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For many years The North Face have produced a wide variety of very high quality tents that have been favoured by outdoor enthusiasts. In this range they have always included a well designed model aimed at campers who are looking for a tent to use as a weekend base from where they can enjoy the great outdoors.

North Face Talus 2 Tent

This image shows The North Face Talus 2 EU. The Talus 3 EU is slightly larger but from this angle looks the same.


In recent years this general purpose tent has been the Rock 2 and 3. But 2014 has seen the launch of two new incarnations which are the Talus 2 EU and Talus 3 EU. Tent aficionados will no doubt be aware that the Talus range has been around in North America under various guises, but 2014 is the European release.

It must be noted that North American specific tents generally have more mesh in the inner than European tents. This is due to the drier American climate which is not necessarily the environment in Germany, France and the U.K. The boffins at The North Face have foreseen this problem and have created a European version of the Talus 2 EU and 3 EU. To avoid confusion they have handily added EU to the name.

Talus Design

In the Talus 2 EU and 3 EU the North Face have moved away from the dome design of the Rock tents and instead they make use of a twin arch construction with bracing pole. This gives the Talus a large amount of internal usable space, more than a dome of the same footprint. Although not as stable a dome tent, I think this is a good comprise made by The North Face as, the Talus 2 EU and 3 EU have not been designed to be used in extreme conditions. Taking that into account these are still sturdy 3 season tents that can stand up to most of the conditions the UK weather can throw at it. The construction of the three DAC Alloy poles allow the tent to be free standing and when pitched using the included guylines it will be able to cope with most winds. The flysheet is PU coated Polyester providing a barrier from the elements.

Talus Pitching

Pitching is an extremely simple affair. The Talus 2 EU and 3 EU are inner pitch first, with two long poles that provide the shape. These poles are easy to tension with the inner or groundsheet. Then it is a simple case of attaching a third pole which acts as a brace before clipping the inner to the poles. The final element is to add the fly and apply tension. In all it’s less than a five minute job. As they are “traditional pitch” tents, both the Talus 2 and 3 can be pitched fly only, at no extra cost as a groundsheet protector is included with the tent!

North Face Talus Pole Construction

The Talus 2 EU and 3 EU have a twin arch structure with a bracing/ridge pole, which helps provide generous internal space.

Talus Usability

I found the Talus tents to be nice and bright, without being overly so as to hamper my sleep. There is plenty of room to sit up inside, with the pole design giving a feeling of space. At over 6 foot there is enough length in both the Talus 2 EU and 3 EU for myself, a sleeping bag and sleeping mat. For me these are important factors as I would prefer to carry a little more weight to gain some additional room, a factor which can often be missing from the lighter weight tents on the market.

In the roof space of the Talus tents is a integral gear loft, combined with the pockets it allows smaller items to be stored easily. Both Talus tents have a large doors with room for easy entrance. The vestibules are large enough to set up a stove and cook when the weather is poor.

North Face Talus Gear Loft

The Talus 2 EU and 3 EU both come with an integral gear loft

Talus 2 EU and 3 EU Differences

The biggest difference between the two tents apart from the obviously size difference, is that the Talus 2 EU has a slightly different design to the Talus 3 EU. The Image below shows that the Talus 3 EU on the right has a symmetrical design this enables the tent to have 2 full size vestibules and entrances. The Talus 2 EU on the other hand only has one entrance and vestibule. You can see as indicated by the arrow on the image that the shaded area is smaller than the corresponding area on the other side of the tent. The smaller area can be used for storage, being accessed from the inner tent by a semi circular “cat flap”.
North Face Talus Floorplans

Improving the Talus 2 EU and 3 EU

If I was asked by The North Face for an improvement in the tent it would be in the construction of the doors.

