The North Face Talus 4 Tent Review

This freestanding shelter fits a whole family—on a family budget. But space is best for parents with young kids, not teens.
Price $299.00

Specs

Ease of Setup 4 / 5
Weatherproofing 4 / 5
Ventilation 5 / 5
Living Space 4 / 5
Durability 4.5 / 5
Fast-Pitch Setup
Materials 75D polyester, 1200 PU coating / canopy: 68D polyester/ floor: 70D nylon, 1500 mm PU coating
Capacity 4
Number of Poles 0

 

Diameter of Poles (mm) 10
Floor Space (sq ft) 50
Length (inches) 0.5
Width (inches) 0.5
Interior Height (inches) 0.5
Vestibule Type none
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 0.5
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 0.5
Weight 6 lbs, 11 oz

[family bargain]

Why we like it This freestanding shelter fits a whole family—on a family budget. But space is best for parents with young kids, not teens.

Protection The Talus repelled steady showers in Alaska’s Chugach Range, and a protective drip line kept rain from sneaking in the door during exits. Minimal staking achieves a taut pitch that shimmied but held fast in gusts topping 40 mph.
livability Headroom and the 50-square-foot floor are adequate for two adults and two small kids. Two doors make exits easy, but the 9-square-foot vestibules store little more than boots and jackets (packs placed there blocked doors).

Ventilation
“Airflow is incredible,” reports a tester who experienced no condensation in humid, 30°F weather. Credit two vestibules vents and ample space between the fly and canopy.

Durability
The rugged, 70-denier nylon floor is durable enough for careless kids, dogs, and abrasive rocks. And the 75-denier polyester fly is also tougher than average (and helps keep cost down).

Fave feature
Setup is so straightforward—thanks to three individual poles that are easily intuited—that a 10-year-old won’t need adult help.
$299; 6 lbs. 11 oz.; thenorthface.com