Review: The North Face Slickrock Ultralight [ 2-man, 3-season tent ]

Review: The North Face Slickrock Ultralight [ 2-man, 3-season tent ]
Retail: $259.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $179.95 only. (offer expires soon)

Product Description

40D polyester ripstop fly sheet is ultralight, UV resistant, and stormproof. Nylon ripstop canopy is lightweight and breathable with soothing color and partial translucence for long-term user satisfaction. DAC Featherlite aluminum poles are up to 15% lighter than poles of equal strength and, as there are no inserts, are less susceptible to failure. Fully continuous pole sleeves and pole pockets increase structural integrity and ease pitching. Pole pockets allow quick pitching by one person. Freestanding batwing half-fly design saves weight and pitches in a flash. Reflective guy line loops and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls make it easy to find the tent or adjust it in the dark without knocking it over. Dual doors provide easy accessibility and venting options. High and low venting created with mesh canopy for climate control. Color-coding of tent poles to pole sleeves/pole sleeve binding and canopy webbing to fly sheet webbing eases pitching and ensures correct set-up the first time. TNF Gear Loft #2 is compatible to add extra storage space. Compression stuffsack reduces entire tent to the size of a loaf of bread for easy packing.


Reviewed by: Ted, a Paddler from Toronto
Date Reviewed: 8/8/2002 11:17:19 AM
 

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A good tent, but not perfect. Its weight to space ratio is excellent, and I've really come to appreciate that it's free-standing. In good weather there is no need to stake it, which saves all sorts of headaches on hard ground. The fly is fun because you can partially attach it and leave it ready to open or close quickly (without getting out!) if the weather changes, kind of like your own mini dome stadium. The top third of the tent near your head is all mesh, which I enjoy greatly when not using the fly because I like to feel connected to the outdoor environment. It is very comfortable for one person, and manages two average sized bodies fairly well. Anyone over 5'10 might find it tight, though.
The drawbacks are: Limited fly and interior gear space, especially if there are two of you in there. You'll need a tarp or good pack covers to protect your gear. All the little flies will do is keep your shoes dry. The other problem IS condesation/water penetration on the single wall portion. Any significant amount of rain will cause condesation build up inside. I haven't experienced any severe leakage or puddling of water, but anything making contact with the wall of the tent will get damp. Now, it's not going to create a dangerous hypothermic situation, or soak your down bag, but the tent isn't as water tight as most full-fly configurations. It's a little annoying, yes, but given its other strengths--light, free-standing, you can sit up and move around in it, two doors--it could be just the ticket for the weight concious traveller.

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  Reviewed by: Jeremy, a Mountaineer from Calgary, AB, Canada
Date Reviewed: 4/13/2002 6:36:13 PM
 
 

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Really light tent. Every one who gave this tent a bad review doesn't know what the purpose of this tent is! it's not made to be used in extream wet weather, or for climbing everest with, it's good for biking and light weight treaking in dry area's. However i used this on the west coast trail and it keeped me drier then my friends Timberline. It DOES have good ventalation in the desert. I used it in Utah and it was fine when it rained, when it wasent raining it just dident use the fly. I also took this tent up Mt. Robson, where it preformed flawlessly! i just used a kestral fly isent of the Half fly.

Customer Service:
pretty good.

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  Reviewed by: Jeremy, a Mountaineer from Calgary, AB, Canada
Date Reviewed: 4/13/2002 6:36:10 PM
 
 

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Really light tent. Every one who gave this tent a bad review doesn't know what the purpose of this tent is! it's not made to be used in extream wet weather, or for climbing everest with, it's good for biking and light weight treaking in dry area's. However i used this on the west coast trail and it keeped me drier then my friends Timberline. It DOES have good ventalation in the desert. I used it in Utah and it was fine when it rained, when it wasent raining it just dident use the fly. I also took this tent up Mt. Robson, where it preformed flawlessly! i just used a kestral fly isent of the Half fly.

Customer Service:
pretty good.

