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Gear Details: Tents

Black Diamond Vista

Manufacturer: Backbone Media

SKU: 810195

Product Details:
Product Year2008
Single Wall:
Number of Poles:3
Pole Material:high-strength aluminum
Diameter of Poles (mm):9.6
Floor Space (square feet):50.7
Length (inches):96
Width (inches):86
Nonstandard Shape:
Interior Height (inches):46
Vestibule Type:standard
Vestibule Front Area (square feet):9
Vestibule Back Area (square feet):9
Weight (lbs, oz): 5,15
Optional fly/footprint/pole setup


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We took this tent on our 3 night backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon this past May. There were just two of us, so the roomy interior allowed us to sleep comfortably and have room for gear inside as well. My hiking buddy is over 6 feet tall, and he had plenty of room.

We had temps over 100 degrees, but by keeping the rainfly off, we were cool at night and comfortable.

This tent sets up quickly and easily- and just as importantly, rolls up and goes back into it's stuff sack very easily.

Some people have complained that it attracts bugs, but that goes away after airing the tent out. We did not have that problem.

I found only one drawback: The stakes that come with the tent are flimsy and don't hold up well. This was fixed by replacing the stakes.
Posted by Sue, Oct 07, 2009 Star Star Star Star Star

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