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The lightest, best-ventilated, most comfort-oriented four-season, single-wall tent around.
- Freestanding single-wall design saves weight by eliminating the need for separate 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
- Taped seams prevent dripping water or morning dew from sneaking in through the fabric joints
- Poles cross inside the single-wall canopy, eliminating the need to thread sleeves and providing superior strength against the elements
- Two optional vestibules provide covered entries and room for everyone's gear (vestibules sold separately)
- Multiple stakeout loops provide secure anchoring in windy locations
- Optional footprint sold separately
- Tent based off original design from Bibler
- Item #BLD0629
- Q & A
Toughest tent I’ve owned
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I camp in all seasons with all weather conditions. This tent is the most durable and resilient one I have owned or slept in. I’ve been in rain storms with water flowing around the tent, Kept me dry. I’ve been on exposed faces with winds blowing 50mph +, 100lbs of rocks holding each corner down and not a single tear or damage to the tent. The two pole design is perfect. I’ll never buy another tent besides this one.
Ahwahnee is a good tent.
Mine is very old from before BD bought the company. Failure points: zippers, probably from sand in the desert, had the pulls replaced with stainless pulls, no problems since. A few of the Velcro pole tabs have pulled off, still works great without them, will re-glue them in and re-seal seams. My guess is people need to play with the current tent on setup, awning pole first in, last out on setup to see how the tension works.
I've had mine for about 10 years.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this tent in 2005 when it was a made by Bibler. Black Diamond now makes this tent, so I can't guarantee it is made the same, although Black Diamond's current description of the tent matches mine completely.
I love this tent. I've camped in it in all sorts of conditions and taken very good care of it, and it still looks new. I was surprised to read a few bad reviews of this tent, as it has taken very good care of me. It is designed to be set up from the inside, which is handy in the rain. It is 99.9% waterproof; that is to say that after a full night of hard rain, there were a couple of drops on the floor near my feet that were dried easily with a hankercheif. 'Todd-Tex' is an amazing fabric that keeps water out while also wicking moisture from the inside, while proper ventilation by leaving the doors cracked at the top an inch is helpful as well. If you are looking for a 4-season, 2-person tent, disregard the bad reviews, take the time to set up, take down, and maintain this tent properly, and it will give you warm, dry nights through snow and thunderstorms. Mine has for 10 years, and I expect 10 more years from it.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this tent for desert backpacking. The fact that more than half of its surface area can be zipped down to mesh makes it comfortable on warm nights. When the wind begins to howl, this thing can be sealed up completely to keep the sand out. On a recent trip to southern Utah, we got hammered by the wind all night long. My buddies got no sleep because of all the sand blowing under the flies of their 3 season tents, filing them with sand. I sealed up the hotel Bibler and woke up without so much as a grain of sand in my tent. Best dessert tent ever.
breathability and sealability, its got the best of both.
Ive also had it on many alpine trips and it works great.
The only down side is that you need to retreat it with a DWR finish about every 2 seasons. I learned this the hard way after waking up in Zion using my sleeping pad as a pool toy, my tent leaked badly after a hard rain during the monsoon Use the Gear aid spray. Nikwax sux.
calm before the rain
it rained for 25 ish hours about 4 hours after this photo. The ahwahnee kept me super dry!
If you have any questions about this product, swing on in to the Backcountry.com retail store and ask for me! We're located at 2607 S. 3200 W., in Salt Lake City.
I got this tent about 8 years ago and have used it extensively on bike tours, climbing trips and backcountry skiing.
In my opinion the setup is simple and fast.
The todd-tex material is tough, waterproof and durable. If its fully zipped up, I can a bit of condensation, but open the door a little at the top like a vent and this ceases to be an issue.
When setting it up be careful to make sure the poles are seated properly in the corner pockets, if they end up on the floor material it'll puncture once the tent is set up and taut. One minor qualm: after about 6 years of use the pole sockets fell out (rust!?), but I patched the corners with duct tape and haven't noticed any real downside to this dirtbag modification.
