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  • DryWall proprietary single skin provides unparalleled single-wall breathability
  • Single door and escape-hatch back door
  • Removable vestibule
  • 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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Best Use Mountaineering
Seasons 3 - 4-season
Sleeping Capacity 3-person
Minimum Trail Weight 5 lbs. 10 oz.
Fly / Footprint Pitch Weight Not applicable
Packaged Weight Unavailable
Packed Size 8 x 23 inches
Floor Dimensions Unavailable inches
Floor Area 37.5 square feet
Vestibule Area Unavailable
Peak Height 43 inches
Number of Doors 1 door
Number of Poles 4
Pole Material Extruded aluminum
Pole Diameter 9.6 millimeters
Canopy Fabric 50-denier DryWall durable ripstop polyester
Floor Fabric 40-denier ripstop nylon with 3000mm polyurethane coating
Rainfly Fabric Not applicable
Design Type Freestanding
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NOT waterproof I just used this tent last weekend to snow camp. Weather was on and off snow/rain, with 32 F degree temp. There were condensation within 2 hours of snow & rain, and we had to evacuate the tent and remove all our sleeping pads and bags to our friends and reassign tents. I had left this tent closed door but didn't take it down. By the morning, this tent had collected about a good liter of water INSIDE the tent. I was thoroughly disappointed, and read that the product spec calls for "water proof resistant-silicon treated single layer" and does not come with a rainfly. I live in Seattle and this tent is a no-go for a city that rains 75% of the year.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fit the bill, worked great! I have used this tent in -2 Celcius with 4 inches of snow while hiking. Very stable in high winds, kept me warm. Vestibule was great for my gear, and used it as a vent. It would be nice if you didn't have to pay for the canopy, but the price point is not bad. You should really set up the tent before you head out. This tent is truly a 2 person tent; three only if you are comfortable being really tight. I think over all the tent is great, and some of the reviewers sound like they were looking to buy a light weight log cabin with a luxury king sized bed. Then obviously this is not the tent for you.
Date published: 2015-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing tent. No where does it say that this tent is WATER PROOF. I don't understand why that would be a downside to this tent in previous reviews. Also setting up this tent was a snap. First time setting it up without the fly was about 5 minutes. Perfect! If you dont wanna get wet then get a hotel lol or bring a tarp. Enough said. I camped at the top of Shasta in 60 mph winds and did not worry one bit. This tent did exactly what it was supposed to do. Create a perfect comfy safe shelter from the elements. Done and done. I am sure the ones that call themselves minimalists that have left cruddy reviews on this tent probably bring caviar and crystal ware with them as well as a butler hahaha. Grow up boys and girls. Indiana Jones would be ashamed of your so called adventures ;)
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's a snow tent! not waterproof! The tent feels well made and sturdy, it's not easy to buy out of the USA. I did it in Spain and even at official TNF stores the workers didn't know it. The tent has amazing specifications, and just one layer could offer a very lightweight option. I went to Iceland in summer with it and before that to the north of spain (coast, humid during the evening). At first I thought it was a little wet inside because of condensation, but it was the humidity from the outside. I didn't give it enough importance. I arrived to Iceland with my father and brother and after two nights waking up a little wet (and risking our expensive sleeping bags) because of outside humidity there was one where we had some light rain. Yes, light rain, not a heavy pouring rain and not a storm. We ended up covering the tent with an extra protection floor and still woke up liters of water inside the tent. It just soaked. The tent is NOT waterproof, not even a little water repellent. I've seen videos from those summit explorers using it on the Himalayas so I guess it's an awesome tent for snow and winter season, but be aware of the non waterproofness of the tent. After sleeping the rest of the days in hotels with our trip and camping experience frustrated because of that we contacted service, sent the tent back, the people from TNFace proofed it and gave us the money back. I use to love The North Face products but they state in the web that this tent is waterproof and it's nothing like it. I recorded a video inside the tent with my whole hand inside water after the light rain, if anyone want's to see it I'll post it on youtube.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent All Season Option, But .... All things being said this is a fantastic option for those of us looking for a great all season option that can withstand the elements while also offering sufficient breathability during the warm summer months. Setting up the tent was simple enough, but as a casual camper and aspirational adventurer I was a bit disappointed with the lack of instructions as it pertained to maximizing its effectiveness and stability. The instructions were literally 6 pictures - nothing about orientation during high winds, or how to properly stake down your structure. I have to imagine this tent being the newest on the North Face block was purpose built and by not relaying how we as the consumer can take advantage of that was well - disappointing. Aside from the above upon initial setup of the tent I discovered the vestibule, which was advertised as Summit Gold and Asphalt Grey to match the base, was in fact orange. Concerned that perhaps it was a defect I contacted support and asked if they were able to confirm on a floor model the color of the vestibule - the response was that they don't have the Assault 3 in store, further more it's not at any store across the country. Big seller i asked? No, we just never received any and as such can't confirm visually the color. A bit surprised that the newest tent in the lineup had been out in the market for months yet no store associate has ever seen one or knew anything other than what was printed on the website. Sadly the only advice I keep receiving is to return it and hope for a correction - seems a waste of not only my time but REI resources. I love the tent, but I just want what was advertised or its representation online to be corrected. Well to sum up. great all season tent, no storage, no instructions, no advertised accessories, vestibule may be orange or yellow or purple for that matter, and you can't see it stores.
