The North Face Stormbreak 2 ($169)

Packaged weight:

5 lbs. 14 oz.

Floor dimensions:

87 x 50 in.


2P, 3P

What we like:

Durable fabrics and good livability for a bargain-basement price.

What we don’t:

Heavy and no rainfly vents.

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While the North Face has many high-performance tents that are ideal for expedition use, their casual line also offers a great selection. The Stormbreak 2 backpacking tent is an excellent value for $169. The Stormbreak 2 is spacious with a non-tapered design, 50-inch listed width, and a 43-inch peak height thanks to two ridge poles. The Stormbreak provides good weather protection, with a full-length fly. There are also two large doors and vestibules that can be used to store your gear at night. The TNF’s sturdy 75-denier canopy is paired with a 68-denier flooring. This makes it dog- and kid-friendly. Overall, you get a lot for your buck.

What are Stormbreak 2’s downsides? It weighs in at 5 pounds 14 ounces and is the largest two-person tent on the list. This is more than the REI Passage. The Stormbreak’s fly is not vented, so it can heat quickly during a storm. On a dry night, your vestibule doors can be opened for airflow. TNF’s budget options aren’t as impressive as those offered by REI. The Stormbreak is also a little cheaper and more premium than the REI option. It’s an affordable option to the Passage for campers looking for more space.

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