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Best cover photo ever! Good instructional story as well!
good looking tent know the feeling brother Ray & I spike camped at 11000 ft in col.on a bow hunt wind-rain&sunshine in a north face tent hope to do it again soon great tents.. I am going to try to put a picture on thanks.
If the tent is as good as the expedition parka I bought 40 years ago (and it's still my go to cold weater outer gear btw), I suspect the tent is a quality product.
I have one of these tents I've only used once, nice to see this review Planning on using it on my first 2nd season Colorado elk hunt this year.
I think you will be very pleased with the mountain 25 when the conditions get rough! I'm planning to try the Hilleberg Jannu next year...
I have the older version of this tent (bluish green/black) and it is one hell of a tent. Had it for years and years now and used it numerous times.
I highly recommend it.
I have a North Face tent (bluish green/black), but can't remember the model number, and it is one hell of a tent. Had it for years and years now and used it numerous times. It could be the Mountain 25 or the Bastian 4 model (that's what it looks like), but not sure...I'll check someday. They might not even make my model anymore. But it's a big 4 season tent made for arctic expeditions. It stays extraordinarily warm inside.
I highly recommend it.
I had this tent for probably 15 years (pretty sure they were always yellow, but later added some white for two panels). They were called the VE25 back then. I used it mostly for mountaineering and winter backpacking on snow shoes, which usually provided tougher weather conditions than 99% of my hunting situations. It's an awesome tent for nasty weather. Pretty much bomb proof....any weather. Nice layout and functional. Love the double doors for getting out without disturbing your partner...or them you. You wouldn't want to use it in warm climates. It doesn't breath well and heats up pretty quickly (which is what makes it so great in cold weather).
But ironically I sold it last year. It's pretty heavy and not that enjoyable to carry on your back. I've carried it up many mountains for mountaineering. Bomb proof 4 season tents generally = heavy, bulky tent. I've opted for a lighter tent for backcountry. I can't imagine I would need this much tent for hunting. I can usually hunker down in a lighter tent and still be comfortable sitting out a storm. Tent placement is also a big factor in determining how it weathers a storm (the photo showing the tent placement looks a little more like a photo opportunity than a well placed tent. Can't imaging anyone would deliberately pick that location if planning to actually sleep in it).
You'd be shocked by some of the locations I've set up camp to keep out of the popular game routes! If your tent didn't breath well, it must have been different from this one... we were very pleased to get so little condensation etc.
I also use lighter tents when appropriate, and camp site locations become much more critical. On an Alaska mountain goat hunt this month I used a very light weight and poorly designed tent by MSR. Thank goodness we didn't get more snow!
Looks like I'd best be looking into one of these!
Especially after my recent hunt with minimal shelter.
I'll post about the trip later today on a grandson hunt experience.
euhmmm ... seriously ? a 2 person tent that weighs in at 9 lbs. 15 oz. ? for that price .. wow ...
Anyway: I'll stick to the best of the best: Hilleberg Allak at 7 lbs 4 oz ... stronger and WAY lighter ...
Even the super crazy strong Hilleberg Staika weighs only 8 lbs 13 oz ...
Why I never by TNF anymore ...
Yep... it's pretty hefty. If you look around you will find the Mountain 25 for less than half of what the tents you mention cost. I plan to get my hands on the awesome Hilleberg Jannu this year.