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Completely redesigned, the FirstLight Tent is Black Diamond's optimal shelter for serious mountain missions. It's still the lightest, most packable tent that Black Diamond builds, and it's been updated to maximize airflow while still minimizing weight. Black Diamond's new (patent pending) Flow Manifold technology allows interior heat convection and exterior airflow to draw moisture vapor out of the tent, so you don't have a crisp layer of frost on your sleeping bag every morning. Flow Manifold also allows for a central, ceiling exit for anchoring in on steep mountaineering expeditions. Black Diamond also updated the FirstLight with fully taped seams for better protection against rain, snow, and wet weather. Made with Dyneema, the guylines are significantly stronger than the previous season's FirstLight, and the internal pole grips are reinforced for better longevity.
- Black Diamond's lightest, most packable tent for mountaineering
- Redesigned to maximize airflow with Flow Manifold technology
- 4-season versatility includes fully taped seams for waterproofing
- Internal pole sleeves with reinforced grips for a secure setup
- Stronger reflective guylines minimize stretch overtime
- Central, ceiling exit rope exit anchors on steep pitches
- Item #BLD00YR
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Used this tent on Rainier and Baker in late april...so winter conditions. The tent is both light and stores well so that fits the alpine adventure world well. Secondly it is easy to put up in the wind...and we had plenty of that. Tent VS bivy...tent hands down and at this weight there is no reason to leave it behind.
A specialty tent for alpine climbers
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
First: thank you black diamond for not listening to the masses. Most great alpine climbing clothing and campwear is designed well at first, but altered when it's discovered that it's easier to market to the masses than to the core community (just look at anything and everything by TNF). Thank you for not going down that road black diamond. This tent is perfect for it's intended use, and without it alpine climbers would be left without a unique and indispensible piece of gear in their quiver.
Buy this tent if you ever find yourself asking these questions before a climb:
1) Should I bring a bivy sack instead of a tent?
2) are there any platforms big enough for a tent on this route?
3) Should I ditch the tent entirely and just climb single push to the top?
Buy this tent if your reaction to a heavy pack is fear. Don't buy this tent if you pack anything resembling a toothbrush.
As you can tell from the other reviews, yes it doesn't hold up well to rain, but why are you climbing in the rain? Rain causes rockfall and comes with lightening. It's dumb to climb under falling rocks in a lightening storm. Don't do it.
You get the idea. This is a climbing tent, i.e. it's a piece of climbing equipment. It is not a base camp tent. It is not a backpacking tent. It is not a car camping tent. Mine sees uses in all those functions, and it's passable, and mainly comes out because I'm lazy and goes up/comes down easily and quickly, but it's not what the tent is made for.
When it's time for a multiday alpine climb, and you can afford the luxury of a tent in your bivies this is one of the only tents on the market that even exists that you may consider bringing.
It will take minimal room in your pack (but still a lot by alpine climbing standards, it is after all a tent), won't weigh you down much more than two ultralight bivy sacks but will give your boots, socks and gloves a better chance to dry overnight than a bivy sack, it's only 4'x6' making it easier to find a place to pitch on steep and uneven ground, it stands up well to the wind, folding, but not breaking under heavy gusts (>60mph), light winds pump the walls and actually air the tent out, it goes up and comes down very quickly, so you don't waste precious time breaking down camp. The only downsides to this tent are its length, which at 6' may be too short to accomodate some climbers (although you can curl your legs up a bit and make it work if you're only slightly taller), and the way the door is attacked at the bottom instead of the side, which makes harder to keep snow out of the tent (the Mountain Hardware Direkt 2 had a better door design, but I think it's been discontinued). But if you need this kind of tent, you'll probably buy this anyway despite the downsides, because there's nothing else on the market in this class.
Not rain proof
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
After careful seam sealing i set up the tent under a typical Colorado 30 min rain shower. It leaked. Specifically, the water seeps through where the poles touch the fabric and drips from the poles on the floor. It is a mountaineering tent, but it won't keep you dry even in typical summer rainstorm in the Rockies. It is the worst of both worlds: there is not enough ventilation when it's dry outside, so condensation is bad, but when it rains the water gets in anyway.
On BD's website they say "seam sealer required" but you guys list it as "fully sealed". Which one is it? I think they just released an upgraded version of this tent with sealed seams, but I'm a bit confused because the page on their website seems to be the new version but still says it requires seam sealer.
You are right. This is the older version of the tent, and seem sealer will be required like their website says.