User Review: Black Diamond Megamid
Price Paid: 150$
I've been climbing, kayaking, and backcountry skiing all over the Western Hemisphere for about 35 years, and my Megamid is one of my favorite shelters.
Like any piece of gear that is non-stupidity proof, it requires some skill, knowledge, and judgement in its use, so I'd have to attribute the few negative comments in this review (above) as due to the reviewers' lack of those 3 things.
I've used one on Denali below 14K and it stood up well to some pretty stiff wind/snow conditions. On ski tours, if you're clever, and dig your sleeping hole properly, with a little overhang to the sidewalls, you can sleep 5 people in there, snugly.
Next summer, I'll be using it as the shelter while kayaking the inside passage, and the only thing I'll be adding is a bit of bug netting wrap around the entire bottom, similar to how Dave Olsen at OWARE does his pyramid tents. I'm a little saddened that BD has chosen to discontinue this tent, in favor of the Mega Light, which uses the much less durable silnylon. But, I suppose that, like many other highly successful pieces of outdoor gear, (eg North Face Westwind) the damned things were just plain lasting too long, and weren't being replaced frequently enough for BD's profit margin and carefully crafted "planned obsolescence" marketers.
My current Mid is going on 10 years old now, and I suppose I'll have to grab up another that's been sitting on a shelf in a shop somewhere as soon as I can find such a deal.
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