Black Diamond Beta Light Shelter

Priced: $199.95 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 7 reviews.
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Black Diamond Beta Light Shelter -
The floorless Black Diamond Beta Light Shelter protects two backpackers from the elements and only adds a scant 19-ounces to your pack. Pitch the Beta Light with the two trekking poles you already have with you, and relax in the massive 34.7sq feet of interior space. Thanks to Black Diamond's use of ultralight 30D SilNylon material, this spacious shelter packs to an incredibly small 4 x 6 inches.
Black Diamond Lighter weight version of the Betamid.
2-person capacity with 1 door.
Requires 2 adjustable trekking or ski poles for setup (not included)
30d SilNylon.
Optional floor and bug netting available.
Requires seam sealing with McNett Sil-Net Sealer (not included)
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Average Packed Weight:680 g, 1 lb 8 oz
Dimensions:249 x 203 cm, center x 112 cm, ends; 98 x 80, center x 44 in, ends
Minimum Weight:535 g, 1 lb 3 oz
Outside Height:124 cm, 49 in
Packed Size:10 x 15 cm, 4 x 6 in
Total Coverage:4.7 m2, 50.2 sq ft
Usable Floor Space:3.2 m2, 34.7 sq ft
Usable Height:110 cm, 43.5 in
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Black Diamond Beta Light Shelter Reviews:


The beta light should be the shelter of choice for those that travel with trekking/ski poles. I have used mine for 4 years with 50+ days per year. It is light, weatherproof (as long as you take the time to seam seal it well with syl-nylon seam seal), compressable, and very secure. I have used this thing in winter, summer, high winds (Mt. Rainier) and the only place where I wish I had a tent is when there are bugs (you can combine with the beta bug, but then it's nearly as heavy as my tent).
Pluses -- wickedly light, easy to setup, and well designed
Minuses -- If you are base-camping, you must collapse your shelter to use your poles each day. Must be carefully seam-sealed.

Josh at on 06/15/2009

This is a great shelter if you use Trekking poles. This works for me. The Sil Nylon is a great material and is extremely weather resistant. However, in extremely wet environemnts condensation forms and will drip on you a bit, but it really is nothing when there is a monsoon outside and you are dry inside. It is roomy and light which makes it near perfect. I have sewn bug netting around the bottom and it is well worth the couple of extra ounces. All around it is my favorite backpacking shelter to date and I've had it for more than a year. Oh... Silnet is a must for the seams.

JD Bkpkr at on 07/28/2004

If you all are looking for a cheap and lite bug shield go to your local army surplus. They sell a netting that hangs over a cot. I take this netting and made two grumet holes were the hiking poles goes up and holds the tent. Lay your netting down and then lay tent over and then when you raise your tent with the poles the whole kit and kabbodle will raise. I have used it all along the AT- and in May i walked across Scotland with there no seeums.

vince vogel at on 10/25/2009

This is a great shelter. I love how light and compact it is, and that is stows away easily. my only two complaints are that it needs factory taped seams instead of seam grip. Also the trekking poles in the middle get in the way when your getting busy in the woods with you partner. I would recommend bringing some guy-line with you for tying the tent up to a tree or something, then you can get rid of the annoying poles in you and your partners way.

david rogers at on 06/23/2008

Don't expect this to be better than a fully enclosed tent with a good fly sheet for weather protection...but considering how light it is, anyone considering it, is weight conscious and therefore in my opinion for a 2 man shelter in its weight range it can't be beaten. It fills the little niche right between a classic A-frame open ended tarp and a lightweight 2-man tent.

daniel2155251 at on 07/14/2008

this is awesome for skiing on overnighters:
• dig a pit, get the edges buried, this thing is bomb-proof.
• packs down super small & light
• ample room for one person, haven't tried w 2 yet, i'll report next week.

Jared Stanley at on 03/27/2012

Great for spring skiing trips with just a partner. It's light, imminently packable and can handle a surprising amount of weather.
If you've got more than 2 people total the megalight is right for you.

C Johnson at on 06/04/2007