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Spacious interior room that'll travel anywhere.
- 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
- Double doors and vestibule 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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One of all time favorite pieces of gear
This is a great tent and a lot better than the specs might suggest. It doesn't come loaded with all the latest features and it isn't the lightest weight tent you can get. What it is is a well performing tent that is easy to use and live with. This tent feels like it was built by folks who spend a lot of time outdoors, not a bunch of folks who spend a lot of time in meetings discussing marketing.
Don't get me wrong, this tent is full of features. They just aren't the kind that make great ad copy. Take the color, for example. You may or may not like the bright (almost neon) orange color. But it serves a real purpose - it makes sitting out bad weather a lot less miserable experience. I find dark colored flys to be claustrophobic and depressing. The orange feels like you have lights on inside and it really picks up the mood. Plus, the color doesn't distort skin tones the way blue and green fly's do - who wants to share a tent with Frankenstein and Dracula.
The doors are another nice touch - you don't have to crawl out of the tent and stretch to reach the outer door zippers. I absolutely hate doing this with other tents because you have to use two hands - one placed on the ground for balance and the other to work the zipper. I don't know about you, but I don't want to climb half-way out of my tent and then place my hand on the cold wet ground just to zip the door of my tent. With the Oasis, the door zips are right there next to the tent body zippers - super easy.
Another cool thing about the door design is that you don't crawl into the tent, you step in and then just sit down. Tents with doors on the side require a gymnastic move that inevitably means you'll hit the roof on your way in and shake a bunch of condensation off the walls and onto your sleeping bag and tent partner. And speaking of condensation, I've had this tent Redwood NP, where it rained every day, all day, and on San Francisco's Angel Island with fog so thick you could only see a few feet in front of you - in each case, there was only a minimum amount of buildup.
The Oasis also feels more spacious than the 30 sq. ft might suggest because the area is concentrated around your head and shoulders. There is so much space up above your head it feels like you could stretch your arms up above your head. This thing feels huge. What's also neat is that the triangular shape of the floor plan means that, if you align your bag with the outer wall, you aren't facing your tent mate directly in the face - I don't want to wake up making lovey dovey eyes with a dude (not that their is anything wrong with that).
One more feature I'd like to call out is that the upper portion of the tent isn't all mesh. This provides some privacy if you ever have to camp in a crowded campsite and want to leave the rain fly off. However, if you scoot up near the front of the tent, you can still see out of the tent through the corner near the door where the solid wall angles down into the corner.
I obviously really like this tent, and highly recommend it to anyone really into backpacking and spending lots of time in the outdoors. If, however, you judge a tent by how little it weighs in hand (you won't notice the difference in your pack), or square footage you can't actually use, then this isn't your tent.
Black Diamond Oasis
How much does it weigh?
How much does it weigh?
It weighs 6lbs 2oz with a minimum packed weight of 5lbs 11oz.
I love, LOVE this tent!!
Every time I use this tent I love it more and more. The very first time I took it out it ended up snowing and we stayed dry and without condensation in the tent all night. Just the weekend before last we went camping in the rain and I discovered, much to my delight, that it's possible, and even easy to set up, and take down the tent UNDER the fly, if you have a footprint as well. It takes me under 4-5 minutes to set up, fly and all, even at 2 am with no moon.
I purchased this tent for myself and my daughter, knowing that I would want extra space or the two of us. .. We could practically live out of this tent, and essentially do anymore, so far this season. It's plenty spacious for the two of us and all of our gear. When I'm packing without my daughter it's almost too much space; That master suite of single person camping set-ups. :) The vestibule is large enough that I've been able to stash my wet pack, clothes and shoes there to dry after packing in the rain. Without the fly, I've thoroughly enjoyed the meshy walls and ceiling. It makes for some seriously primo star gazing. The two doors are perfect, making it easy for me to get my daughter down and then come in and out as I please without disturbing her sleep. Also makes it easy to shake all the guck out of the tent when clean up time comes around.
