Black Diamond Vista Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
Black DiamondVista Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

Travel light and camp comfortably.

The Black Diamond Vista 3-Person 3-Season Tent keeps you and your two partners comfortable and protected in camp and adds not even six pounds to your group gear tally. This double-wall tent pitches quickly thanks to pole clips, and a mesh top provides ventilation while keeping out the bugs.

  • Freestanding, double-wall design and three-season construction ideal for trekking, climbing, and basecamp applications
  • Floor and fly seam sealed to prevent water from sneaking in through the fabric joints
  • Large doors and vestibules make entry, exit, and gear storage a breeze
  • Fast-pitch hub, variable-diameter DAC Featherlite poles make set-up easy
  • Fast-pitch option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint for a lighter-weight rig (footprint sold separately)
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Great shelter, great customer service

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After four years of use, the fly began to delaminate due to a known manufacturing defect. Company replaced it free of charge based on just a photo of the old one. Outstanding service.

The tent has done everything I've asked of it, hot and cold, wet and dry. Ideally it would be a little lighter, but the weight is a price I'm willing to pay for solid and dependable in a storm.

Rain fly becomes sticky

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not even a year, and the rainfly has became sticky. Even without any prior outdoor use the fly slaps together annoyingly and attracts dirt

Unanswered Question

Are 4 BD Vista footprints too large for a...

Are 4 BD Vista footprints too large for a typical Quetico campsite?

Love this tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We use this tent regularly for backpacking and also for car camping. Easily fits our family of 3 comfortably. We have not had this out in snow but have had it in rain and wind and it works great. I would not hesitate bringing it in some snow. We have also not had it out in an environment where it has poured for days, but when it has come down we were able to shove the packs in the vestibule and one in the tent and still have room. I am 6'2" and it is much roomier than other tents I have been in. A little heavy for backpacking but you can knock the weight down if you do not carry the footprint or do not need the fly. I am willing to carry the extra pound for the room. Agree with others that Black Diamond has really good products and great customer service.

I'm 6' 10" and am looking for a new...

I'm 6' 10" and am looking for a new backpacking tent. Would I be able to fit in this tent without scrunching or laying diagonally taking up the whole tent?

It says the tent is 8 feet long, so you should be fine.

Best Answer

Sam,



At 6'10'' you're 82 inches tall. The floor dimension on this tent is 96 inches long so you should have around 14 inches to spare.



Jared D.

Gearhead

800.409.4502 ext 4055

Bomb-Proof

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this tent because it got great reviews on being spacious and dry. I have been living out of it for four and a half months in the National Forest in the Rockies of Colorado. In the course of four and a half months I stayed dry through every single monsoon. Amazingly easy to set up, wonderfully spacious, and quality materials. I had a bear try to break into my tent and unfortunately broke my pole system. Even though "bear damage" isn't covered by warranty BD stuck by their product and sent me new ones no questions asked and free.

Hands down awesome tent. Only complaint is it's pretty heavy. For the size, double wall construction, and ease of setup... worth it.

Awesome 3 or 4 man tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is our family default tent for bike, car, or backpack camping. Fits 3 adults with room and vestibule of 4 kids. Durable, light-ish, and pretty good during summer as a bug tent with no fly. Never tired it in winter but for a 3 season tent its hard to beat. Luxury for sure, but worth it if you are carrying a double wall tent.

Could someone tell me if the head and foot...

Could someone tell me if the head and foot ends of the tent are steeply sloped, how much useable space is there length wise? I'm over 6'3", would I have room to spare with a thick sleeping mat under me and a high lofting sleeping bag?

Best Answer

The head and foot ends have a reasonable slope (maybe 5" every foot of rise) for the first couple feet. Your bag will touch tent wall at the feet, but you'll have plenty of room to comfortably sprawl out.

BlackDiamond Vista = Best 3 man tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the only 3 man tent I've found that actually fits 3 men comfortably. I have used it on several hikes in the Tetons and mountains of central Idaho. We've been in all types of weather and have never had issues. The set up is incredibly easy.



A few weeks ago I purchased the footprint for this tent. Upon receiving it, my two boys and I decided to sleep outside using just the footprint and rain fly. That's when I found out my boys had stored the rain fly wet after their last excursion. It was covered in mildew and smelled terrible. Oddly enough, the tent was absolutely fine. I called Black Diamond to see if I could purchase just the rain fly, since I knew it wasn't a warranty issue. They put me into warranties anyway and a guy named Eric informed me that they have found several instances of the tents purchased around 2010 having this problem. He told me to ship it back and they would replace it with a complete new Vista. All I'm paying for is the return shipping. Plus he told me I could keep all my stakes and poles. They just want the tent and fly. Awesome customer service by Black Diamond, especially when it wasn't expected.

