Black Diamond I-Tent
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $600
This is the best of the best. The I-Tent was i-awesome long before any glamorous media gadget. This is the alpha dog of two-person four-season tents, lightweight and extremely warm and sturdy.
- Setup has a learning curve
This is the end-all of winter camping tents. I have taken it in the snow, put three people in it, taken it on week-longs, and it does the two things that you should really want from a tent: keeps you dry and warm from the outside, and takes care of condensation.
The tent design has not changed for 20+ years, and it's a staple when conditions are going to be ugly. I have had this tent for 10 years. Consider it the tent version of the Arc'teryx Alpha SV jacket: completely bombproof.
Setup: 2 poles, inside setup into grommets. Somewhat frustrating until you get it right a few times, but easy to set up in high winds, on small ledges, and with only one person.
Stability: Unmatched. The low, taut sides wil fend off wind and snow. I've seen a few feet of heavy cascade snow fall on it and it wasn't touched.
Weather resistance: Weather Proof.
Ventilation: Condensation is a complete non-issue. How so? the impossibly perfect Tod Tex, the tent cousin of Gore tex with a fuzzy inside. The fuzzy inside dissipates condensation, and lets it evaporate to the outside of the tent.
Room: Not much. Two man tent for people under 6'. Get the El Dorado for more foot space. I once fit three people in this tent, becuase I'm kind of a minimalist, and it went well. The person in the middle (me) didn't even need a sleeping bag.
Packability: Lightest 4-season tent I know of. Tod Tex, however, does not pack especially small. Light, but not extremely compact.
The Bibler brand was still around when I bought this tent, and is now owned by Black Diamond. I imagine that there is no compromise in quality, and they still call this the BD "Bibler" itent. BD knows who they market to, and they do a great job with spot-on gear.
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The I-Tent was previously known as the Bibler I-Tent.
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Key Features of the Black Diamond Bibler I-Tent2-person designWaterproof and breathable ToddTex materialPolyurethane-laminated nylon bathtub floorTaped seamsSingle end-doorNo-See-Um mesh panelAluminum polesBlack Diamond Bibler I-TentEnjoy more secure and comfortable camping trips all year round with the Black Diamond Bibler I-Tent. This 4-season tent from Black Diamond lets you experience the great outdoors even under windy conditions, and both cold and warm weather. Designed with a waterproof and breathable ToddTex material, it is more resilient in relentless heavy wind and snow. The Polyurethane-laminated nylon bathtub floor even offers the best waterproof protection by ensuring the floor's seams are elevated above the ground. The single-end door of this tent also offers an optional entry for campers who want better in and out access at night or during the day. To add more ventilation and ensure insect resistance, it comes with a No-See-Um mesh panel that keeps out even tiny no-see-um" insects. This tent boasts of a sturdy support structure, thanks to its extremely durable Aluminum poles. These poles can endure severe snow or cold temperatures and serves pretty well for backpackers as it is lighter in weight. Find more reasons to explore the outdoors with the Black Diamond Bibler I-Tent.
The Black Diamond I-Tent is ultralight, super strong, built with waterproof breathable Todd-Tex fabric, and super-easy to set up in a storm. This two-person shelter was designed with narrower dimensions for the extreme mountain climber to pitch on ledges, yet any four-season outdoorsperson will appreciate the thoughtful integration of bombproof features into this tent that make it ideal for light-and-fast trips to altitude.
Classic compact mountaineering design for expedition use.
The Black Diamond I-Tent is a classic, compact mountaineering shelter boasting Bibler's proven modular, expedition design. This sturdy, sub-5 pound tent is perfect for fast-moving mountaineers who might need to make camp on narrow, windy ridges. Ultra-strong, lightweight 2-person design maintains an efficient footprint Single wall construction eliminates the need for a separate rain fly, saving weight and set up time Todd-Tex features PTFE laminated directly to ripstop nylon for waterproof breathable performance 30D nylon ripstop is UV resistant and uses 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 aid 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 added living/storage space great for lower camps Optional ground cloth available