Where weight-savings and solid weather protection come standard.
- Freestanding, double-wall design and three-season construction ideal for trekking, climbing, and base-camp applications
- Floor and fly seam sealed to prevent water from sneaking in through the fabric joints
- Mesh canopy top provides panoramic views while circulating air and keeping bugs at bay
- Large doors and vestibules make entry, exit, and gear storage a breeze
- Fast-pitch hub and variable-diameter DAC Featherlite poles make setup easy
- Fast-pitch option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint for a lighter-weight rig (footprint sold separately)
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Poor long-term quality
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was so excited to find this tent. It seemed perfect at first! Awesome indoor space; nearly vertical walls; 2 double-zip doors; vented fly; good pockets (no loft needed); sizable vestibules (a bit high off the ground, but not bad - helps ventilation); easy to arrange the fly half-flipped-back, which is nice if you want to view the stars but need to be able to go full-cover fast for sudden midnight rain; sturdy in wind and warm enough to handle a surprise snowfall, based on personal experience; cheerful color. A bit heavy for backpacking, yes, but I decided it was worth it, and after the first few uses I was in love.
All that said, in the long run, it's been a BIG disappointment. After 5 years and only 4 uses, ALL of the factory seam seals started cracking/peeling/leaking in a major way, and the interior PU coating got sticky and smelly, which means it's degrading. Running an iron over it to reseal the PU or using talc to mitigate the stickiness are only temporary solutions. Eventually you're going to get wet. I got a replacement Mesa cheap at an REI garage sale, hoping the first was just a lemon; while the seam seal on the newer one seems to be holding, the PU coating is still starting to degrade, and I've never even used it. This is a normal problem if you put the tent away damp, but I always dried my first one indoors for multiple days, kept it clean, didn't store it in a hot location, etc. For the PU coating to degrade this quickly on multiple well-cared-for tents makes me think it's a general problem, and a few reviewers on other sites have mentioned it as well. The 1-year warranty means that poor REI takes the hit every time. Note they've stopped carrying it. If you're totally in love with it, keep it in a cool dry place, do NOT store it in the stuff sack, and be prepared to make your own fly after a few years. Personally, if you're going to spend this much money and have to get a tent with PU coating, I'd recommend getting one with a better warranty!
Great for under the stars & the rain.
The mesh lends itself nicely to viewing the sky, but when it's raining, the fly does a superb job of keeping me dry. Win win.
Me and some buddies are planning on doing...
Me and some buddies are planning on doing the JMT next summer, and I'm looking into buying a new tent. Is this one too heavy for the whole trail? Any light weight 1-2 person tent suggestions for the trail?
Hey there! Thanks for your question. Personally, I do believe this tent is a little to heavy for backpacking. The trail weight on this tent is 4 lb 9 oz but this is a very nice tent. If you are looking for a super light weight tent, I would recommend the Big Agnes Seedhouse tent, there is a 1 person and a 2 person version, the amazing part is for the 2 person tent the trail weight is 2 lb 9 oz! Crazy lightweight! The seedhouse is a super easy set up and has a good amount of room. The material is thin but durable, I suggest to grab the footprint with the seedhouse to keep the floor of the tent off the ground. I left the link to the seedhouse 2 below. Hope this helps!
I would agree with Joelle about the weight issue, and the BA Seedhouse SL2 having that covered nicely, but as a person that's used it for years, I'm tired of the single door on the end...especially with 2 people...it's a pain in the ass to get in and out of...having to climb over your partner and gear to do it. These days, I'm much happier with the function and convenience of tents that have a side door(s). The tents I would recommend would be the North Face Mica FL2, the MSR Hubba Hubba 2, or the MSR Carbon Reflex 2.
Carbon Reflex 2- item# CAS0748
Hubba Hubba 2- item# CAS0680
Mica FL2- item# TNF8143
Hope this helps you out.
Hey cmbp -- see my review above.
Mesa tent at cocuy
This Tent Rocks!!!
