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    Where weight-savings and solid weather protection come standard.

    The Black Diamond Mesa 2-Person 3-Season Tent combines the strength, weather protection, and versatility of a double-wall design with the low weight that everyone appreciates. Even though it weighs under five pounds, the Mesa is fat on luxuries like double doors for easy access and two vestibules to stash your gear out of the weather.
    • Freestanding, double-wall design and three-season construction ideal for trekking, climbing, and base-camp applications
    • Floor and fly seam sealed to prevent water from sneaking in through the fabric joints
    • Mesh canopy top provides panoramic views while circulating air and keeping bugs at bay
    • Large doors and vestibules make entry, exit, and gear storage a breeze
    • Fast-pitch hub and variable-diameter DAC Featherlite poles make setup easy
    • Fast-pitch option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint for a lighter-weight rig (footprint sold separately)
    • Item #BLD1057

    Tech Specs

    [fly] polyester, PU coating (1800mm), [body] mesh, [floor] nylon, PU coating (2000mm)
    Wall Type
    DAC Featherlite aluminum
    Pole Attachment
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    [front] 9 sq ft, [rear]
    mesh walls
    Gear Loft
    yes, sold separately
    Interior Height
    44 in
    Floor Dimensions
    [length] 92 in, [width at head] 58 in, [width at feet] 44 in
    Floor Space
    32.5 sq ft
    Packed Size
    19 x 8 in
    Fast-pitch Option
    yes, footprint not included
    Trail Weight
    4 lb 9 oz
    Packed Weight
    5 lb 2 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Quick and Easy

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    With a two pole set up, this tent is really easy to set up and takes very little time. It is pretty light and very durable. I just got this so I'm excited to see how it performs.

    Perfect Performance

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Just returned from a 2 week trip to Peru (Nov 2014) and the MesaTent was our shelter from 16,000ft down and through the jungle. It withstood and protected us against snow, wind, hail, graupel, heavy rain, heat/humidity etc. All the components functioned great. It's weight is amazing - lightweight but durable. Loved the double doors (one on each side for each person) - easy to pack - easy to set-up. Plenty of space for 2 tall people (5'8 and 6'4). Loved this tent. Also easy to dry and ventilate. Highly recommend for 3 seasons that throw the elements at you.

    Poor long-term quality

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was so excited to find this tent. It seemed perfect at first! Awesome indoor space; nearly vertical walls; 2 double-zip doors; vented fly; good pockets (no loft needed); sizable vestibules (a bit high off the ground, but not bad - helps ventilation); easy to arrange the fly half-flipped-back, which is nice if you want to view the stars but need to be able to go full-cover fast for sudden midnight rain; sturdy in wind and warm enough to handle a surprise snowfall, based on personal experience; cheerful color. A bit heavy for backpacking, yes, but I decided it was worth it, and after the first few uses I was in love.

    All that said, in the long run, it's been a BIG disappointment. After 5 years and only 4 uses, ALL of the factory seam seals started cracking/peeling/leaking in a major way, and the interior PU coating got sticky and smelly, which means it's degrading. Running an iron over it to reseal the PU or using talc to mitigate the stickiness are only temporary solutions. Eventually you're going to get wet. I got a replacement Mesa cheap at an REI garage sale, hoping the first was just a lemon; while the seam seal on the newer one seems to be holding, the PU coating is still starting to degrade, and I've never even used it. This is a normal problem if you put the tent away damp, but I always dried my first one indoors for multiple days, kept it clean, didn't store it in a hot location, etc. For the PU coating to degrade this quickly on multiple well-cared-for tents makes me think it's a general problem, and a few reviewers on other sites have mentioned it as well. The 1-year warranty means that poor REI takes the hit every time. Note they've stopped carrying it. If you're totally in love with it, keep it in a cool dry place, do NOT store it in the stuff sack, and be prepared to make your own fly after a few years. Personally, if you're going to spend this much money and have to get a tent with PU coating, I'd recommend getting one with a better warranty!

    This Tent Rocks!!!

      If you need a tent for adverse weather this is the one. Condensate is the number one problem during bad weather and the Mesa nicely solves the problem with superior fly venting. Just used the tent on the Green river in rainy 28 degree weather and the tent was awesome. No wet spots and after 16 hours waiting out a storm, we were very comfortable and dry. Paired the tent up with a two person sleeping bag and with nothing to do for 16 hours we are now expecting our first child this fall! Black Diamond rocks!!

      Should be good for solid 3-seasons

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Took the Mesa up to Kite Lake , about 12,000 feet, two weekends ago. Very windy, very snowy. The tent did OK, but did not shed wind as well as a 4-season tent would, but it held up to some pretty intense gusts. My one complaint, but this would apply to any NoSeeUm mesh interior, was that the wind was able to drive the blowing snow up and over the rip-stop portion of the interior of the tent and into the tent through the mesh. I'm sure it saves weight, and adds to ventillation capabilities, but rip-stop would be my preference. I'm sure the tent will perform well in 3-Season conditions, but as it get's closer to winter here in Colorado, I'll plan on packing the Bilbler. Reliable Black Diamond quality. Hope it lasts as long as my NF Bullfrog did.

      great tent

        I have used the tent every weekend for the last 5 weekends and am very happy with it.

        Setup is super quick and easy with the central pole hub — no fumbling around late at night in the dark like you do with Marmot's system with their tent.

        Tent is very spacious — at 5' 9" 150 I am extremely comfortable alone or with a partner, and this past weekend, even fit a third person without too much discomfort. It was cozy, but certainly doable.

        Will update after some more wear and tear is put on the tent...

