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Black Diamond - Firstlight

A compact two-person, four-season tent built for weight-conscious climbers, the Black Diamond Firstlight is based on the I-Tent’s expedition-specific design with steep walls and a simple floor shape to optimize living space and increase headroom. For durability, all seams are double sewn and the stress points are reinforced. With two equal length DAC Featherlite poles that fit inside the tent with hook-and-loop wraps, it’s easy to set up—even from inside. For cross ventilation, both the small rear window and the door are covered with no-see-um mesh. The canopy is constructed with water resistant, breathable NanoShield fabric. For interior organization, the Firstlight has two interior mesh pockets.

Superlight Series tent canopies and bivys are constructed with NanoShield—Black Diamond’s proprietary breathable single-layer fabric. NanoShield is extremely water-resistant boasting the highest water column rating of any breathable, single-layer fabric. This is thanks to their exclusive Silicone Nanocell coating, which allows the fabric to remain light, soft and packable.

Technical specifications & features

Weight Average Packed Weight : 1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz)
Minimum Weight : 1.28 kg (2 lb 13 oz)
Color Wasabi
Size One Size
Tent Sleeps 2 Person
Area 208 x 123 x 123 x 107 cm (82 x 48 x 48 x 42 in) / 2.5 m² (27.3 sq ft)
Tent Type Single Wall
Freestanding Yes
Number of Doors 1 Door
Length 82 in.
Width 48 in.
Height 42 in.
Tent Pole Type DAC Featherlite
Number of Tent Poles 2
Stuff Size 15 x 23 cm (6 x 9 in)
Material Proprietary NanoShield single-wall fabric and 2000 mm floor
Other Features 2-person design with single door entry and optional vestibule (sold separately) for gear storage
2 interior mesh pockets
Zippered mesh panels at rear and door for ventilation
New proprietary NanoShield single walled fabric and 2000mm floor
Optional ground cloth (sold separately)
Optional vestibule sold separately

Product Reviews

A good tent. Maybe a bit pricey.
I had this tent for 6 years. Somewhere at 4 years mark it did spring a few leaks and one of the zippers started sticking, but only after I took it to some really harsh environments (for example Burning Man festival). All I had to do was waterproof the seams and oil the zipper head and it was functional again. 2 years later, my ex is still using it and I am looking to buy another Black Diamond tent.

Pros: very light, very durable, easy to pack and set up (setting up takes a bit getting used to, but once you figure it out you can have it up in under 2 minutes).

Cons: walls seem to accumulate condensation easily. The vestibule costs 2/3 of the price of the tent. Without the vestibule the front protective flap doesn't completely cover the door, so if you leave the door open and it rains it gets flooded. Review by Dmitriy
Dry season tent, may need to replace zippers.
I've had my firstlight about 5yrs now. I paid a bit over $200 on sale. For that amount, given the absence of bells and whistles in a single-wall tent, I expected it to last longer. I will have to invest in a new zipper for the mesh door, and I don't know if I can treat the tent to waterproof it. The first few years I owned it, I only used it in dry weather, so I don't know if always leaked or if the weatherproofing just wore off. But this year and last, I slept in extremely light rain, constant sprinkles really; and the walls leaked. All night long I was treated to a light facial spritzing and awoke with about a cup of water on the floor. I don't think this should be considered a 3-season tent, since at best you can count on it during the summer. If you do buy it, be sure to fully guy it out in moderate to high wind, or the distortion can destroy an already worn zipper. Review by Mark

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What is the strap & buckle on top supposed to be used for?
Question by: Andrew Graham on Aug 3, 2013 4:31:31 PM
What is the packed size?
Question by: Rick Andrews on Feb 28, 2014 12:49:55 PM
Does this tent come in any other color?
Question by: Peter on Aug 17, 2015 2:43:00 PM
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