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Mega Light Tent

$289.95 USD


  • Mega Light Tent
  • Mega Light Tent


A roomy, 4-person floorless tarp shelter, the Mega Light sets the standard for lightweight and versatile tents.
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A roomy, 4-person floorless tarp shelter, the Mega Light sets the standard for lightweight and versatile tents. Learn More


The ultra versatile, floorless Mega Light Tent pulls duty for nearly anything you can dream up: from emergency tarp shelter to luxury glacier kitchen to an ultralight shelter for months-long thru-hikes.

  • Four-person capacity with single zippered opening
  • Rugged carbon fiber center pole
  • 30d SilNylon
  • Pole Link Converter™ for ski/trekking pole set-up
  • Optional floor and bug netting available
  • Requires seam sealing with McNett Sil-Net Sealer (not included)

Tech Specs

Season :   4
Capacity :   4
Doors :   1
Average Packed Weight :   1.27 kg (2 lb 13 oz)
Minimum Weight :   1.05 kg (2 lb 5 oz)
Dimensions :   218 x 218 x 145 cm (86 x 86 x 57 in)
Packed Size :   13 x 25 cm (5 x 10 in)
Outside Height :   170 cm (66 in)
Usable Height :   145 cm (57 in)
Usable Floor Space :   4.7 m² (50.7 sq ft)
Total Coverage :   7.2 m² (81 sq ft)

