The Mesa Shelter by Black Diamond offers everything you could want in a lightweight package. Toss on the seam taped PU/Silicone fly and you've added two vestibules and protection from the wind and rain.
The Black Diamond Mesa 2 Person, 3 Season tent is part of their new double-wall tent family that features excellent usable space and a 360-degree view with privacy. These freestanding rigs feature a mesh canopy for excellent ventilation and star gazing, plus a perimeter of nylon ripstop along the bottom for campground privacy. Choose Mesa for two-person shelter or the larger Vista to accomodate the third wheel. These tents are fast and easy to pitch with hook and tension external clips and a pole hub system. This single hub system, coupled with variable diameter poles, steepens the tent walls for incredible interior space and provides excellent stability for high winds. For easy living, they feature two full-size side doors and interior organizer pockets. Throw on the seam taped PU/Silicone fly and you've added two vestibules and storm protection.
|Area:||32.5 square feet / 3.0 square meter|
|Average Packaged Weight:||5 lbs 2 oz / 2.32 kg|
|Dimension:||(L X W1 X W2 X H)|
|Floor Material:||2000 mm nylon|
|Floor Space:||32.5 sq ft / 3 sq m|
|Head Height:||44 in / 110 cm|
|Max Inside Length:||92 in / 234 cm|
|Max Inside Width:||58 in / 147 cm|
|Minimum Weight:||4 lbs 9 oz / 2.08 kg|
|Packed Size:||6 x 26 in / 15 x 66 cm|
|Rainfly Material:||Polyester Ripstop|
|Sleep Capacity:||2 Person|
|Upc, Ean, Isbn:||793661088752|
|Vestibule Area:||9 + 9 square feet / 0.8 + 0.8 square meter|
|Vestibule Space:||18 sq ft / 1.6 sq m|
|Weight:||5 lb 2 oz / 2.32 kg|
|Black Diamond Mesa Double Wall 2 Person Tent||$329.95|
|Black Diamond Mesa Tent||$329.95|
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Just got this tent and took it out to J tree to test it out. Feels very spacious even with my 110lb german shepard, climbing gear and I all inside at night. Build quality is what I have come to expect from Black Diamond and is excellent! Comes with great stakes that resemble msr stakes. Although the tent is a little on the heavy side when compared to newer tents. I would feel very confident taking this into moderate weather conditions if I had too. I can't say the same for the Big Agnes speedhouse sl2 and copper spur tents I tried out prior to this one. Although the two big agnes tents were lighter. Their pole design was just to delicate for me to trust in anything but perfect weather. I had them fail in 35-45mph winds when the wishbone pole got inverted on itself and turned my tent into a flat kite. If your like me and need a single tent to do everything short of extreme 4 season alpine adventures. Check this tent out!
Took the Mesa up to Kite Lake , about 12,000 feet, two weekends ago. Very windy, very snowy. The tent did OK, but did not shed wind as well as a 4-season tent would, but it held up to some pretty intense gusts. My one complaint, but this would apply to any NoSeeUm mesh interior, was that the wind was able to drive the blowing snow up and over the rip-stop portion of the interior of the tent and into the tent through the mesh. I'm sure it saves weight, and adds to ventillation capabilities, but rip-stop would be my preference. I'm sure the tent will perform well in 3-Season conditions, but as it get's closer to winter here in Colorado, I'll plan on packing the Bilbler. Reliable Black Diamond quality. Hope it lasts as long as my NF Bullfrog did.
If you need a tent for adverse weather this is the one. Condensate is the number one problem during bad weather and the Mesa nicely solves the problem with superior fly venting. Just used the tent on the Green river in rainy 28 degree weather and the tent was awesome. No wet spots and after 16 hours waiting out a storm, we were very comfortable and dry. Paired the tent up with a two person sleeping bag and with nothing to do for 16 hours we are now expecting our first child this fall! Black Diamond rocks!!
I have used the tent every weekend for the last 5 weekends and am very happy with it.
Setup is super quick and easy with the central pole hub no fumbling around late at night in the dark like you do with Marmot's system with their tent.
Tent is very spacious at 5' 9" 150 I am extremely comfortable alone or with a partner, and this past weekend, even fit a third person without too much discomfort. It was cozy, but certainly doable.
Will update after some more wear and tear is put on the tent...
This is a pretty good tent overall. I like that it has doors on both sides, and the 44 inch height is roomy for a two person tent. Set up is quick and easy, the single pole makes it easy for one person. It is a little difficult to zip the interior doors if you have it staked down tightly and requires two hands. The vestibules are quite small, and allow slightly more space than you need to take your shoes off. Also it would be nice if the fly came closer to the ground.
I have used the tent twice backpacking so far (two day trips) and absolutely love it. Its perfect for big guys like me at 6'1" and 220lbs plus a lady. Set up is super easy and weighs about the same as my REI quarter dome T2 plus, but seems to be much sturdier because of the central pole hub. Im pretty impressed by its actual weight considering how livable and sturdy this tent is.
Really good tent...
Pros: Lots of space
Easy to set up/take down
Good for 3.5 seasons
Handles almost any weather
Decent sized vestibules
Cons: A little on the heavy side