User Review: Blacks Mountain Tent
Design: Four season ridge tent 'A' poles for harsh environment
Ease of Setup: 6/10 Needs two in stormy weather. Threading the 'A' poles through the sleeves is the hardest part.
Weight: In ventile fabric and with the cotton flysheet the weight is 24 lbs
Price Paid: Expensive in 1973
After much deliberation I decided to buy the Blacks "New Mountain Tent" in ventile material. The first thing that you notice is the strong stitching and re-inforcing patches and the very tough ventile fabric. Alloy poles are very well made, although I modified them to accept shock cord linking instead of nylon cord. The tunnel entrance is totally draught-free when closed and the tent is very breathable due to: a) The generous space between the inner and the "Protex" cotton flysheet. b) The tunnel ventilators at the front and rear. c) And of course the ventile fabric itself.
In practice this tent is bombproof, no leaks whatsoever, it is however very heavy (24 lbs with flysheet) but if I had to spend more than a week camping in the moutains, this is the tent I would take. In summary I would say that the Mountain Tent is very much a 1950's style, quite narrow and not very high which can be claustrophobic to some people, but it is built to last, mine is still in excellent condition after 30 years of use,and it still looks good!