Black Diamond Mega Light

3 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



BD's Mega Light is a versatile, multi-seasonal shelter.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60


BD's Mega Light is a versatile, multi-seasonal shelter. In wet weather it makes a bivysac livable. In winter it provides a perfect bubble of comfort without compromising your sleeping quarters.


  • Simple, fast setup
  • Packs small
  • Light weight
  • Versatile


  • Single wall doesn't stop all rain
  • No floor is drafty and allows entry of undesirable elements like critters and moisture.

Bought my Mega in the '70s, yea, 1970s and it still works. As a 3-season minimal shelter it's good enough. It can be drafty but sets up in 2 minutes with you inside during a downpour if necessary.

Works best with a bivysac as they aren't really "waterproof." I use mine for kayak beach camping but my preferred use is as a lounge/cook shelter on winter trips. Set it up over a snow dugout and you can lounge in shirt sleeves with a stove for heat at -10°F and the next morning shake off the frost and pack it away. 

This is by far my favorite, most long lived tent, BD rocks!


I have owned many tents. I am 53 years old and have…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: single pole "circus" tent
Sleeps: 3
Weight: 3 lbs with poles and stakes
Price Paid: $320

I have owned many tents. I am 53 years old and have been a backpacker/mountaineer for 33 years. The older I get, the more important light weight becomes.

The Mega-Light with a space blanket for a ground clothe is ideal. It is HUGE; advertised for 4 people (who would have to be very good friends). I use it for solo or 2-person trips. It is big enough to sit in and cook during bad weather. Small tents get miserable for long periods of bad weather.

The wind gets in under the bottom hem if you aren't careful. Use elastic guy lines, and pitch it low to the ground if you expect wind. Snow walls are very useful. Don't rely on your ski-poles for the center pole. Nice idea, but in really nasty weather, when you really need a tent, you will want the security of the very nice 14 oz pole that comes with the tent.

With the factory pole, and good stakes or deadmen, it is as strong as a VE 24. Sylnylon needs a special seam sealer. The seams aren't taped. The design is simple you could sew it yourself from studying pictures.

Works in all seasons. Take a slightly warmer bag in the winter because of the draft factor.


Myself and my brother used a Mega Light on the Mont…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: tarp shelter
Sleeps: 4
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 1 kilo or 2.2 pounds
Price Paid: 160 pounds

Myself and my brother used a Mega Light on the Mont Blanc tour last September and I was very impressed. It has bags of room for two people at less than a kilo, took less than two minutes to put up and although condensation proved a problem on two mornings it served us really well. I would recommend this to anyone trekking Europe.

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Manufacturer's Description

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If you've been wondering how to free yourself from the confines of tent walls, look no further. The Black Diamond Mega Light Shelter provides 50 square feet of space for roomy sleeping quarters, a backcountry kitchen and more for under 3 pounds. This ultralight four-season tent is as versatile as they come, ideal as ventilated shelter from the sun or when pitched in the snow as a plush snow cave. Bonus points for a dug in floor and bench seats. Floorless design lets you set up your stove inside and have dinner without worrying about spilling on the floor Sets up in a flash Durable carbon fiber center pole Includes Pole Link Converter(TM) kit to make save weight by using the two trekking or ski poles you've brought with you Requires seam sealing with McNett Sil-Net Sealer (not included) Add the Mega Bug to convert the Mega Light shelter into a more traditional tent with mesh netting and bathtub style floor

- OMCgear

Black Diamond Mega Light 4-Person Camping Tent - The Mega Light 4-Person Camping Tent by Black Diamond is a roomy four-person floorless shelter. It is built with lightweight, durable and waterproof SilNylon & comes with a rugged carbon fiber pole and Black Diamond's Pole Link Converterâ??if youâ??re already carrying two trekking poles or ski poles, save the weight and leave the tent pole at home. The MegaLight provides 4.7 square meters (50.7 square feet) of coverage, and the floorless design lets you set up your stove inside and have dinner without worrying about spilling on the floor. Add in the optional Mega Bug for three-season performance. The Mega Light shelter requires seam sealing with McNett SilNet Sealer (not included).

- Outdoorplay

A 4-person, roomy, floorless tent. 4-person capacity with 1 door Rugged carbon fiber center pole 30d SilNylon Pole Link Converter(TM) for ski/trekking pole set-up Optional floor and bug netting available Requires seam sealing with McNett Sil-Net Sealer (not included)Season :4Capacity : 4Doors : 1Minimum Weight : 1.05 kg, 2 lb 5 ozAverage Packed Weight : 1.27 kg, 2 lb 13 ozDimensions : 218 x 218 x 145 cm, 86 x 86 x 57 inOutside Height : 170 cm, 66 inUsable Height : 145 cm, 57 inUsable Floor Space : 4.7 m^2, 50.7 sq ftTotal Coverage : 7.2 m^2, 81 sq ftPacked Size : 13 x 25 cm, 5 x 10 in

- Mountains Plus

The perfect lightweight shelter for adventurers who place a premium on minimalism. Four-person capacity. Four season. Pole Link Converter™ for ski/trekking pole set-up. Optional floor and bug netting available. Sleeps: 4 Weight: 2 lbs. 13 oz. Size: 86" x 86" x 57", 50.7 sq ft Vestibules: n/a Poles: 1 carbon fiber Material: 30d SilNylon Doors: 1 Packed Size: 5" x 10" Mega Floor: Bathtub-style, detachable floor for the Mega Light. Weight: 1 lb. 13 oz.

- Vargo Outdoors