Both the Talus 2 EU and 3 EU lack a double door, instead they have doors which are half mesh and half fabric. There is nothing necessarily wrong with this as you get light and ventilation. However, there are times when you may want a little more privacy which is gained from a full fabric door. From a practical point of view if the wind was blowing and even with fly shut cold air would still get into the inner tent through the mesh. This is perhaps a remnant of the tent’s original North American origins or is a factor in that has been designed to cover the whole European market as opposed to Northern Europe. Although for the North Face’s targeted audiences I doubt this will be an issue.

Conclusion

As you would expect from The North Face the Talus tents offer excellent value for money at a little over the £200 mark. Which tent out of the two you would go for is a personal choice. I personally favour the Talus 3 EU as a “strapping” six footer the additional length, height and width for me is much more of an advantage than the negative of carrying more weight around, the £20 difference in RRP between the Talus 2 EU and 3 EU isn’t huge and I would pay the extra. It must be said that the Talus 2 EU is in its own right a good sized 2 person tent and has more room than for example the MSR Hubba Hubba NX.

TNF Talus 2 EU TNF Talus 3 EU
Sleeps: 2 3
Inner Tent Area (LxWxH): 220x132x101cm 226x160x116cm
Total Weight(kg): 2.67 2.76
RRP (Feb 2015): £210 £230

The market the Talus 2 EU and 3 EU are in is extremely competitive and there are number of tents at similar weights or prices, including Vango’s Halo 200 and Halo 300, MSR’s Elixir 2 and Elixir 3 and Snugpak’s Scorpion 2 and Scorpion 3 to name a few. Perhaps with this in mind The North Face have included a groundsheet protector and gear loft into the deal. Buying these individually for a tent would cost in the region of £50, so this is a nice extra and, unlike a lot of free gifts are completely usable.

Overall, I think the North Face have done a good job in creating the Talus 2 EU and 3 EU, they are solid, 3 season tents, they look good with a two tone design, are easy to pitch and have plenty of room. They are ideal for people on a budget or for people who want a good quality first tent from one of the outdoor industries’ leading brands.

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  • Superuser

    Why only 3.5 stars?? I’ve looked for tents now for 3 days including Hilleberg tents because I’m not on a tight budget. I’ve tried a lot of tents these days. With that said I still don’t want an overkill tent because it will loose in value and material quality over time, even stored. My criteria is hiking maybe 3 times a year in Sweden. No heavy weather conditions. Me and my girlfriend so a large 2 person tent. Not to heavy because of moderate climbing. This seems to be the best tent for the buck because of the optimal size with the Talus 3. It’s weather proofed but not for extreme conditions and the price is 3 times cheaper than the nearest competition (I’ve also in the final looked at Jack Wolfskin Exolight III and Fjallraven Akka View 2 and Black Diamond Vista). It also weights in at around the same weight as the competition so I find it insane that you only gave it a moderate 3.5 of 5 when taken this in consideration. I found it very positive that you had reviewed this though because it was not easy to find good reviews out there. This review helped me a lot.

  • Superuser

    Why only 3.5 stars?? I’ve looked for tents now for 3 days including Hilleberg tents because I’m not on a tight budget. I’ve tried a lot of tents these days. With that said I still don’t want an overkill tent because it will loose in value and material quality over time, even stored. My criteria is hiking maybe 3 times a year in Sweden. No heavy weather conditions. Me and my girlfriend so a large 2 person tent. Not to heavy because of moderate climbing. This seems to be the best tent for the buck because of the optimal size with the Talus 3. It’s weather proofed but not for extreme conditions and the price is 3 times cheaper than the nearest competition (I’ve also in the final looked at Jack Wolfskin Exolight III and Fjallraven Akka View 2 and Black Diamond Vista). It also weights in at around the same weight as the competition so I find it insane that you only gave it a moderate 3.5 of 5 when taken this in consideration. I found it very positive that you had reviewed this though because it was not easy to find good reviews out there. This review helped me a lot.

  • Many thanks for your comments. We try to provide as much information as possible, so we’re glad that our review has been helpful. A score of 3.5 out 5 is 70%, so we think that is a good score. Whilst the twin arch design of the Talus gives good usable space it is not as stable as a dome. Our other small point was that the inner door is part mesh with no option to zip it over with fabric. Of course there are always compromises to be made when choosing a tent, so the rating is subjective.

