Black Diamond Eldorado 2 Person Tent

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The Black Diamond Eldorado Tent shares the same design as the I-Tent by Black Diamond, but is 13 cm (5 in) longer and 8 cm (3 in) wider to accommodate taller climbers. This Black Diamond tent features two internal aluminum poles for quick and simple setup, and two zippered vents at the peak and a hooded vent over the single door allow you to create an ideal level of ventilation. Weighing just under five pounds, this Black Diamond shelter is easily packed and carried alongside the rest of your climbing gear, and offers a total area of 30 square feet for camping after a long day of adventuring. The Eldorado is kind of like buying the versatile Black Diamond I-Tent at a big and tall store.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Eldorado Tent.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Eldorado Tent.


  • ToddTex single-wall fabric 100% seam taped
  • Taped seams prevent dripping water or morning dew from sneaking in through the fabric joints
  • Waterproof breathable Todd-Tex fabric sheds wet weather and breathes exceptionally well to help reduce condensation


  • Two zippered vents at the peak, a hooded vent over the door, and one at the bottom help you position the tent to minimize condensation buildup


  • Two poles crisscross inside the single-wall canopy, eliminating the need to thread sleeves and providing superior strength against the elements


  • Four internal mesh pockets help keep your kit organized at night


  • Freestanding single-wall design saves weight by eliminating the need for separated canopy and fly; ideal for four-season climbing and mountaineering applications
  • Optional ground cloth available
  • Tent designed to be a more spacious version of Black Diamond's I-Tent (five inches longer and three inches wider)
  • Optional vestibule provides a covered entry and room for everyone's gear (vestibule sold separately)
  • 2-person spacious version of I-Tent; 13 cm (5") longer and 8 cm (3") wider
  • Multiple stakeout loops provide secure anchoring in windy locations
  • 2 internal aluminum poles for easy setup
Super light, super strong and built with waterproof breathable Todd-Tex fabric, Black Diamond Eldorado is a two-person, single-wall shelter designed for mountaineers and climbers. Able to be pitched on ledges that are no larger than your couch, this is the ideal tent to have at altitude. Its weight is relatively light given its burly construction, yet it rolls up small enough to fit into the side pocket of many internal-frame packs.

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Classic compact mountaineering design with extra room to accommodate taller climbers or extra gear storage.
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Area:30.8 square feet / 2.9 square meter
Average Packaged Weight:5 lbs 1 oz / 2.3 kg, 5 lbs 8 oz / 2.5 kg
Capacity:2 Person
Dimension:(L x W1 x W2 x H)
Minimum Weight:4 lbs 8 oz / 2.04 kg, 4 lbs 15 oz / 2.24 kg
Packed Size:7 x 19" / 18 x 48 cm
Vestibule Area:Optional
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Black Diamond Eldorado 2 Person Tent Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

A few months ago a friend and I ventured into the White Mountains of New Hampshire for a multi-day backpacking and snowshoeing trip. I consider myself an experienced backpacker, but most of my experience comes from trekking in the spring, summer, and fall. So I decided to brush up on winter survival skills before the trip. I read a few guidebooks and spoke with experienced winter adventurers at my school’s mountaineering club. The more I learned about the harsh winds and subzero temperatures of the White Mountains, the more I became convinced: I needed a new tent. Enter the Eldorado—a well-known and well-tested mountaineering tent from the Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. Overall, I liked the tent. It was light, strong, and simple to setup. Despite my praises I have one caveat: the tent walls collect a lot of condensation at sub-zero temperatures. I’ll discuss this problem in more detail below.
The Eldorado uses no rainfly because of its single-wall design. Its walls are made from a windproof and waterproof material, called ToddTex. ToddTex weighs only slightly more than traditional tent material, so removing the rainfly leaves the tent several pounds lighter than rival mountaineering tents. This design offers other benefits as well. Setup time is minimal with no rainfly. I set it up in two minutes on my first try (not counting the time to stake and guy out the tent). The instruction manual says setup should take less than two minutes—with some practice. Black Diamond also constructed ToddTex to breath like the popular Gore-Tex material: the tent walls absorb and transport water vapor to the outside, minimizing condensation buildup on the inside.
The ToddTex material unfortunately failed to live up to its reputation during our trip. Nightly temperatures fell between ten and fifteen degrees below zero, and in this range the tent’s inside walls collected water vapor from our breath. The vapor froze, and throughout the night it fell like snowflakes onto our sleeping bags. We awoke in the morning to find the outside of our sleeping bags wet to the touch. Wet sleeping bags do not work well.
Given the Eldorado’s stellar reputation, recommendations, and otherwise impressive design, I suspected (and hoped) that someone had already solved the condensation problem. When I arrived home I put Google to work. Several online backpacking forums explained that no four-season tent, including the Eldorado, will effectively transport moisture when the temperature falls far below zero. Proper ventilation, however, will evacuate water vapor and prevent buildup inside the tent. The tent must face the wind, with the door slightly unzipped, allowing a light breeze to carry moisture out before it freezes.
This solution seemed strange to me, however, because I understood the tent was meant for four season use; so why wouldn’t the ToddTex material function in the cold of winter? Also, my friend and I read the instruction manual beforehand and thought we had set up the tent to achieve proper ventilation. It’s possible we missed something, of course. I haven’t had a chance to experiment with proper ventilation in subzero temperatures since this trip. If anyone has any experiences with this problem, or any other ideas or solutions, please let me know.

jonc1215 at on 03/23/2010

I've owned this tent for several years and love certain aspects of it. It's great for a lightweight option for mountaineering and does well in four seasons. I seam sealed mine and never had any issues with water accumulating from rain. Condensation has been minimal, as long as you set it up facing into the wind and leave the door slightly cracked to allow air to flow.
I've found that it insulates better than double walled tents and that properly staked and guy lined out it will stand up to some hellacious winds without flinching. The bathtub floor is very durable and also water sealed.
The only real negative I have is that the internal pole setup can be difficult and potentially dangerous to the tent. So follow the manufacturers recommendation and definitely practice setting this tent up a few times before taking it out to the backcountry. Internal pole set up for this tent is not for everyone, so that has to be considered if you're interested in purchasing it.

LHC at on 09/25/2013

I bought the Bibler Eldorado in 2000, the two door version with vestibule. It has been incredibly reliable companion for years in all four seasons. I'm not sure that this will be the last tent you ever buy, but I've enjoyed a decade of use and it's still the best tent I've ever owned.

Glenn Roesler at on 08/08/2009

This is the SAME tent as the Bibler I just a little longer, one of the top choices for cold weather. There's no fly to hassle with and the strength weight ratio is awesome. I'm just not a fan of bright tent colors, I prefer more covert ones for my nocturnal proclivities.

Joey Bowen at on 03/07/2012

Neutral Reviews:

This is a great tent as far as the todtex materials its made out of.. very comfortable and very light.. with that said.. the really tiny metal zippers make it difficult to open with gloves on and this tent is a real pain in the a#@ setting up.. the inside pole design really sucks... tried setting this tent up at 12,000 ft with 60mph winds.. the pole design had the tent flapping wildly in the wind, which is no surprise with the conditions, but when the pole finally popped out of the snap in the corner while i was setting it up, it shot right through the floor and tore a nice little hole.. huge dissapointment.. prob would not have a problem like this with an external pole setup.. the snaps that hold the poles in place on the inside are cheap to say the least and shattered while closing at temps of -20F.. I guess you can say that i might of pushed the limits of this tent but this gear def. failed me when i needed it the most..

rub5182038 at on 05/08/2012