Whilst the tent is reasonably lightweight- I currently use a BD firstlight if I'm heading high into the mountains where weight is more of an issue and when I'm not anticipating any precip in the form of rain.
We've had this tent for more than ten years and have suffered some of the frustrations of the other reviewers. Initially the tent was difficult to set up because of the tightness of the pole fit inside the tent. This has gotten easier to do or I've gotten use to doing it. Almost all of our pole holders have fallen off but I just contacted BD about it and they are going to fix them under warrantee. The few times I've had to cantact BD on warrantee issues, they have been prompt, and professional about getting the item fixed. The zippers are also giving us difficulty but probably will just require the slides being replaced but BD doesn't do the zippers but my local shoe repair guy does.
Overall, I'm very happy with the tent and would get another. The toddtex fabric is great and has stayed waterproof. I have had to reseal the seams (ALL the seams) several times but as long as the seal is good, the tent stays dry in prolonged rains.
Ahwahnee good, Black Diamond bad.
This tent is a piece of cake to set up. Takes less than 2 minutes. If you can't figure it out you probably shouldn't be camping... at least unsupervised. Best tent ever, but pray you don't have to deal with Black Diamonds customer service. I bought my Ahwahnee before BD acquired Bibler. After 10 years of regular use, I had some problems with the tent. I've sent it back to BD 3 times now and they have done nothing. The last "rejection" note I got from them was actually insulting. I loved this tent, but I won't buy another one because I hate Black Diamond.
Black Diamond Ahwahnee
Black Diamond Ahwahnee. My home away from home. Photo taken at the Lake of the Angels in the Olympic national forest.
i was saving up for this for over two years for this tent, when i finally got the courage and decided to to invest in this thing words could not describe how excited i was. Two days later i received it in the mail, i practically sprinted to my friends house to open the package. when i opened it up and laid it all out on the floor and saw this sweet looking green tent. very soon after i tried setting it up . First i was disappointed on how and were the poles were inserted on the floor of the tent, then i was disappointed about the paper thin clips inside the tent that were designed to hold the pols in place, third i was extremely disappointed when it took practically 3 grown men to get the ahwahning pole inserted. finally 35 min later i had the tent set up. iv set one one or two tents in my day and iv never have as much trouble as i did setting this thing up and it still was not 100 %. i figured that if i was in 15 degree weather and in an emergency i would have frozen to death twice before i could be able to set this thing up. not the mention that after all this disappointment and frustration when i tried to get the ahwahning pole out i broke the pole in half slicing the top of the tent and practically destroying it. by the end of all this i was practically in tears lol. im still upset about it. i really think that this tent has the design and potential to be a fantastic tent but its just to poorly flawed in to many ways. i called back country and they did not give me a hard time about returning it which was nice but if someone were to ask me if getting this tent was a good idea i would have to say NO!!! NO!!! NO!!!
Black Diamond Bibler Ahwahnee
Before heading off on a year-long cycle trip around the world, I purchased and tested a number of tents the Black Diamond Hilight, Black Diamond Skylight, Nemo Tenshi, MSR Elbow Room and MSR Hubba Hubba.
We decided to take the Black Diamond Bibler Ahwahnee, which we found to be well designed, and possibly the only true four season tent (useable in Summer) on the market.
Unfortunately for us the quality of workmanship has simply not matched up to its fantastic design.
About two weeks ago, whilst cycling across Ireland, our Black Diamond Bibler Ahwahnee tent began to let in water through the fabric. Now, even under light rain, water enters directly through all external surfaces of the Todd Tex fabric. All seams were sealed correctly and no water is penetrating these areas.
After a little research, I found that the problem with this tent has occurred for other people. (Read other reviews here)
Prior to the leaking, we also had a major recurring problem with the state of the eyelets either side of the tent that the awning pole is meant to sit in. The first time I set the tent up in the lounge room the pole was extremely difficult to get in, but I figured that it might have been intentionally made that way so that when the fabric stretched with use, the pole would fit perfectly. Well this never happened and it is still a constant struggle to put the pole in.
