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The North Face Spectrum 23 Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)

How's this for wind resistance? 130 miles per hour, so says the wind tunnel test data from The North Face. Better yet: 4 lb 3 oz.


by Ryan Jordan | 2005-08-13 03:00:00-06

The North Face Spectrum 23 Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)

Here's the conventional wisdom:

Spill the wind over and around the tent's outer shell by creating a sleek, aerodynamic shape. Such design philosophy has to date, resulted in tents that can withstand winds up to 100 mph, but certainly not much more.

The North Face bucks the system a bit, with a huge flow-through vent system that may not only help clear out condensation (minor benefit in high winds), but helps the tent be less wind resistant by allowing the wind to blow through, rather than around the tent. The wind resistance of this design: 130 miles per hour, and proven in the wind tunnel.

NOTE: The picture to the right is not the Spectrum, but a lighter hoop tent using the same technology. We highlight the Spectrum here, however, as it may receive the most benefit from this design. Note the scoop vent in the top of the tent in the photo.

DAC poles, the classic Tadpole 3-pole design (two-person, one front door, with vestibule), more headroom, and a hood scoop that makes a WRX pace car's turbo hood look impotent means you can have a real 3-season mountain tent for the weight of a summer shelter:

4 lb 3 oz


"The North Face Spectrum 23 Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)," by Ryan Jordan. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2005-08-13 03:00:00-06.