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect tent for wherever life takes you I primarily use the tent for backpacking, but purchased it with the intent of mountaineering. After multiples uses I can truly say this was built for all occasions, even the worst. Perfect all year long camping, plenty of room, and super simple to set setup up in the dark. Tough to ask for more.
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Assault 2..... I LOVE IT! I got this tent as a gift as my family knows I love to travel, hike,camp,& fish. The Assault 2 is my go to tent for all of those situations! I love the removable vestibule & I love the design and how it's setup to handle wind and equalize pressure in the tent and keep it nice and comfortable. I've been in it in a thunderstorm with 50-60mph winds and heavy rain, been in a snowstorm in it while ice fishing (I could've driven home but had my Assault in my car) I set it up in a snap and I hang my heater from 1 of the MANY gear tabs it has to hang gear or whatever u want. I just can't say enough about this tent. I'm going to be going to Alaska in the winter next year (2016) I'm planning on purchasing The North Face 2 Meter Dome to take up north. I've heard ppl say I should buy an "Arctic Oven" but I can't leave The North Face brand the gear is AWESOME, the customer support is FANTASTIC and I just trust the gear will always work and not fail as long as I use it properly. I recently broke a pole on my Assault 2 I called customer service to see about BUYING a replacement and they said "No need to purchase a new pole we will replace your item FREE!" That's customer service! So keep making awesome stuff & I'll keep on coming back. The North Face is always on my Christmas list every year in 1 way or the other.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality tent for 4 season I bought this tent because I need a winter tent to withstand extreme weather. This tent is well built. Plenty of vents to keep the condensation out. I opened all vents all night and didn't have any condensation problem in Arizona. I have not tried in humidity yet. I had snow covered and strong rain/wind. This tent is so strong to withstand the wind using the guylines. Very roomy inside. I love many loop hooks to hang things and use gear loft. I'm a big fan of North Face (owns three tents). This will last me a lifetime.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Snug shelter on Mt. Rainier After too many years cobbling together snow shelters - I researched many single-wall options and settled on this tent. It includes the vestibule (most other options do not), which is very functional and very easy to attach.The guy lines are effective and easy to tension. I used a total of 12 SMC snow anchors; 8 to secure the tent, plus 4 to secure the vestibule.The conditions = moderate winter temperatures (mid 20's to mid 30's), windy (sustained ~20 mph / gusts ~30 mph), pellet snow, and large flakes (~ 10 inches total over 3 days). It was easy to limit moisture in the tent by using the the meshed/zippered vents at the crown. The small pole-supported awnings kept the vents snow-free while the winds were low and snow falling vertically. When the winds increased, I just closed the vent facing the wind. The rear window was closed almost the entire 3 days. The front door was left partially open most of the time because the vestibule was so effective. The side skirts on the vestibule were key to limiting snow incursion on the sides, while the front skirt was hanging freely into a foot-well. A limited amount of snow tumbled into the front of the foot-well, but none got into the tent through the front door, nor onto boots and other gear stored a few inches away from the front of the vestibule. I'm 6 feet tall with broad shoulders, so this 2-person tent was a good choice for me and most of my gear. I had plenty of room to sit up, change clothes, and unpack/pack. It was easy change wet and snowy footwear outside the tent but inside the vestibule.I just dangled my legs into the foot-well while seated at the front door of the tent. Breakdown was fast and easy - the vast majority of the time was spent excavating snow anchors. I plan to use this tent in the summer on a week-long bike ride. I expect the tent to ventilate well with the vents, window, and door all open. Are you looking for a single-wall, weatherproof, lightweight, & very effective shelter? Consider this tent!
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good in rain at all The Assault 2 has no rain fly and was extremely leaky in a 1" rainfall (never a downpour but steady over 24 hours or so). How does one design a tent these days with no rain fly? There were pools of water everywhere, so it's definitely not a four-season tent. Not even a one season if you're expecting to stay dry.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "LIFETIME GUARANTEE" ???? NOT I would use this product if I absolutely knew it wasn't going to snow or rain.I like it because the tent wall is solid all around (no mesh).Great for helping to keep warm air inside in cold weather. Don't like it because the poles bent after high winds and snow piling up and I was soaked inside after the snow began to melt. The warm tent wall caused the snow to melt and droplets of water formed inside. Little by little everything inside the tent including myself was wet in the cold. I had to wake up at 2 am to pack everything inside my backpack and wait for first light to cancel our trip and go home. I thought it would at least provide better protection from snow. Apparently it's ONLY for 16,000 ft. or higher. Where the snow won't have a chance to become water. I'm not going to experiment and take this tent with me when I do go to Denali or anywhere high though. I'm just not sure it's going to keep me dry. If I have to wait out a storm, and my tent wall is warm from me being inside, and the snow begins to melt..then what.. ???NOPE SORRY, I'll just get something else. I really thought THE NORTH FACE Assault 2 was going to be my favorite tent... light, functional, strong... and advertised as having DryWall. Misleading name to give material that isn't waterproof. But ok, so it's not waterproof... my fault for sure... silly me for thinking DryWall meant waterproof. Here's what really made me decide to really think about buying any more TheNorthFace equipment. I sent the tent for warranty service. My poles bent after a strong wind storm. Customer service suggested I bring the tent to an official TheNorthFace store to ship it for free, and it would be faster than bringing it to a distribution store. Ok, I drive the extra 50 miles and bring it to East Hartford, CT Westfield shopping center. There it sits for almost 3 weeks. Finally get a call from warranty after it ships, they state no defects found. I ask if I can buy the poles, they say NO, and ship back.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Waterproof I purchased this tent thinking I was so much smarter then my friends with their fancy one single wall tents from other brands. The Assault 2 was lighter, and much cosier. The honeymoon didn't last. After a couple trips where this tent performed well in high winds, and was far more spacious than other tents I was pretty happy. Sure some condensation formed, but it's a single wall tent. What do you expect. I took it on a mountaineering trip. Due to poor weather we stayed in the valley. Rain battered all night. In the morning I awoke to a cool sensation. My whole tent was flooded. There was at least 4 litres of water, if not more in the tent. Careful inspection of the walls revealed the problem. The seams were fine. The walls themselves were dripping. Not from condensation, but from wetting out completely. Assuming that this tent just hadn't been treated in factory with the final membrane, a common enough mistake, I attempted to warranty it. I was informed this tent was for extreme alpinism only, and that I just didn't understand condensation. a) If it's only for extreme alpinism then why bother with mosquito netting, and don't most extreme alpine adventures begin in the valley? b) I'm pretty sure a 140lb male can't create 3- 4 litres of condensation in a 8 hour period. I was hoping this purchase would redeem North Face in my eyes. It only confirmed to me that North Face is not what it used to be.
Date published: 2017-03-22
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Questions & Answers

