Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW

The Mega Light is a solid, well designed pyramid tent, but the weight-conscious should leave the bug liner behind.

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Overall Rating: Recommended

The Black Diamond Mega Light is an exceptional 3-4 season silnylon pyramid shelter. It has an excellent floor area to weight ratio, sleeps four adults, and comes standard with a lightweight carbon fiber center pole and trekking pole adapter.

The Black Diamond Mega Bug, an optional bug liner for the Mega Light, turns this shelter into a double walled tent. However, the Mega Bug uses heavier weight fabrics and more than doubles the carry weight of the shelter. Frankly, it is overkill, and could be reduced to a simple mesh skirt and floor. For these reasons, the Mega Bug receives an Average rating.

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by Jay Ham |

Introduction

The Black Diamond Mega Light Pyramid tent is a floorless, single pole, non-freestanding shelter. Providing enough room for four adults at a weight of 7.35 ounces per person (including stakes and trekking pole connector), the Mega Light is lighter per person than most silnylon tarps, and offers better weather protection thanks to fully protected sides. I tested the Mega Light with and without the separate Black Diamond Mega Bug liner while backpacking with my two daughters in 2006 and 2007. Rather than review these two items as a single shelter, the bulk of the article focuses on the Mega Light. Most lightweight backpackers will prefer this shelter by itself, so the overweight Mega Bug inner tent is discussed separately at the end of this review.

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What’s Good

  • Very light weight per person of 7.35 ounces (Mega Light, stakes, and trekking pole connector, the minimum setup with supplied accessories)
  • Excellent headroom in the center
  • Full perimeter venting
  • No-see-um lined top vent (allows an easy modification for full bug protection for do-it-yourselfers)
  • Quick setup using supplied carbon pole or trekking pole adapter
  • That colorful circus tent flair!

What’s Not So Good

  • Lacks full bug protection without the 2 lb 10.2 oz Black Diamond Mega Bug or a do-it-yourself modification
  • Large footprint requires adequate space to set up
  • Not free-standing
  • Non-adjustable tie-outs require repositioning stakes to tauten pitch
  • Optional bug liner is heavy (the good news…it’s not really necessary)

Specifications

  Year/Manufacturer/Model

2006 Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug

  Style

Four-person pyramid tent

  Fabrics

1.3 oz/yd2 (44 g/m2) silnylon, 1.0 oz/yd2 (34 g/m2) no-see-um mesh

  Poles and Stakes

One 18 mm (OD) carbon fiber shock-corded center pole; 65 to 75 inches long

  Dimensions

Measured outside width 104 inches (264 cm) square, 66 inches (168 cm) high at apex; tapered edges and peak reduces the usable width and height

  Packed Size

9 in x 5 in x 5 in (23 x 13 x 13 cm)

  Total Weight
As supplied by manufacturer with all included items

Measured weight 2 lb 9.7 oz (1.18 kg), manufacturer specification 2 lb 13 oz (1.27 kg)

  Trail Weight
Includes minimum number of items needed to erect the tent

Measured weight 1 lb 13.4 oz (0.83 kg), includes tent body, trekking pole connector, and 8 stakes

  Protected Area

Total covered area 72.3 ft2 (6.7 m2)

  Floor Area/Trail Weight Ratio

39.5 ft2/lb based on 72.3 ft2 floor area and weight of 1.83 lb

  MSRP

$234.95

  Options

Mega Bug bug liner with floor ($224.95, 3 lb 6 oz (1.53 kg)

Performance

Pyramid tents have always been a favorite of mine for backpacking with my family because of their enormous space to weight ratio. I have used pyramids from Dana Design and GoLite, and finally made one out of 1.1 ounce silnylon. The Black Diamond Mega Light is an excellent, lightweight pyramid option, weighing 1 pound 13.4 ounces (with trekking pole adapter and 8 stakes).

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The Black Diamond Mega Light has a square footprint and sleeps 4 adults. The door can be opened wide and tied back for expansive views and to let in the breeze.

The Black Diamond Mega Light is fairly quick and easy to set up. Step one, stake the four corners (with the door shut), keeping the shelter as square as possible. Step two, insert the single center pole inside and adjust the pole’s height until the pitch is taut. Step three, stake the four side midpoints tightly, and readjust the center pole if necessary.

