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The North Face Sequoia 4 Review

A great summer tent with open views, great ventilation, and an awning-ready vestibule, all wrapped up in quality material
the north face sequoia 4 camping tent review
Credit: The North Face
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Price:  $399 List
Pros:  Tall and spacious, large and versatile vestibule, footprint included
Cons:  Not ideal in strong winds, odd back door, footprint doesn’t stay in place
Manufacturer:   The North Face
By Rob Gaedtke ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 19, 2022
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#6 of 16
  • Space and Comfort - 35% 8.0
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8.0
  • Family Friendliness - 15% 8.0
  • Quality - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

The North Face Sequoia 4 boasts a tall interior with a full-height front door. The full mesh ceiling and doors make the inside feel much larger than it is, and the large vestibule fits tons of gear and can be propped up as an awning on hot days. The Sequoia 4 falls short compared to the best camping tents we reviewed due to several poor design choices. The short rainfly paired with an open top allows rain to sneak in, and the tall vertical sides cause the tent to shake and bow in the wind. There are also pockets on a window/door – an odd design for actually storing gear – and a footprint that is too big to stay connected. Overall, this is a good 4-person tent for warm weather; you just have to look past a few strange design choices.

Editor's Note: We updated this review for The North Face Sequoia 4 on April 19, 2022, with an unbiased take on value versus performance and suggestions for other products that may better suit your needs or budget.

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Pros Tall and spacious, large and versatile vestibule, footprint includedSpacious, great layout, durable, very family friendly, high valueSuper light, very quick to pitch, amazing views with and without the fly, multi-use capabilitiesSpacious, easy to pitch, great views, inexpensiveSimple, quick to set up, lightweight
Cons Not ideal in strong winds, odd back door, footprint doesn’t stay in placeNot the easiest to pitch, only one door, odd bagSmall square footage, guyline stakes not included, very low ceilingFiberglass poles, small pockets, lack of ventilation with the rainfly onCheap poles, bad door zippers, small footprint
Bottom Line A great summer tent with open views, great ventilation, and an awning-ready vestibule, all wrapped up in quality materialThis tent has one of the best uses of space we have ever seen, a great choice for families or campers with lots of gearA simple tent just big enough for car camping but arguably light enough for the occasional backpacking trip tooWherever this tent falls short in quality, it makes up for it in size, features, and overall valueA classic lightweight 4-person dome tent that gives a little extra headroom and has a few nice features
Rating Categories The North Face Sequ... The North Face Wawo... Mountain Hardwear M... Kelty Wireless 6 Kelty Tallboy 4
Space and Comfort (35%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Ease of Use (15%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Family Friendliness (15%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Quality (10%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Specs The North Face Sequ... The North Face Wawo... Mountain Hardwear M... Kelty Wireless 6 Kelty Tallboy 4
Weight 13.0 lbs 21.9 lbs 7.1 lbs 17.2 lbs 11.0 lbs
Max Inside Height 6' 3" 6' 6" 4' 0" 6' 4" 5' 10"
Floor Dimensions 8' x 7' 6" 10' x 8' 6" 7' 6" x 5' 8" 9' 10" x 8' 10" 7' 1" x 8'
Floor Area 58.1 sq ft 85 sq ft 42.5 sq ft 86.9 sq ft 57 sq ft
Seasons 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-season
Windows Mesh top 2 Mesh top Mesh top Mesh top
Pockets 9 6 5 6 4
Number of Doors 2 3 2 2 1
Room Divider No Yes No No No
Vestibules 1 2 2 2 0
Vestibule Area (total) 27.6 sq ft 44.7 sq ft 37.5 sq ft 28 sq ft N/A
Packed Size 27" x 10" x 8" 9.5" x 16.5" x 25.5" 7" x 25" 27" x 8" x 8" 24" x 7" x 10"
Floor Materials 140D polyester 150D polyester 68D ripstop polyester 68D poly 1800mm 68D Poly 1200mm
Main Tent Materials 150D polyester 150D polyester 40D polyester mesh, 75D ripstop polyester 68D poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh 68D Poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh
Rainfly Materials 75D polyester 75D polyester 68D ripstop polyester 68D poly 1200mm 68D Poly 1200mm
Number of Poles 3 4 2 3 3
Pole Material Aluminum 14 mm aluminum DAC Pressfit Fiberglass Fiberglass
Extras Footprint included Internal dry lines, hang loops, Velcro lantern loop Fly rolls back and secures halfway for stargazing, footprint included Pole pockets for easy setup Lightweight

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Sequoia 4 is a spacious warmer-weather tent that's straightforward to pitch after getting the hang of it. The rainfly offers cool features, including two side windows, two vents, side guyline attachments, and door clips. And, if you bring your trekking poles, you can make an awning with them. Lots of mesh makes for good views and air circulation, though this lessens privacy considerably. While not the best in inclement weather, this 4-person tent is open, well built, has a clever and useful rainfly, and would make a great addition to anyone's camping gear.

