A four-season single-wall tent that doesn't require a Sherpa to haul.
- Freestanding single-wall design saves weight by eliminating the need for separated canopy and fly; ideal for four-season climbing and mountaineering applications
- Waterproof breathable Todd-Tex fabric sheds wet weather and breathes exceptionally well to help reduce condensation
- The single-piece bathtub floor has no seams to prevent leakage
- Two zippered vents at the peak, a hooded vent over the door, and one at the bottom help you position the tent to minimize condensation buildup
- Taped seams prevent dripping water or morning dew from sneaking in through the fabric joints
- Two poles crisscross inside the single-wall canopy, eliminating the need to thread sleeves and providing superior strength against the elements
- Optional vestibule provides a covered entry and room for everyone's gear (vestibule sold separately)
- Multiple stakeout loops provide secure anchoring in windy locations
- Four internal mesh pockets help keep your kit organized at night
- Optional footprint sold separately
- Tent based off original design from Bibler
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My cozy home-away-from-home
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Sometimes I wish I could go back and have conversations with my past self--you know, tell Past-Thomas to buy shares of Google, pick up a few bitcoins, etc...if I could, one of the ones I would have with past-self would go like this:
Future Thomas: You know, Past-Thomas, your tent really isn't working out too well for you, is it--don't you get tired of setting that thing up in the rain? And really--do you enjoy constant condensation and poor ventilation? How's that 7 pound packweight treating you?
Past-Thomas: Oh, you know, I guess it's fine. I'd like a better tent, but with all of them so expensive, I guess I'll just keep on suffering.
Future-Thomas: Your call, mate. Tell you what--eventually, you're gonna break down after your tent fails in an all-out rain storm up in the Lone Peak Cirque, and you'll end up dropping a few hundred to get yourself a nice, new iTent...but if you don't believe me, see for yourself. Spoiler alert: once you try to hide under that big rock near the meadow camp, it's gonna flood, too. Don't worry, you'll pull through the night--but not without a ton of swearing, a soaked-through sleeping bag, and an awkward cuddle sesh with your partner.
My only regret is that it took me so long to buy this tent. Perfect for one, cozy for two (great for alpine climbs), and an all-around killer design. Buy it now...before you get caught in a full-on gail storm in your mediocre, heavy old tent--take Future-Thomas's advice on this one, and you'll thank me later.
Handles Tropic to Alpine
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
(Amen to Andy Paul!) As a matter of fact, " Jump in, and you ARE sheltered"- as in a bivy sack. Then, you can take your time installing poles, when the blizzard mellows, or after you take your much-needed nap :) I'm fortunate to have the 2-door version so:
1) It vents well even in the tropics :)
2) Person who tends the stove (practically immobile) can stay warm/comfortable, while tentmate is free to move around assist/help gather clean snow for the cook, enter exist tent without interrupting kitchen work or risk tripping over stove
3) Wide Vestibule roof, so roomy for kitchen duty, can be vented on top to vent stove fumes, yet stove below is protected from wind.
Some improvements could be made on design i.e.,::
1) Loops for guy outs given one twist before sewing on so they open easily and would be glove-friendly. I WILL replace mine with plain loops of cord.
2) I WILL get rid of vestibule buckle (extra weight). If I decide to bring vestibule, I'll tie it on at start of trip. If not, I leave it behind- simple. Tying vestibule on also makes it easy to place it on either door.
stashed on a ledge in the high sierra
the i-tent fits nicely on granite ledges
Simple, practical. Bibler/BD kills it.
I've had this tent for 6 years and have to say, it is the most BOMBER shelter for the weight, ever. Bibler kills it. The single wall two pole set up is unbeatable...storming outside? Jump in, snap poles and you're sheltered. It has endured downpours in Alaska and mid winter in Colorado, and I've gotta say, it keeps the bad stuff out without condensation forming on the inside due to the unique toddtex material. The bathtub floor is bomber enough to pitch it in a puddle.
Only suggestion is get the Eldorado if you're more than 6'2". It's snug with two but not uncomfortable.
Big investment, but a tent that will last decades of heavy use.
I-tent in the Wasatch
Holy Grail Batman
This really is the best fast and light tent out there. Super light super low profile for setting up on sloping snow ledges etc. Super Water proof, Super Bad Ass.
Bottom line....Best Tent Ever. Period.
