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  • New lightweight nylon fly and canopy
  • Fully taped, cut-in nylon bucket floor for added structural strength
  • Dual doors with poled, dual-entry front vestibule
  • DAC poles and stakes deliver an unparalleled strength-to-weight ratio; combination of pole sleeves and clips maximizes strength and ease of pitch
  • Welded reinforcements at critical points on fly; polyurethane port window is cold-crack tested to -60° (-51°C)
  • High / low venting with multiple new venting options throughout
  • Features 8 interior pockets plus stuff pockets to quickly stow tent doors, plentiful internal hanger loops are compatible with the Tentertainment CJ2V gear loft (not included)
  • Includes 4 snow stakes, high-strength reflective guylines with equalizers at multiple attachment points and glow-in-the-dark color-coded zipper pulls


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Best Use Mountaineering
Seasons 4-season
Sleeping Capacity 3-person
Minimum Trail Weight 9 lbs. 8 oz.
Fly / Footprint Pitch Weight 6 lbs. 8.5 oz.
Packaged Weight 10 lbs. 5 oz.
Packed Size 9 x 24 inches
Floor Dimensions Unavailable
Floor Area 48 square feet
Vestibule Area 11 / 5 square feet
Peak Height 48 inches
Number of Doors 2 doors
Number of Poles 5
Pole Material Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL
Pole Diameter 9 millimeters
Canopy Fabric 40-denier polyurethane-coated nylon
Floor Fabric 40-denier ripstop nylon
Rainfly Fabric 70-denier polyurethane-coated nylon
Design Type Freestanding
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have a 10-yr old version (pre Summit Series branding) This is an expedition tent. It's heavy. It'll stand up in absurd winds experienced above treeline. I've used it in the Cascades, Whites, Denali, Andes, Patagonia. I once had a pole bend when it snowed 3' in Yosemite but it was my fault (or my partner's) for not getting out and shoveling off a foot of snow around 3am. TNF sent me a new pole--guaranteed for life. I'm shocked anyone would buy this for car camping given it's $$$$. When I go summer camping below treeline I don't use this; it's too warm and unnecessarily heavy. One exception to that rule is if you anticipate 50+ mph winds, then use this and stake out every guy.
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Durable I bought the then VE24 "Windy Pass" version circa 1984. Have used it extensively over the years since. It's never failed me in years of backpacking, climbing and in recent years motorcycle touring. I actually bought the full rent VE25 some years ago after hearing that North Face was in financial trouble. I worried I might not be able to replace my trusty VE24. But the company stayed strong and aside from setting it up in my living room, the 25 has stayed in reserve. You can't kill these tents. One Gripe. NF quit selling the tent pole bag with the multi attachment loops. My duck taped original survives!
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Is new, lighter weight design a compromise with robustness? Just purchased a VE 25 tent from a TNF dealer & am concerned that while the new design (black/white canopy & black/gold fly) may be lighter in weight, the tent robustness may be compromised with the new design...rain fly now 40D, was 75D (may be more likely to leak, less heat retention, less wind break); clips in place of sleeves (create stress points); no more spacer to keep fly off of tent canopy (especially since it's thinner & when wet); & the doors no longer have a full screen. The Summit Series logo is also missing...does this mean the new design no longer meets the same performance tests - I'd like to see data comparing designs under field testing?? We have not used the tent yet, so I may be proven wrong...just my first impression.
Date published: 2016-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ve-25 I love my new northface ve-25 four season tent. I owned a ve-25 that I bought in 1985 and it lasted for 30 years of really tough useage and I loved that tent but this new one is 100% better in every way! Every detail has been refined and improved and I expect it to perform even better!
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Total Security I've owned my VE-25 for two seasons now and love this tent. The only possible objection is that it's heavy, but since I almost always pull a sled in winter the extra four pounds compared to lesser tents isn't a concern. You get a lot of quality and security in that extra couple of pounds. Setup is easy once you have done it a few times. The guy line system is fantastic - easy, adjustable and stable. Once setup being inside this tent is a dream. There's storage everywhere, it ventilates well with vents completely accessible inside the tent. Reflective zipper pulls and an overall feeling of high quality seal the deal. I recently winter camped in strong winds, steady at 20+ mph with big gusts and slept like a baby all night. In winter it's easily 10 to 15 degrees warmer inside this tent than outside. I own several tents and am frequently looking at and researching others. I have other tents that are better for long summer hikes and for car camping, but if the weather is cold or sketchy this is the tent to use. I honestly don't think that there's a better tent out there.
Date published: 2014-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firm commitment I've use the VE 25 tent for over 3 decades now. I've mountaineered in Alaska and Glacier; backcountry expeditions in West Yellowstone at -40 and camped in Big Bend at 100+. I've use this tent religiously it most all situations and yes I've gone thru 4 tents. My first VE did not have a vestibule and I used it nearly every weekend for over three years in the high peaks of the Adirondacks and White Mountains it was great until I just wore it out in about 8 years, I returned it to North Face and but alas it couldn't be repaired however they replaced it, and the new one served me for almost 10 years. I came across the VE 25 "Guide" version, I bought it because I was wearing out the VE so quickly and the "Guide" still serves me well today as a backup or spare tent of use by others. However I still had the VE 25 which devoloped a mold problem on it and the waterproofness started to fail, so after 10 years I again returned it to North Face, they informed me the mold damage wasn't covered under the warranty, however they sold me a new VE25 at a reasonable cost and to this day is my primary tent for three seasons. The VE25 tends to be too warm in the summer months, the ventilation is ok, but when you're at 90F+ it is hot. I resort to another NF tent for summer. But in winter especially in storms it's bombproof! I've been in blizzards, hurricanes and some great weather and I love this tent. When or shall I say IF my VEs wear out, I will replace them with a new VE.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wind proof tent VE 25 performed well in serious winds, it's a bit heavy but this tents built like a tank.
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! Amazing tent - tons of space, great air flow, kept us completely dry in the middle of a crazy thunder and rain storm.
Date published: 2013-08-27
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Is there a 2- or 1-person equivalent of this tent?

Asked by: Elation
​A 2 person expedition tent by The North Face is the Assault 2:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-15

Does this come with the footprint or do I need to buy this separately?

Asked by: darren31
The footprint is sold separately.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-09

Exactly how are the 4 snow stakes used? I've got 4 triangles of material.

Asked by: ORjim
The snow stakes can be filled with snow or a large rocks. They are best served for guying out the rainfly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-14

Just bought this tent, awesome. What does the VE-25 stand for, or refer to? Thanks.

Asked by: nordicskier78
We do not have that information available. We encourage you to contact The North Face directly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-08

Going to orizaba and 3 other big volcanoes, need to know can it with stand denali or aconcagua level weather?

Asked by: Griff14
The VE-25 tent is expedition-worthy and has been used on both Aconcagua and Denali with success.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-18

Do you sell replacement rain flys for the Northface VE25 tent?

Asked by: JimP
​We do not sell replacement rainflys for this tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-28
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