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Have you ever tried camping and it started raining and your tents are leaking? It’s fucking inTENTs!!! haha. Okay, okay. My jokes are not that great. Bite me. haha
Speaking of something great, I’ve found one of the best tents on the market today. AND I’M TOTALLY LOVING IT. It has withstood a tropical storm for God’s sake (Follow that story here.)
So what is this tent I’m using? It’s from The North Face called the STORMBREAK 2. (check it here).
WHY I LOVE IT:
Easy to set up
In just less than 5 minutes, I can set up this tent. And I can do that alone. This is great for you loners. Don’t worry, I’m one of you (huhu). The good thing about this tent is that you don’t need to insert the poles of the tent inside the loopholes in which most tent design usually features. The Stormbreak 2 lets you hook the main tent fabric onto the poles. It is easier that way. WAY EASY. And I think most damages from the tents starts from this part of the tents. I’m so glad The North Face found a new and innovative way of prolonging the lifespans of their tents.
Okay, I know most tents has this feature. Of course you need the inside of the tent to stay dry. But what most tents missed out is that not at all times there is a bad weather. The usual complains, especially here in the tropical country like the Philippines, is that most tents tends to be hot for comfort. The StormBreak 2 has made a way to solve this problem. The main tent is made of a see-through mesh fabric. It lets the air pass in and out of your tent. The downside is that you can’t do naughty things inside because duh – IT IS SEE-THROUGH (haha).
SO WHAT IF IT RAINS? Or you need some naughty time? Don’t worry you, The Stormbreak 2 has a second coat in which you can cover up you tents. It acts as a raincoat for your tent. It’s easy to set-up. In less than a minute, your second coat is in position.
What I have discovered about my tent is that even if you place the second coat, the inside is still comfortable. It is not suffocating. So even under the heavy rain and gushing winds, you’re in a very safe environment.
Another problem most tents I’ve used before is that they don’t really have space inside. The thing about this tent is that there is an ample space inside for two people. If you’d like something bigger, The North Face has other tents that are bigger than what I bought. I just bought the small one since most of my travel buddies are couples. So usually I’m alone in another tent (sad right? huhu).
Another thing I like about The Stormbreak 2 is that there are different nooks and pockets on the sides and above the tent where you could place your valuables or a flashlight above. Nifty right?
The brand itself denotes quality and durability. IT IS THE NORTH FACE. The name just sheds quality in everything they sell. But brand aside, different materials were used for this tent. The most noticeable are the poles. They used aluminum-like (not really sure) metal for the poles. There is really quite a distinction between your average tent with the Stormbreak 2.
This I can attest to. I’ve seen how windproof the Stormbreak 2 is. The name didn’t disappoint.
I’ve used the Stormbreak 2 during a storm. It was my fault anyway since I DIDN’T FREAKIN’ CHECKED THE WEATHER FORECAST. (Check my story here.) But one thing I was glad even though I was camping in a storm, I was safe inside my tent.
WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDE:
The Stormbreak 2 pack weigh around 5 lbs. That is equivalent to more or less 2.60 Kg. It is heavier compared to most tents especially that it only fits a sleeping capacity for two.
Okay, I think this is the major drawback for the item. If you buy this tent directly from The North Face’s website, it is currently priced at USD 159.00. (See current price here). That is Php 7723.50 as of writing this post.
The last time I checked The North Face store at SM City Cebu, the Stormbreak 2 was priced at Php 15,000.00. I have also checked Amazon’s price.(see current price here) Currently it is at USD 191.28 plus shipping fee of USD 4.49. That is Php 9507.46 as of writing this post.
Anywhere you buy this bad boy, It will really be a hole up on your pocket. But after all, quality products really doesn’t come cheap.
I am one happy AND satisfied customer. How about you guys? I’d like to know if you’re satisfied with your tents. If not, at least you have an idea on what to invest in the future.