Gear Review: The North Face Phoenix 3 Tent

A single-wall tent is roomy enough for three adults


This single-wall* tent is roomy enough for three adults (or parents and three little ones), yet it’s lighter than some two-person double-walls. And it proved a top rain refuge. Credit TNF’s waterproof/breathable DryWall fabric, along with the two mesh doors and two ceiling vents that promote airflow. On a weeklong trip in Yosemite, the Phoenix repelled epic rain showers and never got clammy. And it’s sturdy: We camped on the summit of Mt. Bachelor in 25-mph winds and it barely rattled. Bummer: Heavy use on rocky terrain resulted in a small hole in the 50-denier nylon floor.

Best For

Anyone who wants shelter with max space for the weight

Tester Data

> Nancy Prichard Bouchard (other testers: Ryan Bolan, Dan McMillan)

> Duration Aug. to Nov.

> Locales/conditions CA, OR; 30°F to 85°F; gusty wind, heavy rain

> “Two 8.6-square-foot vestibules provide plenty of dry storage space for three packs.“

The Specs

> $389

> 4 lbs. 13 oz.

> 87” (long) x 68” (wide) x 45” (high)

*Single-Wall These weight-saving tents use one layer of waterproof (and sometimes breathable) fabric, rather than an inner canopy plus a separate rainfly.