User Review: Black Diamond Firstlight
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300
I wish I had these reviews to read before I bought this tent 5 years ago.
- Poor zippers
- Leaks, even in light drizzle
In my view, a $300 tent should have durable zippers. The zipper for the mesh door begain failing 2 years ago (splitting, catching). It bit the dust entirely during a windstorm recently.
I know there are reasonably lightweight zippers out there that will last the life of a product, yet mfrs seem to prefer to use the kind that are the first component to breakdown. So much effort goes into creating ever more sophisticated, lighter weight and more breathable fabrics when a tear in the fabric can be easily repaired in the field; but when a zipper doesn't zip, it renders any product that uses it useless in the field and elsewhere. Doesn't make any sense to me.
But of course these choices are made for marketing reasons, not practicality.