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Black Diamond Firstlight 2 Person Tent
Amazon Price: N/A $369.95 (as of March 1, 2017 5:55 pm –
218026 Features: For weather protection when and where you need it most, rely on NanoShield to a proprietary single wall fabric consisting of durable polyester with a silicone nanocell treatment that gives it a super high water column rating Do more than just keep storms at bay as the nanocell treatment increases the tear strength making a strong defense against winds and abrasion Stay vented and comfortable via the breathable nature of the NanoShield fabric and the zippered mesh panels at the rear and door for ventilation Sewn with silicone-dipped thread to prevent seams from absorbing moisture Set up quickly from the inside of the tent, so you don't have to weather storms from the outside when making camp thanks to the durable and lightweight two-pole design Keep a headlamp, watch and knit cap close by in the 2 interior mesh pockets Steep walls shed snow while the innovative door design peels all the way to the floor to allow easy entry and exit Specifications: Capacity to suggested use: 2 person to 4-season Trail weight: 3 lb 5 oz Floor area: 273 sq ft Dimensions: 82 x 48 x 42 inches Number of poles to freestanding: 2 to yes Doors: 1 Floor to canopy material: polyester treated with silicone Stuff size: 9 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- ASIN: B0036XJTMS
An Exceptionally Fine Tent
8 people found this helpful.
I gave this tent to a friend for Christmas. I have owned one for over 10 years myself and have spent over 250 nights out in it having been a Volunteer Backcountry Ranger in Grand Teton National Park. It does not leak and never has even when gail force winds are driving the rain. It also breaths enough to minimize inside frost on cold nights much better than I expected it would.
Awesome solo tent!
9 people found this helpful.
This is a great tent. It’s crazy light (under 3 pounds including poles, stakes AND ground cloth). One person can set it up in a couple of minutes–and from the inside. This is great if you have to put it up in the rain, or while under attack from a hoarde of mosquitos. Does a single walled breathable tent really work? It does! I used it in a 6-hour downpour and not a drop of water got in (you have to thoroughtly seam seal it, which takes a while). And although the fabric is breathable, there will still be condensation in some conditions. In heavy winds it deforms (it’s a dome tent after all) but you can guy it out to take care of that. It says it’s for 2 people, but it’s really a solo+ tent, and for that it’s great– very roomy. The fabric is uber lightweight, but reinforced in the right spots. Still, you need to be careful with it– like all ultralight gear.
I bought this tent to use while snowmobiling. I …
3 people found this helpful.
I bought this tent to use while snowmobiling. I typically ride 250-300 miles in a day and when I’m ready to stop and rest, I wanted a tent that is quick to set up, packs small, and of course is a 4 season tent. I practiced once at home setting the tent up, and then used it for real the following week. I set this tent up at night with only the light from my head lamp and I had it set up in about 5mins. Outside air temp was 28 (f) degrees and when I awoke there was minimal condensation inside. I had the tent broke down and folded back in its bag before my water had boiled to make coffee. This tent is a heck of a deal on a 4 season lightweight tent for the price.
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I’ve been using Bibler/Black Diamond Firstlight for the past 9 years, almost exclusively. I’ve used 3 versions of this model (25-year-old version, 10-year old version, and this one) and each has been excellent. Losing it after a break-up, I loved it so much that I bought another one.
Lightweight, handle with care.
Lightweight. This is main point of this tent. Certainly very OK size for 2 people. I am 6.4 and feel comfortable enough in this thing. Max volume one can squeeze in 2 adults and kid. A bit cramped then but still reasonable. But then you need to add vestibule for storing gear. Tent so far did not had a test in harsh weather just ordinary moderate rain and average wind. I do not expect same toughness as from I-Tent and when you use it, you should handle with care. That includes a ground cloth, that includes adding some water repellent before use. I will see soon enough how it behaves in poor weather conditions in moderate altitudes of 13K feet. Got this one as my I-tent succumbed to heavy storm and rockfall and is in need of some repairs. Will certainly update on performance later.
Very lightweight yet robust, not enough venting
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I love this tent in terms of the weight, robustness of the construction, poles, fabric and overall design. The only drawback is the lack of proper ventilation which causes condensation. I’d like to see extra vents at the very top of the tent, similar to the BD I-Tent. I was considering the I-Tent however the extra weight and price made me go with this one. I plan on using it primarily in winter for backcountry skiing where the weight is a factor. The tent package is very small and does not take much space in the pack (size of Nalgene bottle + the poles). Overall a great shelter for winter and shoulder seasons. I’d definitely recommend this to a friend and probably buy it again if I was deciding again.