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Black Diamond HiLight 2P

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Black Diamond HiLight 2P three-season tent

I was in a rainstorm from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. (7 hrs). I expected to be wet and my gear soaked. On the contrary, I stayed dry during a 7-hr downpour of rain.

I did not want to get out of the tent, because temperatures were in the mid-30's. I was afraid if I got soaked, hypothermia might set in. I stayed warm and dry during this downpour. Further up the trail I ran into snow.

I'm glad I had the Black Diamond Hi-light tent to keep me dry and warm!


  • Easy setup
  • Can endure long downpour of rain
  • Will keep you warm
  • Lightweight


  • Wish the pole setup was external to the tent

I was out doing a solo backpacking trip when I got caught in a horrific downpour. I was in South Eastern Ohio, Zalenski State Park. It was late October and temperatures fluctuate quite a bit. I did not count on 7 hours of rain, at 34-36 degree temperatures.

I was pleasantly surprised to stay warm and dry in my Black Diamond Hi-light tent. This tent dries quickly and packs easily. It is less than 3 lbs and easy to set up. It would be a perfect tent for me if the structural poles were external vs internal; nonetheless, it is an easy setup.

I love this tent. I purchased in 2009 and I'm writing this review, July of 2014. Great tent for backpacking! I saw an earlier review that stated the tent stakes were sharp. I did not find this to be the case with my stakes. I did have moisture build up on the walls of my tent, but it was not a major issue, especially after a 7 hour rainstorm!

You can't go wrong with tent. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300(+)

This tent is small and light.


  • Very light weight
  • Easy to set up


  • Tight for two people
  • Newer version has less ventilation

This tent is small and light enough to justify bringing when I'm solo backpacking. While it weighs more than a bivy it is far more comfortable to hang out in when hiding from mosquitos in the Sierra.

It's easy to set up and has a small footprint and is spacious for one person. It is on the tight side for two people so I'd recommend bringing along the vestibule. If you are taller than 6ft it would be very cramped for two people.

The older version had full mesh door, the newer version has just a small bit of mesh at the top. While it might save weight I would prefer more ventilation. It sets up quickly and easily and is very taut. It's held up to a few ferocious windstorms with minimal flapping and shaking.

It's minimal on features but that's how you get a 3lb two person tent. The two small interior mesh pockets are enough for your headlamp and socks. The tent packs down ridiculously small.

To sum up the Hilight I would say that it is a minimal tent for a person who packs light and doesn't want excess features on their gear.

Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: I don't remember.

I liked this tent until I pushed it to the limit in below zero weather and woke up covered in frost.


  • Lightweight
  • Easy to setup
  • Palace for one
  • Can set it up while inside if weather is bad
  • Side entry


  • Questionable water resistance
  • Not seam sealed
  • Costly
  • Single wall

I used this tent from the Continental Divide trail in Colorado to the Selway Bitteroot Wilderness In Idaho and it did a very nice job giving me lots of room and keeping me dry. Then on an October hike the temperature dropped to 5 below zero and the inside of the tent was covered in frost. The double wall tents all just had the frost on the outer wall and was easily shaken off, but not so with my BD. So when the newer double wall tents came along and were lighter than the BD I knew it was time to upgrade.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $359


  • Weight
  • sStability


  • Setup
  • Small overhang at entrance

Bought this tent for solo winter camping and for emergency shelter. It weighs 2.8 lbs and is described as a 1-2 person. In the den it was a challenge, but in the wind it is downright frustrating. The tent is like a parachute because you have to go inside to install the poles. I'll be spending some time practicing setting up the tent. This tent is a one-person tent!

I have a 6-foot Western Mountaineering sleeping bag rated for -25 degrees. It took 3/4 of the tent and it would almost touch the tent end to end. This was my first time seam sealing a tent and it was a pain. I wished the poles snapped into the mount buttons.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $299

This is a truly great tent but it does have its limitations. This is not a tall person's tent, I'm 5'8" and it fits me great but if you're over six feet tall then go with the BD Lighthouse. Also this isn't a tent you can lie in and gaze up at the stars.

Here's what it does have: great ventilation which means virtually no condensation. I slept in it during a torrential downpour in Yosemite one Memorial Day weekend and stayed totally dry and comfy. No need for a rain fly as the poles go inside making this a weather proof all-in-one shelter.

This is really meant for one person with extra room or two 'very friendly' people, but it's not a two man tent as described. This tent is light weighing in at only a bit over 2.5 lbs. It has a huge door which makes this thing like a living room with a view.

Overall, well worth the money and the envy of your backpacking buddies.

Design: Free standing single wall tent
Sleeps: 1
Ease of Setup: takes a little practice
Weight: 2 lbs. 10 ounces
Price Paid: $339

The lightest most durable 2 person tent I have ever used. Just over 2.5 lbs. Absolutely easy to set up. Secure with just 4 stakes and absolutely stormproof. Virtually no condensation in Louisiana summer weather, and it's a single wall tent. The best tent I've ever bought. I also have a Mountain Hardwear Trango Assault and a Sierra Designs Comet.

Design: three-four season freestanding single wall dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: easiest tent I've ever set up. The plus is that you can get out of the weather and set it up ,because the poles are set up inside.
Weight: 2 lbs. 10 oz.
Price Paid: $339.95

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Price MSRP: $369.95
Current Retail: $499.95
Historic Range: $149.95-$499.95
Reviewers Paid: $299.00-$359.00
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