This shelter requires a relatively large footprint. I have had to pitch it with a small bush or large rock on the inside because the campsite was too small, a work-around that won’t work with four adult occupants. Also, pyramids require stakes for support, and rocky or shallow ground can sometimes compromise the pitch. It can be necessary to tie onto large rocks or the base of a nearby tree to augment poor staking conditions.

Getting the shape square is more important than you might think. Shy of square, the shelter looses significant headroom along the closer corners. More often than not, you will need to adjust a few of the stakes after setup to square the pitch. Other pyramids I have used have adjustable ladder locks on every tie out for this purpose. The Mega Light lacks this feature, presumably to save weight, and setup is a bit more involved as a result, especially in rocky or shallow soils.

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The eight tie outs are finished with a short piece of flat cording. In other pyramids I have used, the tie outs were individually adjustable and setup was easier as a result. With the non-adjustable extension cord, the stakes must be repositioned to adjust individual stake tensions.

The Mega Light’s 1.3 ounce silnylon stretches some during the night. Because the adjustable center pole is on the inside, it’s an easy stay-in-your-sleeping-bag maneuver to tauten the pitch by slightly raising the pole.

The “center pole” can be any number of long items, including the supplied carbon pole, two connected trekking poles, a long stick found in the woods, or a kayak paddle. You can also suspend the Mega Light by running a cord from the webbing loop in the apex to a horizontal tree branch overhead (the location on the branch where the cording attaches must be directly over the apex to attain a taut pitch).

Black Diamond includes an 18 millimeter diameter, four-section carbon fiber pole with the Mega Light. Their carbon pole is super stiff (the same diameter as a Leki trekking pole top section) for only an 11 ounce penalty.

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The Mega Light comes with an 11-ounce, four section carbon fiber pole (left). The top section telescopes to adjust the shelter’s height. The section locks as the large flat washer wedges against the beveled aluminum (right).

If you are accustomed to carrying trekking poles, you can leave the supplied carbon pole at home. Black Diamond includes a fabric and webbing trekking pole adapter (1.0 ounces) to join two trekking poles together into one long pole. The adapter has two “bags” on either end of a webbing strap. Your trekking pole grips fit into these “bags” such that they overlap each other and are secured together with integrated Velcro straps.

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Black Diamond’s trekking pole adapter for the Mega Light is a lightweight option for connecting two trekking poles together into a suitable center pole.

You can take the supplied carbon pole apart combine them with your two adjustable trekking poles to create an excellent center pole. Black Diamond manufactured their carbon center pole using standard trekking pole tubing sizes. With a 16mm inside diameter, the carbon sections will fit over the middle section of most aluminum trekking poles. By removing the handle section of two trekking poles, the lower pole sections are inserted into the carbon piece (1.8 ounces) such that the carbide tips are pointing away from each other. Adjustability is handled by the trekking poles adjustable lower section.

If you have carbon poles, you might be able to construct a similar arrangement with the aluminum adjustable section from the supplied carbon pole (I shortened this section by 8 inches, saving 0.8 ounces). I own MSR Overland Carbon trekking poles that fit into this piece perfectly. Linking your trekking poles in this manner is stiffer than using the supplied fabric trekking pole adapter, but not as stiff as using the dedicated carbon center pole.

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The supplied carbon center pole can be disassembled into several pieces useful in combination with a pair of telescoping trekking poles. In the left picture, the aluminum top piece from the supplied carbon pole works in conjunction with my MSR Overland Carbon pole lower sections (top) and one of the carbon sections works with my Komperdell Compact Ultralights (bottom). The photo on the right shows my cut down aluminum piece connecting the lowers of my MSR Overland Carbon poles.

Black Diamond constructed the Mega Light out of 1.3 ounce/square yard silicone impregnated nylon. The eight grosgrain tie outs points are reinforced with a double layer of silnylon along the tent body’s edge. The inside top of the apex is reinforced with nylon webbing and nylon packcloth. This prevents the center pole from shredding the lightweight silnylon. For ventilation, there is a single no-see-um backed mesh vent at the top of the main zipper (more on ventilation and bug protection to follow). The seams must be sealed for the shelter to be waterproof; allow several hours for this task as there are a lot of seams on this shelter. The main front zipper is a YKK #5 double tab coil. The zipper is protected by a full-length storm flap. At the very bottom of the front opening, a side release buckle secures the storm flap and prevents the zipper from self-opening in high winds.