  • Many thanks for your comments. We try to provide as much information as possible, so we’re glad that our review has been helpful. A score of 3.5 out 5 is 70%, so we think that is a good score. Whilst the twin arch design of the Talus gives good usable space it is not as stable as a dome. Our other small point was that the inner door is part mesh with no option to zip it over with fabric. Of course there are always compromises to be made when choosing a tent, so the rating is subjective.

  • Superuser

    Thanks Daniel. Then I understand your point of view. I acctually bought the tent yesterday and will try it out next week. A store here in Sweden had a campaign so the Talus 3 EU were at a bargain price at around $220. I just couldn’t pass on that 🙂 I will keep an extra eye out in regards to the stability. Keep up the good work!

  • Superuser

    Thanks Daniel. Then I understand your point of view. I acctually bought the tent yesterday and will try it out next week. A store here in Sweden had a campaign so the Talus 3 EU were at a bargain price at around $220. I just couldn’t pass on that 🙂 I will keep an extra eye out in regards to the stability. Keep up the good work!

  • We hope you enjoy some excellent camping in your new tent. Let us know how you get on and what you think of it!

  • We hope you enjoy some excellent camping in your new tent. Let us know how you get on and what you think of it!

  • Tahiti Bob

    In France we pay € 265,- for Talus 3 !!!!

  • Tahiti Bob

    In France we pay € 265,- for Talus 3 !!!!

  • Andrrrrea

    Hi! I bought the Taulus 3 just now, but i have some second thoughts; I will be using the tent 50% myself, and rest of the time with my boyfriend, will the Taulus 3 be too much? Should i change it into a Taulus 2? Do you have any experience?

  • Andrrrrea

    Hi! I bought the Taulus 3 just now, but i have some second thoughts; I will be using the tent 50% myself, and rest of the time with my boyfriend, will the Taulus 3 be too much? Should i change it into a Taulus 2? Do you have any experience?

  • For general camping in normal conditions the Talus 3 would be fine even for one person.

    If you will be doing a lot of backpacking then a smaller tent is lighter & takes up less space in your pack, but there is not much difference in weight between the Talus 2 & 3. If you are camping on your own in cold conditions a smaller tent would be marginally warmer.

    When there are two of you camping you will appreciate the extra space of the Talus 3.

  • For general camping in normal conditions the Talus 3 would be fine even for one person.

    If you will be doing a lot of backpacking then a smaller tent is lighter & takes up less space in your pack, but there is not much difference in weight between the Talus 2 & 3. If you are camping on your own in cold conditions a smaller tent would be marginally warmer.

    When there are two of you camping you will appreciate the extra space of the Talus 3.

  • Nice&Polite

    I own a Talus 2 and I’ve used it to camp out quite a few times with my brother. There was plenty of space for the both of us plus our kit. It was in cold, wet, and windy conditions- typical weather for Scotland where I’m from, and the tent held up really well. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert or anything. I intend on doing some solo multi-day hiking up in the Scottish highlands this year using this tent. It’s light enough, pitching is simple, so it should do the trick. I won this tent at auction brand new for only £100 which was a pretty good deal I think. I do own another tent- a Big Agnes King Creek 4 which is a superb tent, but totally unsuitable for hiking with (it gets used for family camping or for me and my 2 brothers to escape from the wives for a night in). I would recommend the Talus tent to anyone looking for something they can use for solo trips or doubling up in. After about 6 camping trips with it so far I feel like I will be using this tent for a very long time to come. I’d rate it about 8, maybe even 8.5 out of 10. But like I said, I’m no expert. The bottom line is that it’s a decent piece of kit.

  • Many thanks for your positive comments about the Talus 2. Its good to read that it held up well against the wil Scottish weather! It sounds like you go camping quite a bit, so you are probably more of an expert than you think. We hope you have a great time when you go solo multi-day hiking later this year.