The North Face Triarch 2

This freestanding two-person tent handles the rowdiest three-season storms, making it ideal for hikers who want maximum protection with minimum weight.
Price $350.00

Specs

Ease of Setup 4.9 / 5
Weatherproofing 4.5 / 5
Ventilation 4.9 / 5
Living Space 4 / 5
Durability 4 / 5
Fast-Pitch Setup
Free Standing
Capacity 2
Number of Poles 0

 

Diameter of Poles (mm) 1
Floor Space (sq ft) 0.5
Length (inches) 84
Width (inches) 50
Interior Height (inches) 43
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 7
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 7
Weight 3 lbs, 6 oz

Strength

We rarely see such strong pole geometry in a tent this light. The stable configuration (with poles supporting all four corners and the ceiling) and taut pitch proved impressively solid in 35-mph winds in Utah’s Dirty Devil canyon. Below 25 mph, the Triarch 2 offered quiet, flap-free refuge—even when testers didn’t bother to stake out auxiliary guylines. An effective drip line (using near-vertical side walls) keeps rain out when the door is open.

Livability

The 50-inch width and 43-inch peak height feel spacious for sub-6-footers (taller testers were limited by the sloping walls that compromise the 84-inch floor length). The triangular doors extend all the way to the brow pole, making getting in and out easier. Two 7-square-foot vestibules shelter boots, packs, and a compact kitchen while keeping the zipper within easy reach from inside.

Setup

A how-to diagram on the stuffsack makes for a no-fail pitch: Our tester did it for the first time, solo, in 20-mph winds.

Ventilation

“Airy in the warmest, muggiest weather,” says a tester, crediting the all-mesh walls. Tradeoff: The mesh also admits windblown dust and sand.

Versatility

In fast-pitch mode—with just the fly and included footprint—the Triarch becomes a breezy sunshade. Caution: The fly’s head and foot ends stop 14 inches from the ground, exposing fast-pitch sleepers to blowing dust and rain.