Completely redesigned, the FirstLight Tent is Black Diamond's optimal shelter for serious mountain missions. It's still the lightest, most packable tent that Black Diamond builds, and it's been updated to maximize airflow while still minimizing weight. Black Diamond's new (patent pending) Flow Manifold technology allows interior heat convection and exterior airflow to draw moisture vapor out of the tent, so you don't have a crisp layer of frost on your sleeping bag every morning. Flow Manifold also allows for a central, ceiling exit for anchoring in on steep mountaineering expeditions. Black Diamond also updated the FirstLight with fully taped seams for better protection against rain, snow, and wet weather. Made with Dyneema, the guylines are significantly stronger than the previous season's FirstLight, and the internal pole grips are reinforced for better longevity.
- Black Diamond's lightest, most packable tent for mountaineering
- Redesigned to maximize airflow with Flow Manifold technology
- 4-season versatility includes fully taped seams for waterproofing
- Internal pole sleeves with reinforced grips for a secure setup
- Stronger reflective guylines minimize stretch overtime
- Central, ceiling exit rope exit anchors on steep pitches
- Q & A
Not rain proof
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
After careful seam sealing i set up the tent under a typical Colorado 30 min rain shower. It leaked. Specifically, the water seeps through where the poles touch the fabric and drips from the poles on the floor. It is a mountaineering tent, but it won't keep you dry even in typical summer rainstorm in the Rockies. It is the worst of both worlds: there is not enough ventilation when it's dry outside, so condensation is bad, but when it rains the water gets in anyway.
On BD's website they say "seam sealer required" but you guys list it as "fully sealed". Which one is it? I think they just released an upgraded version of this tent with sealed seams, but I'm a bit confused because the page on their website seems to be the new version but still says it requires seam sealer.
You are right. This is the older version of the tent, and seem sealer will be required like their website says.