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Beta Light Tent

$199.95 USD


  • Beta Light Tent
  • Beta Light Tent


A lightweight, 2-person tarp shelter, the Beta Light uses two trekking or ski poles for setup.
Item# BD8005230000ALL1
$199.95 USD

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A lightweight, 2-person tarp shelter, the Beta Light uses two trekking or ski poles for setup. Learn More


A lightweight, 2-person tarp shelter perfect for the minimalist backpacker, the Beta Light uses two adjustable trekking or ski poles for setup. Pair it with the Beta Bug tent when you think you may encounter a few mosquitoes in the Wind River Range.

  • Two-person capacity with one door
  • Requires two adjustable trekking or ski poles for setup (not included)
  • 30d SilNylon
  • Optional floor and bug netting available
  • Requires seam sealing with McNett Sil-Net Sealer (not included)

Tech Specs

Season :   4
Capacity :   2
Doors :   1
Average Packed Weight :   680 g (1 lb 8 oz)
Minimum Weight :   535 g (1 lb 3 oz)
Dimensions :   249 x 203 cm, center x 112 cm, ends (98 x 80, center x 44 in, ends)
Packed Size :   10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 in)
Outside Height :   124 cm (49 in)
Usable Height :   110 cm (43.5 in)
Usable Floor Space :   3.2 m² (34.7 sq ft)
Total Coverage :   4.7 m² (50.2 sq ft)

Recommended Use


Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Awesome tent Easy to pitch and take down. Weighs almost nothing compared to my previous tent. Incredibly roomy inside. --CAUTION-- BD recommends the seams to be sealed prior to use...wonder why doesn't BD sell them already fully sealed? July 31, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Getting her trail-ready was a pain, but boy is she light! After years of carrying way too much weight on the trail, I finally had an epiphany and started picking up some lighter weight gear. For shelter, I ditched my heavy old dual-wall tent and went the bivy sack route - which was great until I got some real precipitation. From there, I made the decision to pick up a BD Beta Light which I thought would be a great compromise between usable shelter space (instead of the claustrophobic cocoon of a bivy sack during a rain storm) and weight. It was. Only two complaints: 1) Seam-sealing it is a pain. Plan on three tubes of sealer and give yourself a few days if you don't have the weather and/or the yard to pitch it upside down and seal the whole thing all at once. 2) BD doesn't offer poles for this thing and if you're like me and don't use trekking poles - BD's tent pole solution for the Beta Light - then you're on your own. After some poking around on the internet, I found a website that stocks all the goodies for making your own tent poles, but it'd be nice if BD at least offered poles for this product. Otherwise, fantastic piece of gear. Sheds the water great and can't beat the weight. Poles (carbon fiber - sourced elsewhere), stakes, stuff sack, and fly (it's not a tent) came in at just over a pound and a half. May 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beta light tent For the size, weight and cost this tent can not be beat. I have used for years, across Scotland, Colorado trail twice, the whole AT, just to name a few. The only things I have changed or added was a 12 inch mosquito net sewn on the bottom edge and 5 more tie downs sewn between original tie downs for when it really rains. March 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Huge fast and light shelter I've been using this tarp tent for 2 years and its phenominal for Colorado and Utah backpacking. If I dont feel like using hiking poles I'll just use sticks to hold it up. At sub 1.5 lbs it easily fits 2 people, a 60lb dog and all of our gear and keeps everything sheltered from rain. Just be aware you are sleeping on the ground and have no protection from bugs. I'd never use this for camping in Vermont in May but in the right location its the best backpacking shelter, extremely light and durable. September 6, 2013
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