Published on March 2nd, 2014 | by Daniel Feinstein0
The North Face Rock 22 Tent
Summary: Durable and dependable, roomy and easy to use; this is my personal choice when it comes to 3 season shelters.
I have used the Rock 22 on countless bike tours over the past year and it has never let me down. Put simply, it is an extremely affordable, high quality, 3 season, 2 person tent from The North Face.
I can’t say enough about this tent. Over the course of the past year, I have done about two weekend bike tours each month and have used the Rock 22 each time. While there are some great one person tents on the market, I like my space. One person tents look a bit to claustrophobic and sarcophagus-like. I guess that if I were to go on a tour across the Alps then I might consider going with a one person tent. However, for trips of up to a week, I would rather deal with the extra weight. In terms of space, I attach the Rock 22 to the top of the panier so it’s not really an issue.
The North Face has updated the x design of the Rock 22. It is now even roomier with 34 sq. ft. of floor space and two large vestibules totaling 9.3 sq. ft. and offers even more ventilation than previous iterations.
The canopy is made up of 70D 190 T nylon ripstop and contains extensive meshing for maximum ventilation and, of course, stargazing. The fly of the Rock 22 is made of the same material as the canopy (minus the meshing, of course) with the addition of a 1500 mm polyurethane coating and does a fantastic job of keeping you sheltered from the rain. The bucket floor is made of an extremely durable nylon taffeta with 5000 mm of polyurethane coating. I have never experienced any issues with this tent and it performed wonderfully in stormy conditions; stayed planted firmly under windy conditions and never felt so much as a drop of rain.
The Rock 22 also has a number of cool features that you have come to expect from The North Face. The tent has a rally cool gear attic which is great for storage of things that you might need handy as well as a loop for hanging a lamp. You will also find a couple of great overhead pockets for storing some of your more fragile gear such as cameras, cell phones and the like.
Pitching and Packing
When it comes to pitching and packing, this tent is the king. The main structure of the tent is held up by two strong and light weight DAC Pressfit poles. The poles are set diagonally and the tent utilizes an ultra-light micro-clip system that makes pitching the tent about as quick and easy as possible. A third, smaller pole, rests on top of the two main poles when setting up the fly.
The tent packs as easily as it pitches. The Rock 22 takes a few seconds to collapse and it fits quite easily into its storage bag. Packed in its storage bag, the Rock 22 is just 22.5 inches in length and 7 inches in diameter and weighs a total of 5 pounds 4 ounces.
While perhaps not the lightest 2 person, 3 season tent on the market, it is certainly amongst the best and the one that I choose to use.
- Extremely well-made
- Easy to pitch and pack
- Great ventilation
- Priced to go
- Could be lighter