The North Face flint 1 tent
4 out of 5 based on 1 user reviews.
|have been looking to get a new solo tent for under $200. Weight wasn't my priority, but durable materials, easy set up, generous head room and floor plan.|
I like the idea of an end entry solo tent, but have been a little skeptical about it thinking it would be a pain to get in/out of. It's not bad at all. The angle of the door helps with that. Kind of like stepping in and kneeling then getting into position. The only issue with the angle of the door is getting in and out during rain. It will get wet inside. I just moved my stuff to the foot end of the tent and had a towel ready. Also, I have been able to pitch this tent in places a side entry wouldn't work.
The colors are great, very low key.
Condensation hasn't been an issue. I haven't experienced much, a little, but nothing dripping. The top of the vestibule door can be left about eight inches open during the rain, with no water coming in while still venting. This vestibule door venting is right above my head (because of the door angle) which greatly reduces condensation build up.
Set up is very easy for the most part. Simple 2 pole X design with post/grommet pole attachments for the tent body, fly and footprint. This can be a little annoying when nothing is tightened up yet and you get a post pop out. The fly only has tighteners on the door end of the tent. Having them on the back would be a nice touch. Because this tent is tall, narrow and long, I feel using guy lines is necessary for it to be stable (not a big deal for me since I usually use guy lines anyway). The sides of the fly have tabs to add guy lines and get more air flow. I would have liked one at the foot end as well. I use a tarp clip to pull it out a bit, which is helpful. There are guy out tabs about half way up each corner. I suggest using them for a better pitch/ventilation.
The actual weight (on my scale) for the tent body, fly and poles is just under 3 pounds 7 ounces.
I'm 6'3", 215 pounds and fit nicely into the Flint 1. Stretching out I'd hit the ends sometimes, but lay, slept and sat up just fine. The head room is great. I could use my TNF gear loft (adjusted to keep it more towards the foot end of the tent) and still had a respectable hear room.
Between the gear loft and two good size pockets at the head end, I kept my stuff off the floor. The vestibule is small, barely enough for a pack and boots.
Thie Flint 1 packs very small when compressed (smaller than a standard football).
While this is not the perfect solo tent, it's a great deal for around $150. I have compared other brands in this price range, and while some were bigger, lighter and with more bells and whistles, I feel this is a tent that can take more abuse and will last longer. 5000mm coated nylon floor/1500mm coated poly fly is nice. I'm not gentle with my gear. I have two other TNF tents that handle my abuse well, as does the Flint 1.
I thought this was a ridiculous tent for TNF to come out with when I first saw it. But after giving it a better look, and a try, I'm very happy with this tent.