Recommended Use


Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for backpacking As an outdoor instructor, I take anywhere from 10 to 25 students backpacking in the Colorado Rockies, and we use this tent. It is light, compact and roomy enough for 4 college students plus gear. It has held up in torrential rainfall and extreme wind when camping above the tree line. Great product and would recommend this tent for group backpack excursions. July 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by favorite "everything" tent love this tent for light and fast travel as just a fly or combine it with the bug netting for a roomy tent that will keep the biting critters out. I've had a mega mid for years and just bought a new one after my old faithful went missing after a trip. I can't be without a mega mid (mega light) and the bug net is a must for me! I have not had this new tent in a rainstorm yet but hope it works as well as its older sibling the mega mid! July 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by very impressed I went on an alpine trip with two good friends in the Eastern Sierras and one of them brought this mega mid tent. really nothing more than a very light parachute type of material I was wondering if they could last the night using just that as cover. Man was I wrong, I had packed a solo tent at about 4-4.5 pounds with a rain fly. We were up there in August and the conditions weren't terrible, but the Mega mid held up incredibly well and even without stakes, it was held down by using heavy rocks found on the trail and a trekking pole. Fantastic. Inside it was bombproof. Felt solid and incredibly light. This is my next tent purchase for sure. I was very impressed. June 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by workable shelter I have owned this tent for a few years now and it stands up surprisingly well to wind and rain. Replacing the center pole with with the two-ski-pole-joiner-thing works great. Factory taped seams would be a major improvement. There are a lot of seams to seal, and factory taping lasts longer. If you are deciding between this and a regular tent, there are some factors to consider. It has to be well staked and occasionally the ground does not cooperate. The floor space is generous for the weight but the low outside edges are less useful in wet weather because contact with the fabric (like all tents) is undesireable. It works poorly in winter because snow slides down and crushes the edges. If the rain is really horizontal it will get under the fly and over the floor. It is still my goto shelter because of weight and convenience, but not on trips where I can't afford failure. June 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Reliable, Durable, and Innovative I purchased the Mega Light tent, Mega Bug, and optional floor over two years ago. Have used it in vastly different environmental situations, including snow and rain, and must say that I am extremely pleased with the combination and interchangeability of units. During snake and bug season the Mega Bug and Mega Light are the perfect combination. In winter, and in areas where bugs and snakes are not an issue, ditch the screen and go with the optional floor. It connects securely to the Mega Light and there has never been an occasion where rain or snow have been a problem inside the unit. In rain, set up the tent. Then, in the shelter of the tent open up the optional floor, or Mega Bug, and install it. Never gets the floor wet. Might not have been designed that way in the lab, but works exceptionally well in the field. I have used this system with groups of two, three, and four, including myself. With a little imagination you can set the system up so that packs, shoes, etc. can be sheltered effectively without impacting the shelter it provides. Adapting it for setup in rain or snow is really very simple. Spread out between four people; cooking gear, minus the fuel, and the Mega Light tent system averages less than a kilogram for each person. The optional aluminum pole as it is a bit lighter and has served very well. Keep the fiber pole in case it is ever required as a substitute. The optional trekking pole system works fairly well, if you have the right type of poles. All in all, it is easier to carry the single pole, in most cases, and reserve the trekking poles in case the tent pole is damaged. The seam sealing was an initial worry, and did represent a lot of time getting it right. The extremely light tent fabric was also a bit of a concern. However, after over two years, and fifty+ nights out in all types of conditions, I’m a believer. Take good care of it, and it will serve you well. And, that is, in the final analysis, what anyone should expect in a quality back-country shelter system. A basic standard for any quality gear is reliability, functionality, and durability. The Mega Light system more than meets the exacting standards of all three. May 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Light Housing on the Market As if this thing needs a review, I'll go ahead and toss in my 2 cents. I am a guide in the Frank Church Wilderness in the summer and travel to some remote locations via my whitewater kayak much of the year. I have spent time in South America/ Asia/ NZ and few other places, always with a megalight in the bag. This is the most bombproof tent if assembled correctly and can find it's niche anywhere if you just have the know how. The Megalight is simple structure that has a few cons, but makes up for it in simplicity/ weight/ and set up time. Packing to slightly larger than a softball, the megalight fits just about anywhere. The material is waterproof in even the most torrential of precipitous downfall, even in Peru's rainy season when rivers are rising faster than you can ask for your mom. The key is bomb-proofing the anchor points using; stakes, rocks, dead-man anchors, roots, etc. The carbon-fiber pole is incredibly light and telescopes to compensate for uneven ground. On 9 day self support kayaking trips, when space is a seriously precious commodity, I ditch the pole altogether and substitute a kayaking paddle or I find a nice overhanging branch and use a small loop at the top of the tent to suspend the structure with some P-Chord. This increases the amount of space in the tent to chuck gear around without navigating around a center pole. On days with torrential down-poor, it's pointless to put the mega-light back into a dry bag. I pack it in front of the bulkhead where water can get into it. Not an issue though due to the fact that the fabric sluffs water as soon as that structure is erected, and with fingers crossed, the sun can pop out to dry the material out in a matter of minutes. Cons- BUGS!!! I HATE BUGS! Sand Fly's and Mosquitos are the worst. The mega-light out of the box will not stop them, however, with a little gumption, seam seal, and bug netting, one can create a low-profile skirt around the base of the structure to close the gap between the ground and tent, while maintaining breathability. BOOM BAM! Buzz OFF Buggy-Bugs! Also, if you like sleeping on rafts/dories/sweep boats/ or in the back of trucks, you can rig the mega-light up to fit over them. Hope this helps. If you throw this piece of gear in the bag, I promise you won't regret it. Cheers November 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simply the best There is only one thing to say about the BD mids: they are the pinnacle of lightweight shelter design, bar none. Whether the mission calls for bikepacking, ski touring, wilderness packrafting, or backpacking with the kids, I never use any other shelter. May 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great 4-season emergency shelter I have been looking for an emergency shelter that will protect me and 2-4 others during SAR missions in the Colorado wilderness. Square tarps were light but hard to set up, and cuben pyramids were simple but pricey. I've seen this lightweight silnylon 'mid work well in the snow with optional snow anchors, and with some paracord and/or thin bungees you can leave the center pole behind to save even more weight. Don't forget to apply SilNet to the interior seams 48 hours before you go. December 26, 2013
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