Amazing tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros: I really like this tent. It is lightweight for amount of floorspace it has. It is rock solid in high wind, when properly tied down.



Cons: It is kind of annoying that the poles are one huge piece. Zipper can get stuck in the rain fly quite a bit, but can easily be avoided.



Black diamond has great customer service. Hard not to support this company.

I agree with all you've said. Especially Black Diamond's customer service.

High Sierra badass

    I did a lot of research before settling on this tent and I couldn't be more pleased. Our very first night in the High Country a dynamic storm came rolling through. I wasn't really prepared for the wind and so had minimally staked the tent, but it held up fantastic. It also didn't even blink at the torrential downpour we had. In fact the whole trip I was warm and dry. I bought this tent specifically to fit my cot, as I'm not a hardcore on the floor camper, and believe me it is a perfect one woman tent. Plenty of room for all my stuff.

    Disappointed

      The stitching on the Velcro closure of the vestibule door failed on the first night we used the tent. It would be a simple thing to fix, but it is an indication of poor workmanship, and leads to a loss of faith in the quality of the tent. We sent it back. The return process is very easy - Backcountry.com has superb customer service.

      Vista Getting it Done Again and Again

      Camped in between GTNP and Yellowstone

      Vista Getting it Done Again and Again

      I'm tossing up between the Vista here and...

      I'm tossing up between the Vista here and its 2-man equivalent, the BD Mesa. At the end of the day, its predominant use will probably be car camping with my girlfriend as well as perhaps some casual multidayers where weight isn't going to be so crucial.
      I'm impressed, borderline amazed at the size specs on the Vista, especially important considering I'm 6'6", but I'm wondering if the weight of the Mesa will make it a more versatile tent for a camping/back-packing crossover.
      I guess what I'm wondering is whether it would be better to go for the roomier Vista and then when needed purchase a smaller, lighter, backcountry specific tent - or, try to get the best of both worlds with the Mesa - lighter, but suffer on size... Specialize or generalize? Thoughts anyone? Cheers

      Best Answer

      Get two tents. You'll do it eventually anyway so get a comfy one for car camping and add the lightweight backpacking tent later. Those pounds/ounces do add up at the end of a long day of backpacking.

      The eternal conflict between car camping comfort and backcounty weight. This one isn't too bad for being a 3-person, so of the many choices you could make that would serve both purposes, this one could easily be a top candidate in the weight/price dept. (but you will have to seal all your own seams by hand). Although, if that second backpacking tent is definitely in your future anyway, and you want to mostly focus on the car camping at this point, also check out the Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3.

      I'm considering getting the Vista for mostly spacious 2-person hiking/camping but with the option of bringing a 3rd person along. I don't think it's too heavy for two people to hike with and all that extra space would be awesome!

      Only a one-year warranty when Marmot, Big...

      Only a one-year warranty when Marmot, Big Agnes and others offer lifetime? What's with that?

      Probably a question for Black Diamond and not Backcountry

      I'm not asking Backcountry per se, I'm asking anyone who happens to read my question and has a helpful answer to provide.

      assateague island national seashore backcountry

      held tight in 60 mph winds that night!

      assateague island national seashore backcountry

      Great tent

        It's a little bulky, but the weight to size ratio is amazing! I'm 6'3" and have no problem stretching out without butting into the sides, and there is more than enough room for me, my wife and our 3 large dogs.Last weekend we were in a torrential downpour with gusting winds in every direction at 12,000', and everything inside the tent and vestibules stayed bone dry. Some of the user photos make the rain fly look loose and flimsy, but there's no problem cinching it down tight as a drum.Aired it out in advance and no bug issues. The only criticism, as others have noted, is that the vestibule doors seem to be on the wrong side in relation to the tent door, so you have to open the tent door completely to get through the vestibule door. No big deal, but I would expect BD to reconfigure the set up.Highly recommended!

        Black Diamond Vista 3 in the Tetons

        Great tent. Allowed the "air out" suggestion and zero bug problems. Plenty of room for me and my two sons. Probably could have fit one more kid if necessary. It rained during the night and I jumped out and had the fly on and vestibules staked (tied to a boulder on one side due to rocky ground) in a matter of a few minutes. Our packs and foot gear stayed nice and dry. Great performance and room. Paid $299. Love this tent.

        Black Diamond Vista 3 in the Tetons

        Black Diamond Vista 3 in the Tetons

        Great tent. Allowed the "air out" suggestion and zero bug problems. Plenty of room for me and my two sons. Probably could have fit one more kid if necessary. It rained during the night and I jumped out and had the fly on and vestibules staked (tied to a boulder on one side due to rocky ground) in a matter of a few minutes. Our packs and foot gear stayed nice and dry. Great performance and room. Paid $299. Love this tent.

        Black Diamond Vista 3 in the Tetons