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  Reviewed by: Aaron Abraham, a Backpacker from Chatham, IL, USA
Date Reviewed: 3/30/2002 1:17:26 PM
 
 

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So far, this is the lightest 2-person, freestanding tent that I have seen. It's bat-wing design does have a few disadvantages. But, they should not be called flaws because TNF was aware that some sacrifices had to be made to create such a super-light tent.
I have used this tent on a 10-day, trek at Philmont Scout Ranch. While backpacking at Philmont through the Sangre de Cristo mountain range of northern New Mexico, my crew and I encountered plenty of rain storms. This tent performed extremely well overall.
I did encounter a one disadvantage (not flaw) of the bat-wing design.
The top edge of the fly does not completely extend over the bottom of the doors. As a result, a small amount of water drips in when entering / exiting the tent.
Although the vestibules could be slightly larger, my tent mate and I kept our boots under them every night during heavy downpours - not a single drop touched them.
For increased protection from horizontal rain, or heavy winds, the wings can be pulled through red loops on the side of the tent. This almost completely blocks wind or rain from entering the sides of fly.
The tent stayed well ventilated because of the half-fly. For increased ventilation, the tent also has two vents (one on top & one in back) that can be opened.
Overall, this tent performed extremely well. It is super-light tent that can withstand semi-harsh conditions. The perfect tent for an ounce-counter with high standards.
And as with all TNF products, it is backed by a life-time warranty.

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  Reviewed by: mike, a Backpacker from melbourne + toronto
Date Reviewed: 3/20/2002 7:19:09 PM
 
 

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sweet tent. i've slept in it on the beaches of thailand, in the woods of canada, and in the mountains of nepal. the complaints about size are a bit confusing - i'm just under 6' and shared it with a guy at least 6'3" without any big problems (mind, we left our packs outside). hey, if you want a himalayan hotel, be ready to carry 30lbs on your back and spend 2 hours pitching it.
you must have an eye for ventilation and wind direction, but really this extra bit of planning is a small price to pay for such low weight, compactness, and good value.
very intuitively designed with lots of clever features - pitches in seconds. might not stand up to Really wild weather as well as heavier tents, but with tents it's always about compromise. and this is a great one!

Customer Service:
none

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  Reviewed by: Jakko, a Backpacker from Santa Clara
Date Reviewed: 2/2/2002 12:11:43 PM
 
 

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Plus:
-Light
-Easy Set Up
-Self Pitching
-Relaxing Colors

Minus:
-Condensation
-Ventilation
-Limited/No Vestibule
-Directional Weather Proofness
-Good ventilation at only one side
-Stakes/Guy Lines
-Small (6 feet adults stay away)

Yes, it's light and looks good. And it's really easy to set up. For simple back packing in moderate weather this tent is ideal.

I did some spring-camping in Yosemite: conclusion even two sub 6 feet adults (I'm 5'9") will have a hard time fitting in (no problem because it was really cold).

I did some camping at the rainy side of Maui with heavy directional winds and rain. No leaks, and my boots sayed dry in the wingy-vestibule. The humid climate did expose the ventilation and condensation problem. I woke with my own sweat dripping from the ceiling on my head.

But here's the thing with -what I call- directional weatherproofness, where a tent will be rain or wind proof only if for one direction. Sometimes, the terrain in not completely horizontal. In Maui, the wind and rain comes from one direction, but the combination of terrain-slope and wind direction made it impossible to sleep at the ventilation side of the tent as I prefer to sleep with my head higher than my feet.

Pitching and packing the tent is done in minutes, which was just what we needed before new rain sailed in.

I would never use this tent in hot and rainy environments where wind direction is unpredictable. Getting wet is bad!

