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A compact two-person, four-season tent built for weight-conscious climbers. READ MORE
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A compact two-person, four-season tent built for weight-conscious climbers. Learn More


A compact two-person, four-season tent built for weight-conscious climbers, the Black Diamond Firstlight is based on the I-Tent’s expedition-specific design with steep walls and a simple floor shape to optimize living space and increase headroom. For durability, all seams are double sewn and the stress points are reinforced. With two equal length DAC Featherlite poles that fit inside the tent with hook-and-loop wraps, it’s easy to set up—even from inside. For cross ventilation, both the small rear window and the door are covered with no-see-um mesh. The canopy is contructed with water resistant, breathable NanoShield fabric. For interior organization, the Firstlight has two interior mesh pockets.

  • Two-person design with single door entry and optional vestibule for gear storage
  • Two internal DAC Featherlite poles
  • Two interior mesh pockets
  • Zippered mesh panels at rear and door for ventilation
  • Proprietary NanoShield single-wall fabric and 2000 mm floor
  • Optional ground cloth available
  • Check with your Attorney General's office for flame retardancy requirements on tents in your state (or province).

Tech Specs

Series :   Superlight Series
Season :   4
Capacity :   2
Doors :   1
Average Packed Weight :   1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz)
Minimum Weight :   1.28 kg (2 lb 13 oz)
Dimensions :   208 x 123 x 123 x 107 cm (82 x 48 x 48 x 42 in)
Area :   2.5 m² (27.3 sq ft)
Packed Size :   15 x 23 cm (6 x 9 in)


Superlight Series tent canopies and bivys are constructed with NanoShield—Black Diamond’s proprietary breathable single-layer fabric. NanoShield is extremely water-resistant boasting the highest water column rating of any breathable, single-layer fabric. This is thanks to our exclusive Silicone Nanocell coating, which allows the fabric to remain light, soft and packable.



  • Men's Journal Magazine - 2013 Gear Lab Approved
Firstlight Tent is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Big disappointment This tent might be a good winter tent but I would not recommend it for any place were there is rain. We found the walls to leak water in a heavy rain since it was only a single wall tent. However for some reason the floor is completely water proof so one night in Nepal we woke to find ourselves and all our gear floating in inches of water. The tent is small so we often were elbowing each other as we moved around or were hitting the sides of the tent causing the frost condensation in the mornings to come raining down on us. It was lightweight for sure but we lived a very wet existence for the 3 months of our trek. We would not use this tent again.
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lighter, Faster I bought one of the original Gore-tex I-Tent during the mid-80's which I still have and it is a bomb proof tent. When the Firstlight came out I worried it was to fragile, but it is not. When you get in a situation with bad weather on snow above treeline, this tent is great. The Firstlight is lighter, more compact, and super easy to setup. Most tents are easy to setup when the weather is nice, but how easy and fast are they when the weather condition go bad and/or you are exhausted? As I have aged, I'm looking for equipment that is lighter, simple to use, less bulk, and that works!
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like this tent I am a climbing guide so my tent gets a fair amount of use. I have endured 90 mph winds in this tent, driving rain and snow and this is the most bomber tent you can get for the weight and way more comfortable than a bivy bag but only a bit heavier. My Firstlight lasted 5 years against heavy abuse, which included being launched across alpine boulders into a lake where it sunk and had to be dragged out by hand, swimming. It stayed intact despite tagging a bunch of rocks on the way across the boulders and it held up to the sea anchor effect of the drag on it underwater on the tow back to shore. The material is lightweight and has a limited lifespan, I am ordering a my second Firstlight because I am happy with the first one. The setup of this tent is so simple you could do it without a head lamp in a storm. This tent is not the best if you are over 5'10". The head and foot of my sleeping bag touch the walls when I use this tent with two people, I am 5'10". When I am by myself I fit fine diagonally. The optional vestibule makes a great dog house for k9 companions too.
Date published: 2013-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Alpine Tent I purchased this tent for alpine climbing. I set it up at our base camp at 10,500 feet in snow. It is very roomy for one person and gear. The guys next door were sharing a Firstlight, and admitted that it was cozy for 2 people. The floor kept me dry during my 2 days in base camo, and the tent was rock solid In windy conditions. Some people have complained about condensation issues with this tent (expected with a single wall tent) but I experienced zero condensation problems. I am very pleased with this tent!
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just back from the Latok/Ogre cirque I spent seven weeks in the Karakorum and used the firstlight during climbing forays. If lightweight and easy setup are for you...look no further! I'm 6 ft. Tall and it's long enough for me but if you're much taller it might be too short. I stayed dry during several snow events. It is certainly snug and you might consider the vestibule...I, for one, was going as light as possible. It's on my equipment list for a go at San Lorenzo in Patagonia this January!
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ideal 3-season tent For the past three falls, springs, and summers I have used the Firstlight. In a variety of weather conditions, it has performed superbly. I really like its single-wall construction, internal pole setup, front door entrance, and back window ventilation. I just returned from a lengthy summer trip to southwestern Colorado and never once did I have an issue of condensation inside the tent. The floor-plan (width, length, height) work well for me, my dog, and gear. I have never felt crowded or the need for more space. To better organize things, I have found the BD attic to be indispensible. My only complaint with the Firstlight has been trouble with the zippers on the external and mesh doors. After several days use, they have separated and required some cleaning or a repositioning of the tent stakes.
Date published: 2013-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit short The simplicity and functionality of this tent are great. Set up is fast and can be done in such a way that you keep the inside more or less dry when its coming down. I bought this tent based on the dimensions listed on the site. I am 6'2'' (74 in) and sometimes use a long sleeping bag. Despite the listed length of 84'', I BARELY fit in this tent, another couple inches would be more comfortable. When I use my long sleeping bag it is less than ideal. Still happy with this tent for many uses.
Date published: 2014-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love a Single Wall! I am 6'3" 195 lbs this tent barely works for my height, but it works. Set up including footprint is rapid. Setup in wind is somewhat difficult because you must engage the inside Velcro tabs around the flex poles or the tent will colaps in wind. I view this as a small problem totally overcome by the tents light weight and ease of set up. Bottom line is this tent would be a stretch as a two person with a person of height. That said, the extra room is great for gear with one person without having to use the vestibule. I also am a fan of quick set up without staking; which this tent accomplishes with ease.
Date published: 2017-10-15
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