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6.9 out of 10

Black Diamond Firstlight

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Overall 7
7.0

Used this tent during a 4-day winter trip in the Sierras.

bcowdrick, Trailspace.com
20 March 2014
  • Summary: Used this tent during a 4-day winter trip in the Sierras. Lightest weight 4-season tent by far. Held up to winds and snow. Internal poles make setup simple.
  • Pros: Lightweight, 4 season
  • Cons: Single wall = some frost inside due to condensation
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Overall 9
9.0

Great tent as long as you're USING IT AS INTENDED.

cuchulainn1856, Trailspace.com
7 August 2013
  • Summary: Great tent as long as you're USING IT AS INTENDED.
  • Pros: Super stable in wind for its weight, Very lightweight/breathable, Sets up from inside in storm or high wind, Small footprint for setup on bivy ledges
  • Cons: Short footprint, I'm 6 feet tall and it's a bit cramped for me
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Overall 4
4.0

I wish I had these reviews to read before I bought…

harderm, Trailspace.com
22 April 2013
  • Summary: I wish I had these reviews to read before I bought this tent 5 years ago.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Simple
  • Cons: Poor zippers, Leaks, even in light drizzle
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Overall 1
1.0

A tent has a clear primary job—keeping you dry.

jmmorford, Trailspace.com
16 August 2010
  • 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. Because it’s a small tent, your sleeping bag, clothes and lots of other things you care about will be in contact with the wet tent walls and soon your entire kit is soaked.
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Overall 10
10

I have owned the Black Diamond First Light for three…

Gregory Stvens (guest), Trailspace.com
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. During the hardest rain I felt a slight misting inside, but no collection of water whatsoever. The thing is, if you have two people inside, (I did not) some condensation will occur if the temperature/humidify is just right.
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Overall 10
10

First off, let me say what others have said - this…

Trailspace.com
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. It works perfectly as alpine climbing tent, when sub-freezing temperatures mean that any moisture will fall as snow, not rain or sleet. I have been caught out in heavy rain, but nothing too prolonged.
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Overall 2
2.0

This tent has the distinction of being the first and…

Trailspace.com
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. It rained daily, never that hard, but almost constant. I emerged each morning with all of my gear wet. As I would lie in the tent, I could feel a constant mist on my face.
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Overall 10
10

This is by far the best tent I have ever owned. I…

Owen (guest), Trailspace.com
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. I took the 45 minutes to seam seal the tent myself when I bought it, and I have never had any problems with condensation or leaking during numerous rain and snowstorms.
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Overall 6
6.0

Love the light weight, the ease of set-up and the…

Terry Woodburn (guest), Trailspace.com
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 unpleasant. I was wishing for an exterior wall on this tent, while all my buds stayed high and dry in their slightly heavier, double walled tents.
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Overall 4
4.0

While some may consider the Firstlight a desirable…

Bill Morris (guest), Trailspace.com
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. I have to say this tent is not desirable for anyone carrying a tent because a tent should GUARANTEE that I am safe from the elements whether it's a light summer rain or a gully washer, both of which are possible in the Rockies...
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