If I could complain about anything at all it would be the packed size of the tent. It's a little large as far as a 6 1/2 pound tent goes, but that's nothing that cant be fixed with tight bundling and a compression sack. Original packaging though, I do appreciate that the tent bag comes with an outside pocket for stakes and guy lines, and an interior pocket for the pole structure... Which is brilliant, by the way. 1 pole. My 3 year old understands how to set up this tent on account of it. She's not quite tall enough to do so yet, but she gets it.
This tent is of the loves of my life. If you're on the market for a spacious, durable, joy of a tent for two people, ABSOLUTELY consider the Black Diamond Oasis. ... Such a sexy purchase.
We have had this tent for a year and love it. It has withheld a couple of good rain storms with no leaks or problems. One thing I like about this tent is the rain fly stays tight throughout large temperature changes. All my other tents get "saggy" and need tightened after cool weather or rain hits. It is a bit cozy but can definitely fit three. We use it for 2 plus a dog and have plenty of room for gear. I have found you have to be careful on which reviews to take seriously when looking at tents because a tents performance is greatly dependent on whether you properly set it up or not. I always use all the stake out points because you never know when the weather is going to get bad. I have also found its hard to find a tent review that doesn't say the tent is small. I always buy a tent rated for one more person than I intend on using for so I can stretch out.
We have had this tent for a year and love it. It has withheld a couple of good rain storms with now leaks or problems. One thing I like about this tent is the rain fly stays tight throughout large temperature changes. All my other tents get "saggy" and need tightened after cool weather or rain hits. It is a bit cozy but can definitely fit three. We use it for 2 plus a dog and have plenty of room for gear. I have found you have to be careful on which reviews to take seriously when looking at tents because a tents performance is greatly dependent on whether you properly set it up or not. I always use all the stake at points because you never know when the weather is going to bet bad.
Great Tent for Sea Kayaking
Slept in this tent for a three-day kayaking expedition in Southeast Alaska (extremely wet rainforest region of Alaska). This tent was easy and quick to set up with fly and staked into the ground. Even commented on how incredibly easy/simple the fly was to put on. Slept two with lots of gear very well; would never try to squeeze three into this tent. Vestibule was large enough to keep our wet paddling gear safe and able to dry out. Was a bit concerned by how much screen there was at first (being in Alaska), but handled the 40-50 degree nights with ease and was quite comfortable by venting one of the fly's doors.
Also, this tent does have TWO doors... both on the front opening to the left and right (which is why this makes more sense as a two-person tent). Fly doors match the tent doors.
Pleasant roominess, comfortable sleeping even in wet, humid, and low-temp conditions.
Overall a nice tent - good ventalation, easy setup, dry, good useable vestabule for 2 packs, space for 2 comfortably. Downsides: I can't imagine fitting 3 people, wall slopes in the back so you can only sit in the middle, but in the front it is nice and roomy, can't adjust/close the rear vent (not a big deal), doesn't come with enough stakes for the guy lines that come uncut and without tensioners, packs up pretty big in its stuff sack.
I'm pretty critical, but really for 2 people this is a great tent to car camp and backpack with. I'm happy with it.
does this tent have mesh walls/ceilings...
does this tent have mesh walls/ceilings that you can see the night sky through??
yes it does.
can one person (65) yrs. set up this...
can one person (65) yrs. set up this tent?
it was very easy to set up after setting it up the first time. age makes no difference at all.
Does this have or offer a footprint?
Does this have or offer a footprint?
The footprint is not included, but you can check it out at:http://www.backcountry.com/store/BLD0326/Black-Diamond-Oasis-Footprint.html
not a 3 person tent
We had 3 guys slepping in this tent in the BWCA, not enough room for 3 people, two would be snug enough. No condensation in the mornings, otherwise a good tent. Set up took me 5 minutes the first time setting it up, easy setup.
Black diamond says the tent is smaller...
Black diamond says the tent is smaller than 102 x 83. Who is right?
Just got mine. Length from back to point on front is probably about 102, while the widest part is probably about 83. Again, the 102 is to the point, so it seems a little smaller than that. Also, it tapers quite a bit in the back to probably 4 feet or so. Hope that helps!