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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't use if there's any chance of rain... I have used this tent 4 times now, all in the high peaks 10,000-13,000ft in Colorado. It works well if weather is completely dry...but if it rains, it will fill with water..and I mean this last trip I had to bail water out of the floor with my coffee cup multiple times during night. Also, the fly leaked water (dripped from ceiling) all night so our gear under it also got wet. It's a breathable fabric for dry air, but NOT a tent you can use if it rains, period...and how often is that really useful?...since weather in the mountains is unpredictable....
Date published: 2017-08-03
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 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
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 LEAKS - DOESNT COME WITH RAIN FLY! I bought this tent for a snow camping backpacking trip, only to realize that the rainfly was missing (should've opened it prior to the trip....) and unfortunately with the rain that night, the whole tent pooled up about 2 liters of rain inside. We were able to evacuate the tent before any of our other gears got wet. Returned this product the next day @ REI. Would not recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-09
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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: 2017-11-18

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: 2018-02-19

What is considered the minimal trail weight? What is the weight of vestibule?

Asked by: Mimi
​Minimum trail weight is the weight of the tent and poles (3 lbs, 4 oz). The weight of the vestibule is 1 pound, 9 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-30

What is the difference between the trail weight and packed weight here? It is so huge in this case.

Asked by: jvranjes
​Packaged weight includes everything packaged with the tent when you buy it new. Trail weight is comprised of only the components needed to make a viable shelter (in this case, the trail weight does not include the stakes, the guylines, stuff sacks, or the removable vestibule).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08

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: 2017-11-14

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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