The North Face VE 25 Tent


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Excellent for four-season use and any outdoor adventure that risks hunkering down in inhospitable conditions, The North Face VE 25 is the most popular expedition tent made by The North Face. With a trail weight of 9 lbs, 12 oz, it's considerably lighter than most tents in the expedition line and it offers more space than the two-person Mountain 25 tent (many mountaineers opt for the advantage of a three-person tent for two people because they can capitalize on a little more space when they're hunkered down and waiting out storms). Like many of the best designed mountaineering tents, the VE 25 has an integrated polyurethane view window that's cold tested to -60F so you can check on the weather without compromising any of the warmth inside the tent. If things get too muggy, unzip the adjustable mesh vents for bug-free cross ventilation. The guy-out points are numerous enough to weather big blows and the no-stretch Kevlar guylines with camming adjustments are ideal for pitching in open spaces. The VE 25 comes with internal storage pockets for gear, but if you really want to organize (and possibly dry out) your mountaineering and backpacking gear, get the fully-compatible #2 Gear Loft from The North Face.


  • Capacity: 3 person
  • Seasons: 4
  • # of Doors: 2
  • Floor Area: 48 sq ft, 4.5 sq m
  • Vestibule Area: one is 11 sq ft, other is 5 sq ft
  • Interior Peak Height: 48 in
  • Floor Material: 70 denier 210T nylon taffeta floor fabric coated with a 5,000 mm. polyurethane finish
  • Body Material: 40-denier 240T nylon ripstop
  • Fly Material: Waterproof 75 denier 185T polyester ripstop coated with a 1,500 mm polyurethane finish
  • # of Poles: 4, plus a smaller hoop vestibule pole for front vestibule
  • Pole Material: DAC Featherlite™ NSL aluminum
  • Continuous pole sleeve design for optimum structural rigidity
  • True bucket floor design is completely taped for waterproof protection and enhanced integrity
  • Internal zippered vents with mesh screens and easy adjustment features
  • Color-coded canopy and flysheet webbing simplifies pitching
  • Rugged polyurethane window is cold-crack tested all the way to -60F
  • Reflective guyline loops on no-stretch Kevlar guylines with multiple guy-points for optimum stability
  • Internal storage pockets and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls
  • Fly-only pitching option for summer evenings
  • Compatible with The North Face #2 Gear Loft (not included)
  • Compact compression stuff sack included
  • Stuff sack size: 24 x 9 in, 61 x 23 cm
  • Minimum Weight: 10 lb 11 oz, 4.85 kg
  • Packed Weight: 11 lb 12 oz
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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

9 Reviews

9 Ratings & Reviews

Excellent tent, very durable
February 27, 2008

A great tent. We bought it 14 years ago in 1994 and we used it a lot, in Holland, Italy, Bulgaria, Russia to Ghana and Mali. It is spacious. The service of TNF is very good, without any costs they repaired one of the sleeves when the tent was damaged in a storm in the Alps in Switzerland, even a zipper was repaired after 8 years or so. The only disadvantage is its weigth, and the improved models are even heavier....

great tent
August 08, 2005

it's great--bigger than it looks and you can pee in it.

April 16, 2008

The North Face VE 25 Tent is like a Toyota for us! They are dependable, completely functional pleasing to the eye and gentle on the landscape. Quality sells itself. Thank you for continuing to make a reliable and comfortable haven.

Bomb proof
March 11, 2010

I have been using mine since 1987! I cannot destroy this tent. Northwest Territories, High Peaks region of the Adirondacks, a month in the New Mexico dessert, Colorado, numerous treks and pack trips - no failures of any kind to report.

Best tent ever made, bar none!!!
April 20, 2003

This tent is incredible. My wife and i needed a tent that we could fit ourselves (both of us are 6'3")in and not be pressing against the door and the back of the tent. We also have a dog and he needs to be in the tent as well. The vestibule is big enough for both of our backpacks and the dog's pack which is was a must as well. If you are looking for a really incredible 4 season tent that is slightly larger than a two person this is the tent for you. The extra weight is negligible for the extra space available and the tent's integrity is the best that I have ever seen. We would still be using it if someone who thought he needed it worse than we did didn't steal it. So the only thing that could be added is a tent alarm or something. :) Great job North Face keep it up. Paul

complete bs
July 30, 2009

the tent broke down after two days.

Excellent Design As Usual
August 14, 2005

This "new" VE 25 is excellent as a backcountry tent. Entry and exit is easy. Huge amount of room for 2 people and all gear. Side pockets running length of tent and overhead are excellent for all sorts of in-tent and around-camp little items. Vents with/without (selectable) screen in tent peak is excellent for ventiation. Too tight for 3 large adults (6-footer), comfortable for 3 smaller size (5-footer). For 2 people (6-foot, 5-10), it is perfect. We owned a mid-80's version of VE25 that survived almost 20 years of desert, mountains and everything in between on countless backcountry trips. It stood up to strong wind, snow and pouring rain. It was our workhorse. Having tried 4 different tents of equal cost from 2 different manufacturers since 1998, we are glad to be "home" with the Northface VE25 again. This new one seems ready to serve us for the next 20 years, knock on wood.

excellent tent
February 20, 2008

I am leaving in lebanon, and I get my Ve25 tent 6 years ago,and camped during snow storm with 50 cm of snow on the roof,and hot days using only the tent.This tent is excellent for 2 even good for 3, stand high winds and is very waterproof and well ventilated.Easy to mount and dismount.Rough enough to be mounted on a harsh ground.Usually I divided it between two backpackers, this tent is not light but light enough for going everywhere with it.

Great but not light
September 25, 2004

I owe this tent for almost one yr and did some serious hiking with it. I camped at the Japanese alps at 9000 Ft, in the snow and with terrible scary gale force winds. The tent is very spacious for two people a bit cramped for three. I enjoy the tent very much and the only improvement is to make the zipper design a bit better. I had several times that the zipper got stuck in the material. Overall good value for money and a nice home particularly when it is cold outside.

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