Black Diamond Betamid

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Solid, lightweight weather protection for lightweight/ultralight…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Tarp-tent
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Practice makes perfect.
Weight: 2 (ish) lbs, 4 lbs tricked out.
Price Paid: $100

Solid, lightweight weather protection for lightweight/ultralight packers. I use the optional floor, and got a friend with a sewing machine to sew on about 12 inches of bug screening along the bottom of the Beta, making it a bug- and rain-proof haven, with room for two, plus gear, plus a medium sized dog, for around 4 lbs.

I made a couple modifications so it will stand using four trekking poles (two A-frames, from the edges of the floor), so my wife and I don't have trekking pole handles between us. We love this thing!!! Huge and solid for the weight.

That being said -- I have plenty of experience (including an Appalachian Trail thru-hike), and this is not a shelter for everyone. It is entirely dependent on stakes, and getting it taut requires balancing tension between six corners. Setting up on hard surfaces can require creativity -- just ask my intrepid wife, who was foraging for rocks and logs to use as stake points, as a storm rolled onto the south coast of Kangaroo Island in Australia. (Nothing south of that except ocean, until you get to Antarctica.) But once set up, we were dry and happy campers :-).


Very spacious and sturdy shelter. Great beginner tent,…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $50


Very spacious and sturdy shelter.


  • Space
  • Strength
  • Just two trekking poles to setup
  • Cheap


  • Lighter version is out there
  • Trekking pole in middle to sleep around or two trees to tie off to to setup
  • No floor or bug protection

Great beginner tent, which means it's lightweight and very sturdy without breaking the bank. However you don't get a floor or bug protection. On the plus side you can do a little bit of cooking inside if the weather is bad. 

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2person floorless shelter for weightconscious usersFeaturesbull 2person capacity with 1 doorbull Requires 2 adjustable trekking or ski poles not includedbull 30d urethane coated nylonbull Taped seamsbull Optional floor and bug netting available


Two-person, floorless shelter for weight-conscious users. Requires two adjustable trekking poles or ski poles (not included). Taped seams. Optional floor and bug netting available. Sleeps: 2 Weight: 2 lbs. 10 oz. Size: 98" x 80" x 44", 34.7 sq ft Vestibules: n/a Poles: n/a Material: 30d SilNylon Doors: 1 Packed Size: 6" x 11" Beta Floor: Bathtub-style, detachable floor for the Betamid and Beta Light. Weight: 1 lb. 4 oz.

- Vargo Outdoors

Description of Black Diamond Betamid Tarp2-person, floorless shelter for weight-conscious users.Features 2-person capacity with 1 door Requires 2 adjustable trekking or ski poles not included 30d urethane coated nylon Taped seams Optional floor and bug netting available

- US Outdoor Store