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Firstlight Tent

$359.95

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A compact two-person, four-season tent built for weight-conscious climbers.
Item# BD810151WASAALL1
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Description

A compact two-person, four-season tent built for weight-conscious climbers, the Black Diamond Firstlight is based on the I-Tent’s expedition-specific design with steep walls and a simple floor shape to optimize living space and increase headroom. For durability, all seams are double sewn and the stress points are reinforced. With two equal length DAC Featherlite poles that fit inside the tent with hook-and-loop wraps, it’s easy to set up—even from inside. For cross ventilation, both the small rear window and the door are covered with no-see-um mesh. The canopy is contructed with water resistant, breathable NanoShield fabric. For interior organization, the Firstlight has two interior mesh pockets.
  • 2-person design with single door entry and optional vestibule for gear storage
  • 2 internal DAC Featherlite poles
  • 2 interior mesh pockets
  • Zippered mesh panels at rear and door for ventilation
  • Proprietary NanoShield single-wall fabric and 2000 mm floor
  • Optional ground cloth available
  • Check with your Attorney General's office for flame retardancy requirements on tents in your state (or province).
NANOSHIELD FABRIC

NANOSHIELD™ FABRIC

Superlight Series tent canopies and bivys are constructed with NanoShield—Black Diamond’s proprietary breathable single-layer fabric. NanoShield is extremely water-resistant boasting the highest water column rating of any breathable, single-layer fabric. This is thanks to our exclusive Silicone Nanocell coating, which allows the fabric to remain light, soft and packable.

 

Tech Specs

Series :   Superlight Series
Season :   4
Capacity :   2
Doors :   1
Average Packed Weight :   1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz)
Minimum Weight :   1.28 kg (2 lb 13 oz)
Dimensions :   208 x 123 x 123 x 107 cm (82 x 48 x 48 x 42 in)
Area :   2.5 m² (27.3 sq ft)
Packed Size :   15 x 23 cm (6 x 9 in)

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Awards


  • Men's Journal Magazine - 2013 Gear Lab Approved

Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Big disappointment This tent might be a good winter tent but I would not recommend it for any place were there is rain. We found the walls to leak water in a heavy rain since it was only a single wall tent. However for some reason the floor is completely water proof so one night in Nepal we woke to find ourselves and all our gear floating in inches of water. The tent is small so we often were elbowing each other as we moved around or were hitting the sides of the tent causing the frost condensation in the mornings to come raining down on us. It was lightweight for sure but we lived a very wet existence for the 3 months of our trek. We would not use this tent again. July 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Execllent i bought this for winter camping, it super simple to set up taking only minutes. i stayed in this down to around zero degrees with snow and was well protected. i did experience some moister on the inside, but all i had to do was exit the tent and thump the sides and the frozen moisture fell to the floor. i then simply picked up the tent and shook it out. i know this couldn't be done in a high wind but overall and excellent tent. the fact the night was very still with no wind i think contributed to the buildup. February 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Tent!! I have probably had this tent 4 years and I love it! It has been on several backpacking trips. Per the instructions the seams were sealed and there are no leaks yet. It is so easy to set up and as a bonus, you can set it up inside if its raining out. The poles seem to be of highest quality and have a great feel when you snap the ends together. January 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Firstlight for Speed, efficiency and comfort in the Alpine! I recently purchased a Firstlight tent for fast and light Alpine ascents requiring an overnight stay. After receiving the tent I seam sealed all the seams as recommended using the provided Seam Sealer. This was a rather simple but time consuming project that I was glad to be done with. After dry time we packed our gear and headed into the North Face of Capital Peak for an attempt on the ice line Crystal Dragon. We found ourselves still climbing and searching for a bivi spot when darkness fell. Luckily a flat zone the size of this tent appeared and we were able to set up the tent in minimal time and escape the elements to the comfort of this incredibly light shelter. The tent goes up quickly and painlessly allowing you to set up from inside (be sure to stay tied into an anchor lest you might blow away!). We tied it off to the anchor at two point and used our ice tools to secure it to the ground and stake out the guy lines. The wind howled all night and I feared we may be blown away but the tent held firm and fended off the wind well. The material is definately thin as evidenced by the minor tear we put in the floor (most likely from our boot soles). Condensation is also a factor on these single wall tents and this tent was no exception although the amount was minimal and I was able to stay relatively dry in my down bag, at least for one night. All in all a great light tent for fast and light ascents. Many of the bad reviews I have read focus on how tight the tent is for two people but we found it to be just fine. It's tight but what do your expect for this weight? I may add some tiny cord to the interior for hanging items to dry. Also I expect to have to patch holes in the floor after trips and one must be extremely careful with the material. I find the tent ideal for the right situation but caution must be used to keep from destroying the fragile material and for keeping your items dry and protected from condensation inside the tent. It was roomy enough for two and air flow was good with vents open. Packs down small and is incredibly light for the security and comfort it affords. I will take it instead of bivi sacks from here on out. November 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Windproof I have been totally satisfied and impressed with this little tent...spending a lot of time in high winds in the Cascades,Sawtooths,Tetons and more this tent has served me well. Rob October 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ideal 3-season tent For the past three falls, springs, and summers I have used the Firstlight. In a variety of weather conditions, it has performed superbly. I really like its single-wall construction, internal pole setup, front door entrance, and back window ventilation. I just returned from a lengthy summer trip to southwestern Colorado and never once did I have an issue of condensation inside the tent. The floor-plan (width, length, height) work well for me, my dog, and gear. I have never felt crowded or the need for more space. To better organize things, I have found the BD attic to be indispensible. My only complaint with the Firstlight has been trouble with the zippers on the external and mesh doors. After several days use, they have separated and required some cleaning or a repositioning of the tent stakes. July 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by I really like this tent I am a climbing guide so my tent gets a fair amount of use. I have endured 90 mph winds in this tent, driving rain and snow and this is the most bomber tent you can get for the weight and way more comfortable than a bivy bag but only a bit heavier. My Firstlight lasted 5 years against heavy abuse, which included being launched across alpine boulders into a lake where it sunk and had to be dragged out by hand, swimming. It stayed intact despite tagging a bunch of rocks on the way across the boulders and it held up to the sea anchor effect of the drag on it underwater on the tow back to shore. The material is lightweight and has a limited lifespan, I am ordering a my second Firstlight because I am happy with the first one. The setup of this tent is so simple you could do it without a head lamp in a storm. This tent is not the best if you are over 5'10". The head and foot of my sleeping bag touch the walls when I use this tent with two people, I am 5'10". When I am by myself I fit fine diagonally. The optional vestibule makes a great dog house for k9 companions too. July 2, 2013
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