Black Diamond Superlight Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Black Diamond adds two new light weight, single-walled shelters to their Superlight line.

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by Mike Martin | 2006-08-10 03:00:00-06

Overview

Black Diamond expands their Superlight series of single-walled shelters with the introduction of two new tents. The new HiLight is a smaller and lighter version of their acclaimed Lighthouse tent. The OneShot is a solo shelter that weighs less than some bivy sacks.

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The HiLight Tent.

Both shelters continue to feature the highly water resistant, but not completely waterproof EPIC by Nextec fabric. Well regarded in snow and heavy, but short duration rain, we've seen the fabric wet through under sustained rain pressure in Black Diamond's older Superlight tents. I expect the fabric performance to be similar in both of these new shelters.

The HiLight has a feature set similar to the older Lighthouse tent, but its weight and footprint are similar to the smaller Firstlight. It retains the Lighthouse's huge side-opening door and small awning supported by a third mini pole. Weight savings were achieved by using a smaller insect mesh panel on the door. The new panel still appears large enough to provide excellent ventilation. Judging from the published dimensions, it looks like it is likely too small for hikers over 6 feet tall. But, the tents were bolted to a display rack and I wasn't able climb inside and confirm this.

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The OneShot Tent.

The OneShot is the tent I'm most excited about for two reasons. First, it is a real freestanding shelter that's large enough to sit up in, but its claimed weight of 2 lb 5 oz makes it lighter than some cramped bivy sacks. Second, it may prove, when I actually get to lie down in one, to be long enough for my 6 ft 2 in frame. I've used the supposedly two-person Firstlight shelter in the past, but I need to sleep diagonally to fit, and even then, take drastic measures to keep condensation off of my head and feet. The 85 inch length of the OneShot is potentially long enough to alleviate this. But, that determination will have to wait until I can actually test one - the relatively shallow pitch of the end walls may make that extra length only an illusion.

The OneShot features an even smaller version of the Lighthouse-style awning and third pole. The pole location is offset toward the foot end of the tent to create a sturdy looking triangulation of the three poles on the ceiling. The single door on the side is similar in design to the HiLight and Lighthouse. The OneShot achieves further weight savings with a trapezoidal shaped floor which reduces the amount of fabric needed at the foot end of the tent.

I plan to publish a full review of the OneShot in the future. The tent is expected to be available in January, 2007.

HiLight Specifications and Features

  • Claimed Weight Tent and Poles: 2 lb, 10 oz (1.18kg)
  • Claimed Weight Packaged: 3 lb, 2 oz (1.42kg)
  • Claimed Weight Vestibule: 1 lb (454g)
  • Claimed Weight Footprint: 10 oz (270g)
  • Dimensions: 81 in x 50 in x 40 in (206 cm x 127 cm x 102cm)

OneShot Specifications and Features

  • Claimed Weight Tent and Poles: 2 lb, 5 oz (1.04 kg)
  • Claimed Weight Packaged: 2 lb, 13 oz (1.28kg)
  • Claimed Weight Footprint: 7 oz (200g)
  • Vestibule: N/A
  • Dimensions: 85 in x 36 in x 36 in (216 cm x 91 cm x 91 cm)

Citation

"Black Diamond Superlight Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)," by Mike Martin. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/black_diamond_superlight_tents_orsm06.html, 2006-08-10 03:00:00-06.

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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

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Black Diamond Superlight Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 08/11/2006 09:28:56 MDT Print View

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mori costantino
(mori) - MLife

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Black Diamond superlight tents on 08/11/2006 10:42:46 MDT Print View

In the new tents, has Black Diamond addressed the design problem that the FirstLight has with entering and leaving through the mosquito net in heavy mosquito country?
The large entrance is beautiful but one is required to unzip the netting at least half way (and from the top) to enter and leave.
That makes it very difficult to keep mosquitoes out.