The Black Diamond Tempest Tent is a versatile and lightweight four-season tent that offers unbeatable protection for two. This Black Diamond tent features weatherproof vents at the top of each vestibule for efficient ventilation, four internal aluminum poles for maximum strength in harsh conditions, and four interior mesh pockets to store and organize mountaineering gear. Like all Black Diamond gear, the Tempest tent is built to provide kick ass performance, safety and protection during the most demanding mountaineering endeavors.
|Area:||32.25 square feet / 3 square meter|
|Average Packaged Weight:||7 lbs 3 oz / 3.26 kg|
|Dimension:||(L x W1 x W2 x H)|
|Minimum Weight:||6 lbs 4 oz / 2.84 kg|
|Packed Size:||7 x 19" / 18 x 48 cm|
|Vestibule Area:||12 + 2 square feet / 1.1 + 0.19 square meter|
|Black Diamond Tempest Tent||$483.04|
|Black Diamond Firstlight 2-Person Tent||$299.95 - $359.99|
|Black Diamond Ahwahnee 2-Person Tent||$649.95 - $659.95|
i've had the tent for about 3 years now, used it from winter in the sierras to summer in colorado, and peru and alaska in the summer. the seam sealing is tricky, and i had to hit a couple spots that leaked a bit after the first go, but overall not that bad. there is condensation, but it's really not all that bad most of the time when the humidity is down outside. when it's humid out (raining, etc), then like anything, it doesn't breath as well, and the walls can be fairly wet/frosty in the morning, but this would happen with anything that doesn't straight up dehumidify the air. on the other hand, it kept everything almost totally dry for a couple weeks of rain in alaska with some care to help keep the water out, and snow camping with some wind with the vents cracked usually means the inside is bone dry in the morning. one night in a friend's 4 season double wall with 2 feet of blowing snow convinced me single wall is the way to go, as with a fly (even without mesh on the inside) the snow just blew underneath it and melted through. also nice at breakfast after a windy night to hear the people in the tent a few feet away talk about how they spent the entire night holding the tent together, and say, hey, what wind? if the vestibules are staked out tight, i've hardly even noticed 50+ mph wind. the only durability issue i've had was the interior spreader pole pockets coming unglued last summer, but sent it in the Black Diamond and they sewed them back on and it's good to go again. personally, i don't think the complaints about condensation are really merited, since the only times it gets bad is when it's going to be bad regardless of what you have, since if you hit the dew point, you're going to have dew/frost whether you're in a tent or outside, and i figure it's a benefit when i can determine that the water inside is all condensation, instead of just leak-through like previous tents i've had. as my friend said this past weekend backcountry skiing the eastside, he got to stay in the "best tent ever"
This tent is my choice for alpine pushes and high altitude climbs for 2 or even 3 people. (3 is a squeeze, but for light and fast ascents it works) The material BD utilizes is strong and outperforms other single wall tents for breathability. The material also seems to dry quickly when wet.
Like all single wall tents, expect some condensation and ice buildup inside, but this can be reduced by a smart venting system. The Tempest can be set up completely from the inside, and in super strong winds I've been forced to throw my pack and myself inside and set up the whole thing with only the lee-side door open- a feature that could save your life one day- or at least a few fingers.
I wish BD would sew on a few more guy points to increase strength and tie-down places. It would be also cool to see a tie-in point for securing occupants when pitched in precarious placements or narrow ledges. The tent has a small footprint so it can be pitched on smaller platforms. I am 6'2 and the 2 vestibules help keep accumulating snow off the head and feet- a real benefit for taller people. I also own a Fitzroy, and in comparison the Tempest's 2 vestibules are a REAL benefit and worth the extra weight and money. If you're considering one of the two, choose the Tempest.
FYI, never fold and roll this tent (or any tent)- always stuff it, and store it in a large cotton bag or large pillow case, not the stuff sack it comes with. Also, the stuff sack BD supplies sucks (or it did- maybe they changed it) Buy a silicon compression sack and carry the poles separately.
First, I don't know what all the fuss is about with relation to sealing the seams. This doesn't take for ever, and in doing so it is so worth it. Yes, as every tent gets filled with condensation due to the mouth-breathing, snoring majority- we all find a bit moisture on the Toddtex. My only issue is the double vestibule. If I'm in snow it's a blessing. If it's late fall w/no snow it's just an additive that I could live without. Personal opinion aside, it's a fact that this tent, as Bibler, is a house that no wolf can blow down. The quick setup is such an important aspect as well as the strength. Thank you BD for improving on the BiBLER. If I was smart and spent the extra $150 for the perfect tent, I would have gone with the Ahwahnee. Note to self: there are small compensations when being a cheap bastage. Kudos to BD. I'll only buy your tents (especially this spring when I update my 3 season).
took this down to Chile and camped in the snow up in the Andes. pretty easy to set up and keeps a little bit of heat inside. we slept over night in 10 degree weather and had no complaints with the tent. a few days earlier we camped and woke up to rain and although the bottom/lower parts were dry, the ceiling was dripping water. we forgot to open the vents at night so it was probably due to condensation.
other than the condensation issue, the tent is perfect for 2 people. pretty light weight as far as 4 season tents go, and although we had fairly mild weather, i can tell that this thing would be a beast in windy/stormy conditions.
I bought the tempest under the assumption that it was 100% waterproof like all the ads say it is, but when I got it home and read the instructions it says in order to be 100% waterproof all the main seams need to be sealed, inside and out. And it takes about 4 passes to do it. And each time it is supposed to dry before adding another pass. I spent about 2 and a half hours on one pass on the outside alone. By my calculations its gonna take me a week and a lot of hours just to seal a $500 tent that is supposed to be 100% waterproof.
All Bibler Tents have to be seam sealed. Even the Bomb Shelter. The only extra thing you have to do with the Tempest is also seam seal the insides. Big deal. Small price to pay for the ideal tent. Watch it outperform every other tent on the market. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this tent and the vestibules, both of them, are great. I actually wish it was a tiny bit smaller for some weight savings but I don't hear anybody bitching about that. 5 Stars from a real mountaineer. If you have the cash and are debating between this and another tent you are wasting your time.
I used the tent this september while climbing the Zinalrothhorn in Switzerland. "Unfortunately", the sun was shining the whole week. But the nights were cold and with the morning fog there is slightly condensation.But I can`t wait to use it in more uncomfordable conditions. Once you are us to it it´s easy to pitch and the materials are really tough. And it`s light as well. But to pitch it in really nasty conditions I think the poles should be on the outside.
The tent is super warm, as it keeps a lot of body heat inside unlike "fly" tents. Unfortunately, the tent sweats a lot and my sleeping bag was completely to partially wet for nine days. Ice crystals were present every night and morning on the inside of tents walls no matter how much (within reason) I vented out to the vestibules. I used it for a late October Colorado hunting trip at 10K feet and stayed very warm at 15-20F lows with two bodies inside. Its easy to set-up. I would have paid extra for the seams to be factory sealed, as it was too time consuming for my schedule. I took pictures of the ice crystals and am debating whether to return the product. It's a huge benefit to retain the body heat inside the tent and therefore may outweigh the negative condensation problem. I'm sure that it is too much to ask for both warmth and dry tent walls. This is a decent product, but the fabric technology may not be available for what I had expected to receive.