The North Face Rock 22

For two campers there is nothing better than a 2-person tent with lots of space in both the inner and the porch areas, and that is exactly what the Rock 22 provides. The tent is pitched inner-first with clips linking the outside of the inner to the two poles, after which the fly goes over top, while colour-coding and ladder-lock adjustment around the base makes the whole task easy. You get two entrances and loads of space. The outer doors have double zips so the top can be opened for venting, while the mesh around the inner further improves airflow. There is good headroom too as the tent does not taper down to one end like others here. This is a very spacious tent that would be ideal for valley camping and backpacking, and it is a great price for what you get. But it is quite heavy; the pegs alone are 276g. It pitches inner-first, so it’s not ideal for the wettest of weather; while geodesic designs are a little more stable than domes. The outer is very close to the inner at the ends so I’d add a pegging point here to pull it away from the inner.

 

Design: 2-pole dome
Poles: shock-corded alloy
Inner: 70D nylon
Flysheet: 75D polyester; 1500mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet: 70D nylon; 5000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions: length 210cm; width 130cm; height 95cm
Packed size: 53x19cm
Weight: 2678g
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 30

Verdict: A great tent for two backpackers heading for valley sites in reasonably predictable weather when the inner-pitched-first design won’t be a problem.

 

First published in Trail magazine, May 2008