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Firstlight Tent - 2 Person

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Catch the sunrise in your favorite alpine environment after rolling out of Black Diamond's superlight Firstlight Tent - a single-wall shelter sharing the same footprint as the time-honored Bibler I-Tent.

Offering a storm-worthy, space-efficient design that sheds ounces for weight-conscious alpine climbers, this 2-person tent is built with Black Diamond's proprietary NanoShield fabric that has a breathable microporous coating applied to the inside and a waterproof finish applied to the face of the fabric.


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Black DiamondFirstlight Tent - 2 Person
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I really like this tent

I am a climbing guide so my tent gets a fair amount of use. I have endured 90 mph winds in this tent, driving rain and snow and this is the most bomber tent...Read complete review

I am a climbing guide so my tent gets a fair amount of use. I have endured 90 mph winds in this tent, driving rain and snow and this is the most bomber tent you can get for the weight and way more comfortable than a bivy bag but only a bit heavier. My Firstlight lasted 5 years against heavy abuse, which included being launched across alpine boulders into a lake where it sunk and had to be dragged out by hand, swimming. It stayed intact despite tagging a bunch of rocks on the way across the boulders and it held up to the sea anchor effect of the drag on it underwater on the tow back to shore. The material is lightweight and has a limited lifespan, I am ordering a my second Firstlight because I am happy with the first one. The setup of this tent is so simple you could do it without a head lamp in a storm. This tent is not the best if you are over 5'10". The head and foot of my sleeping bag touch the walls when I use this tent with two people, I am 5'10". When I am by myself I fit fine diagonally. The optional vestibule makes a great dog house for k9 companions too.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Big disappointment

This tent might be a good winter tent but I would not recommend it for any place were there is rain. We found the walls to leak water in a heavy rain since it...Read complete review

This tent might be a good winter tent but I would not recommend it for any place were there is rain. We found the walls to leak water in a heavy rain since it was only a single wall tent. However for some reason the floor is completely water proof so one night in Nepal we woke to find ourselves and all our gear floating in inches of water. The tent is small so we often were elbowing each other as we moved around or were hitting the sides of the tent causing the frost condensation in the mornings to come raining down on us. It was lightweight for sure but we lived a very wet existence for the 3 months of our trek. We would not use this tent again.

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4.0

A bit short

By Charlie

from SLC

Comments about Black Diamond Firstlight Tent - 2 Person:

The simplicity and functionality of this tent are great. Set up is fast and can be done in such a way that you keep the inside more or less dry when its coming down. I bought this tent based on the dimensions listed on the site. I am 6'2'' (74 in) and sometimes use a long sleeping bag. Despite the listed length of 84'', I BARELY fit in this tent, another couple inches would be more comfortable. When I use my long sleeping bag it is less than ideal. Still happy with this tent for many uses.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite tent

By Jon

from Boise, ID

Comments about Black Diamond Firstlight Tent - 2 Person:

This is indeed my favorite tent. I have slept many nights in it on Mt Rainier and several other peaks in the cascades. Last July we were in heavy winds on rainier. Another tent in our party collapsed when a pole snapped but the first light stood strong. On an earlier trip a couple of years ago while attempting the Kautz, the first light kept us dry and snug in heavy rain and wind. The tent is light and affords plenty of room, although cozy, for two big climbers. I love it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Big disappointment

By John

from Kathmandu

Comments about Black Diamond Firstlight Tent - 2 Person:

This tent might be a good winter tent but I would not recommend it for any place were there is rain. We found the walls to leak water in a heavy rain since it was only a single wall tent. However for some reason the floor is completely water proof so one night in Nepal we woke to find ourselves and all our gear floating in inches of water. The tent is small so we often were elbowing each other as we moved around or were hitting the sides of the tent causing the frost condensation in the mornings to come raining down on us. It was lightweight for sure but we lived a very wet existence for the 3 months of our trek. We would not use this tent again.

 
5.0

Execllent

By Gary

from Mo,

Comments about Black Diamond Firstlight Tent - 2 Person:

i bought this for winter camping, it super simple to set up taking only minutes. i stayed in this down to around zero degrees with snow and was well protected. i did experience some moister on the inside, but all i had to do was exit the tent and thump the sides and the frozen moisture fell to the floor. i then simply picked up the tent and shook it out. i know this couldn't be done in a high wind but overall and excellent tent. the fact the night was very still with no wind i think contributed to the buildup.

 
5.0

Great Tent!!

By kenneth

from Undisclosed

Comments about Black Diamond Firstlight Tent - 2 Person:

I have probably had this tent 4 years and I love it! It has been on several backpacking trips. Per the instructions the seams were sealed and there are no leaks yet. It is so easy to set up and as a bonus, you can set it up inside if its raining out. The poles seem to be of highest quality and have a great feel when you snap the ends together.

