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Soaking rain or sauna heat? Camp comfortably in both conditions with the Black Diamond Skylight Tent.

The amazingly versatile Black Diamond Skylight 3-Person 3-Season Tent is equally at home in pouring west coast rain or sweltering desert heat. This tent so impressed the editors at Outside Magazine that they gave it the 2006 Gear of the Year Award. When the weather assures a tent-bound day, the EPIC canopy fabric fights off the water and provides excellent breathability. Stash your packs under the vestibule to keep them dry while you play cards inside. When the weather is so hot that you're afraid of melting, pull back the attached fly to expose the mesh half canopy of the Black Diamond Skylight Tent. This ability to drastically adjust ventilation makes the Skylight and excellent choice for nearly any weather short of winter storms.

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2 5

Not Waterproof!

Epic fabric is not waterproof, just as advertised. If you plan on using this tent in very rainy conditions, plan on getting wet. I live in the Northeast where inches of rainfall at one time are not uncommon. I took this tent on a two nighter, over 2 inches of rain, the tent held it for about 5 hours of downpour but after that the water started to weep through the fabric. On the second night it didn't rain as much but the fabric was already saturated from the night before so it allowed the new rain to soak through immediately. Not a reliable shelter for extended backpacking.

However, if you live somewhere where it doesn't rain that much this may be a good tent for you. Once staked/guyed-out this tent is bombproof, very sturdy! The convertible design rocks, lightweight, and packs very small with compression. Setup is standard for a single wall tent (not as easy as double wall design in my opinion). Seam sealing will take a few hours, and plan on buying an extra tube of sealant to do the job correctly.

Unfortunately for me, I'm selling this tent to someone that can use it and buying a mountain hardwear spire 2.1 instead.

Is there a footprint available for this...

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Is there a footprint available for this tent?

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Yes there is. Here is a link to it at the Black Diamond website. It is priced there at $44.95. http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/mountain/shelters/skylight-ground-cloth

I'm not sure why Backcountry would sell the tent but not the ground cloth but maybe its just a mistake they don't. You should be able to get it directly from Black Diamond or they probably have a link for retailers that would have it.

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I know the EPIC fabric is supposed to be...

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I know the EPIC fabric is supposed to be less waterproof than other BD tents using the ToddTex fabric. Has anybody using this tent had any problem with rain - persistent, downpour, mist, etc - not internal condensation? Also, I know its toted to be a 3 season tent, but how would it stand up to some light mountaineering/winter camping?

5 5

Awesome Durable Tent!

I have had this tent for years now and it has been awesome.... It has provided tons of great nights under the stars even in the bitter cold... What I love about this tent is the single wall design, as well as having the half mesh canopy for those views at the stars without the bugs killing you. This tent is awesome and I recommend it to anyone looking for something that is durable and also super light for 3 seasons of the year.

5 5

Cinemascope ! ! ! !

Well, my girlfriend loves this tent. This summer we spent three weeks hiking in Finland with three nights of pouring rain- yes, there is condensation, but in this conditions it will happen even with double wall tents.(I own two of them)But we also had beautiful sunsets on the bank of one of the million lakes, and even more beautiful nights in the really quiet woods. With the roof pulled back you get a super cinemascope view. You can`t get any closer to nature while being safe from all this nasty sandflys. It`s light, simple to pitch as long it`s not pouring with rain and it`s roomy for two people with big backpacks.It`s not my first choice for real alpin or winter tours, however, but this is not what it`s suppose to be. Lucky me, I have bought the Tempest as well.Oh, did I mention…I love the tent.

4 5

Nice Mesh!

I have owned this tent for about 3 years or so and I like it. It is very light and worked very well at the bottom of the Grand Canyon when it was super hot. The mesh allowed for air circulation.
However, I agree with the earlier comment about sealing the seams...do it...with lots of sealant. I never had the seams leak but did have condensation.
Condensation reared its' ugly head at Yellowstone when it had rained all night and got down into the high 30's. Another night during my RAGBRAI trip it rained and condensation was a problem again.
Seems as though when you button up condensation becomes a problem otherwise I enjoy this tent.

why do you have to seal the seams? I live...

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why do you have to seal the seams? I live in sub-tropical aus. we do get heavy rain, but I've never sealed a tent seam in my life? what happens if you don't?

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Because the seams do not come sealed from the factory, which is unusual for a tent and likely why you've never had to do it before, you will need to do it if you expect any precipitation. If you don't, you can expect leakage/seepage inside the tent, making for an uncomfortable time. By having you do the sealing yourself, BD can keep costs lower, which is important when you're dealing with an already expensive tent (the fabric they use is pricey stuff).