Performance Comparison


the north face sequoia 4 camping tent review - a stout and beautiful looking tent made of high-quality material.
A stout and beautiful looking tent made of high-quality material.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Space and Comfort


The Sequoia 4 feels spacious. A 6'3" height profile and a larger than normal vestibule make the 58.1 sq ft footprint feel grand. And when you prop up the awning, it feels even better. However, the tent's dimensions don't allow for much more than a full and twin air mattress, leaving only a foot or so for standing. If you plan to pack a family of four in this tent, be sure to pack light and leave the dogs in the vestibule. You can find nine pockets inside the tent; two are quite large and are found above the back door. The included footprint also has an extended area that extends past the door, a perfect place to take off your shoes before entering.

the north face sequoia 4 camping tent review - one queen and one twin air mattress take up most of the floorspace...
One queen and one twin air mattress take up most of the floorspace, so get ready to be cozy.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Part of being comfortable is privacy, and while you will have plenty of privacy with the rainfly on, the large mesh front leaves everything exposed once it's removed. If you are car camping in hot weather near other folks, this is something to keep in mind.

the north face sequoia 4 camping tent review - while the sides of the tent are covered, the massive front door is...
While the sides of the tent are covered, the massive front door is 80% mesh. Great for viewing out, but also for others seeing in.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Weather Resistance


The Sequoia 4 is a hot weather machine. Even with the rainfly on, you have two vents and can roll up the sides to expose two large windows. With the rainfly off, you are free to stare into the sky and enjoy an evening breeze. This tent will need to be fully staked and guy-lined when the weather turns. This is true for all tents, but with the Sequoia, the large side profile tends to catch more wind than it deflects. Additionally, you can feel the wind coming inside because the rainfly only comes down partially on the sides.

the north face sequoia 4 camping tent review - beautiful breezy views from the sequoia 4.
Beautiful breezy views from the Sequoia 4.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Rain is also another factor to watch out for. Though the material used on the Sequoia is exceptional, there isn't enough rainfly coverage over the mesh to avoid some moisture sneaking in with heavy winds. To put it bluntly, if you are looking for a bad weather tent, look elsewhere. But if you are looking for a breathable, shade-happy tent, the Sequoia 4 is hard to top.

the north face sequoia 4 camping tent review - sunshade, dual vents, side windows, and a large back window all keep...
Sunshade, dual vents, side windows, and a large back window all keep air flowing throughout the tent.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke


Ease of Use


Color-coded poles and large sleeves make setting up the Sequoia 4 fairly straightforward. The fly is a bit harder to figure out due to its odd shape and tight connection points, but the tent still pitches in a little over nine minutes — on the longer side than other options in our review, but still mostly frustration-free.

The teardown is much faster than setup, though the tent does hold air while getting rolled up, and stuffing it into the included bag is a little tight. As seen with other North Face tents, the bag is more of a tote than a proper tent bag. The Sequoia weighs in at 13 pounds, and its packed size will leave plenty of room in the trunk for other essentials.

the north face sequoia 4 camping tent review - getting the tent to fit nicely in the included bag is a struggle as...
Getting the tent to fit nicely in the included bag is a struggle as is keeping the top closed tightly.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Family Friendliness


For a 4-person tent, the Sequoia is pretty large. The tent's height makes changing easy, though privacy is non-existent without the fly on. The included footprint with attached doormat is a nice clean touch, and if your camp spot doesn't include shade, the awning feature will keep everyone cool. With the awning down and sealed, the vestibule is fairly large and can cook a snack if you are caught in a storm.

The storage options in the Sequoia 4 are plentiful. With nine storage pockets, every house member can have their own. The large vestibule allows for extra gear storage. The extra back door is a nice addition though it is fairly small and renders the three pockets on the door useless.

the north face sequoia 4 camping tent review - when the storage on the window/door is used, going in and out is a...
When the storage on the window/door is used, going in and out is a bit difficult and your gadgets quickly end up on your bed.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Quality


The North Face makes exceptional tents, and the Sequoia is no different. Most of the materials are high quality; the poles are aluminum, the mesh and windows are 40D polyester, the rainfly is 75D polyester, and the floor is 150D. All of the interior seams are sealed and appear well made. On the flip side, the generic stakes are weak (we bent them on our first pitch), and many of the pole tips pop out during tear down.

The pin and hole connection to attach the rainfly to the tent.
The pin and hole connection to attach the rainfly to the tent.
The cluster found when you attempt to put three connections on the...
The cluster found when you attempt to put three connections on the end of a single pole
Nearly every pole had at least one side pop out during teardown...
Nearly every pole had at least one side pop out during teardown. While fairly simple to put back, not something you would expect from a name brand.

Should You Buy The North Face Sequoia 4?


The North Face Sequoia 4 is a good 4-person tent, perfect for warm weather and lots of sun. It's tall, roomy, and capable of housing a family comfortably. If the rainfly covered the windows just a bit more and the shape was less vertical, this tent would be more intriguing. Add in the cheaper stakes, strange door storage, odd bag, and poles that pop out of place, and it falls just a little short.

What Other Camping Tents Should You Consider?


The price point on this tent is a little steep for what you get and is only a bit cheaper than its much bigger sister, the Wawona 6. Larger families will likely find more value in the larger Kelty Wireless 6.

Rob Gaedtke
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