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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: Black Diamond Oasis Tent Review

Not even the strongest winds can faze the roomy Black Diamond Oasis.

by: Kelly Bastone

Black Diamond Oasis (Seth Hughes).
Black Diamond Oasis (Seth Hughes).

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We love tall tents for the easy living, but the tradeoff is usually more weight or less stability in wind. No such tradeoffs here. The Oasis matches a 45-inch peak height with an aerodynamic shape: "Strong winds didn't even rattle it," said a tester in the North Cascades. And the weight-saving design, which places two doors at one end with a huge, shared vestibule (fits three stacked packs), keeps the load under six pounds.

The hubbed-pole pitch is a snap, and the durable materials and construction showed no weakness after weeks of use. Main concern: The 42-square-foot floor feels tight with three campers. But because of the low weight, it's a great choice for castlelike comfort for two or occasional use for three. $330; 5 lbs. 11 oz. Blackdiamond.com

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tony
Feb 15, 2010

Mark Garberich
Jun 15, 2009

I've been impressed with the ease in putting it up and the quality of construction. We were looking for a tent with an open top, and are really pleased with this one.

Weight is everything
May 29, 2009

Is this the best Backpacker Magazine can do? Ultra light tent at 5 Lbs 11 oz. How in the world could this tent be classified as a ultra light tent? There are a dozen other tents out there are are true ultra light tents. And this for sure is not one of them. When is Backpacker Magazine going to start understanding the difference in the way they advertise the word " ultra light"

Jay
May 19, 2009

FYI...it's www.blackdiamondequipment.com

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