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HiLight Tent: 2-Person 4-Season
The Black Diamond HiLight Tent has you and an adventure partner covered for everything from involved mountaineering missions to casual weekends spent snow camping and exploring. The high tenacity 30D poly outer is extremely strong and reliable for peace of mind, while also resisting stretch to increase longevity. To further boost strength the HiLight features a two-and-a-half pole design that creates easy setup and a drip free awning, as well as an optional vestibule to keep gear sheltered. The large single door makes entering and exiting a breeze, strong reflective guylines keep everything secure, and the flow manifold keeps fresh air circulating without allowing too much heat to escape so that you can enjoy your time outdoors.
- Single-wall tent designed for backpacking and mountaineering
- 4-season protection made possible by fully sealed, 30D fabric
- 2-person capacity includes large side door with vestibule overhead
- Flow Manifold ventilation keeps moisture and stale air out
- Two-and-a-half pole design improves strength and overall sturdiness
- Reflective guylines made with a Dyneema core for durability
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- Q & A
The Black Diamond HiLight 2-person tent
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I have long been a fan of Black Diamond products and I own everything from their climbing gear to their camping gear. I'm especially fond of the Bibler tent line and also own several BD tents and shelters. I recently bought the new version of the HiLight tent and was excited to see if the changes to the fabric and design were an improvement over previous models.
I just got the tent yesterday and set it up right away in my family room. Here are my first impressions:
Number one, the tent is very small. The measurements listed in Backcountry's description are nowhere near accurate. The actual measurements of the floor are 76" x 48" x 40". The height is 41". The usable floor space is slightly less, fitting a person up to 6 feet. If you are taller, I would not buy this tent. I am 5'7" and the length is perfect for me, but even so, my sleeping bag is butted up against the tent on both ends. Also, I noticed that the tent doesn't have a "bath tub" floor, so it is apparently not designed for use in rainy weather.
The new canopy fabric feels somewhat akin to polyurethane coated tent floor material in my older Bibler tents. I have strong doubts where its' breathabilty are concerned, but I haven't had it outside yet. Unlike the vents on the Bibler "I" tent and the Eldorado, the so-called, "Flo-manifold" vents on the HiLight cannot be zipped shut. Consequently, I suspect that blowing snow or rain will easily find their way inside the tent in a storm.
The other oddity that I noticed right off was that the brow pole is not centered, as on the Bibler Ahwahnee (which the design this tent is based on). Instead, it protrudes through the canopy on one side and the brow is wider on that side and not in the middle. Why BD designers made this change I do not know, but the brow doesn't cover the entry adequately now .
Like the older Bibler tents, hook and loop (i.e. "Velcro") tabs are used to secure the poles to the inside of the tent canopy. However, they are so small that I can't imagine trying to secure them in cold weather. They just aren't big enough to grab with gloves or mittens on and I even had trouble securing them with my un-gloved fingers in my 72 degree family room.
In my opinion, the designers of this tent have attempted to make this tent ultra-lightweight at the expense of practical usability. Even the toggle and loop designed to hold the rolled down door in place is too small and it is very difficult to secure it.
Given all of the design flaws, I will be returning this tent and won't attempt to endure a soggy or frosty night testing it any further. Perhaps someone else will be brave enough to do that, but at over $400.00 for the tent, vestibule, and ground sheet, it's just not worth the expense.