The North Face Assault 2 is a more-versatile-than-average single wall tent packed full of sweet features. It's only 5-8 ounces heavier than the lightest models, which were generally less livable, and it retails for less than $600, which is a great price point. It's also the only single wall tent in our review to come with a vestibule, further increasing its value. While this model might not be the best shelter for extended hangouts in fierce weather, it is good for a majority of four-season conditions and perfect for alpine climbing and backcountry skiing in the lower-48 and southern Canada. Best of all, it's constructed with a waterproof material, unlike the Black Diamond HiLight and Firstlight. While we liked other tents for different things, the Assault found a nice balance of weight and comfort, not to mention price, and is our Best Buy award winner for Single Wall Tents.
The North Face gave the Assault 2 an update since our testing period. Read on to see what's up with the new version!