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The inside top has two webbing straps arranged in an X shape with a grommet placed in the center. When using trekking poles, the top pole’s tip fits into this grommet placing all the tension on the nylon webbing and thus preventing damage to the lightweight fabrics.

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Black Diamond seals the main opening with a double rain flap. The outer flap wraps up and around the top vent (top). The inside flap has a rain gutter to redirect water from the #5 YKK zipper (middle). The bottom secures with a side release buckle to prevent high winds from penetrating the flap (bottom).

The Mega Light held up well under heavy use over the 10-month testing period. I have used other 1.3-ounce silnylon pyramids over 5 or 6 years without degradation in the fabric’s water resistance or integrity.

Set up properly, pyramid tents are very stable in high winds, and the Black Diamond is no exception. Wind stability is enhanced because the pyramid’s shape leaves very little surface area up high where wind can have the most leverage on a shelter. Pyramids also have a wide stance, and when staked properly, are very stable shelters. However, unlike free-standing shelters, pyramids rely heavily on stake placement for tautness and stability. When backpacking in sandy bottom canyons or rocky areas, I found it sometimes frustrating to achieve a solid anchor. It was necessary to dig down past the loose sandy surface or use rocks to anchor some of the corners in a few cases. Since the Mega Light has eight tie outs it remained stable even if one or two were poorly secured, though this could cause problems in very high winds.

The Mega Light has full perimeter ground-level ventilation and a top roof vent above the door. The top vent is held open by a thin wire sewn into the vent’s rim, and can be “shut” by folding the wire in towards the shelter. We never experienced any serious condensation problems using the Mega Light. Occasionally we would notice slight moisture on the inside of the shelter walls in the morning, but never enough to drip or otherwise wet our gear significantly.

The vent is backed with no-see-um mesh, allowing you to pitch the tent closer to the ground in buggy conditions by staking directly to the grosgrain tie outs rather than the nylon cord extensions. The tie outs will not allow the Mega Light to pitch flush against the ground. Some insects can find their way in. However, the mesh-backed top vent makes it easy to convert the Mega Light to full-bug protection. Following this review, I intend to sew a 15-inch high piece of no-see-um netting around the perimeter. This will be a simple and inexpensive modification that will not add excessive weight.

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The top vent is backed with mesh, allowing you to pitch the Mega Light close to the ground in buggy conditions to better seal the lower edge.

Black Diamond Mega Bug (optional bug liner for the Mega Light)

For full bug protection, Black Diamond offers the Mega Bug to convert the Mega Light into a more typical double wall tent with floor and full bug lining. The Mega Bug was designed to work flawlessly with the Mega Light and Mega Mid shelters, and while it is a perfect fit, it unfortunately adds 2 pounds 8.5 ounces to the total weight and brings the minimum trail weight to 4 pounds 5.9 ounces or 1 pound 1.5 ounces per person. This minimum trail weight per person is comparable to that of a Tarptent Squall 2, assuming full occupancy. The added cost of purchasing the Mega Bug (Mega Light + Mega Bug = $459.90) is roughly equivalent to purchasing two, 2-person Squall 2s ($450).

Setup is slightly more complicated when using the Mega Bug. I found it easiest to stake out the Mega Light canopy, raise the canopy with the Mega Bug in position (by matching the apexes), and then attach the Mega Bug’s shock corded tie outs to the previously positioned Mega Light stakes. It was more difficult to achieve proper tension on the Mega Light when staking and raising the Mega Bug first.

The Mega Bug is overkill. A better add-on product would be a no-see-um mesh skirt with an attached floor that attaches to the perimeter of the Mega Light with Velcro. In this way it would convert the Mega Light into a fully enclosed single-walled shelter with all the protection of the Mega Bug without the weight. In its current configuration, most lightweight backpackers will choose the leave the Mega Bug in the store, opting instead to alter the pitch or sew mesh onto the perimeter to ward off insects.

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The Mega Bug is an optional bug liner, which converts the Black Diamond Mega Light into a double wall tent. It also adds 2 pounds 8.5 ounces to the minimum trail weight and complicates setup. With four occupants, the weight per person is comparable to carrying two Tarptent Squalls.