Now I have to use electrical tape on a recurring basis to hold in the eyelets to prevent them from completely falling out of the tabs (this has happened a few times). I tried a few different ways of making a permanent fix, like using glue, squashing the eyelets down tighter against the fabric and taking the tent to a number of different repair shops to see if they could permanently fix it, all to no avail.
I have not taken the tent to Black Diamond to see if it can be fixed properly before now because I havent been able to. Weve been cycling around the world for the last eight months, so we usually need it. It is also difficult to provide an address, particularly one for long enough to have the tent sent overseas.
Now that were in the US (and it is leaking badly which we cant live with) weve posted it with the receipt of purchase (it is still in warranty) to the Salt Lake headquarters. We are desperately hoping for a speedy resolution and return as we are due to continue our world tour through America and into South and Central America.
Our first reply from Black Diamond expressed disbelief that the tent has problems, and hinted that we have misused it in some way. Here are some quotes:
Frankly I have never heard of this fabric leaking as you are describing.
I have not known the Todd-Tex fabric to leak unless it has been damaged by mildew or contaminated with some type of oil.
Please give me as much information as you can concerning the life/use of this tent that may explain why it has started leaking.
Please understand we just dont hear this. Something unusual has to be going on.
The problems listed were not caused by misuse. When you spend a small fortune on a tent and it is the only home you have, you look after it well. We wash, with water, the tent occasionally, and always make sure it has dried before packing it up and riding each day. And according to online reports at least two other serious cases of this kind of leaking of Todd Tex fabric have been reported to Black Diamond.
For a large collection of photos of the tent in action in almost 20 countries around the world and a daily blog detailing our adventures up to this point please have a look at our website www.grandcycletour.com.
We will update this review as soon as we here back from Black Diamond.
I've been using Ahwahnee & the 4-person Pueblo for over 15 years and have had only great experience with both models. First off, seam seal all seams and floor, using Seam Grip. Then feel comfortable in every kind of Alaskan and NW weather. I've been secure and comfortable in all varieties of rain, sleet, snow and wind (up to 80 mph). And the venting, using the drop down door/window feature protected by the cross-pole overhang, works splendidly with zero condensation. As regards comments about poles, pole retainers and button seating, I've had zero problems! I've nearly worn my Pueblo out, only because it's seen too much UV over its 13 year life- it still hasn't failed although it has severly faded. If you've the money for the purchase, you won't regret it. Obviously any tent is subject to abuse from being stepped on or having a horse fall on it, but then to make a backcountry tent immune to those such abuses would put it outside the realm of packability and practicality! I would definately buy another or recommend them to a friend.
My Second Ahwahnee Tent
Piece of Sh#t.
I purchased this tent from reviews and Biblers namesake. Within 5 minutes after opening the package and beginning the setup to see what I bought I was beginning the process of repackaging for return. There are too many fail points to believe this tent costs this much. I am a professional guide and backcountry pilot in AK and we torture our gear. Not because we want to but because the backcountry here weeds out the crap that people try to sell as dependable. This tent was born to fail if you use it like a pro. Plastic pole fasteners. Press fit button pole seats in the FLOOR. Two pole design that if one fails or bends the whole tent looses its structural integrity. Ever fall on your pack? Ever sit on it? Ever bend a tent pole? If one of these poles gets bent the Ahwahnee tent will blow over in light wind. NOT WORTH THE MONEY. Bibler had a good idea but failed to reinforce the primary pieces of a true backcountry tent. Rugged dependability is the goal in a tent this price. Buy one to depend on when the elements are trying to kill you. This tent is not that tent. Save your money and buy something that is NOT MADE IN CHINA. We looked at it at our outfitters and laughed at it. DO NOT BUY. DO NOT BUY. DO NOT BUY.
Easily the most simple and versatile tent on the market. This tent preforms well in cold snowy conditions and is unbeatable when it comes to desert camping. the tent has excellent ventilation and its single wall design allows it to be sealed to keep the sand out. easy to set up and quiet in the wind. Not one but two optional vestibules allow you to customize the tent to any trip and give you the option of saving weight when you don't need them. the fabric breaths well and is more effective at managing moisture than any other I've seen on the market. Simply put, there is nothing not to like about this tent. simple, durable, everything you need, nothing you don't.