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very difficult tent I went on a mountaineering trip with a group of 8, we used 4 of these tents. They were horrible. We got soaked at night unless all the windows and the door was opened in freezing temps. The tent poles are too long and make it impossible to set up and take down quickly. My fingers were pinched multiple times trying to get the poles inserted into the grommet holes.
Date published: 2016-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A rock solid tent After using this tent in multiple climates and environments, I figure its time to give it a solid review. I've owned this tent for about a year now and it has almost always fit the bill for what I need. First off, yes- the vestibule is a different colour (orange) from the rest of the tent, but that really doesn't matter. Second, this single wall tent does begin to absorb moisture in a rainstorm, but I have never woken up with water inside the tent. It does however pick up condensation in bad weather as all the vents must be closed, so I have woken up with wet walls in the morning. For this reason I usually carry a lightweight tarp in my bag just in case of heavy rain for peace of mind (plus it can always come in handy for other applications). In the summer this tent can definitely be quite hot even with all of the vents left open. However, this tent excels in harsh climates. It is an extremely warm tent, and covered in snow it is just as sturdy as it is in summer. Its crazy how bombproof this tent feels. This is by far the most windproof tent I've found. If you want to test how air sealed the interior is, set up the tent, zip up all of the vents and doors, and try to take the tent down. It will almost hold its shape without any of the poles supporting it and its virtually impossible to squish the air out to pack it down. In windstorms the tent barely sways. This tent is also quite lightweight for being a 4 season, 3 man tent. All in all, this tent is definitely not the tent for everyone. It is purpose built and doesn't have all of the features of most tents (ie storage pockets, double doors) , and unless you are using it for high alpine multi-season endeavours, then you are most likely better off with a 3 season mesh tent with fly. However, if this is going to be your basecamp to summit tent, especially in windy variable winter conditions then this is the tent for you. This tent crushes peaks!
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK tent, but not the best! Prior to purchasing a 4 season backpacking tent, my wife and I did some extensive research and testing before spending hundreds of $$. My brother owns one of these and let us borrow it for a late-November trip and I'd like to share with you our findings. With regards to weight, it is not the lightest but certainly far from the heaviest. Set up is not hard, definitely not as difficult as one reviewer stated. I actually prefer a sleeve design in a 4 season tent - feels more bomb proof. Functionally, it performed ok. There was no snow or rain so I can't comment on its weatherproofing but it kept us warm during a breezy cold weekend. As for the bad: there is only one entrance, I prefer two. Although it has an "escape hatch" in the back, I assume a larger backpacker, such as myself, would find it a bit cumbersome to use. There is no fly, so during rain all vents must be closed leaving zero ventilation. There is a vestibule that attaches to the entrance which is adequate for storing your packs, boots and misc gear. It may be trivial, but the vestibule color does not match that of the tent body. It is a pale, orangey-yellow, nacho cheese color whereas the tent is a brilliant TNF Summit Gold. Weird why they didn't make it the same color. There are no storage pockets inside. I repeat, there are NO storage pockets inside!! Really? You have to spring another $20+ for a gear loft just so you have somewhere to stash your headlamp, cell phone, etc.. There is no mesh option on the door, so ventilation is strictly limited to three small windows (2 on the ceiling 1 on the escape hatch), which I'm assuming can get a little stuffy during warmer weather. Condensation was not an issue. To reiterate, it functions just fine as a 4 season tent. However, the hefty price tag, along with my personal list of cons, makes it a less viable option (for the price). If you can spring a little more cash, I would HIGHLY recommend the Mountain 25, which is what we went with and the BEST tent IMO.
Date published: 2015-12-12
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