A four-season basecamp shelter, the three-person Squall Tent by Black Diamond is a deluxe, freestanding, double-walled tent built to withstand the worst weather a mountain can deliver. With double doors, roomy vestibules, and adjustable rear, front and top vents, this tent provides plenty of weather-protected gear storage and cooking space. Set-up is quick and easy thanks to the tent's three-pole fast pitch hubs and 50/50 sleeve/clip designs.
|Area:||48.1 square feet / 4.5 square meter|
|Average Packaged Weight:||8 lbs 7 oz / 3.82 kg|
|Dimension:||(L X W1 X W2 X H)|
|Minimum Weight:||7 lbs 14 oz / 3.58 kg|
|Packed Size:||8 x 24" / 21 x 61 cm|
|Vestibule Area:||13.7 + 7.7 square feet / 1.3 + .7 square meter|
|Black Diamond Vista 3-Person Tent||$369.95 - $379.99|
|Black Diamond Skylight Tent: 3-Person 3-Season||$449.95|
Taking time to research a product usually pays off in the end. During my search for an affordable, light weight, four-season tent I found the BD Squall. Everything looks great on paper but after using this tent for two seasons I am very disappointed. Based on my experience with this product, here are some things you may want to consider.
1) This is a very large tent. Great for base camp but extremely hard to place if space is limited.
2) Two seasons of moderate use have resulted in the seam tape on the fly flaking off and sticking to the poles and tent body.
3) Poor design of the front tent flap causes a major stress point on the zipper which has failed twice since the purchase.
4) Not designed to withstand heavy winds even when guy-wires are emplloyed from the fly mounts.
Despite all these misgivings I still stand by BD as a company. I notified them about the poor quality of the fly and they are sending me a new one free of charge. Turns out they have had a few issues with the coating used on their flies in the past.
Take home point, take time to think about what you want out of the tent. Do you really need a three person? Are you going to be placing the tent on wide open ground or have to find space nestled between obstructions? If you are looking for a technical tent, this one probably isn't for you.
I recently took the Squall over to Kamchatka for a ski mountaineering expedition. Was sadly disappointed in the quality of its construction. Felt happy to get a month's use out of the thing. Luckily without it being blown to smitherines in a storm.
Is it just me or has BD dropped the ball in the last few years? Seems like they are over-engineering everything, having lost sight of the more important aspects of mountain equipment..
On a more positive note, i found the size about ideal for approach/ base camps for two people and heaps of gear. With a reasonable weight.
Definitely not worth 600 dollars. IMO