Black Diamond Betamid
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $50
Very spacious and sturdy shelter.
- Just two trekking poles to setup
- 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.
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 :-).
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Here's what other sites are saying:
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
2-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 Specs: Season: 4 Capacity: 2 Doors: 1 Minimum Weight: 1.03 kg, 2 lb 4 oz Average Packed Weight: 1.19 kg, 2 lb 10 oz Dimensions: 249 x 203 cm, center x 112 cm, ends; 98 x 80 in, center x 44 in, ends Outside Height: 124 cm, 49 in Usable Height: 110 cm, 43.5 in Usable Floor Space: 3.2 m², 34.7 sq ft Total Coverage: 4.7 m², 50.2 sq ft Packed Size: 15 x 28 cm, 6 x 11 in
- Teton Village Sports
Key Features of the Black Diamond Betamid ShelterFloorless designPolyurethane-coated ripstop nylon canopyFactory-taped seamsSingle zipped entry with storm flap2-person Capacity52 in. Interior height34.7 sq. ft. Floor areaBlack Diamond Betamid ShelterThe Black Diamond Betamid Shelter offers an affordable and lightweight shelter to rest and relax outdoors. When standing, it provides 34.7 sq. ft of interior flooring with a 52 in. of height, giving you and your partner enough room to unwind. As you enjoy a cozy time inside, its Polyurethane-coated ripstop nylon canopy with factory-taped seams protects you from weather conditions such as rain, snow, wind, and sun. It has a single zipped entry with storm flap so you can enter and exit the tent with ease. It also has a floorless design, so you won't have to worry about the mess when you use your stove and have dinner inside. With an easy-to-carry and a fast setup design, this convenient tent is surely a must-have for backcountry adventurers. Two adjustable trekking or skiing poles are needed for this tent. Enjoy your outdoor adventure with the Black Diamond Betamid.