Rated 2 out of 5 by Craig What the... ?
While seam-sealing it, I noticed a small hole in the ceiling fabric. Whoa. I hadn't even taken the tent outside yet. The tent obviously came this way. So, while I think it's a gorgeous, minimalist design, I question how field-worthy it is. If the HiLite can't stand the strain of being shipped and opened, just how much can it actually take in the wilds, where my life might depend on it?
April 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robert Best 4 season tent
Bought this tent last August of 2014 and have used it at a remote lake in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, also used it on a summit bid at Glacier Peak and I'm totally satisfied with this tent. I have read reports of condensation issues with this tent and from my experience have had one instance of condensation, evening temps were around 20 degrees F, clear skies and at 4000. Pitched the tent on some "ground saturated by snow run-off" and woke up the next morning to frozen condensation inside the tent. I brought a REI camp towel just for problems of condensation and to dry off with incase I get caught in a rain storm and wiped down the inside of the HiLight and relocated the tent to a granite surface just 150 feet south of the previous tent site and anchored down with guy lines, the next morning "ZERO CONDENSATION". It pays to pick your tent site properly. I don't know of any tarp tent that doesn't get condensation and I have had tarp tents fail on summit bids where as this one has held up in all conditions and kept me comfortable. Good job Black Diamond!
February 21, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5
by Steve It shrunk
I had the older version of this tent (it was yellow) for many years and it really is an ideal tent. Solid, lightweight, you can zip it totally closed for cold weather, it fits two people well.
Because it was getting older, I worried it wasn't going to stand up to a true downpour any longer. So I ordered this tent.
It looks like it just changed color, but it actually got smaller. I'm 6' and my head and feet are both rubbing (I usually sleep diagonally in the tent if I'm solo). I haven't tried putting two people in this tent yet, but it's going to be really tight.
The other slight bummer is the old door opened completely, leaving just the mesh window opened. Now, the window is just at the very top. I used to be able to leave the door totally open (with the netting zipped up) so I could watch the sunrise.
On the plus side, it is about 6-8 oz lighter...
October 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jose Great Light & Fast 4 Season Tent
It really keeps the water out, but one have to seam seal it just out of the box.
The fabric is water-proof intended for 4 seasons, which means more for snow, winds, or cold and dry conditions. That's why the ventilation is just 2 panels on top, that said, when the weather is considerable warm and wet, rain is not gonna get through BUT condensation is gonna be the main issue inside.
The awning, really useful when getting in and out and keep roof stretched when is wet. Also if wind is hitting from either side, all the air gets redirected through the windows of the tent. A feature that is missing in the firstlight.
If there's two people sleeping there, the one inside has to jump over the other to get out. But both persons can be seating inside while cooking, putting boots on or simply feeling less like inside a dark cave.
September 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Scott LOVE IT
We have had this tent on glaciers in sand and rain. Fast to set up and light in the pack. After one summers of a ultralight tarp set up with poles in heavy mosquitoes we upgraded to this at pretty much the same weight.
Blew over in the wind once and immediately the fabric got abraded and cut. After 2 years of use it shows signs of wear on the floor due to abrasion on the fabric and since the door rolls down it is impossible to not step on it sometimes. Not very durable but that is the trade off for super light. Did I say we camp a lot on talus. What tent would would up to that?
Did I say I love this tent. Also, well worth the single wall condensation trade off. But we never camp very long in wet so I can't really say how it does with it's lack of ventilation.
For us, the minimalist "this is only a bivy shelter for 2" ideal you will be very happy. By the way, we are not small. husband 6'3" and I am 5"9
We carry garbage bags and keep our packs outside the tent.
May 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Michael Great Tent!
Primarily I got this tent to do a lot of camping in AZ. I have only camped in it once and really loved it. It has a lot of head room. Very durable.
February 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Doug Used it for everything
I can fit 2 full grown adults very comfortably, I have fit 3 people in an unplanned bivy with no problem. The design allows for lots of head-room. So light that it is worth taking it than 2 sets of individual bivy sacks or tents. Had lots of great times in this tent, you can't go wrong with it.
May 3, 2013