 
4.0

Firstlight for Speed, efficiency and comfort in the Alpine!

By Ryan Jennings

from Carbondale, CO 81623, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Firstlight Tent - 2 Person:

I recently purchased a Firstlight tent for fast and light Alpine ascents requiring an overnight stay. After receiving the tent I seam sealed all the seams as recommended using the provided Seam Sealer. This was a rather simple but time consuming project that I was glad to be done with. After dry time we packed our gear and headed into the North Face of Capital Peak for an attempt on the ice line Crystal Dragon. We found ourselves still climbing and searching for a bivi spot when darkness fell. Luckily a flat zone the size of this tent appeared and we were able to set up the tent in minimal time and escape the elements to the comfort of this incredibly light shelter. The tent goes up quickly and painlessly allowing you to set up from inside (be sure to stay tied into an anchor lest you might blow away!). We tied it off to the anchor at two point and used our ice tools to secure it to the ground and stake out the guy lines. The wind howled all night and I feared we may be blown away but the tent held firm and fended off the wind well. The material is definately thin as evidenced by the minor tear we put in the floor (most likely from our boot soles). Condensation is also a factor on these single wall tents and this tent was no exception although the amount was minimal and I was able to stay relatively dry in my down bag, at least for one night. All in all a great light tent for fast and light ascents. Many of the bad reviews I have read focus on how tight the tent is for two people but we found it to be just fine. It's tight but what do your expect for this weight? I may add some tiny cord to the interior for hanging items to dry. Also I expect to have to patch holes in the floor after trips and one must be extremely careful with the material. I find the tent ideal for the right situation but caution must be used to keep from destroying the fragile material and for keeping your items dry and protected from condensation inside the tent. It was roomy enough for two and air flow was good with vents open. Packs down small and is incredibly light for the security and comfort it affords. I will take it instead of bivi sacks from here on out.

 
5.0

Windproof

By Robert

from Park City, UT, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Firstlight Tent - 2 Person:

I have been totally satisfied and impressed with this little tent...spending a lot of time in high winds in the Cascades,Sawtooths,Tetons and more this tent has served me well. Rob

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Alpine tent

By C.J.

from Chico, CA

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Tight for two

Best Uses

  • Backpacking
  • Mountaineering

Comments about Black Diamond Firstlight Tent - 2 Person:

Great tent. Internal poles not the easiest, but not hard. Setting up in the dark at 30 degrees was a little challenge. Very simple design is great. Plenty of room for one with gear. Two people is snug, only do in emergencies. Packs down very small and is light. Have not used in snow or rain yet.

  • What Is Your Gear Style:
  • Minimalist
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

First impression

By Brian

from Spokane, WA

About Me Military/Law Enforcement

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Difficult To Set Up
  • Strain On Zippers

Best Uses

  • Backpacking
  • Backyard
  • Mountaineering

Comments about Black Diamond Firstlight Tent - 2 Person:

Just purchased this tent because I was attracted to its small size and weight (3 lb 5 oz) when packed, and its 4 season capabilities. I'm going camping within the month for a few days, and I wanted to get a feel for the set up and take down before hand so I set it up in the back yard. Everything was neatly organized and the layout was simple, however never erecting an internal frame tent proved to be more difficult than initially thought. Getting the poles to cross correctly in the center took a few try's but was not difficult. BD uses half snaps on the inside of the walls for the poles to fit into and getting the poles to stay was a challenge. When all said and done the walls and poles were tight and firm allowing for very little movement. Zipping up the door showed a little strain on the zippers but nothing serious. I decided to sit inside and get a feel for the size and ventilation. It is a very comfortable one man tent but seems to be a little crowded for two. Siting is roomy with ample head room and being 5'10" lying down was comfortable with some leg room to spare. The temperature inside grew very warm in the short time I was inside, partially due to the warm day we were having. Altogether ventilation could be improved.
Overall the product seems to be made well and is what I expected. I look forward to testing it in the field to see how good it really is!

  • What Is Your Gear Style:
  • Minimalist
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ideal 3-season tent

By robert

from Texas, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Firstlight Tent - 2 Person:

For the past three falls, springs, and summers I have used the Firstlight. In a variety of weather conditions, it has performed superbly. I really like its single-wall construction, internal pole setup, front door entrance, and back window ventilation. I just returned from a lengthy summer trip to southwestern Colorado and never once did I have an issue of condensation inside the tent. The floor-plan (width, length, height) work well for me, my dog, and gear. I have never felt crowded or the need for more space. To better organize things, I have found the BD attic to be indispensible. My only complaint with the Firstlight has been trouble with the zippers on the external and mesh doors. After several days use, they have separated and required some cleaning or a repositioning of the tent stakes.

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