The Black Diamond Bombshelter tent is a four-person, four-season tent with a design that incorporates two doors and two vestibules, to provide plenty of space and ventilation. This Black Diamond series tent is expedition tested to remain incredibly stable in windy conditions, and features 4 interior poles that intersect 7 times for maximum strength and performance. Two doors and vestibules make the Black Diamond Bombshelter more conveniently accessible for all four occupants, and four interior mesh pockets provide additional storage for climbing gear, clothing and more. The whopping 50 square foot design of this Black Diamond tent makes it probably twice as big as the bathroom in my first apartment.
|Area:||50 square feet / 4.6 square meter|
|Average Packaged Weight:||9 lbs 12 oz / 4.42 kg, 10 lbs 6 oz / 4.7 kg|
|Dimension:||(L x W1 x W2 x H)|
|Minimum Weight:||8 lbs 13 oz / 3.99 kg, 9 lbs 7 oz / 4.27 kg|
|Packed Size:||8 x 20" / 20 x 51 cm|
|Vestibule Area:||20 square feet / 1.8 square meter|
|Black Diamond Bombshelter Tent||$799.95 - $839.95|
This review is based on substantial usage for almost 2 years under various conditions and settings. The tent has been used during summer with high temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, during autumn with over 25 mm rain during 24 hours, and during winter in snow with low temperature of -18 degrees Celsius, and it has been used in winds up to 28-33 knots. The tent has been used in an arctic climate, where the above mentioned conditions are considered to quite normal, but it will put any tent to the test. So far I've spent almost 400 nights in various tents, and 40-55 in the Bomb Shelter tent and should be subject to a somewhat qualified review.
Space: In my opinion the tent does not hold more than 3 persons (adult male) if you are supposed to live and operate comfortably, considering every person has to bring some equipment into the living space for drying, large sleeping bags during winter, extra clothing, food etc.
The height of the tent is very good. I'm 6'3 and can sit upright in the mid position of the tent and operate whatever very comfortable.
The two vestibules are small, but can function as cover for backpacks, stoves, fuel and food, during hard weather. They main entrance vestibule (the largest of the two) are a bit too small to use efficiently as a cooking area, especially during winter, melting snow etc. But it is possible:) The small vestibules make the tent stable in high winds, so its a good compromise.
Material: The singular layer ToddTex functions very well under all conditions. I'm impressed with the technology and its performance, and have yet to see any real problems with condensation. Some condensation has to be expected on poles and floor, especially during winter, but compared to other tents and materials I've been using; this is the most versatile and complete. I've yet to experience penetration of outside water during heavy rain. The fabric of the two vestibules however, is very exposed to condensation and heavy rain and is usually wet the morning after. But this does not affect the comfort in the living quarter. NOTE: The doors can never be completely closed, and some ventilations and air circulation is needed to secure high comfort level and as little condensation as possible.
The material is durable, but is exposed to tear and ware with of extensive usage.
Poles: Light weight durable poles, 4 identical for raising the tent and one for the main vestibule. This is sufficient to hold the tent upright and in a very satisfactory tension in heavy winds and snowfall. I have not once used the extra cords on each side for extra stability. The tent is very much stable by itself. One person can easily raise the tent by him/her self in 5 minutes with some training and experience.
Weight: This is where this tent shows why it is clearly my favorite. 3 kg for at 4 season tent with all above mentioned capabilities and performance makes this an easy choice to bring along for any expedition, (in extreme conditions you might want to meet other demands) but this tent is surely the best all-rounder I've ever tried.
Used on Rainier 4 day Emmons in August. Excellent value.Bought for 3 persons, as weight to space ratio was our primary consideration. Our 2nd rope had a 12 lb Sierra Designs tent- ugh! It was more tent than we needed for August, which gives confidence for future use. Make sure you get some snow anchors as the stakes that come with it are puny and useless in snow. We put 2 packs at each side up front and one in the back, plus boots - the vestibules are excellent. Also the front vestibule design lets it easily fold back to the tent door during the day when you don't need it (see pic). It doesn't pack small, so get a bag with laces up the side to suck it down to fit in your pack (I used an old school sleeping bag compression sack and it worked perfect). Also if you are 6'8" - you may have trouble sitting up inside unless you're in the center. The 2 side poles bent a little after about 3 times setting it up but they seem OK. You can only notice it when they are lying out straight. 4 pockets on the sides hold the basics in case you need to get up at night. The floor was a little damp in the morning, pack towel came in handy for that. The walls never got wet.Backcountry reviews on this page sold me on the tent - had to write my own. Nothing is perfect, but this is close to it. Looking forward to backcountry skiing weekends this winter.
I have to give this 4 stars simply because it is ridiculous to advertise this as a 4-man tent and I think I prefer outside poles on a tent. I am 6' 2" and if my clone is in the tent with me, we call this a two-man tent. Just compare floor dimensions to lots of other tents and you will see that the 4-man claim is bogus. I recently dug the tent out in the morning where the snow was more than 1/2 way up the side walls. From inside, the tent shape, size, etc. was still just fine. I have to be careful not to stake the vestibule too tight or it makes the zipper a bugger to open and close in the snow. I love the internal twist things for the poles. However, I give mixed review for the internal poles in general. I wear glasses, so when I need to dive into the tent to set it up in the dark in a blizzard, I have to have a head lamp on inside and my glasses fog immediately, so getting the first two poles set up in the corners is an exercise in blindness. Poles on the outside with clips is an all-around better solution in my opinion, but the poles on the bombshelter are good and strong and the tent pitches real tight which I like.
This is a great all-around tent suitable for extreme conditions and absolute security. Easy to pitch and very comfortable for 2 with lots of winter gear or 3 with warm weather gear desiring comfort. Toss the wimpy stakes that come with it and get some good long aluminum T-stakes. The BD footprint is light and should be considered an essential part of the purchase. Not too heavy for 2 when splitting the poles, stakes and footprint to one and the tent to the other. It will take whatever Mother Nature can throw at you. Thanks BD/Bibler for a quality tent that should do me the rest of my life.
This tent has treated me well. It is water proof, and super bomb proof in storms and because of the single wall design, it is light and roomy. It has a spacious front vestibule and a smaller real vestibule. I have lived on Denali and in other parts of Alaska for extende periods of time and it is still holding strong. It is tight with 4 men but works and is great with 2 on an expedition with lots of gear. Highly recommended!
Had three of us in this on Rainier, and it worked great. Packs light, sets up fast (with rehearsal). We did have to seal it ourselves in the garage a few weeks before trip, but at least we knew the seams were solid. Holding 4 and gear would be really cozy, three was pretty comfy with mountaineering gear.
The bomb shelter is still the bomb, so simple and burly. This trusty tent has now been called home for at least 60 days. It also works great for a ground cloth in a snow cave when you forget tent poles, ooops.
Just came back from denali using this tent can not believe people said they used it on denali and it was good Very difficult to set up you have to climb in the tent before set up to put the poles in place if windy forget it. Being a single wall gets very wet at 14000 ft. and up there where icicles forming inside the tent sleeping bags got soaked make sure you carry a sponge. Vestibules back one is very hard to get a backpack in, front one with a good size backpack and a pair of shoes makes it hard to get in and out. For extended use like a few days or more not good for more than 2 people had 3 people for 3 days in the tent very difficult. On Denali for over 2 weeks did not see another BD Bombshelter.