You are an idiot if you don't buy this tent
This tent is money, pure and simple. In the last 12 years, I have probably spent 700 nights out in BLM land, the last 300 with this tent. I always choose this one unless I have more than a couple of people to get in one tent.
I hate rainfly's, and the ability to not need one is worth the money alone. This tent is incredibly quiet in strong winds. Funky setup until you get used to it, you set it up from inside the tent. Once done, you have a high ceiling and steep walls, Tight space for two campers, perfect for one camper and a couple of dogs. Great ventilation, both doors are huge and can be unzipped from the top so you can have the ventilation and privacy, too.
Best tent out there, hands down
Camping in the crater
Spending the night in Mount Taranaki NZ
Holds up great in Strong winds. The two doors are vent very well. The toddtex fabric is amazing has kept the water out in heavy down poor. Fits two people all right but it's a little tight with gear. this tent seems like it will last forever and is well worth the investment.
Excellent Ventilation, Little to No Condensation
After listing everything I wanted in a tent, and researching reviews, I realized that the tent I wanted was going to cost quite a bit. So I saved up and bought this tent specifically for its climate versatility, such as very cold, wet weather like Glacier Bay, as well as hot dry sunny climates like deserts. To my disbelief, the Todd Tex material is in fact, everything they say it is. Ditto on the ventilation. During our two week Glacier Bay kayaking trip we experienced almost daily constant rain, and/or misty fog, along with two days of storms with high winds. This tent never leaked! Even though our clothing was wet, and the air was of such high humidity you could almost see the moisture, this tent allowed us to sleep dry. The only condensation you will experience with this tent is on the poles (not the fabric). This is not a problem since the moisture will run down the poles and collect in the little corner pocket. We simply used a 6 inch piece of highly absorbent pack towel and soaked up any moisture that collected there during the night, and were on our way. Between the breathable Todd Tex material and our breathable Wiggy's lamilite sleeping bags, we were actually (unbelievably) able to dry clothing during the night by putting them in our bags with us. In addition to the material, other features we fell in love with included the two doors, optional vestibule(s), and optional attic. I highly recommend the vestibule and the attic. We hung our rain gear inside the vestibule to drip during the night, and it provided extra needed space for maps, clothing bags, gear bags, etc. in planning the next days course. Other than the obvious food/cooking/hygiene items, we were able to store all of our "bear safe" gear inside the vestibule. (We only had one vestibule.) The vestibule also allowed us much more ventilation than we would have had without it, during the nights we experienced rain with wind. I cannot image doing a trip like that without the vestibule, as it was key to our comfort in many ways. All in all, this tent is well worth the money and I am very glad I did not do a trip of this caliber with cheaper, less well designed gear. Save your money and buy this tent. It will perform as described by the manufacturer. Just a note - I did seal all the seams on the tent before the trip. I cannot comment on the performance of this tent without seam sealing. Also, the yellow interior walls are really nice (aesthetically) when it has been raining for a week and you crave a sunny day.
Bibler Ahwahnee tent
There are three Easton aluminum poles. One short one, and two long ones. All poles go inside the tent. The short one goes on the top between the top of the two doors. The long ones go diagonal from corner to corner on this rectanglar tent. There are internal twist clips that attach the poles to the inside of the tent. Easy to set up. This is the best tent I have ever owned. It's roomy, and so versatile. It works in any kind of weather. With the two huge doors, half of the surface of the tent can be open mesh, so summer is ok too. Weighs about 7-1/2 pounds fully packed with the Bibler ground cloth.
Do you guys expect to have this back in...
Do you guys expect to have this back in stock soon?
You should try live chat for questions like this.
I herd that this tent has had a problem...
I herd that this tent has had a problem with leaking water over time, and also a problem with the eyelets. have these problems been fixed ? i really want a four season tent but im having a hard time finding one thats not going to suffocate me in the summer, this tent seems like its perfect but im worried that illl have these problems. i don't want to invest that kind of money into a tent that might leek just after a few trips. if im wrong please let me know because i really like this tent but a little concerned about these few issues.