5 5

Great Tent for all conditions

This tent has been great so far. We've used it year round in Utah. Recently we were out in the mountains and the forecast said rain. After about 4 hours of rain, it turned over to snow. The following morning we had a layer of ice covering the tent and a few inches of snow but there was no condensation on the inside or leaking. Very impressed. No problems setting up with the poles being on the inside of the tent, you get used to it after the first time. I definitely would suggest buying another tube of Silnet right when you buy this tent. I tried to be conservative but in order to cover the seams adequately 2 tubes were needed...you dont want to be in the middle of seam sealing waiting for another tube in the mail. As almost everyone has mentioned, 2 people and SOME gear is a comfortable fit but 3 people is pushing friendships to the limit.

Head Room..

Head Room..

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this will sqeeze three peeps in. Nut its got head room

4 5

sweet tent!

This tent is super light and is great for backpacking! It kept my back happy and if I didn't mind packing it in and out even though my buddy didn't have room for it.

5 5

Black Diamond Skylight Tent

I haven't actually used this tent in the field yet, but it seems solid and it is indeed light and compact. Interior pole-set up was difficult the first few times, but intuitive after that. Only real complaint so far is the seam-sealing chore. This took me nearly 4 hours on a beautiful Sunday! This is really something that should be done at the factory, especially for such an expensive tent.

5 5

Pound for Pound -- this one ia a champ

Tent capacity: Without a doubt, this is a two person tent. Three people in emergency only. Tent set-up: I've owned a couple of BD ultra light tents that set up from inside. They are without rival for ease of use once you set them up a few times. The Skylight takes a little more time due to its odd three pole design but once you do it a few times, you'll love it. Breathability: Breathes well, but not as well as the firstlight I had been using. If you are able to keep the top rolled back you'll have no issues... When you have to extend out the vestibule and rain fly you'll have some challenges with condensation. Weight/Packability: Awesome. Lightweight. Very packable. Seam sealing: Everyone is afraid of the seam sealing. It's not a big deal. You need to take your time. If done right, no problem. Have patience --- this tent is worth it.

5 5

Holy Grail of tents

This tent is fantastic, I tell strangers I meet on the street about it. The setup is unorthodox but once you get used to it poles on the inside have some significant advantages. If you're setting the tent up in the rain, you dive inside and stay dry while putting the poles up. Also the fly is built on there so it doesn't become a rain catcher during setup like traditional double wall tents. Three can sleep in there if you don't mind getting cozy with your neighbor, and there is room in the vestibule to store boots and packs, however I consider this tent a two person plus pup. Great for stargazing.

4 5


3 trips, 9 nights total. Both pockets that the hoop poles go into delaminated from the tent body. B.Country was great about sending me a new one, but I am concerned this is an inherent problem.
This aside, I love every thing else about the tent!
Being a single wall tent, it gets VERY warm inside so opening the vestibule is an important feature.

4 5

Not Quite 3 person

I used this tent over Memorial Day weekend down in Moab, Utah. Tent was fairly easy to set up. The poles are great, but the hook and loop closure tabs on the inside of the tent are not the most convenient way to attach the tent to the poles. The vestibule/rainfly just folds back over the tent, you don't have to worry about zipping it off or anything, which was great when it cold down at about 2 a.m. as I was able to jump out fold it back over and close it up.
The tent itself is not big enough for 3 adults, we got two in but really didn't have much room for gear, the rainfly/vestibule isn't really big enough to store 2 peoples packs/gear. I liked the tent, but would prefer something a bit bigger to be able to comfortably have two people and gear.

5 5

What a great tent

My son loved his new "home." He is an avid hiker and traveler who will soon be living in Maine. He had a hammock tent which served him well, but more and more he seems to be needing more sleeping/living space without the weight. This is the perfect solution: light as a feather, great design for rain or shine and roomy as can be... and we put it up in five minutes on Christmas morning with the help of a two-year old rolling around inside! Worth every penny!!!

5 5

figured it out

Once all set up and figured out it goes up relatively fast and easy. I wouldn't want to fit 3 people in it on a hot day maybe in the winter. Wish it would breath a little better with the tarp down. The skyligt is great when I don't want to take my 4 season.

3 5

Great 2.1/4 tent. Love the airflow

Like a mozzie tent but with more substance. The 3 person is strictly for midgets. I'd say a comfortable 2 adult tent. Well built and very very light.

4 5

2 is right

The above reviewer is right, with 3 people plus gear you'd never fit inside this thing. The entrance is a little tight when the fly is guyed out but other than that the tent is awesome. Could use some more ventilation.

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