What’s Unique

Two things make the Black Diamond Mega Light unique. It has a mesh-backed top vent, which allows you to pitch the shelter against the ground to limit bug entry. It also comes with a very nice, 11-ounce carbon fiber center pole, a lighter option than that offered by competitors.

Recommendations for Improvement

The Mega Light is a very well designed lightweight pyramid shelter. I would recommend changing a few small details to bring this shelter to perfection. Black Diamond should add adjustability to the tie outs, especially the corners, using very small webbing or even smaller cord-style ladder locks. The cost could be reduced by offering the carbon center pole as an additional option. Ultralight backpackers accustomed to carrying trekking poles are more likely to use the trekking pole adapter to save weight. The side-release buckle at the bottom of the zipper should be replaced with a smaller 1/4-inch buckle to reduce weight as well.

The fully enclosed Mega Bug is overkill. Instead, Black Diamond could reduce the Mega Bug down to a 15-inch high bug netting skirt and a waterproof floor that attaches with Velcro to the bottom perimeter of the Mega Light, offering much lighter weight and cost. This would have much greater appeal to lightweight backpackers looking for the greatest function to weight ratio.


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"Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW," by Jay Ham. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/black_diamond_mega_light_mega_bug_tent_review.html, 2007-05-08 03:00:00-06.

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Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW on 05/08/2007 19:48:35 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Mega Light on 05/08/2007 21:03:32 MDT Print View

This is a great 2-3 person tent for extended backcountry ski trips and due to it's size, a great social tent. I've never used one at any other time, so no bug worries and one can dig in the tent into the snow to make it super strong----in fact, I think the tent is physically stronger in Winter use than as a 3 season shelter.

Fine comphrehensive review.

Edited by kdesign on 05/08/2007 21:43:37 MDT.

Brian James
(bjamesd) - F

Locale: South Coast of BC
Mega Light on 05/09/2007 00:01:16 MDT Print View

It would be nice to see a comparo to the lighter and roomier OWare competitor... I've always wondered what the big differences are!

Peter McDonough
(crazypete) - F

Locale: Above the Divided Line
Re: Mega Light on 05/09/2007 00:03:54 MDT Print View

Once again, in the "What's not so good" section, there are only two valid complaints.

A, that the tieouts are non adjustable like on some other pyramid shelters such as the Hex3, and that the interior bug liner is heavy.

Freestanding is a bad thing?? Aren't all tarps free standing??

Requires lots of space to pitch?? What type of lame complaint is this?? What is Black Diamond going to do about this?? It is a four person shelter and thus requires a certain amount of floor space.


This section should include only those complaints which are actually relevant to the design of the product, things which the maker could modify and thus improve the product.

Complaints like non-freestanding are simply ridiculous and should not be mentioned. Your reviews are becoming more and more like this as time passes. If it is a tent, you say it is not as light as a tarp, if reviewing a tarp, you say that it doesn't offer bug protection and that it is not freestanding.

DUHHHHHHHHH!!!


Please keep design complaints relevant to the discussion of the actual design and intention of the product.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Re: Mega Light on 05/09/2007 21:54:02 MDT Print View

nm

Edited by kthompson on 02/13/2010 08:33:21 MST.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Adjustable tieouts on 05/10/2007 06:30:29 MDT Print View

I've just bought a Megalight after using a Megamid for about ten years or so.

To make the tieouts MORE adjustable (not fully) for NO weight penalty I simply untied them, threaded them thru the grossgrain twice more, so I now had a triple loop, and retied the ends. (The same as the double loops on some SLCDs)

Now to pitch, grab one loop off a corner (leaving the others wrapped around the grossgrain loop), pull taut and peg out. This will extend the tieout back out to essentially the same length as it originally was. Continue for the other corners.

To adjust (ie tighten) grab one more loop off the grossgrain and pull out over the peg. The loop is now half length. Still not tight enough? Grab the third loop and pull it over for a one third length loop.

It's not a perfect system, but it's simple, it's bomber, and you can do it even when you're out in the bush cursing because you forgot to sew on your adjustable straps at home.

Rod

Edited by Rod_Lawlor on 05/13/2007 00:57:31 MDT.

