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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010

Gear Review: The North Face Mountain 25 Tent

This tent survived the worst of Mt. Washington's epic weather.

by: Kristin Hostetter

The North Face Mountain 25 (Courtesy Photo)
The North Face Mountain 25 (Courtesy Photo)

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“Of all the tents we tested, this is the one I want to be in when the apocalypse comes,” says our gear editor, who slept in it on the summit of Mt. Washington in truly horrendous weather. While several other tents crumbled around her in winds gusting to 59 mph, the two-person, double-wall Mountain 25 held firm, thanks to a geodesic, four-pole design with seven pole junctions to boost strength. “It’s dry as a bone, too,” says one tester who used it in Utah’s Uintas during a drenching summer storm.

The rectangular, 32.5-square-foot floor plan is compact to save weight (one reason mountaineers love it), but headroom (38.5 inches) is good throughout; two average-size testers were perfectly comfortable. There are two big doors on either end, a small vestibule off the back (four square feet) and a decent-size one at the front. “It only measures eight square feet,” says our tester, “but because it has its own pole, the space is suitable for cooking or stacking packs.”

Two ceiling vents—they’re sealable to keep rain and spindrift out—and ventable doors kept the inner sanctum condensation-free. $500; 8 lbs.; thenorthface.com


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Dave
Nov 23, 2013

I have owned one of North Face's original Mountain tents since the early 70s and it is an amazing tent. It has kept me warm and dry in EVERY kind of weather, all over North America. Never once did the tent let me down. When it comes to outdoor gear, you need to get something you can bet your life on (because that's literally what you are doing) and these tents fit the bill. Unfortunately, the zipper finally broke on my tent and I doubt I'll ever have the money for a replacement.

Eric Nelson
Nov 17, 2010

I agree with The Ulfhedinn. I also waited for a sale at REI and got if for just over 300 bucks. I have used it from November through March in all conditions and it shows no sign of wear. Yes, it's a bit heavy, but when my keester needs protection the extra couple pounds is worth it. It handled 60mph gusts last Feburary during a big storm in Michigan.

The Ulfhedinn
Nov 11, 2010

This truly is an exceptional tent!

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