I've had mine for over a decade and it's never let me down. I saw some other whiner post about how when you zip the door when it's raining water "pours" in.....all lies. It's called slap the door from the inside a few times to knock any water off the outside before you zip out. Anyways, if you're a hard backpacker or mountaineer and are thinking about saving a few bucks by rolling with something else, buck up and shell out the extra couple hundge and get the I-Tent. You will realize. The El Dorado kicks ass, too. And Black Diamond's custy service is top shelf.
By the way, all you guys are super jealous because I have the old school model before Black Diamond with the little chimney vent instead of the topside deal. Which is the cat's meow. Oh yeah, and some other dude said his is coming apart at the seams? Re seam seal it on a yearly, man, and unless the damage is too far along you should be good to go.
Sons Of Montana
Pretty much the standard for single-wall assault tents. Provides much more peace of mind than the lighter BD first-light. Small foot-print allows it to be placed on the tiniest ledges and the 2 pole design is quick and easy to set up (not as quick and easy as the MH EV2). Strong, breathable and light, a winning combo.
Do you sell a bag for the tent poles?
Do you sell a bag for the tent poles?
Black Diamond has excellent customer service and I bet they'd be willing to help you out:
Best of luck!
Bag? Why spend more money and add weight to your pack?
Use your footprint/tarp. Put stakes and poles in tarp/footprint. Roll footprint/tarp
I love the I tent, it is nice and light and water proof and very east to set up, especially in a storm. I lived on Denali for a month in this tent and it was perfect. You can either take the vestibule or if your going solo and dont want it you can leave it behind making the tent even lighter. after using Bibler tents I will never go another brand.
I love the I tent, it is nice and light and water proof and very east to set up, especially in a storm. I lived on Denali for a month in this tent and it was perfect. You can either take the vestabule or if your going solo and dont want it you can leave it behind making the tent even lighter. after using bibler tents I will never go another brand.
Denali base camp
My humble home while skiing on Denali.
Nick DeVore and his I-Tent on Denali
Great solo tent, but still good for two
This is my go to tent for solo trips since it is so light, but still bomber. It is fine as a two man tent, but it is a little tight. If you anticipate limited area to pitch a tent, i.e. you have to dig a platform of a steep slope, this is the tent to have. It fits people to 6'2", but is snug for them. At 5'10" I am perfectly happy in this tent, no matter what the weather throws at me.
Quiet in the Wind!
It took me a long time to learn to set up my I-tent. But with practice it has become easy. I've used it in very windy conditions in Patagonia: No wind noise due to taut skin.
I have never had condensation problems as I have with silnylon tarp tents.
I'm 5' 10" and barely fit, so I would go for the larger Ahwahnee, but I got a great buy on e-Bay.
I wish the tarp tents would use the breathable fabric, to make a lighter 3 season tent.
The I-tent works well in wind, snow, hail, ice. An amazing tent.
Amended Review: downside
I forgot to mention two negatives.
One is that the poles fit into grommet-like slots which aren't adequate, and if you let the pole slip out, it can easily make a hole in the floor of the tent. My tent is patched in two places from such occurrences.
When it is very wet, and you open the door, water pours into the tent. It's best to use the vestibule in very rainy climes. (you set up the tent from inside, so that's a big plus in rain!)
Bomber and Simple
So tried and true. For single wall tents, it is the most repairable and waterproof of any I have used. The ultralight single walls will NOT keep you dry, but the I-tent has kept me dry in Cascades downpours for days on end. Small footprint, easy to set up, add the vestibule on for extended room.
Whats the difference between the I-Tent...
Whats the difference between the I-Tent and the Black Diamond Eldorado? Whats the deal with Black Diamond and Bibler? Seems BD sells Bibler stuff sometimes, but sometimes not. Thanks.
The Eldorado is 5 in. longer than the I-Tent merely for taller people or more gear space. Black Diamond bought Bibler in the mid-90's, but they retain the Bibler name probably because of its unique tent construction.
A Little too small
Go for the El Dorado instead for a little more leg room. Even a 5'6 person will appreciate it for the extra 3 oz. of weight.
I've only had the opportunity to use my tent once, but I can already tell it is worth every penny. It sets up in seconds. It is sturdy as a rock. The I-tent is tight though and I can see why it isn't recommended for people over 6' tall.