Jay Ham
(jham) - F - M

Locale: Southwest
Re: Re: Mega Light on 05/14/2007 13:25:28 MDT Print View

Crazy Pete,

In writing the "What's not so good" section, we are describing all the negatives or downsides with using a product. This is not our recommendations for improvement section nor is it "design complaints."

We have a fairly large and diverse subscriber base. We can't assume every reader knows as much about the differences between pyramids and free-standing shelters as you do, and therefore we provide all the limitations to using this type of shelter in the "What's Not So Good" section to help educate those who are less experinced with lightweight backpacking.

Our reviews have always been thorough, and by being thorough we might mention details that are obvious to some. Again, we are writing for a diverse lightweight community, not an elite few. I appreciate your constructive criticism and hope my explaination here sheds light on the task we strive to accomplish.

Regards,
Jay

Jay Ham
(jham) - F - M

Locale: Southwest
Re: Adjustable tieouts on 05/14/2007 13:28:23 MDT Print View

Rod,

Not a bad idea with the triple loop. I'll give it a try.

Thanks,
Jay

Sven Klingemann
(svenklingemann) - F
Re: Re: Adjustable tieouts - criticisms on 05/14/2007 13:37:58 MDT Print View

Just a quick note - maybe it would just be helpful to change the "what's not so good" header to "ideas for improvements/limitations" or to "what's not so good/limitations".
S.

Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Re: Re: Adjustable tieouts - criticisms on 05/14/2007 13:52:34 MDT Print View

Sven,

You'll find the "Recommendations for Improvement" section at the end of reviews. The "What's Good" and "What's Not So Good" sections are intended to outline the pros and cons of a product, even if the noted characteristic is inherent to the product type. For example, we typically note that a tarp is "lightweight" even though most people might assume that; we also note when a design takes up a lot of room, is bulky, or is heavy compared to other options, even when those aspects might be necessary to the design. As Jay noted, a new user who hikes in a "green tunnel" might be disappointed to find out that he has trouble pitching his new pyramid properly due to lack of space.

Sven Klingemann
(svenklingemann) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Adjustable tieouts - criticisms on 05/14/2007 13:59:01 MDT Print View

Thanks Benjamin - I really don't have a problem with the way the reviews are done. You are right - what is redundant to some may not be to others. Better to err on the side of caution than having people be disappointed.
Cheers,
Sven

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
Mega Light REVIEW; "limitations" on 07/10/2007 22:47:47 MDT Print View

Great Review, I especially appreciate the discussion on options for the center pole.
I agree the megabug is overkill; why do you need netting all the way up the sides? A floor-only is available for about $70, and could be modified with 15" of noseeum and velcro tabs.

I understand the editors intent with the 'not so good' section; but it implies improvements would solve those problems. Making this tent with a smaller footprint, free-standing, etc.. is not making it 'better' for people who want a large pyramid. A better term would be 'limitations'; thus; 'what's good' then 'suggested improvements (change bug netting for example)', and then 'limitations' listing the INHERENT limitations of this design choice.

Edited by Brett1234 on 07/10/2007 22:48:21 MDT.

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Re: Mega Light REVIEW; "limitations" on 07/11/2007 11:23:55 MDT Print View

Have to agree with Brett on this one. The inherent limitations of the design would be better understood under a heading called "Limitations".

I for one like see how a particular item compares to other options, and what potential usage limits to expect. I think this is definitely valuable in a thorough review for at least some of the intended audience.

Robert Mohid
(mohid) - F
... on 07/11/2007 12:36:23 MDT Print View

Ditto,

I don't see any possible justification is stating "Not so good - requires a lot a floor space" when talking about a 4 man shelter.


Take your lumps and move on.

Steve Nutting
(sjnutting) - F

Locale: Southwest Colorado
I own one on 09/06/2007 19:58:24 MDT Print View

I've owned one of these for the past few years. Got mine at an REI garage sale (the only thing wrong was it was missing the pole). So I've never used the carbon fiber pole, but it sets up great with two trekking poles. I have wished for a non-conductive pole when waiting out severe thunderstorms above treeline, however.

It has been through heavy rains, hailstorms that left 2 inches of hail on the ground, and all-night snowstorms. I've found it to be great in every condition except heavy winds. The only times this has been a problem is when camping above tree line, and I found that even in light winds it can flap a lot, making it difficult to sleep.

