Black Diamond - Firstlight
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)
|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|
|Number of Doors||1 Door|
|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
- 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.
- 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.
Questions & Answers
Does this tent come in any other color?
thank you for your question
The Firstlight is a uniquely packaged tent, in that it comes in two separate pieces in order to accommodate splitting the load between two people. In one stuff sack is the tent body, and in the other is the poles and stakes. the two stuff sacks connect with elastic bands. So I will give you two separate dimensions for both pieces. The dimensions of the tent body are as follows: approximately 9" high x 6" wide x 6" deep. The dimensions of the poles/stakes are as follows: approximately 15.5" high x 3" wide x 2.5" deep. Let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
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