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    Nothing outlasts a Bombshelter.

    The Black Diamond Bombshelter is a state-of-the-art, four-person, four-season single-wall tent with a storm-proof design. Aconcagua? Yeah, been there. Everest? Sure, done that. What about gusting winds and four feet of snow? Yep, the Bombshelter can handle that, too. True to its name, this tent is virtually unbeatable in the mountains, or anywhere for that matter. If you're looking for the ideal team-mountaineering or base-camp tent, you'll have a hard time finding one that's stronger or lighter than the Bombshelter.
    • 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
    • Taped seams prevent dripping water or condensation from sneaking in through the fabric joints
    • Four internal poles intersect seven times for an expedition-strength configuration that provides superior protection in high-alpine environments
    • Two attached vestibules provide covered entries and room for everyone's gear
    • In warm weather, both front and aft doors can be rolled to the side, allowing you to take in the view and increase air circulation
    • 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
    • Item #BLD0018

    Tech Specs

    [body] ToddTex, [floor] ToddTex
    Wall Type
    Pole Attachment
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    20 sq ft
    fully taped
    Gear Loft
    yes, sold separately
    Interior Height
    44 in
    Floor Dimensions
    90 x 80 in
    Floor Space
    50 sq ft
    Packed Size
    8 x 20 in
    Trail Weight
    8 lb 13 oz
    Packed Weight
    9 lb 12 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, basecamp, camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    using it on denali

      Just came back from denali using this tent can not believe people said they used it on denali and it was good Very difficult to set up you have to climb in the tent before set up to put the poles in place if windy forget it. Being a single wall gets very wet at 14000 ft. and up there where icicles forming inside the tent sleeping bags got soaked make sure you carry a sponge. Vestibules back one is very hard to get a backpack in, front one with a good size backpack and a pair of shoes makes it hard to get in and out. For extended use like a few days or more not good for more than 2 people had 3 people for 3 days in the tent very difficult. On Denali for over 2 weeks did not see another BD Bombshelter.

      I completely agree with this review. My tent has been leaking badly from day one. Condensation is terible. Setting up the tent is difficult in windy conditins. It is not worth the money. Do not buy it. The company does not stand behind its produts.

      Sweet Shelter

        This is a great all-around tent suitable for extreme conditions and absolute security. Easy to pitch and very comfortable for 2 with lots of winter gear or 3 with warm weather gear desiring comfort. Toss the wimpy stakes that come with it and get some good long aluminum T-stakes. The BD footprint is light and should be considered an essential part of the purchase. Not too heavy for 2 when splitting the poles, stakes and footprint to one and the tent to the other. It will take whatever Mother Nature can throw at you. Thanks BD/Bibler for a quality tent that should do me the rest of my life.

        Sweet Shelter

        Bomber is right

          Had three of us in this on Rainier, and it worked great. Packs light, sets up fast (with rehearsal). We did have to seal it ourselves in the garage a few weeks before trip, but at least we knew the seams were solid. Holding 4 and gear would be really cozy, three was pretty comfy with mountaineering gear.

          Bomber is right

          The Bomb

            The bomb shelter is still the bomb, so simple and burly. This trusty tent has now been called home for at least 60 days. It also works great for a ground cloth in a snow cave when you forget tent poles, ooops.

            Complete allrounder

              This review is based on substantial usage for almost 2 years under various conditions and settings. The tent has been used during summer with high temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, during autumn with over 25 mm rain during 24 hours, and during winter in snow with low temperature of -18 degrees Celsius, and it has been used in winds up to 28-33 knots. The tent has been used in an arctic climate, where the above mentioned conditions are considered to quite normal, but it will put any tent to the test. So far I've spent almost 400 nights in various tents, and 40-55 in the Bomb Shelter tent and should be subject to a somewhat qualified review.

              Space: In my opinion the tent does not hold more than 3 persons (adult male) if you are supposed to live and operate comfortably, considering every person has to bring some equipment into the living space for drying, large sleeping bags during winter, extra clothing, food etc.
              The height of the tent is very good. I'm 6'3 and can sit upright in the mid position of the tent and operate whatever very comfortable.
              The two vestibules are small, but can function as cover for backpacks, stoves, fuel and food, during hard weather. They main entrance vestibule (the largest of the two) are a bit too small to use efficiently as a cooking area, especially during winter, melting snow etc. But it is possible:) The small vestibules make the tent stable in high winds, so its a good compromise.

              Material: The singular layer ToddTex functions very well under all conditions. I'm impressed with the technology and its performance, and have yet to see any real problems with condensation. Some condensation has to be expected on poles and floor, especially during winter, but compared to other tents and materials I've been using; this is the most versatile and complete. I've yet to experience penetration of outside water during heavy rain. The fabric of the two vestibules however, is very exposed to condensation and heavy rain and is usually wet the morning after. But this does not affect the comfort in the living quarter. NOTE: The doors can never be completely closed, and some ventilations and air circulation is needed to secure high comfort level and as little condensation as possible.
              The material is durable, but is exposed to tear and ware with of extensive usage.