Customer Service:
None
 

 
  Reviewed by: Stephen Marsh, a Backpacker from Minot, ND, USA
Date Reviewed: 12/28/2001 7:49:26 PM
 
 

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I bought this tent for the incredable weight to room ratio and ease of setup. On the first trip I bent all of the stakes while trying to get them out of the frozen ground, so I ended up buying some much stronger and light replacements. I took this tent on many backpacking trips in all kinds of conditions. The inside condensation was a huge problem for me as well as waterproofness in the rain. Continually my gear would get wet inside. Anything on the floor would get puddles of water under it, even on clear nights. I took it to South Dakota on a 4 day backpacking trip, and it rained every night but one. I got soaked every night. There were two of us sleeping in it which made the problem worse. Where the sleeping bags would touch against the sides of the tent long puddles would form and that side of the bag would get soaked. Everything touching the walls got soaked, and it dripped from the ceiling. I'm not going to try to solve the problem with a footprint, cause why should I pay more money and sacrifice weight, just to stay dry. North Face claims the tent will keep me dry w/o it. I will never use this tent again, I only use gear that I trust in.

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  Reviewed by: Chuck, a Backpacker from Western, PA
Date Reviewed: 11/10/2001 1:23:12 PM
 
 

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First, no outdoor product will suit every need or every situation, there are always compromises. Having said this, I am very pleased with the Slickrock for all the situations that I have encountered with this tent. The tent is extremely light and packs very small for a two person tent. It is extremely easy and quick to set up.

Condensation is a very minor problem (no worse than most tents)but can be controlled by sleeping with your head at the mesh portion of the tent, opening the vents and properly positioning the tent with respect to the wind. As far as leaking, I have had no problems to date. In addition to the factor taped seams, I sealed the outer portion of the seams with Seamgrip. As for the "vestibule", there is no room for a pack, but I have never put my pack in the vestibule anyhow (just put your pack cover on if you expect rain). There is plenty of room for your boots and unlike other reviewers, mine have never gotten wet.

If you want the Taj Mahal, expect to pay alot more and expect to carry alot more. If you want a good, lightweight 3- season tent that won't break your back or your wallet, you would be hard pressed to find a better tent

Customer Service:
No experience

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  Reviewed by: Michael Mitchell, a Backpacker from Chicago, IL, USA
Date Reviewed: 10/9/2001 7:05:27 AM
 
 

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I use my Slickrock tent primarily for bicycle touring. I just finished cycling across the United States, and my Slickrock was used for over 100 nights (90 of those all in a row.) This tent is the ultimate for cycle touring; it's extremely light, it packs down very small, and setup is very quick. I'm 6'0", and that's about the maximum height that this tent can fit. As far as condensation problems, it can occasionally be an issue, but sleeping with your head under the mesh side of the tent takes care of that issue most of the time. Even though the 'batwings' are partially exposed to the outdoors, I've kept gear in them during rainstorms, and everything has always kept dry.

A word about waterproofness: This tent went through quite a bit of rain during my trip, and stayed bone dry until it had around 70 days of use in it. At that point, water would occasionally start soaking through the floor, and started soaking through the single wall portion of the tent. The problem quickly got worse. By the time this tent had around 100 days of use, any rainstorm would get the inside of the tent very wet. (It didn't leak through seams, it just soaked through. Recoating the floor solved the problem of water soaking in from the ground, but the single wall material was still a major problem. I took it to a North Face dealer, and we both agreed that the leaking was caused by UV damage to the single wall material. Granted you don't want to leave your tent out in the sun all year round, but when you use it on an extended expedition like this, it should be more durable. The North Face dealer replaced the tent on the spot, which salvaged my respect for North Face.

The verdict: This is an awesome tent, especially for cycle touring. My only warning is if you plan to live in this tent for an extended amount of time, be warned that extended exposure to the sun could cause the single wall material to start leaking.

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  Reviewed by: Brad S., a Backpacker from Manhattan, KS, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/19/2001 2:23:52 PM
 
 

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I just bought this tent and have yet to try it in wet, rough weather. However, I am quite pleased with its performance so far. It is well-made and comes seam-sealed from the factory. It can be set up in a matter of seconds by one person. Obviously (as previous reviewers have indicated), this tent requires some thought to orientation to the wind prior to set up, but I have not found that to be a problem. I like the design. Ventilation is very good, with sufficient room for two people (my wife and I were quite comfortable), and plenty of room for one. I am 6'1" (195 lbs), which is about all this tent can handle unless you sleep diagonally.

