The Black Diamond Mega Light's SilNylon construction and simple design allow it to shelter four backpackers while adding less than three pounds to group weight. Unlike a crammed tent, the Mega Light provides 81 square feet of covered floor space and a roomy 57 inches of useable height, so you have plenty of room when you need to wait out a storm. Use this Black Diamond shelter on a lightweight summer trip, or pitch it on the snow at base camp and dig out the floor to create a plush kitchen. The only thing that limits the Mega Light's use is your imagination.
|Floor Space:||50.7 sq ft / 4.7 sq m|
|Floor area:||50.7 sq. ft.|
|Head Height:||57 in / 145 cm|
|Max Inside Length:||86 in / 218 cm|
|Max Inside Width:||86 in / 218 cm|
|Packed Size:||27 x 15 x 5 in / 68 x 38 x 12 cm|
|Peak height:||66 in.|
|Poles:||1 Carbon Fiber|
|Rainfly Material:||30D SilNylon|
|Sleep Capacity:||4 Person|
|Upc, Ean, Isbn:||793661068259|
|Usable height:||57 in.|
|Weight:||2 lbs 5 oz / 1.05 kg w/ poles|
|Black Diamond Mega Light Tent||$259.95 - $269.95|
|Black Diamond Mega Bug||$175.45 - $269.95|
|Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp Tent||$269.95|
What can I say - I spend about 30 weeks of the year out in the field and most of that is in a tent or shelter.
My own personal choice is the Mega Light; I have had one for 5 years now and I love it!!!
I use it for sea kayaking, hiking, even in the snow - it works dang well and it is so adaptable to so many situations.
It is quick and easy to pitch, roomy (for 2 people anyway, might be tight with 4 considering the angle of the sides) and handles all sort of conditions - with the footprint it is a blessing.
The only thing is in high winds it acts as a sail (it has only collapsed twice on me) and the bugs get in (don't have the bug shelter), other wise it is my choice due to it's light weight, funky colour and ease of use as my personal shelter and emergency shelter.
You can not go wrong!
I slept two nights in my Mega Light in mid February in the Wallowas. I left the pole that came with it at home and used one of my Black Diamond Traverse ski poles instead. It worked but even with my pole extended to the max the walls weren't quite taught. I ended up piling snow in the center to raise the pole up which helped but the second night I got 4+" of snow which caused the walls to sag. A ski pole that extends further would have been better. Or I could have brought the center pole that came with the tent. The tent is super light weight and stuffs compact - about the size of a large grapefruit. I also left the stakes at home - instead I used small twigs pushed through the tie down loops, twisted, and then buried in compacted snow.
Took this tent along with the BD mega bug tent as the floor and for misquitos on a month long backpacking trip in the Beartooth Mtn range in Montana. This tent was ideal for the weight and it slept four people. It held up with high winds at the top of passes. We collapsed it durring the day and put rocks on the stakes but at night with it up the wind did not damage it. It hailed, snowed and yes rained and never had one problem with this tent. I know it can be expensive, but this tent is worth every penny. If you are camping in bug areas I would recommend the bug shelter that goes with this tent. THis fly goes right over the top of that.
A shelter that can comfortably sleep three big guys and a week's worth of backpacking gear, yet squishes down to about the size of a water bottle is hard to beat for going lightweight.
It is not without its drawbacks, however. As some reviewers noted it can get a little clammy inside; also, the lack of floor could become problematic during heavy rains but a cheap ground tarp and a thick sleeping pad are enough piece of mind for me.
It's a little pricey for a glorified tarp (especially if you were to buy the floor or bug net) but if you're concerned about saving room in your pack for important things like snacks and you've got a backpacking buddy to split the cost, it's way worth it.
I bought this and used it on a recent trip into the Brooks Range. The past few years I have cooked out of the vestibule on my tent. Having this along for storing food and gear away from my sleeping tent and keeping packs and gear dry during the night was invaluable. It is very light and easy to set up. Very roomy and easy to cook in. It is a must have for trips such as these!
Light and sturdy shelter when properly staked--You'll need snow stakes for snow (duh). Makes a great kitchen when snow camping. This thing allowed us to cook and eat in relative comfort while winds raged outside and served as nice place to get out of the sun. Only complaint is that it when set up with the sides taught, it was impossible to completely zip the door shut.
Simply amazing. Light. Setup is easy(ish, with practice). Fun. Roomy. Inexpensive.
Pair it with a couple smaller tarps and some snow anchors and you get the picture attached.
Not bug proof at all unless paired with a mosquito net, if you plan to use it in the non-winter months. Just throwing that out there.
Light weight, easy setup, sturdy, and fun aesthetics. Used in the rainy northeast to the desert southwest.