        Black Diamond mesa=very impressed

          I have used the tent twice backpacking so far (two day trips) and absolutely love it. Its perfect for big guys like me at 6'1" and 220lbs plus a lady. Set up is super easy and weighs about the same as my REI quarter dome T2 plus, but seems to be much sturdier because of the central pole hub. Im pretty impressed by its actual weight considering how livable and sturdy this tent is.

          I just ordered this tent without the footprint cause i forgot. for those of you who use this in the backcountry, is the footprint really necessary for storms, Ive always hammock and don't have much experience with tents....

          It's not necessary, but it's a good idea to use one. Even though the tent floor may be waterproof, it will save wear and tear on the floor and it's coating. Not using it a few times is no big deal. You can also use some heavy duty vapor barrier film as a groundsheet in a pinch. Just cut it to shape, slightly smaller than the footprint.

          Me and some buddies are planning on doing...

          Me and some buddies are planning on doing the JMT next summer, and I'm looking into buying a new tent. Is this one too heavy for the whole trail? Any light weight 1-2 person tent suggestions for the trail?

          Hey there! Thanks for your question. Personally, I do believe this tent is a little to heavy for backpacking. The trail weight on this tent is 4 lb 9 oz but this is a very nice tent. If you are looking for a super light weight tent, I would recommend the Big Agnes Seedhouse tent, there is a 1 person and a 2 person version, the amazing part is for the 2 person tent the trail weight is 2 lb 9 oz! Crazy lightweight! The seedhouse is a super easy set up and has a good amount of room. The material is thin but durable, I suggest to grab the footprint with the seedhouse to keep the floor of the tent off the ground. I left the link to the seedhouse 2 below. Hope this helps!

          Best Answer


          I would agree with Joelle about the weight issue, and the BA Seedhouse SL2 having that covered nicely, but as a person that's used it for years, I'm tired of the single door on the end...especially with 2's a pain in the ass to get in and out of...having to climb over your partner and gear to do it. These days, I'm much happier with the function and convenience of tents that have a side door(s). The tents I would recommend would be the North Face Mica FL2, the MSR Hubba Hubba 2, or the MSR Carbon Reflex 2.

          Carbon Reflex 2- item# CAS0748

          Hubba Hubba 2- item# CAS0680

          Mica FL2- item# TNF8143

          Hope this helps you out.

          From what I've read about this tent the...

          From what I've read about this tent the fly sits quite high from the ground. Has anyone had issues with dust and rain getting in under the fly? Examples where I would be camping..
          Squamish, BC
          Bishop, CA
          Joes Valley, UT
          Hueco Tanks, TX

          I have owned this tent for less than a...

          I have owned this tent for less than a year; I have used it probably a half dozen times backpacking. I always have it staked down and guyed out properly and have noticed that the tent leaks the last couple times I have used it. It is not a major leak but water is coming in from the top. Should I purchase silnet and apply it to the rainfly? I am confused on the answers that were provided. Thanks.

          Does anyone know how the Black Diamond...

          Does anyone know how the Black Diamond Mesa 2-Person would stack up against the Marmot Aura 2-Person? I'm caught between the two, and need some help in deciding.

          Best Answer

          They are very close in comparison. I personally like the Black Diamond better based on the poll configuration, extra 4" in head room as well as 4" in length (it's 92" not 90"). Otherwise, I don't think you could go wrong with either of these tents.

          How does this do in warm weather? I live...

          How does this do in warm weather? I live in Raleigh, NC -- avg summer daytime high temps 88, avg lows around 70 -- and am worried that I'll roast to death if I have to leave the doors zipped due to bugs. (Much less the fly on due to rain.)

          I use it in warm weather (in the Israeli desert) more then ones. it is cool and you can see the sky at night if you "fly less" and if you need the fly. just open the vestibules open and the air will flow as a light breese. and the rain will not get in!

          How easy would this be to set up solo?

          How easy would this be to set up solo?

          Best Answer

          Obviously not as easy as with another person, but entirely doable by yourself within about five minutes, give or take....from footprint to fly. No frustration at all, just have to cover a bit more distance.

          Seams aren't sealed? Really?

          Seams aren't sealed? Really?

          Best Answer

          Silicone impregnated tents won't accept seam tape, it simply does not stick to them... So this necessitates a do-it-yourself approach using a specially formulated sealer and an hour or so of labor.

          Sealer is available at:

          hi, i just got a black diamond mesa tent...

          hi, i just got a black diamond mesa tent & want to take her up about 800ft or so but it can be very windy bout 60mph+ @ times but not so sure if it could take it has anybody had it to that sort of wind.??

          How much space is inside for gear? Do I...

          How much space is inside for gear? Do I need a gear loft?

          Best Answer

          A solo with this tent gives you more room than you need. but if you are sleeping 2:

          There are 2 large wall pockets at the head and foot of each side in this tent, (4 total) so small items are easily accessed. I found there is some head and foot room (I am 6'1") when using a mummy bag, but aside from a few shirts at the head and a really small stuff sack off to the side of your feet, you are not going to be packing much there.

          Dont even think you will be able to put stuff between you and your buddy. There is enough room for two in this tent, but this tent has a high friendly rating, even without extra gear floating around.

          The two vestibules are decently large, and will hold a mid-sized pack and shoes. My ~40L fit nicely but a 60+L might be tough to fit in there.

          If you pack your pack right, and only access what you need, you should have no problems, but if you want to spread out, a gear loft might help out a bit.

          hi, is it good for heavy rain?i go to...

          is it good for heavy rain?i go to panama, where it rains a lot in rainy season.

          carry the footprint for this tent?

          carry the footprint for this tent?