I bought this tent primarily for its size/wt ratio (you can't beat it). I intend to use it as a one-person backpacking tent, so the small vestibules are not a problem in my opinion ... just enough room for boots or a stove; the rest of my gear can go in the tent without a problem.

The compression sack is great; "a loaf of bread" it isn't ... more like two. But I challenge you to find a tent with this much room that compresses any smaller.

This is a great tent. Be sure to buy the footprint and gear loft.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Chuck E., a Backpacker from Denver, CO
Date Reviewed: 8/28/2001 7:40:23 AM
 
 

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This is a great tent! Its first obvious advantage is size & weight. At under 5 lbs. and with a standard compression stuff sack it was a pleasure to carry for over a week in the Flat Tops wilderness area.
What became apparent by the end of the week was there are other features which make this attractive. This tent is well ventilated (two doors really helps). Of course you must use it as intended, i.e., sleep at the end with the mesh, stake out the front of the fly & perhaps leave the doors open a crack, but I have had much worse problems with condensation on various two walled tents.
The thing goes up in a heartbeat (I like the way you can leave the fly attached) and is stable in wind and stayed dry in a torrential downpour. It is of course quite directional, but one can usually tell the direction of the weather and if you're not sure or nervous you can batton down the "wings" which make it less directional. The footprint is well worth the $$. I am suspicious some of the criticism is due to "operator error." Every tent is a collection of compromise and I think this is a good one. All in all quite the "slick rig."

Customer Service:
I have used North Face products for almost 30 years (beginning in Boulder with Holubar) and have had nothing but good experience.

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  Reviewed by: Bob Reed, a Backpacker from Stanford, CA
Date Reviewed: 7/30/2001 6:10:27 PM
 
 

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This is supposed to be a two-man tent? Maybe two short women could fit, but I'm six-feet tall and found it cramped for legroom. I recently took this on a trip to Mendocino County, (where it gets rather hot,) and this tent did not ventilate well. The half-fly is a poor design also.

Customer Service:
I bought this tent because I was told the half-fly would direct the airflow to help it stay cool, but it did not live up to what the "professional" at the North Face store told me. A word of advice: if you see the salespeople at the store taking a cigarette break, chances are they are not serious backpackers/campers, even though they say they are. The salesperson at North Face told me he was a serious camper and had used this tent. He was about six-foot-one, and told me he had "no trouble" fitting into this tent. The North Face sales staff pretty-much lied to me. This thing is now going up for sale on e-Bay.

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  Reviewed by: Nate W., a Backpacker from Atlanta, GA(summer)/ Denver,CO(winter),USA
Date Reviewed: 7/20/2001 1:11:34 PM
 
 

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WOW! This tent is super light and what a great price. Perfect for those long, summer trips in the Smokies, the A.T. or even a trip in the sand of South Colorado. Its only downfalls are the vestabules and ventalation. Choose carefully where and what direction the tent faces.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Nobody, a Backpacker from nobody, Mars, Solar System
Date Reviewed: 7/17/2001 10:33:04 PM
 
 

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First off, I've happily used the North Face Lunarlight (too bad they've discontinued it) for five years; their Superkazoo sleeping bag; and jackets as well, so I'm very happy with the company. HOWEVER, I must say that the Slickrock - while clever in design - is seriously flawed in execution. Where do I begin? First off, there is no such thing as (contrary to what the brochures say) a vestibule. Sure, the batwings extend outward from the tent body, but since there is no total (key word) enclosure, it's NOT a vestibule. If you happen to leave your boots or stove under the so-called vestibule in the rain, trust me - they'll be soaked in the morning. Secondly, since the batwing covers the only mesh area of the body and the rest is a "single wall" variety cover, that hinders ventilation. Thirdly, if you set up the tent and the wind happens to breeze through the batwing opening (even if you set up the tent to face the wind, there's always a good chance of wind shift), you'll end up with a "parachute-effect". That's a crucial design flaw. Also, if you happened to be encountering horizontal rain (something I did while cycling across Iceland), the open side of the batwing won't keep the water out. I would recommend the Slickrock in use only during non-rains (desert, e.g.) and non-windy areas (living room perhaps?).

