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The North Face Talus 2

Price:

$400

Our Rating:

The Talus 2 surprised as to just how easy it was to pitch. This point is facilitated by the fully linked and shock-corded pole configuration which resembles a box with poled ends. It was easy to put up, and while just a little fiddly having to crawl under the fly to secure the Velcro fasteners to the poles, presents a very sturdy structure which can be securely fastened down with the robust pegs and tensioners.

The fly attachment points were greatly helped by the use of the colour coded end tags on both the tent and fly which removed a lot of the guess work when trying to sort the fly sheet in poor light or bad weather.

The box-shape provides plenty of room inside and ample space for two (2.92m², two vestibules total: 1.32m²). There’s only one door, which means you have to climb over your mate to get out. One feature compensating for this is the exterior gear locker accessed through a hatch on the opposite side to the door. This is a nice feature and allows access to your gear while leaving the front vestibule free of clutter. The main door opening is roomy and secure but unfortunately does not lend itself to having a view at fine weather camps from your sleeping bag.

The floor is lightweight nylon which is not particularly waterproof, necessitating the use of the additional (supplied) groundsheet. I think TNF would have been better to make a more durable and waterproof floor than add an extra item for the user to carry.

However, I tried this tent out on several occasions and found it to work well.

Weighing in at 2300g (1400g min), the Talus is light enough for two people to carry and because it can also be pitched as a fly-only option it’s suitable for lightweight missions.