              Poles: Light weight durable poles, 4 identical for raising the tent and one for the main vestibule. This is sufficient to hold the tent upright and in a very satisfactory tension in heavy winds and snowfall. I have not once used the extra cords on each side for extra stability. The tent is very much stable by itself. One person can easily raise the tent by him/her self in 5 minutes with some training and experience.

              Weight: This is where this tent shows why it is clearly my favorite. 3 kg for at 4 season tent with all above mentioned capabilities and performance makes this an easy choice to bring along for any expedition, (in extreme conditions you might want to meet other demands) but this tent is surely the best all-rounder I've ever tried.

              Great tent - No WAY a 4-man tent

                I have to give this 4 stars simply because it is ridiculous to advertise this as a 4-man tent and I think I prefer outside poles on a tent. I am 6' 2" and if my clone is in the tent with me, we call this a two-man tent. Just compare floor dimensions to lots of other tents and you will see that the 4-man claim is bogus. I recently dug the tent out in the morning where the snow was more than 1/2 way up the side walls. From inside, the tent shape, size, etc. was still just fine. I have to be careful not to stake the vestibule too tight or it makes the zipper a bugger to open and close in the snow. I love the internal twist things for the poles. However, I give mixed review for the internal poles in general. I wear glasses, so when I need to dive into the tent to set it up in the dark in a blizzard, I have to have a head lamp on inside and my glasses fog immediately, so getting the first two poles set up in the corners is an exercise in blindness. Poles on the outside with clips is an all-around better solution in my opinion, but the poles on the bombshelter are good and strong and the tent pitches real tight which I like.

                The Bomb

                  This tent has treated me well. It is water proof, and super bomb proof in storms and because of the single wall design, it is light and roomy. It has a spacious front vestibule and a smaller real vestibule. I have lived on Denali and in other parts of Alaska for extende periods of time and it is still holding strong. It is tight with 4 men but works and is great with 2 on an expedition with lots of gear. Highly recommended!

                  Great Tent

                    Used on Rainier 4 day Emmons in August. Excellent value.Bought for 3 persons, as weight to space ratio was our primary consideration. Our 2nd rope had a 12 lb Sierra Designs tent- ugh! It was more tent than we needed for August, which gives confidence for future use. Make sure you get some snow anchors as the stakes that come with it are puny and useless in snow. We put 2 packs at each side up front and one in the back, plus boots - the vestibules are excellent. Also the front vestibule design lets it easily fold back to the tent door during the day when you don't need it (see pic). It doesn't pack small, so get a bag with laces up the side to suck it down to fit in your pack (I used an old school sleeping bag compression sack and it worked perfect). Also if you are 6'8" - you may have trouble sitting up inside unless you're in the center. The 2 side poles bent a little after about 3 times setting it up but they seem OK. You can only notice it when they are lying out straight. 4 pockets on the sides hold the basics in case you need to get up at night. The floor was a little damp in the morning, pack towel came in handy for that. The walls never got wet.Backcountry reviews on this page sold me on the tent - had to write my own. Nothing is perfect, but this is close to it. Looking forward to backcountry skiing weekends this winter.

                    Great Tent

                    Solid performer

                      This tent is more suited to 3 adults than the claimed 4, but it would easily work in a cozy pinch for 4 adults provided the vestibules are used optimally. I got it as a family tent - 2 adults and 2 kids - for environments that are generally favorable but with the capacity for unrelenting harshness, like offseason horsepacking trips, rivertrips and backpacking. We all easily fit.

                      I've found the Bombshelter to be a very quiet tent since there is no fly to flap around, especially in vicious desert windstorms. The 11 stakeout loops and superstrong internal pole system have provided mental security the couple times it was truly tested. I wasn't entirely sure about the internal pole twist-ties, but they have worked as claimed they would. I also got the Bombshelter specific ground tarp, but I had to get it directly from Black Diamond.

                      Bomber, Light and roomy

                        This is a great tent for anything from mountaineering expeditions to summer backpack trips. it Has a spacious interior that fits two with gear comfortably, as well as two large vestibules on either side. Since it is a single walled tent it is light and easy to set up. One drawback is that it has no mesh windows for sky gazing but in that case you should be sleeping outside anyways. If you are looking for one tent for all of your adventures this is it.

                        Tried and True!

                          The Bombshelter is a classic 4 season mountaineering tent that gets the job done! I have used it in the Himalaya, Denali, Rainier, and around Colorado with nothing but great results. It's actually easy to set up for one person and the attached vestibule holds packs and boots for two or three folks without issue. Four people get a little tight, unless your just playing cards. For strength to weight ratio the Bombshelter is without peer. When Todd Bibler designed it he definitely knew what hard-core mountain people were looking for, being one himself!

