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#3686 - 04/21/10 01:23 PM lightweight 4-season tent?
DobeMom Offline


Registered: 10/16/09
Posts: 29
Loc: Palmdale, California
Since GigaMike pointed me to the Black Diamond Firstlight, I've been reading some reviews about it online. I think it would be a perfect tent for me for snowcamping in the Sierras. I love its light weight, but seems like condensation could be an issue. I guess it's the nature of single-walled tents... Is it something I should worry about with my down bag getting wet? I imagine if I go solo, the 2-person Firstlight provides ample space so I won't be up against the sides... I also read that the internal poles are more conducive to dripping (from condensation)? Anybody has any experience with it? Any favorite 4-season tents that's still light weight? Thanks!!!
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#3695 - 04/21/10 10:00 PM Re: lightweight 4-season tent? [Re: DobeMom]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1253
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
I've used the BD's Lighthouse for the last 3 or 4 years. I've had condensation problems twice, once when I had the thing entirely zipped up because it was stinking cold and windy and the other when it wide open...and I have no idea why, other than it being a dew point thingy.

I haven't had it out in the 4th season...yet. My intention was to use it this year but I did not get out.

Every tent I've used in the 4th season has had condensation....errrrr...frost problems, single wall or double wall.

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#3704 - 04/22/10 03:40 PM Re: lightweight 4-season tent? [Re: wbtravis]
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Registered: 10/16/09
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Loc: Palmdale, California
Thanks for the info on condensation, especially that double-walled tents have that problem, too! So many choices, not enough time or $$$, crazy
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