User Review: Black Diamond Megamid
Ease of Setup: 5-60 minutes
Weight: 3 lbs (without pole)
Price Paid: $125
Four people on a week long Sierra spring ski tour. This sounds like a job for a couple 6lb tents, right? No, 3lb the Megamid *comfortably* held all four of us, with our gear, and even included the option of cooking inside. Two sets of joined ski poles created a nice A-frame support, so we didn't need the pole that comes with the tent. We did take a thin plastic tarp to use as a partial floor, and we all had either Dryloft bags or bivy sacks, and these added some measurable weight to the system. But the space and comfort of this tent, along with it being so nice for all four of us to be in the same tent during the several nights of snowfall we encountered, made stuffing that little 3lb ball of nylon into the top of my pack a joy.
The downside? Well, you save weight with the Megamid by digging a pit, with blocks for walls. To do this for a party of three takes a little time, but it's not too bad. To dig it out for four requires a more exacting excavation and sometimes took us the better part of an hour to complete. So I wasn't always smiling over this tent. I renamed it the "Digamid". Still, given the opportunity to choose between the manual labor of digging in every evening or humping an extra 2-3 lbs of gear per person, I'd go with the Megamid every time.