The Black Diamond Firstlight is supposed to be a great four season tent that's actually useful in both the summer and winter. It's $300, and with the NanoShield material, it's supposed to be both breathable and waterproof. The pole setup is easier, as it doesn't have a cross pole. I believe it's a slightly more budget version of the Bibler I-Tent. If you like this design, the BD Hilight is basically the same thing but with one door and NanoShield instead of ToddTex. As an added bonus, both the Hilight and Firstlight are sub three pounds.
Does the tent come with a bag for the tent...
Does the tent come with a bag for the tent poles?
I'm going to be climbing aconcagua next...
I'm going to be climbing aconcagua next year and slowly accumulating some gear. A tent is my big issue. Is the BD AHWAHNEE suitable for two guys around six foot for possibly 20 windy days? i'm thinking the vestibule would be necessary for gear. any thoughts?
The Ahwahnee would definitely be suitable, but only if you got a vestibule. The tent is 7.5' long and 4.4' wide. That seems roomy, but mark it out on your floor and play camp, get a feel for how much room that actually is. The vestibule adds 13 square feet, and you can get two of them if you feel inclined.
If you are worried about the wind, the ahwahnee can take it. However, due to it's steeper walls, it can get shaky in there. I would recommend looking at the Fitzroy as well, as it is unaffected by the wind. Seriously, it doesn't move.
Lastly, get an attic. They are cheap, light, and add a lot of livability to the tent.
Tom, Todd Bibler himself has advised a few people personally that the BD Bibler Ahwahnee is not best intended for full on mountaineering- and after using the Ahwahnee for the last 8 months in almost 20 countries I would agree. However, I do think that it is the only true 4 season tent available on the market, every other so called 4 season is absolutely unbearable in summer.
As Aaron mentioned in the previous post a BD Fitzroy, or IMO a Nemo Tenshi, are much better suited to what you are doing.
How does the vestibule attach to the...
How does the vestibule attach to the ahwahnee.
The vestibule has eight small C-shaped clips that hook into a smaller nylon loops located around the tent door
Write your question here...can one buy...
Write your question here...can one buy easton graphite poles for this tent
Here are two good sources for new & replacement tent poles. The first source specializes in carbon fiber which you are inquiring about:
FYI, Easton only sells to tent manufacturers directly.
do you sell awnings ?
do you sell awnings ?
No, only the footprint is available for the tent through BC.com; http://www.backcountry.com/store/BLD0391/Black-Diamond-Ahwahnee-Footprint.html
You can pick up the VESTIBULE from BD directly at:
What's the coldest anyone has been out in...
What's the coldest anyone has been out in with this tent? Could it handle CO mountains in the winter?
It is made for 4 season camping so that would include winter in the Rockies. So you should be good to go.
Coldest for us was -10 (celsius) in the Alps
HI, I have an Ahwahnee and a Lite house....
HI, I have an Ahwahnee and a Lite house. I have had my Ahwahnee 3 years now and I am wondering if you have come up with a better idea about the fasteners. In fact my Lite house which is 5 years old seems to give less of a problem. Those plastic twist fasteners have gotten into a fixed configuration and have lost some reliability. They tend to come unfastened more readily than when they were new. Have you come up with a better idea?
I have the older one door version of this...
I have the older one door version of this tent with the vestibule. Will the vestibule I have fit on the two door version?
Yes it will fit. It is the same footprint they just added a door on the back. Basically, instead of having the zipper that goes down a little for the window in back on yours it keeps going to make a full door. The rest of the tent is virtually the same.
2 questions...I'll be on a cross country...
2 questions...I'll be on a cross country road trip on my Harley from Alaska to Wisconsin this summer. I guess this tent will pack up ok for the bike ride? Also, I have never "seam sealed" a tent (new at this). Any helful hints....or should I just read the can? Thank for your help. Rick
2 answers: Yes, definitely, and check www.mcnett.com for Seam Grip and basic seam sealing instructions. Have a great trip.