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A two-person mountain tent with a side-door configuration. READ MORE
Item# BD810173WASAALL1

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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).

Tech Specs

Series :   Superlight Series
Season :   4
Capacity :   1-2
Doors :   1
Average Packed Weight :   1.42 kg (3 lb 2 oz)
Minimum Weight :   1.18 kg (2 lb 10 oz)
Dimensions :   206 x 127 x 107 x 102 cm (81 x 50 x 42 x 40 in)
Area :   2.5 m² (27 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.

HiLight Tent is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for ONE person & all conditions As a backpacking guide, I've used this tent extensively for a few years now. It's light, sets up fast (once you figure it out), and stands up to snowstorms, rainstorms, and years of abuse. I only recommend it for a one person tent, as the sides of the tent are wet from condensation pretty much every morning. As soon as you try and squeeze (and I mean SQUEEZE) a second person in, you will both get wet and be pressing hard against the side of the tent and each other. Black diamond, please make a two person tent that is as good as this.
Date published: 2016-04-26
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 3 out of 5 by from condensation issues This tent is lightweight and easy to set up. It is great for one person and you can store your gear inside the tent since there is no vestibule. If you are planning to use it with 2 people…they should know each other very well as i would call this a 1.5 person tent. My biggest issue with this tent is condensation. I have tried to use it on multi day backpacking trips and i am finding myself waking up in a wet tent, even though i have the ventilation wide open. Perhaps it works better in a desert rather than a mountain environment.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Light & Fast 4 Season Tent It really keeps the water out, but one have to seam seal it just out of the box. The fabric is water-proof intended for 4 seasons, which means more for snow, winds, or cold and dry conditions. That's why the ventilation is just 2 panels on top, that said, when the weather is considerable warm and wet, rain is not gonna get through BUT condensation is gonna be the main issue inside. The awning, really useful when getting in and out and keep roof stretched when is wet. Also if wind is hitting from either side, all the air gets redirected through the windows of the tent. A feature that is missing in the firstlight. If there's two people sleeping there, the one inside has to jump over the other to get out. But both persons can be seating inside while cooking, putting boots on or simply feeling less like inside a dark cave.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for trekking only I went to a 3.000 meters high mountain nearby Santiago, Chile and I try to set up the tent in a windy conditions and it was quite difficult. To place the poles on those little spaces while the wind is blowing it is almost impossible. I ended ripping the tent floor because the poles go out of the corner and make a lot of pressure. For a trekking in mild conditions the tent it's perfect but for rough mountain conditions, you want to have another tent. I think BD should redesign the tent and includes a sleeve like the Sierra Designs Convert 2 tent.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Spooning If you love spooning, you are going to love this tent. It's also pretty durable, but I think the spooning aspect trumps the durability aspect. I gave it 4 stars however, because despite the wide door being extremely awesome, it makes it difficult to shoot those photos of legs sticking out of tent doors that everyone is psyched on right now.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It shrunk I had the older version of this tent (it was yellow) for many years and it really is an ideal tent. Solid, lightweight, you can zip it totally closed for cold weather, it fits two people well. Because it was getting older, I worried it wasn't going to stand up to a true downpour any longer. So I ordered this tent. It looks like it just changed color, but it actually got smaller. I'm 6' and my head and feet are both rubbing (I usually sleep diagonally in the tent if I'm solo). I haven't tried putting two people in this tent yet, but it's going to be really tight. The other slight bummer is the old door opened completely, leaving just the mesh window opened. Now, the window is just at the very top. I used to be able to leave the door totally open (with the netting zipped up) so I could watch the sunrise. On the plus side, it is about 6-8 oz lighter...
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 4 season tent Bought this tent last August of 2014 and have used it at a remote lake in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, also used it on a summit bid at Glacier Peak and I'm totally satisfied with this tent. I have read reports of condensation issues with this tent and from my experience have had one instance of condensation, evening temps were around 20 degrees F, clear skies and at 4000. Pitched the tent on some "ground saturated by snow run-off" and woke up the next morning to frozen condensation inside the tent. I brought a REI camp towel just for problems of condensation and to dry off with incase I get caught in a rain storm and wiped down the inside of the HiLight and relocated the tent to a granite surface just 150 feet south of the previous tent site and anchored down with guy lines, the next morning "ZERO CONDENSATION". It pays to pick your tent site properly. I don't know of any tarp tent that doesn't get condensation and I have had tarp tents fail on summit bids where as this one has held up in all conditions and kept me comfortable. Good job Black Diamond!
Date published: 2015-02-21
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