North Face Dome Tent Brings Igloo Shape, Extreme Durability

 

Sure, your Fieldcandy Tent brings as much personality as utility, making your tent stand out in a sea of them at crowded camps and outdoor festivals.  When you need extreme performance from your pop-up shelters, though, you need something more along the lines of the North Face Dome Tent.

Billed as "the ultimate eight-person expedition base camp tent," it features a dome design that's built to "withstand the merciless environments of the Himalayas and Antractica."  We're guessing it's based on that classic igloo abode, which utilizes the helmet-like shape to maximize heat and durability.

Inside, the North Face Dome Tent offers 125 square feet of room (enough floor area to sleep eight people), giving you plenty of space to stretch out and store your gear.  Canopy and fly are made from 120D nylon oxford,  with the floor constructed from 420D nylon taffeta.  Features include dual doors, two windows, a chimney vent, interior canopy loops and steep walls.  Even more impressively, the whole thing collapses to 32 x 23 inches when not in use.

With 12 poles and a slightly more elaborate configuration than standard tents, it's not exactly the easiest thing to carry in your trekking adventures.  If you're spending extended periods of time high up in the mountains, though, we can't imagine a better temporary home.  Since it's designed to hold multiple people, we guess it makes sense to spread the load among your team, too.

The North Face Dome Tent is available now, priced at $5,000.

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