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Black Diamond Skylight

A three-season tent built with a hybrid single/double-wall const Read more

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A few months ago I purchased this tent from REI for…

Trailspace.com
4 February 2009
  • Summary: A few months ago I purchased this tent from REI for 20% off. That weekend I took it on a short eight mile hike, we didn't get on the trail until 8:00 p.m. so it was 10:00 p.m. when we got into camp. Even with no experience setting this tent up I had it pitched in under 5 minutes. That night was fairly humid and even though I didn't have any of the vents open the tent still managed to collect 0 condensation.
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I've been using this tent for 6 months and it is by…

mtnbob123, Trailspace.com
18 December 2007
  • Summary: I've been using this tent for 6 months and it is by far my favorite. I have six tents right now and this is the one I take for me on group trips. I am 6'2" 295#, and it will fit two guys my size with ease. I replaced the aluminum poles with carbon-fiber ones and the weight is under 4#. Condensation not a big problem if vents are left open. No issues with extended rainstorms. Overall best tent I've ever used out of 20+ I've owned.
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The biggest strength of this tent is its low weight…

Bruno, Trailspace.com
8 October 2007
  • Summary: The biggest strength of this tent is its low weight relative to its size. I also like the design that allows stargazing at night, and the build quality. Contrary to previous reviewers I have no problems setting it up. It takes me no longer than five minutes to set up. The tent is not advertised as waterproof, so it is no surprise that it starts to leak after extended rain. However, it did not leak during three hours of heavy rain.
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After reading the reviews I was sold that this was…

Trailspace.com
5 August 2007
  • Summary: After reading the reviews I was sold that this was the best tent since sliced bread. My husband and I just got back from a week in the Wind River Range in Wyoming where we tested it out. The tent is a bit cumbersome to put up in the rain. The mesh on the front portion started ripping on day one and progressively got worse. We had to cover the many holes with medical tape. There was a lot of condensation inside almost every night.
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Used this tent on a 6 day backpack in the Rockies…

Trailspace.com
12 July 2007
  • Summary: Used this tent on a 6 day backpack in the Rockies (Needle Mtns). I like the design once set up but I CANNOT recommend it for two reasons: it is difficult to set up, and worse, every morning we had large amounts of condensation in the tent, pretty much what I would have expected if the walls had been coated nylon, not a breathable fabric!
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I love everything about this tent, lightweight, easy…

Justin, Trailspace.com
28 March 2007
  • Summary: I love everything about this tent, lightweight, easy to set up, bright when inside very waterproof and cool looking. Although the condensation is a huge problem. I live in the NWest so I think that contributes, but with three sleepers and no door cracked I about drowned in my sleep. So I tested the tent on a solo mission it was raining very hard. The door was all the way open and let's just say I am going to need floaties and a waterproof sleeping bag.
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This tent is very light and very spacious compared…

Trailspace.com
7 March 2007
  • Summary: This tent is very light and very spacious compared to many 3-person tents. You are actually able to place three regular pads (20in width) side by side without having them overlap each other. So we decide to take three of us on a two day trip. However, on the trip it rained both days at night only. Epic by Nextec is billed as water-resistant and we learned why.
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I just got back from the Grand Canyon Royal Arch Route.…

Trailspace.com
6 March 2007
  • Summary: I just got back from the Grand Canyon Royal Arch Route. In general I'm pretty happy with the Skylight. The high points are that it packs as small as a football, with a compression sack, has huge amounts of room and is super light for the size. One night of windy blowing rain left me totally dry with no condensation. Another night at 31 degrees did show a little bit of frost on the inside though. On the downside, it is fussy to set up.
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I took this tent to the Bob Marshall Wilderness in…

Trailspace.com
5 September 2006
  • Summary: I took this tent to the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana on a 65-miler in five days so light weight was key. A light tent and packs easy but on the very first night we used it we pulled down the rain fly and in the morning we had a ton of condensation on the inside of the tent. Ended up like that almost the rest of the trip except when rain fly wasn't down. The pulls bend too easy and keep a memory which can be bad.
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