Black Diamond HiLight
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $359
I liked this tent until I pushed it to the limit in below zero weather and woke up covered in frost.
- Easy to setup
- Palace for one
- Can set it up while inside if weather is bad
- Side entry
- Questionable water resistance
- Not seam sealed
- Single wall
I used this tent from the Continental Divide trail in Colorado to the Selway Bitteroot Wilderness In Idaho and it did a very nice job giving me lots of room and keeping me dry. Then on an October hike the temperature dropped to 5 below zero and the inside of the tent was covered in frost. The double wall tents all just had the frost on the outer wall and was easily shaken off, but not so with my BD. So when the newer double wall tents came along and were lighter than the BD I knew it was time to upgrade.
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: I don't remember.
This tent is small and light.
- Very light weight
- Easy to set up
- Tight for two people
- Newer version has less ventilation
This tent is small and light enough to justify bringing when I'm solo backpacking. While it weighs more than a bivy it is far more comfortable to hang out in when hiding from mosquitos in the Sierra.
It's easy to set up and has a small footprint and is spacious for one person. It is on the tight side for two people so I'd recommend bringing along the vestibule. If you are taller than 6ft it would be very cramped for two people.
The older version had full mesh door, the newer version has just a small bit of mesh at the top. While it might save weight I would prefer more ventilation. It sets up quickly and easily and is very taut. It's held up to a few ferocious windstorms with minimal flapping and shaking.
It's minimal on features but that's how you get a 3lb two person tent. The two small interior mesh pockets are enough for your headlamp and socks. The tent packs down ridiculously small.
To sum up the Hilight I would say that it is a minimal tent for a person who packs light and doesn't want excess features on their gear.
Design: Free standing single wall tent
Ease of Setup: takes a little practice
Weight: 2 lbs. 10 ounces
Price Paid: $339
This is a truly great tent but it does have its limitations. This is not a tall person's tent, I'm 5'8" and it fits me great but if you're over six feet tall then go with the BD Lighthouse. Also this isn't a tent you can lie in and gaze up at the stars.
Here's what it does have: great ventilation which means virtually no condensation. I slept in it during a torrential downpour in Yosemite one Memorial Day weekend and stayed totally dry and comfy. No need for a rain fly as the poles go inside making this a weather proof all-in-one shelter.
This is really meant for one person with extra room or two 'very friendly' people, but it's not a two man tent as described. This tent is light weighing in at only a bit over 2.5 lbs. It has a huge door which makes this thing like a living room with a view.
Overall, well worth the money and the envy of your backpacking buddies.
Design: three-four season freestanding single wall dome
Ease of Setup: easiest tent I've ever set up. The plus is that you can get out of the weather and set it up ,because the poles are set up inside.
Weight: 2 lbs. 10 oz.
Price Paid: $339.95
The lightest most durable 2 person tent I have ever used. Just over 2.5 lbs. Absolutely easy to set up. Secure with just 4 stakes and absolutely stormproof. Virtually no condensation in Louisiana summer weather, and it's a single wall tent. The best tent I've ever bought. I also have a Mountain Hardwear Trango Assault and a Sierra Designs Comet.