Customer Service:
Never dealt with them.

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  Reviewed by: Jeff Skinner, a Backpacker from Redwood City, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: 6/24/2001 1:22:09 PM
 
 

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The slickrock is a very versatile tent. I like it for the light weight aspect and the ease of setup. The doors on each side as well as the abundant mesh are wonderful features. Some negative considerations are that the tent must be oriented correctly to function well in a rainstorm due to the half fly. The ventilation flow can be skimpy when the fly is attached.
ALl together this is one of my favorite tents to use in the summer, if you do not like to sleep out or bugs are a problem this is a great tent.

Customer Service:
Northface has great customer service.

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  Reviewed by: walter weigel, a Backpacker from pougkeepsie,ny,usa
Date Reviewed: 6/15/2001 6:18:12 PM
 
 

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lowest weight in a two person free standing tent. It shares some of the characteristics of a single wall, condensation and poor ventalation when the fly is on, but overall a great tent for the money. The tent will leak noticable amounts during long rainfalls. Seal the door tie downs well and use the footprint. The zipper channel seems to draw in moisture at the tub base. By far the lightest and roomiest value in a freestanding tent after trying other designs. Five stars for its value, four stars for limited vestibule and ventillation when being used by two.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kekoa, a Backpacker from Indianapolis IN
Date Reviewed: 6/11/2001 10:04:10 PM
 
 

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I just bought the Slickrock 2 weeks ago and love it. I have been looking at tents for the past year now, I knew I wanted someting light weight yet could fit 2 when needed. I had seen the Slickrock in TNF's catolog but didn't concider it because of it's half fly. I did some reasearch and found that this tent was exactly what I needed. As soon as I got home I set it up in my living room and whithin five minutes had the whole thing up fly and all. I found that continuas sleves and pole pockets made this possible. The fly clips in esaly and is color coded so you don't fumble around with it trying to findout what end goes where. I tried it out last weekend without even knowing it was on my back until I got to camp. The only problem I had was that I'm 6'1" and fit in it with almost no room to spare. I have not yet used it in rainy conditions so I can't say weater or not the waterproofness is good. I also as of now have not expieranced any moister build up on the wall but I did not use the fly when I tried it out. If you're looking for a light weight tent that you can set up quick by your self then this is the tent. I look forward to many nights in it.

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  Reviewed by: David, a Mountaineer from Loma Linda, CA
Date Reviewed: 5/14/2001 9:22:56 AM
 
 

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I recenlty purchased a Slickrock after finding it on sale at a price I couldn't refuse. I wasn't actively looking for a tent, but I'm sure glad I found this one. I first used it winter camping and was amazed by it's lightweight. It didn't feel like I was carrying a tent at all. It also staked out solidly and was reasonably warm if oriented correctly to the wind. I was also impressed with the ease of set-up. This is by far the quickest tent I've set-up and taken down.
The only problem I've had was some extra condensation inside when using it on warm nights near the ocean. This hasn't presented a huge problem but it's more than I was expecting for a tent such as this.
Overall, this is one of the best investments in outdoor equipment I have made.

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  Reviewed by: Denny, a Backpacker from Sahuarita, AZ
Date Reviewed: 4/29/2001 10:50:52 AM
 
 

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I like this tent because it is lightweight, stood up well to strong winds in Canyonlands' Island in the Sky and and did well in the rain.

It is easy to set up, even if the poles do stick in the sleeves a little. I feel more secure with sleeves than clips. I have never had help setting up this tent and I can easily set it up alone. How quickly depends upon my strength at set up time, but I really have had no problems with the tent.

In Canyonlands, it did well in the wind (no place for stakes). In the Arizona mountains, it did well in the rain--no leaks.

