THE NORTH FACE MINIBUS 23 - 2009 Gear Guide
For a rest station after a marathon day of cragging, battling steep approaches, or dodging spraylords, you can’t get much more soothing than The North Face Minibus 23 (thenorthface.com), a user-friendly, two-person, three-season tent new for 2009. The Minibus 23 — with two exits and two big vestibules — comes with a host of innovative features that add up to a tent experience of a different sort: a high-low ventilation system; inside-outside pockets (accessible from within or without); an easy-to-pitch, color-coded clip-and-pole system; internal overhead mesh stash pockets for your sundries (or a headlamp, which you can angle as a reading lamp); and a smart, roomy brow-pole configuration that opens up mucho headspace.
To enhance airflow (thus reducing condensation and, in the warmer months, sleepstifling mugginess), The North Face designed a high-low ventilation system — a hook low on the rainfly door lets you fold back a wedge-shaped opening, letting in air from below; meanwhile, mesh-lined vents atop the rainfly let in air from above.
- BROW BEATER
The Minibus 23’s brow poles outwardly stretch the top of the tent space (the dome curves past vertical at the top). The result is an extra-roomy interior — enough to invite friends in for cards on a rainy day.
- INSIDE OUT
Spaced your keys in the internal pocket again? No worries — just unzip the pocket and gain access to the internal compartment where you stashed ‘em. No need to crawl in and hunt.
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