Brand: Black Diamond Gear Reviews
Model: Beta Light
Heads up Bill Shatner: We have a Priceline-worthy bargain for you. This three-star accommodation costs less than $60 per person, and while there are compromises for such a low price, it’s a fair trade: You lose nice-to-have features, not need-to-have performance. Setup is fast and intuitive, with two crossing poles. Once pitched, this double-wall kept our tester dry and comfortable through wind-driven rain near Utah’s Cedar Breaks National Monument.
“It thunderstormed with spectacular fury, but the weatherproofing proved up to it,” he reports. “And the next morning—despite cold temps that brought snow to the peaks—the interior had zero condensation, thanks to two fly vents that facilitate airflow.” Tall testers praised the 90-inch length, which let one 6’5” camper recline without kicking mesh. And a gear loft (included) maximizes floor space for occupants. The 47-inch peak height provides ample headroom in the center of the tent, though the walls angle lower than the best designs, so they feel close when you’re lying down.
Durability is definitely a need-to-have, and these tent materials (such as the 75-denier polyester fly) don’t need babying. Those tradeoffs? There’s just one door, and the nine-square-foot vestibule is rather shallow, so gear stashed there maxed out the storage space and complicated in-and-out maneuvers. But considering the low weight and price, these are minor drawbacks. $170; 5 lbs. 8 oz.
Two trekking poles required. Also Beta Bug mesh net and Beta Floor available.