Condensation has been a major problem only when I've pitched it over wet grass. That's when it did some dripping. Otherwise, it will get a bit wet inside on a still night, but not dripping.

What should be improved?
1. Add some guy-out points midway up each seam. This should help with flapping and in high winds. I'm looking at doing this myself, but it would be nice if it was done from the factory.
2. On the corner strings, some kind of taught-line hitch setup could work to make them easily adjustable. I've used the doubled stings (not tried triple), but that only gives fixed lengths and sometimes there are rocks in just the wrong spots.

Bob Chilson
(bob.chilson) - MLife

Locale: eastern high sierra
adjustable tieouts on 09/27/2007 12:17:52 MDT Print View

Rod, what a simple, excellent solution to a very minor problem. It would be nice if the manufacture made adjustable loops of some sort, but if not then I would hope most people would realize what they are buying and figure out a solution to any potential problems or bugs before they purchase the product or else buy a different product.

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
BPL's review methods - are they fair or do they have limitations? on 09/27/2007 13:19:42 MDT Print View

I'd have to agree about reviews that appear to complain
about an inherent feature of a product that in one case is desirable and in another is not.

ie. "Vanilla ice cream may disappoint lovers of chocolate ice cream."

Also annoying, are reviews that speculate without testing the
features or construction of products.

Stitching methods are one such where an untested comment about stitch strength was speculative and wrong.

BPL doesn't need more filler.

Just the facts, Mam.

Edited by oware on 09/27/2007 13:24:17 MDT.

Rick Teague
(wedge) - F
Improvement for Megamid Tarp Tent on 11/07/2009 20:23:22 MST Print View

Hello,
I realize this comes in very very late but I have a suggestion for a possible improvement. Someone said the only real limitation was the Megamid flapped in the wind and made a lot of noise making sleep difficult. After doing some intense studying of Tibetan Nomads who live not in yurts but in woven Yak hair tents. The Megamid is already the right shape for wind but it has large triangular walls which are not held tight when staked down. I recommend more tie downs along the perimeter of the base and also tie outs centered on the triangle face where you can tie lengths of nylon cord out to another pole and then secure the nylon cord down to the ground. Then there would be less flapping. Click on link for a photo example.

http://www.colellis.com/news/images/tent.jpg

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Pyramids- Re: Black Diamond Mega Light on 11/08/2009 09:25:40 MST Print View

Thanks for resurrecting this thread. I have been putting together a fabric order for a MYOG family pyramid.

Black Diamond's official spec's do themselves a disservice. They appear to say that the pyramid footprint is 86" square. Only if you dig do you realize that's the size of their optional floor or mesh inner tent, and these are sized approximately 12" in from the pyramid edge, giving a roughly 9' square pyramid. For my family I need a 9' or 10' pyramid and I initially thought this one was only 7'.

I wouldn't buy their floor or nest- instead go with edge mesh and a light floor.

The pole looks to be quite good- I learned last summer that I don't really need trekking poles on family trips.

Bottom line is that if I buy top quality silnylon that's been tested for waterproofness, my MYOG pyramid would cost almost as much as a Mega Light on sale. That doesn't include a pole!

My research had narrowed to 4 pyramids: MLD Supermid, Oware 10x10, GoLite Shangri-La 4+, and the Mega Light. The Mega Light wouldn't be my very first choice, but the vent, pole, and price combine to make it the best value for my use.

EDIT 5/27/13. I confirmed the dimensions a couple weeks ago. Pyramid fabric covers 104" square. The interior tie loops for the inner net tent or floor make an 86" square. With the tieout extensions staked out, the 86" square has about 13" clearance to the ground.

Edited by jimqpublic on 05/27/2013 20:25:57 MDT.

Anthony Dickinson
(Miyata610)
Hard to read review on 05/25/2013 23:15:15 MDT Print View

I know this is an old review, but.....

It displays as grey text on a grey background and is almost impossible to read using safari on my iPad. It's the only review I've seen that displays this way.

Can it be fixed please? (Or is it just a problem with my iPad?)

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Hard to read review on 05/25/2013 23:24:00 MDT Print View

Weird. That's the only one like this I've seen. I doubt this will be fixed soon if at all considering the age. Might be best just to ask questions.

Edit: It did look normal at one time.

Edited by kthompson on 05/25/2013 23:34:05 MDT.