I like the two doors and it's roomy for one. I've not shared it with anyone yet, but I tend to agree with the other reviewers who seem to think that it will work well with two.

In Canyonlands, I was able to use the tiny batwing vestibule on one side to help keep my stove lit so I could cook dinner one evening. Otherwise, only your boots are going to be sheltered in there. It's primarily for storm protection, which it does well.
 

 
  Reviewed by: David Parker, a Backpacker from Va. Beach, VA
Date Reviewed: 3/13/2001 8:20:01 AM
 
 

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I have yet to use my Slickrock, so these are just observations from the front yard. First, it's a very roomy tent inside. I compared it to the SD Clip Flashlight, and the Slick has far more room inside...at least it feels that way. The double doors are great to have, and the setup is easy. Yet, having only sleeves instead of clips can be a little frustrating since the poles hang up in them some. I was very concerned with the half-fly design before I bought it, but it appears that the tent will be well protected in rain, especially if you guess the direction correctly.
Overall, seems like a well-made, roomy and COMPACT tent. Can't wait to use it! I recommend this for any and all who expect to experience only moderate periods of wet weather. Cyclists and canoeists/kayakers will love the weight and size.

Customer Service:
I called TNF to ask them a question about setup, and the first two people I talked to had no idea what I was talking about it. I finally got transferred to the design dept. on my second try, and the guy I talked to was very helpful. Yet, it seems like the TNF bad customer service reputation is deserving.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Owen McMurrey, a Backpacker from Birmingham, AL
Date Reviewed: 2/14/2001 12:26:39 AM
 
 

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I love this tent- light weight, tiny packing size, roomy (for one person), double doors, good ventilation, sturdy construction- it has it all. Haven't found another tent this size that even comes close to comparing to it. I have been fortunate enough not to share some of the other reviewers' condensation problems. I was about to give up and buy a bivy until finding this tent. It packs so small that it fits in one of the outside pockets of my Astralplane Overkill! I highly recommend this product for anyone who goes solo or double and needs a high-quality, weight-conscious tent. Buy the footprint!

Customer Service:
By the way, with a little practice, you can set this tent up in three minutes flat- by yourself!

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  Reviewed by: Matthew Iseler, a Day Hiker from Slinger, WI
Date Reviewed: 12/27/2000 2:21:30 PM
 
 

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I bicycled across the United States with this tent. 4800 miles and 93 days, camping all along the way. I love this tent. It is lightweight and compact - perfect for backpacking and/or bike touring. All summer it never leaked. Even though the vestibules were exposed, nothing ever got wet. I highly recommend this tent. Unless of course you are over 6' tall. I am 6'0" and I just fit. And be aware: condensation can be a problem with this tent. It's unique 1/2-fly design saves space weight but there is a trade-off with ventilation. Sleep with your head near the vented end - it helps. The double-doors are nice. It also held up OK in the wind.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Lee Parker, a Climber from Destin, FL, USA
Date Reviewed: 10/17/2000
 
 

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Bought this tent for its light weight, free standing setup and 3-4 season ability. The weight is phenomenal! It weighs less than half of my previous 2-person tent. Since I primarily hike solo, this tent is perfect. It is roomy enough to hold me and all my gear comfortably. Even though it is only a half fly, I spent 14 hours in a torrential rain setup on rock (no stakes) in the Smokies and the only leak was the welt where the door tie back is stitched in. I would carry this tent instead of a bivy any day. I have yet to try it in snow, but plan to shortly.