If you need a tent for adverse weather this is the one. Condensate is the number one problem during bad weather and the Mesa nicely solves the problem with superior fly venting. Just used the tent on the Green river in rainy 28 degree weather and the tent was awesome. No wet spots and after 16 hours waiting out a storm, we were very comfortable and dry. Paired the tent up with a two person sleeping bag and with nothing to do for 16 hours we are now expecting our first child this fall! Black Diamond rocks!!
In the spring and wind
In the spring
In a hot night
Should be good for solid 3-seasons
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Took the Mesa up to Kite Lake , about 12,000 feet, two weekends ago. Very windy, very snowy. The tent did OK, but did not shed wind as well as a 4-season tent would, but it held up to some pretty intense gusts. My one complaint, but this would apply to any NoSeeUm mesh interior, was that the wind was able to drive the blowing snow up and over the rip-stop portion of the interior of the tent and into the tent through the mesh. I'm sure it saves weight, and adds to ventillation capabilities, but rip-stop would be my preference. I'm sure the tent will perform well in 3-Season conditions, but as it get's closer to winter here in Colorado, I'll plan on packing the Bilbler. Reliable Black Diamond quality. Hope it lasts as long as my NF Bullfrog did.
From what I've read about this tent the...
From what I've read about this tent the fly sits quite high from the ground. Has anyone had issues with dust and rain getting in under the fly? Examples where I would be camping..
Joes Valley, UT
Hueco Tanks, TX
I use this tent on a 70kl/h (44ml/h) wind and havy rain and NO rain get in
Black Diamond Mesa Review
I have used the tent every weekend for the last 5 weekends and am very happy with it.
Setup is super quick and easy with the central pole hub no fumbling around late at night in the dark like you do with Marmot's system with their tent.
Tent is very spacious at 5' 9" 150 I am extremely comfortable alone or with a partner, and this past weekend, even fit a third person without too much discomfort. It was cozy, but certainly doable.
Will update after some more wear and tear is put on the tent...
HIgh Sierra backpacking
I read all the questions bellow, and still...
I read all the questions bellow, and still i dont know if i should get Sil NET to repair my seams or Seam Grip ? which will do a beter job ?
I like seam grip. It forms a long lasting waterproof seal.
Laguna del caminante - Tierra del Fuego - Patagonia - Argentina-
Black Diamond mesa=very impressed
I have used the tent twice backpacking so far (two day trips) and absolutely love it. Its perfect for big guys like me at 6'1" and 220lbs plus a lady. Set up is super easy and weighs about the same as my REI quarter dome T2 plus, but seems to be much sturdier because of the central pole hub. Im pretty impressed by its actual weight considering how livable and sturdy this tent is.
This is a pretty good tent overall. I like that it has doors on both sides, and the 44 inch height is roomy for a two person tent. Set up is quick and easy, the single pole makes it easy for one person. It is a little difficult to zip the interior doors if you have it staked down tightly and requires two hands. The vestibules are quite small, and allow slightly more space than you need to take your shoes off. Also it would be nice if the fly came closer to the ground.
Really good tent...
Pros: Lots of space
Easy to set up/take down
Good for 3.5 seasons
Handles almost any weather
Decent sized vestibules
Cons: A little on the heavy side
Just what I was looking for
Just got this tent and took it out to J tree to test it out. Feels very spacious even with my 110lb german shepard, climbing gear and I all inside at night. Build quality is what I have come to expect from Black Diamond and is excellent! Comes with great stakes that resemble msr stakes. Although the tent is a little on the heavy side when compared to newer tents. I would feel very confident taking this into moderate weather conditions if I had too. I can't say the same for the Big Agnes speedhouse sl2 and copper spur tents I tried out prior to this one. Although the two big agnes tents were lighter. Their pole design was just to delicate for me to trust in anything but perfect weather. I had them fail in 35-45mph winds when the wishbone pole got inverted on itself and turned my tent into a flat kite. If your like me and need a single tent to do everything short of extreme 4 season alpine adventures. Check this tent out!