Is this tent waterproof? I see reviews that it leaks?

Asked by: Cal23
Actually it's not waterproof. Made for snow and high mountains, but not for rain.
Answered by: Zardoz
Date published: 2017-07-15

Most tents of this style and floor length are cramped for a person 6' or taller. If someone of that height was using this tent on a pad, would either their feet or head be touching the end of the tent while laying down?

Asked by: Hiking toaster
Whatever measured they provide at ground level, it doesn't translate to livable space 10 inches above ground because of sloped walls. I am 5ft 9". Used in winter sleeping on a foam mattress and a Neoair pad, in a -10 bag at 0 degrees. My head and feet were touching the ends. I was alone, so I slept diagonally. The bag ends were still touching the single wall, so they got soaked in condensation despite having all three vents full open and similar opening at the door.
Answered by: Iago V
Date published: 2017-02-03

What is the weight of the Assault 2 tent minus the vestibule?

Asked by: ETB
Without the vestibule, the package weight for the Assault 2 Tent is 4 pounds 2 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-17

Has anyone who has this tent also bought the footprint? If so, is it a must or does the tent do just fine without it?

Asked by: Brittnee
The Assault 2 Tent should perform just fine without a footprint if care is taken. That said we always recommend purchasing a footprint with every tent that we sell. Footprints protect the bottom of your tent and provide additional water protection.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-26
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