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Black Diamond Firstlight

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Reviews and Problems with Black Diamond Firstlight

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

Trailspace.com
16 August 2010
  • Summary: 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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I have owned the Black Diamond First Light for three…

Trailspace.com
15 October 2008
  • Summary: 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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First off, let me say what others have said - this…

Trailspace.com
5 February 2008
  • Summary: 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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This tent has the distinction of being the first and…

Trailspace.com
30 November 2007
  • Summary: 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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This is by far the best tent I have ever owned. I…

Trailspace.com
27 November 2007
  • Summary: 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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Love the light weight, the ease of set-up and the…

Trailspace.com
26 November 2007
  • Summary: 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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While some may consider the Firstlight a desirable…

Trailspace.com
28 July 2007
  • Summary: 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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This tent is weightless, packs small, and sets up…

Trailspace.com
24 March 2006
  • Summary: This tent is weightless, packs small, and sets up instantly (my wife timed me at 87 seconds the first time I set it up in the field). While the footprint is small, I really appreciate the headroom. The tent, however, has some major compromises. Condensation is awful, even for a single wall tent. If it's raining outside, it will be raining inside. It only has vents at the top, which means there is no real air circulation in the tent.
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Just returned from a trip to Mount Aspiring New Zealand…

Trailspace.com
19 March 2006
  • Summary: Just returned from a trip to Mount Aspiring New Zealand March 06. On one particular night, the wind picked up a fair bit. The tent was held down by rocks attached to the guidelines. I had to tie internal guidlines to the poles to keep the tent upright. This ranged from using shoelaces to climbing slings. I did end up with one of the poles bent. The tent held up ok considering the conditions, but the main problem was the leaking.
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I took it to Tasmania on a five-day walking trail.…

Wayne, Trailspace.com
8 December 2005
  • Summary: I took it to Tasmania on a five-day walking trail. The tent performed beautifully on first two nights under perfect conditions. When the temperature drops below 3 deg Cel (with no rain), the entire inner EPIC layer of the tent somehow got damp, and water seems to permeate through. It's only when I start shaking the tent during packing, water starts driping inside.
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