Field Notes: The Talus was, sadly, not pitched in talus. Instead, we set it up in mud and sand. Wherever erected, this TNF tent definitely rocked (pardon the pun). Impressive when the fly held in 45 mph winds, better than any of the other car camping tents tested.
Pros: Stability and longevity are the name of the game here. Coming from trusted gear designers at The North Face, this Talus tent can be your family’s darling car camping tent for years to come. Everything from the seams of the tent body to the fly material and the pole strength bested most of the other car camping tents tested.
Cons: This TNF tent costs more than other car camping tents under test as you’re definitely paying for increased quality. It is less ventilated than tents like the Slumberjack—preferred by four car campers striking out in the summer months—but it’s more equipped to handle inclement weather.
Favorite Feature: Every 4-person car camping tent should have double doors, but not all do. The North Face Talus has dual-access points and testers appreciated this aspect of the design.
Tester Quote: “This could work for 4-person backpacking trips – if parts were divided and everyone brought a piece. Otherwise, it’s a stable basecamp tent for prolonged adventures and a trustworthy car camping tent. It does well in gnarly weather, that’s for sure.”
Bottom Line: While other tents tested are more affordable and designed for car camping families, this TNF tent is more expedition-grade to prevail in more brutal weather. A quality tent with smart features, noteworthy durability and a knack for standing its ground in stormy weather.
- 75D polyester fly with PU coating
- 70D nylon floor with PU coating
- 68D polyester canopy
- Fully taped canopy and floor seams
- Exterior gear locker
- High-Low ventilation system
- Interior pockets
- Gear loft and footprint included
- Interior Height: 41 in
- Floor Dimensions: 80 x 90 in
- Floor Space: 50 sq ft
- Packed Size: 8.5 x 26 in
- Fast-pitch Weight: 4 lb 11.8 oz
- Trail Weight: 6 lb 10.6 oz
- Packed Weight: 7 lb 3 oz
Materials: [fly] 75D polyester, PU coating (1200mm), [canopy] 68D polyester, [floor] 70D nylon, PU coating (1500mm)