                          Great Tent

                            This tent is awesome. It is tight with four people, but roomy for 3. The tent is definitely a bomb shelter. I highly recommend this tent for teams of 2, 3 or 4. Even if only 2 members, the tent weights about as much as a three-man tent with more room. I have used this tent on other trips and will be using two on Cho Oyu with only two members.

                            I don't know anything about tents and am...

                            I don't know anything about tents and am thinking about this tent for general camping... would you want to use a footprint with this tent? if so, which one?
                            for camping in wooded and winter settings.

                            A footprint can help preserve your tent floor, esp. in rocky conditions. Best to get the footprint that specifically matches your tent. It will attach easily and be shaped to fit slightly smaller that the tent floor so it doesn't pull rain underneath.

                            I don't know anything about tents and am...

                            I don't know anything about tents and am thinking about this tent for general camping... would you want to use a footprint with this tent? if so, which one?
                            for camping in wooded and winter settings.

                            Is this completely factory seam sealed? ...

                            Is this completely factory seam sealed? Or, like the Guiding Light does it have to be sealed at home?

                            No, you have to seal it at home. It comes with a tube, but I found going to Walmart and getting a bottle of Coleman seam sealer with its spongy applicator goes a lot faster and has worked out well.

                            Thanks for that tip. My hand ached after two hours forcing sealer through the syringe on a guiding light. Now I have another to seal and was dreading it. BTW any source for the GL add on vestibule? I can't find one anywhere including at BD in SLC.

                            I want to get a compression sack for this...

                            I want to get a compression sack for this tent to save space when I fly with it. I'd keep the poles and stakes in a different bag. Any suggestions on what size compression sack I should get?

                            Best Answer

                            The XL Granite Gear Rock Solid will work great for compressing your tent. The L might work just as good but the XL will give your a bit more room for a few other items. Here's more information:


                            Your tent is 20x8" packed. The Rock Solid is a great sack. It measures 20.5x10" in a large. The medium measures 19x7.5". You decide, but either way, you're still going to compress the tent components as much as they're going to go before you get those straps honked down all the way.

                            Can the tent be set up without the vestibules...

                            Can the tent be set up without the vestibules to save weight so it is more like the guiding light?

                            Best Answer

                            The vestibules are attached (sewn) to the body of the tent, as you can see in this video as the guy seals the seam between
                            tent body and vestibule:
                            Hope this helps.

                            Hola, soy Dakka.
                            Good call Tim. Adam, The vestibule has an area of 20 sq ft, if you have 3-4 people in your group, the vestibule will no doubt get used. Also, with that # of people in your group, have someone carry the tent and another poles and stakes. This will help you save weight.

                            What is the difference between this tent...

                            What is the difference between this tent and the guiding light tent?

                            Best Answer

                            Design wise they are almost exactly the same. The guiding light is made of "Epic" fabric, while the Bombshelter is made of Todd-Tex fabric. The Todd-Tex is a heavier, more rugged, and more waterproof fabric than Epic. Because of that the storm shelter is heavier (by 3.5 lbs). Part of that weight is also because the Storm Shelter comes with vestibules for both end. They are optional [and cost extra] on the Guiding Light. I hope that helps.

                            Does this tent need a footprint? If so are...

                            Does this tent need a footprint? If so are they available?

                            Best Answer

                            I always like to have footprints with my tents, and Black Diamond does make one for the Bombshelter. It's called the "Guiding Light/Bombshelter Ground Cloth" (because it also fits the Guiding Light tent). However, it doesn't seem that is carrying it at this time, but it can be found elsewhere (or you can contact to see if they plan on making it available).

                            Is the tent secured to the poles with...

                            Is the tent secured to the poles with sleeves or clips?

                            Best Answer

                            Poles are internal on Bibler's with interesting twist ties to hold them in place... very quick and easy set up.Another $.02.....Having the poles on the inside is awesome.....if conditions are mellow, you only need to use a couple of the twisties.....also, when it is puking outside, you can throw everything inside your tent, jump in, and set it up from the inside....

                            what is the bombshelters waterproof...

                            what is the bombshelters waterproof rating

                            I used a tent, Bibler Tempest, with Todd-tex for 4 seasons in everything from -30F winter storms to 40F fall deluges... never once did I get wet from condensation or water from the outside... stuff is unstoppable. Only downside it it is bulky and heavy. It doesn't compress well.

                            I'm considering this tent for two teenagers...

                            I'm considering this tent for two teenagers to share. How difficult is the setup?

                            Best Answer

                            What kind of trip are they doing? This is a lot of tent if you're not doing mountaineering or a winter trip. Be that as it may, set-up is not bad, but do a couple of practice pitches at home first. Once they get used to pitching it a few times, it should go up in about four minutes.

                            how is the set up? 1 or 2 person set up

                            how is the set up? 1 or 2 person set up

                            Best Answer

                            One person could set this up with no problems, but definitely practice in the backyard a few times before heading into the wild.Once they get used to pitching it a few times, it should go up in about four minutes.