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A two-person mountain tent with a side-door configuration. READ MORE
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A two-person mountain tent with a side-door configuration. Learn More


A spacious one-person lounge or a cozy two-person assault-style tent, the Black Diamond HiLight uses a two-and-a-half pole design for steep, water-shedding walls and a wide, high ceiling. The full side-opening door has a built-in no-see-um mesh window, and coupled with another window on the opposite side, the HiLight offers excellent ventilation. The canopy is built with highly water-resistant and breathable NanoShield fabric. For keeping track of the little things, the HiLight has two interior mesh pockets.

  • One- or 2-person design with single door entry and optional vestibule for gear storage
  • Two-and-a-half-pole design provides twice the strength and a drip-free awning
  • Two interior mesh pockets
  • Mesh window on door and back wall 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).


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.

HiLight Tent is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lite is right! I own the original yellow version of this tent and the new green version. I feel that both materials work about equally well. I prefer the older color, but I needed a new tent. I’ve had the old one out in all manner of weather. High winds, heavy snow, and hours of rain. Yes, it collects some condensation, but what tent doesn’t? It’s seen many days of heavy use over the years. I bought the new one to guide on Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier this summer. It performed very well in hours or cold rain and in high winds. I’ve used it primarily as a solo tent, but I have used it as a cozy two-person shelter on several occasions. Great shelter for the weight!
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indoor setup practice Several reviewers have observed the tent is very difficult to setup and to practice indoors or you might rip it. I had zero problems, but if you don't stake out the tent it is indeed very difficult. The BD setup directions tell you to stake out the tent first. If you're practicing indoors, setup guylines on all four external stake loops and tie them to an object - furniture leg, ski boot etc. Then wear your headlamp. insert the poles as shown. To avoid puncturing the tent, follow the directions and use the velcro pole loop above the first insertion, to keep the pole in place in the grommet. Keeping tension on the pole to keep it seated in the grommet, gradually bend it the pole and insert into opposite corner. You will definitely see whether it is place correctly using your headlamp. It is much like stringing a bow. You visually make sure the bowstring is correctly seated at the bottom of the bow, tension the bow, and make darn sure the upper and lower bowstring string loops are properly seated. When tension is released, the bow is taught and totally stable - and so will be your HiLight. On the flip side, the tent is incredibly easy to take down - took me 1 or 2 minutes. A complaint about seam seal kit - no syringe or brush was included with the sealant, both are called out in the tent setup instructions. I'm not going to glop that sealant on my new tent directly out of the tube.
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and protects from the elements A great tent solution for keeping it light while providing armor from the elements. Simple and easy. Using the tent in some harsh weather, I'm super confident with it. I used it when I headed into the backcountry, above snowline and when the barometer dropped bringing in some epic weather.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zipping down the door really keeps the dirt out I bought this tent for it's size. I commonly climb in remote areas where I am hiking in a fair amount of gear and the Hi-light tent is awesome. It provides great protection from the wind and is easy to setup. I was skeptical of a door that zipped and rolled down to the floor but quickly learned to love how well it keeps the dirt out.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tent I've been very pleased with this tent. I use it as a one person tent and thus it's quite roomy. At around only 3 lbs weight it's not much of a splurge to use it for only one person.The net windows work well because when they are unzipped they don't flop down on the floor, they just flop down part way, and they can be rolled up and secured if desired. The single large door allows convenient in/out access and when it's open provides a nice view outside. It will have more condensation than a double wall, no doubt, but in a generally dry climate like the Sierras that is not much of a problem. On the flip side it is significantly warmer than a two piece tent. Finally, I love that it's so quick to set up.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tent, Zero problems I used the original ToddTex tent by Bibler in Alaska for years. When trying to find a new one, I researched that BD now makes it! This Hilight tent just a little different but just as good. Single walled, breathable, inside construction with a large opening is the key to a light weight tent. I have experienced hordes of mosquitoes outside of the tent while stepping in, zipping up and constructing the tent: I have stepped inside it in blizzard conditions and constructed it from the inside (difficult but way better than trying it from the outside with a different type of tent); I have been in the tent reading while it was raining for 4 days straight (yes, I wiped down the inside with a camp rag). Now I take it on offroad motorcycle trips everywhere I go (just returned from South Africa, previously riding in Peru). Everywhere, other riders ask where did I get such a simple, uncomplicated tent. I am always sitting back with a brew while other riders are still trying to figure out how their life became so complicated!
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very light, sturdy tent with all the space u need I used this on a climb/ski of Mt Rainier via the Emmons route. We had a quite night sleeping in light wind and it felt sturdy, and was impressed with its strength/weight. We did split up the poles & tent, but i could have carried both and not noticed it (even though my bag + rope + skis/boots was 68 lbs at start). I would have given it a '5-star' rating if BOTH sides had doors like the Ahwahnnee, but alas, it does the duty well. Spacious enough for two brothers (i'm 6'-1", he's 'barely' 5'-11"), with some gear to dry and water bottles to keep warm, but at 'exact' dimensions of all you need. We also used it in lower elevations and it was surprisingly easy to set up in < 5 min in the dark with a sole headlamp (true test of any tent). Kermit color is great! DO use a ground clothe as material is thin. Suggested Improvements (sorry, i'm an engineer): 1) gear pockets are on non-door side, which makes no sense with two people, why not at both short ends where both could reach instead of just one? 2) Stakes are thin sheets of metal that bend like spoon if you focus on them, just don't even bother (there is no stake!) 3) you have to seam seal it (i didn't), still not sure why that's not done, to save labor? Seriously, why? Don't you have interns? 4) Doors on both sides, otherwise climbing partner/bro will knee you when he climbs over and says 'oh, sorry'. yeah right your friggin sorry! (I made him carry the rope since i'm older) 5) More reflector tape. Don't ask why, climbing partner/bro thought it needs it. 6) center guide line points in middle of panel. I noticed this in the higher end mtn'r tents, unsure why it couldn't be done for this. Again, interns!?! I plan on using it in some future Sierra, international and ski mtn'r trips (hopefully) in future with my son, who at 2 is already asking (when we get in the car), "Daddy, mountains?" Ohhh... i have trained you well son, i have trained you well.. just don't become a Lakers fan and i will love you always.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bomb proof once set up I've had this tent for about 5 years. Once it's up, it withstands, wind, snow and rain with no problems. What I don't like: 1.) Have to seam seal it yourself. If you're not good at this, the tent will leak. For $400, why can't Black Diamond seal it at the factory? 2.) Inserting the poles in the tent by yourself with even zero wind is a challenge no matter how many times I've done it. It drives me crazy. I constantly worry that I'm going to rip the tent wall when one of the fairly sharp poles comes out of the grommet when I'm trying to install the other pole (which happens all the time). 3.) If you're camping on snow and the ground cloth doesn't cover the very edges of the tent where the poles / grommets are located, your body heat melts the snow and I've had some water come up through the grommet holes. As I said, once it's up, I love it - very room inside (much more roomy than a strictly one-man tent), great ventilation and extremely sturdy, but I HATE setting it up.
Date published: 2017-06-25
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