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VE 25

 

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: VE 25

Manufacturer: The North Face

Your Opinion: 
 - 7 Votes
 

 

Page By: William Marler

Created/Edited: Dec 10, 2002 / Dec 10, 2002

Object ID: 587

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Polyester ripstop fly sheet is UV resistant and low absorbent plus seam-taped and polyurethane-coated for waterproofness. Nylon ripstop canopy is lightweight and breathable with soothing color and partial translucence for long-term user satisfaction. Taped, seam-tensioned true bucket floor offers clean anglesand usable space of a catenary cut without requiring seam sealing. Easton 7075-E9 aluminum poles are the strongest, lightest alloy available for the ultimate in tent performance Continuous pole sleeves increase structural integrity and ease pitching. 16 guy points, including four 3-point equalizing guy lines, pull to 8 stake points for unparalleled support in extreme conditions. Reflective guy line loops, guy lines and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls make it easy to find the tent or adjust it in the dark without knocking it over. Durable polyurethane windows, cold-crack tested to -60°F, are located near vents to allow for fog-free wildlife/weather viewing. Internally adjusted top vents with mesh screens assure spindrift melts onto fly sheet, and vent doors come together to form a top gear loft. Cone vents in vestibules work with doors and other vents to provide cross-drafting and climate control choices. Dual doors provide easy accessibility and venting options. Color-coding of tent poles to pole sleeves/pole sleeve binding and canopy webbing to fly sheet webbing eases pitching and ensures correct set-up the first time. Adjustable ground tensioners on vestibules assure taut tent pitches on uneven ground. Fly-only pitching with fly sheet, poles and a matched TNF. Footprint provides a summer weight-saving shelter option TNF Gear Loft #2 is compatible to add extra storage space. Compression stuffsack to keep load small and tight.



Capacity: 3

Standard Weight: 10 lbs 13 oz (4.92 kg)

Total Weight: 12 lbs 1 oz (5.47 kg)

Height: 48" (123 cm)

Floor: 85" x 104" (215 cm x 265 cm)

Area: 48 ft2 (4.5 m2) with Vestibule 65 ft2 (6 m2)

Vestibule area: [Front] 10ft2 (.9m2) [Rear] 5ft2 (.5m2)

Number of Poles: 5

Stuffed Size: 24" x 9" (61 cm x 23 cm)



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William MarlerUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

Another good solid tent rom the North Face. Fairly lightweight. No problem when spread out between two people. Good for two comfortably but tight for three. We add some snow flaps which add more weight but make for a more bombproof tent
Posted Dec 10, 2002 12:48 pm

miztflipUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

A solid built tent with adequate room for three people, but most comfortable with two. A great shelter in bad weather and will take a beating although I did have it collapse in a particularly bad wind storm.



Not the easiest to put up in bad weather and a bit heavy for just two climbers.
Posted Nov 29, 2004 9:43 pm

MikeWUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Excellent tent under harsh conditions. Used it on Aconcagua under 60 mph gust of wind at 5840m camp 2 and it did fine. Great for two with packs. Nice vestibules.
Posted Feb 16, 2005 2:50 pm

linganaUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

Have used my tent a couple of times. Although, not yet for its supposedly intended use - expedition use. So, can't really comment on how it performs at altitudes 22000 and above.

Couple of friends had gone to the Talimena Scenic drive in the Ouashita National Forest, on the border of AR and OK. It rained heavily that night, and this tent was the only one which withstood the rain. All the other tents (3 of them) were either filled with water or flew off.

The only drawback I can mention is that the weight of the tent is too much for one person to carry. Obviously for the big Himalayan expeditions, you have porters carrying the load. Would love to use it someday on one of my himalayan expedition.
Posted Jan 18, 2006 12:04 pm

AlpinistBomb proof tent

Voted 5/5

This is an excellent 4 season mountaineering tent for the weight. The double-walled design, 6 poles, pole sleeves and the numerous equalizing guy out points all add up to one hell of a bomb proof shelter. The obvious weakness of the tent is with the stakes, which are fine if you are camping on dirt. For use on ice/snow I recommend getting the TAnchors by SMC. You'll need 20 of them for the floor and all guyout lines.

The overall design is great. There are storage pockets on each of the walls, doors in both the front and back, plenty of vesibule space, and easy access to vents in the ceiling.
Posted Feb 23, 2008 10:58 pm

climbing1Great shelter

Hasn't voted

Purchased this tent for 4 season use from REI as a last years model going back for a huge discount. Only used it once in the snow with 30+ mph winds with stronger gusts and it was awesome.
Posted Mar 12, 2008 6:51 am

BergshrundAmazing Tent

Voted 5/5

This tent is great - I have the slightly larger version for taller guys, the Expedition-25, similar design...can really withstand nasty weather.
Posted Dec 10, 2009 11:30 pm

mihai_a380strong tent

Hasn't voted

Pros: very strong, roomy, waterproof.
Cons: hard to pitch, little heavy.
I used it during the winter mostly for alpine climbs although it is little heavy to carry and sometimes it is hard to find a flat ledge for it in the mountains. Had some problems to pitch it during winter blizzards but hopefully it was warm and protective.
It is a 3 person tent but we stood well 4 people inside and even 5 but a little crowded. little bigger than I expected.
Posted Apr 8, 2010 9:19 am

mihai_a380strong tent

Hasn't voted

Pros: very strong, roomy, waterproof.
Cons: hard to pitch, little heavy.
I used it during the winter mostly for alpine climbs although it is little heavy to carry and sometimes it is hard to find a flat ledge for it in the mountains. Had some problems to pitch it during winter blizzards but hopefully it was warm and protective.
It is a 3 person tent but we stood well 4 people inside and even 5 but a little crowded. little bigger than I expected.
Posted Apr 8, 2010 9:21 am

juneauhikerBomber

Hasn't voted

While this tent is heavy it's worth it if you split it up between three people and you're camping anywhere windy. Definitely practice setting this one up in a mild setting.
Posted Jan 29, 2012 10:38 pm

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