User Review: Black Diamond Megamid
Ease of Setup: cumbersome
Price Paid: rented
I used this tent on a 6 day Sierra High Route tour in '97.
There were four in our party and the weight per person was extremely minimal. However, the work to erect it and make it weatherproof was substantial, especially after lugging a full pack, on skis, over high Sierra terrain for 6-8 hours!
To make it weather proof and roomy enough for 4 you need to cut and dig snow blocks at least 12" deep. This give the height needed for adequate floor area (for 4 people, two or 3 may require less). The blocks then are placed around the perimeter and gaps filled with snow to seal out drafts as much as possible. Once done, it is a very light, effective shelter. After our trip, we concluded that it was more work than it was worth.
For short trips where you don't mind putting so much effort into setting up your shelter, it is a good choice. For our SHR trip, it was a PITA!
Don't get me wrong, I like the concept!