Black Diamond Eldorado
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $500
Great tent in a small package.
- Very fast pitch
- Light weight
- Perhaps just a little too small for two, but ideal for one.
The Eldorado, formerly made by Todd Bibler, is a great 4-season tent. Very lightweight, compact, but perhaps just a little too small. I have only used it in the fall and winter, and frankly that is what I bought it for.
Set up was very easy right from the start. I had no problems with placing the poles inside the tent and into the designated corners. I set it up a few times in the house, it is free standing, before taking it out on an overnight ski trip. I picked the perfect day too because the wind was blowing steady at 80 kph. I could barely ski, but the Eldorado went up fast and solid. No flapping in the wind. I did have a bit of trouble with the twist-tie-like pole clips, but then I was inside the tent by this time and out of the wind.
I have several tents, and the Eldorado easily sets up the fastest. It takes down even faster, and in spite of what others have said on this sight, it packs down very small with the help of a compression bag.
I should say, too, that I live in the Arctic and have pitched it on the sea ice using tubular ice screws. The effect was a storm proof shelter that gave all the protection I needed. Ventilation was average, as I have not found a tent yet that can breathe in the winter, this goes for double wall varieties too. The poles iced up a bit and were difficult to take apart, but again so did the poles on all my other tents. I also noticed that the Eldorado retained less heat than a double walled tent, but this was minor as I always carry adequate sleeping gear.
Overall, the Eldorado is a great little tent; lightweight, easy to pitch, and storm proof. Well worth the money.
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The Eldorado was previously known as the Bibler Eldorado.
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The Black Diamond El Dorado Tent has a classic compact mountaineering design with extra room to accommodate taller climbers or extra gear storage.
The Black Diamond Eldorado Tent features Bibler's classic, modular expedition design made to please the alpine climber's and mountaineer's exacting needs for light and waterproof shelter. The Eldorado's extra room and steep sidewalls will happily accommodate taller climbers or those with $10,000 in camera gear and three weeks of food. 2-person spacious version of I-Tent is 5 inches longer and 3 inches wider Single wall construction eliminates the need for a separate rain fly in foul weather Todd-Tex provides waterproof breathable protection using a PTFE film laminated directly to the ripstop nylon 30D nylon ripstop is UV resistant and features a DWR finish for added water repellancy 100% seam-sealed 2 internal aluminum poles allow set-up from the inside during inclement weather 2 zippered vents at the peak, a hooded vent over the door and one at the bottom offers ventilation Single door entry maximizes interior space Multiple stakeout loops provide secure anchoring on windy locales Four internal mesh pockets keep gear organized and at hand Bright yellow fabric allows a maximum amount of light into the tent to keep spirits high when storm-bound Optional vestibule offers removable storage space for lower camps or camps before technical sections Optional ground cloth available
Key Features of the Black Diamond Bibler Eldorado Tent2-person capacityToddTex Canopy Material� Single end-door� Optional vestibule� No-see-um mesh panel� 2 equal-size Aluminum poles� Black Diamond Bibler Eldorado TentEasily set up a home away from home with the Black Diamond Bibler Eldorado Tent. Whenever you are out on a mountain expedition, you can still have a reliable shelter against the strong winds and bad weather as this tent comes with a waterproof and breathable ToddTex canopy material. Designed with a single end-door, a large floor space, and vestibule, this 2-person tent can accommodate taller climbers and extra gear storage. This tent from Black Diamond offer better ventilation and insect resistance, thanks to its No-see-um mess panel. You are even assured of wind and water resistance without compromising the breathability inside the tent. Plus, this 3-season tent can withstand severe cold temperatures as its 2 equal-size Aluminum poles ensure high-quality construction and superb strength. It is also easy to set up and convenient to transport. Stay comfortable even in the great outdoors with the Black Diamond Bibler Eldorado Tent.
Super light, super strong and built with waterproof breathable Todd-Tex fabric, Black Diamond Eldorado is a two-person, single-wall shelter designed for mountaineers and climbers. Able to be pitched on ledges that are no larger than your couch, this is the ideal tent to have at altitude. Its weight is relatively light given its burly construction, yet it rolls up small enough to fit into the side pocket of many internal-frame packs.