I spent nearly 3 weeks roughing it in Nevada’s Mohave Desert. It was the first time I had ever camped in a desert and had no idea what to expect. Based on the research I did I decided to purchase The NorthFace Stormbreak 2. There are several features that made me feel comfortable that it was the right tent for the job. I will go over those features with you in this review. I have not been paid in any manner for my review of this product. My review is based on my personal experience.
Quality, lightweight and easy to manage
I only needed a single person tent which they do make in this model. However the single occupant version is really small. I decided to go with the two person size because while it will technically fit two people, it is the perfect size for one and a little bit of gear. The Stormbreak 2 is still light with a packed weight of 5 lbs. 14 oz. Packed size is 7×22 inches. Whether backpacking or just camping this tent met all of my size and weight requirements.
Full rain fly
One of the most important features for me was the full rain fly. A fly that covers all of your tent will protect you from the elements better than one that only partially covers your tent. I wasn’t sure what the weather would be like in the desert so I wanted something I thought could handle some extremes. This tent is exceptionally well thought out in both design and function, including being able to securely anchor the tent to the ground on all sides.
Easy to set up
The Stormbreak 2 is very easy to set up. After you do it a few times it goes up fast. One person will have no trouble setting it up or taking it down. The poles are made out of aluminum. They are very light weight and sturdy. Aluminum will hold up better than fiberglass too if you frequently assemble and disassemble your tent. The tent clips to the poles rather than having to shove the poles through long fabric hoops which is a total time saver. The tent has a floor space of 30.5 square feet and a 9.8 square foot vestibule space. If you know the weather will be alright you can take off the rain fly for high ventilation. The entire top of the tent is screen allowing peak airflow. It’s perfect for staring up at the night sky or feeling a little closer to nature.
Dependable craftsmanship at a reasonable price
The construction of the Stormbreak 2 is solid. It is double walled and has a fully seam-taped canopy and floor. It has two, twin zipper doors which worked effortlessly. There was not a single thing I didn’t like about this tent. It preformed well for my entire stay out in the desert. At a cost of roughly $159 it was worth every penny and I look forward to using it on many adventures.
Note: You may have noticed the blue material underneath the tent. That is simply a tarp we placed under our tents because everywhere we camped was small, jagged rocks. We used the tarp as a layer of protection between the rocks and our tent floor. The tarp is a separate item and does not come with the tent.