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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Black Diamond Eldorado Tent

A bomber tent with lots of legroom

by: Casey Lyons

Black Diamond Eldorado (Courtesy Photo)
Black Diamond Eldorado (Courtesy Photo)

Want more legroom on your summit attempt? The Eldorado has it—as well as all the guts you need to get through almost any conditions the mountain can dish out. Caught in a swirling snow globe of 25-mph winds and seven inches of snow at 11,500 feet near Colorado’s Berthoud Pass (page 9), one tester said he still slept easy: “It has a very sturdy, taut pitch that held up beautifully in the wind and snow.” A two-pole endoskeleton (poles on the inside) goes up quickly and corner guylines complete the bomber pitch in just seconds.

Testers liked the generous floor dimensions (30.8 square feet) and the 87-inch long floor (53 inches wide) accommodated testers up to 6’4”, plus gear—and all for under five pounds. For basecamping before summit attempts, as a crew from Alaska Mountain Guides did for six days below 6,178-foot Flower Mountain in Alaska’s Chilkat Range, an optional vestibule ($130, 1 lb. 9 oz.) attaches onto the front for nine additional square feet of protected space—though in the most driving rains, water can sneak through the overhead vent and drip onto the tent door.

The singlewall tent’s waterproof/breathable ToddTex material wicks water impressively fast, which keeps the interior dry to the touch and all but eliminates dripping condensation.

4 lbs. 10 oz

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