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  Reviewed by: Luke Jensen, a Backpacker from Washington, DC, USA
Date Reviewed: 10/8/2000
 
 

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I have some complaints about the Slickrock, but it has ended up working really well for me, especially for being so light. I used it in the Sierras and got caught up near a ridge as storms rolled in. The Slickrock took a pounding of three hardcore storms on night, without leaking at all. On the other hand, condensation was a problem on the single-wall portions on clear nights. It sleeps two well, but I think that might have created the condensation problem. Overall, I think it does what it's supposed to - it's light, packable, and waterproof to the extent that such a light tent can be. If you are heading somewhere that gets a lot of rain though, I would probably use a different tent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Michael Irby, a Backpacker from Seattle WA, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/13/2000
 
 

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The Slickrock is very light and roomy, for a freestander, although a little short and with virtually no vestibules. Plenty of room for one guy and internal storage though. I used it solo 3 times in good weather and considered it excellent, until noticing tremendous condensation on the single wall portion after a windless night, even though the fly was staked out and tent was oriented properly. I do not consider this kind of massive wetness soaking my down sleeping bag to be acceptable. Might as well sleep outside in the dew! Condensation buildup was negligable with a single person, provided there is a little wind. I dunno how it would do with 2 people in the rain with the vestibules pulled against the tent blocking some ventilation. The tent has excellent ventilation however, being about half mesh, with 2 high/low vents and the batwing vestibules (which can be buttoned down adequately for storms). Other single wall tents are breathable and have flocking to absorb droplets. I guess this is why double wall tents are the norm. For those who don't mind wiping down the inner walls occasionally and protecting the sleeping bag from wall condensation, this a very light (77 oz packaged weight), attractive, freestanding option. I'm currently looking at the Marmot Eclipse double wall, solo, freestanding tent due to favorable reviews in the May '99 Backpacker mag solo tent article. Good luck finding the perfect, lightwight tent though. See you on the trail!

Customer Service:
TNF store in Seattle took the tent back with no problems.

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  Reviewed by: Patrick, a Backpacker from Boston, MA
Date Reviewed: 9/12/2000
 
 

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Wonderfully light tent. Roomy enough for my wife and I. Very slick design, wiht the half/coverage rain fly that offers full protection. Mesh windows allow for great views of the sky. Set up is as easy as it gets, very nice stakes, these angled alu stakes cost like $8/each if you bought them seperately. Our last excursion was in hot temps (90+). With the rain fly on, it got a bit warm, but when open, it was breezy. It has 2 vestibules & 2 doors (a must for me). The vestibules are a bit small, I havent been forced to use them for anything more than my boots, yet, but I can imagine they fill up quick.
 

 
  Reviewed by: David Targan, a Climber from Providence, RI
Date Reviewed: 8/18/2000
 
 

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I used the SlickRock on a four day trip in the Sierras. It is an excellent tent- very lightweight and rugged. My only complaint is that in high winds you really have to be careful and tighten it up and face it into the wind, or it will tend to want to fold up. Good staking with stakes and heavy rocks solved this problem.

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Compared to Sierra Designs I like the fact that it has 2 doors, and the ventilation is excellent in hot weather.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Damon, a Backpacker from Point Richmond, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: 6/28/2000
 
 

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Frankly, I don't know if this tent is new or old, but I bought it a few months ago and am in love. The most important aspect is its weight and packablitly. It's downright teeny when packed in its compression bag and is a snap to set up and (surprisingly) to pack. You can fold and roll it up in a number of ways and it all fits easily into the bag which has three straps used to compress it to literally the size of a loaf of bread. It weighs about 5 pounds on my bathroom scale which make it totally ideal for long trips on my bike or back. OK, the negatives are that for all the weight benefits you lose some size comforts. It sleeps me and my girlfreind comfortably but I am 6 ft 170lb and she is 5'6 115 (neither of us is large) if you are 6 foot plus, then you will be uncomforably squeezed, IMO. Also, the rainfly is unique with the two batwing vestibules and can be guyed down to stop any harsh weather but will leave little to no space to cover your gear. But, the good side is that it provides awesome ventiallation, even whent he fly is snugged down, due to the bat wings and the two ventialltion ""windows"". On a nice day/night, I love this tent because fully 3/4 of the canopy are mesh and allows for sweet stargazing. Bottom line, if your not too big this tent is the best you can find for lightweight comfort and utilitarian design--if you thinkits gonna be wet where you're going, bring a tarp for your gear--otherswise this tent ROCKS.


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