Excerpt: A tent has a clear primary job—keeping you dry. The Firstlight fails miserably at this job. BD describes the fabric as “water resistant” which is an overstatement. In an extended light rain or even a short downpour, the fabric wets out and wicks moisture inside.
I have owned the Black Diamond First Light for three…
15 October 2008
Excerpt: I have owned the Black Diamond First Light for three years. I first used it for a 13 day backpacking trip in the New Mexico mountains at a Boy Scout camp called Philmont. It rained every night, very very hard rain. The tent is water proof.
First off, let me say what others have said - this…
5 February 2008
Excerpt: First off, let me say what others have said - this tent is NOT waterproof. It's not meant to be. I think this tent is best described as a softshell tent - meaning it should be used in conditions that are going to be mainly dry, be it hot or cold.
This tent has the distinction of being the first and…
30 November 2007
Excerpt: This tent has the distinction of being the first and only piece of backpacking gear I have ever returned for a refund. I am amazed by other reviews that describe this tent as being waterproof. I spent a week in the New Mexico mountains in this tent with a group of Boy Scouts.
This is by far the best tent I have ever owned. I…
27 November 2007
Excerpt: This is by far the best tent I have ever owned. I use it generally for 3-season hiking (2-10 day trips) as well as occasionally for winter hiking. Other posters' comments about the waterproofing of the eVent material seem way off the mark to me.
Love the light weight, the ease of set-up and the…
26 November 2007
Excerpt: Love the light weight, the ease of set-up and the general toughness. However, this tent finally met its match in the Yukon this summer. I had rather painstakingly done my waterproofing job on it, but a blustery 24 hour Yukon rainstorm had me completely soaked inside this tent, which was rather...
While some may consider the Firstlight a desirable…
28 July 2007
Excerpt: While some may consider the Firstlight a desirable tent for summer alpine nights, having almost 31 years under my belt guiding in the Rocky Mountains, I have been many times in downpours while camped waiting for breaks in weather to start climbing.