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A roomy, 4-person floorless tarp shelter, the Mega Light sets the standard for lightweight and versatile tents. READ MORE
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A roomy, 4-person floorless tarp shelter, the Mega Light sets the standard for lightweight and versatile tents. Learn More


The ultra versatile, floorless Mega Light Tent pulls duty for nearly anything you can dream up: from emergency tarp shelter to luxury glacier dining room to an ultralight shelter for months-long thru-hikes.

  • Four-person capacity with single zippered opening
  • Rugged carbon fiber center pole
  • 30d SilNylon
  • Pole Link Converter™ for ski/trekking pole set-up
  • Optional mega bug netting available
  • Requires seam sealing with McNett Sil-Net Sealer (not included)

Tech Specs

Season :   4
Capacity :   4
Doors :   1
Average Packed Weight :   1.27 kg (2 lb 13 oz)
Minimum Weight :   1.05 kg (2 lb 5 oz)
Dimensions :   218 x 218 x 145 cm (86 x 86 x 57 in)
Packed Size :   13 x 25 cm (5 x 10 in)
Outside Height :   170 cm (66 in)
Usable Height :   145 cm (57 in)
Usable Floor Space :   4.7 m² (50.7 sq ft)
Total Coverage :   7.2 m² (81 sq ft)


  • 2017 Backpacker Editors' Choice Snow
Mega Light Tent is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best balance of features Light, durable, roomy, very packable, versatile. I'm on my 3rd one over 15 years and I use it in all kinds of weather, 50 - 100 nights/yr. Watch out for heavy wet, snow. (I've snapped the enclosed pole at the joint). Love it for ventilation here in the SE US. Right, no floor or screen so you have to be OK with a few crawlies. Mosquitos and gnats tend to congregate at the top peak. Not an issue inside sitting comfortably on my Crazy Creek watching storms with one side completely pulled back. Maybe I'm careful but I've never had a rip or tear. Use BD trekking poles which double as the center pole away from car. Adapter included. Whew! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Defective materials weaken an overall good tent I've used and enjoyed my Megamid for several years. Unfortunately the interior side of the fabric has become extremely sticky/tacky/smelly due to degradation of the waterproof coating. The tent sticks to itself and is difficult to pull apart- the material is so sticky that it picks up any bit of dirt, sand, leaves, dog hair etc. and sticks to clothing/skin. The tent still functions well enough, but it's really unpleasant dealing with this issue, especially since I paid a premium for the tent, and (based on the experience of other people with the same problem) this issue seems to show up long after the product's 1-year warranty has expired.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Tent! I first used this tent on a short backpacking trip and loved the simplicity. When it came time to buy a new tent several years ago, I chose this one and got the mega bug as well. I mostly use this tent for backpacking and it has always been great. It is light enough to bring on a solo trip but still has plenty of space for multi-person trips. I recommend this tent to everyone.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from workable shelter I have owned this tent for a few years now and it stands up surprisingly well to wind and rain. Replacing the center pole with with the two-ski-pole-joiner-thing works great. Factory taped seams would be a major improvement. There are a lot of seams to seal, and factory taping lasts longer. If you are deciding between this and a regular tent, there are some factors to consider. It has to be well staked and occasionally the ground does not cooperate. The floor space is generous for the weight but the low outside edges are less useful in wet weather because contact with the fabric (like all tents) is undesireable. It works poorly in winter because snow slides down and crushes the edges. If the rain is really horizontal it will get under the fly and over the floor. It is still my goto shelter because of weight and convenience, but not on trips where I can't afford failure.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 4-season emergency shelter I have been looking for an emergency shelter that will protect me and 2-4 others during SAR missions in the Colorado wilderness. Square tarps were light but hard to set up, and cuben pyramids were simple but pricey. I've seen this lightweight silnylon 'mid work well in the snow with optional snow anchors, and with some paracord and/or thin bungees you can leave the center pole behind to save even more weight. Don't forget to apply SilNet to the interior seams 48 hours before you go.
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lightweight & resilient, but needs a better zipper This is a great lightweight tent for backpacking with a group. If you're traveling in rainy and windy environments, getting the Mega Bug is pretty essential to stay dry (there is a small gap between the ground at the Mega Light when you set it up that the base of the Mega Bug covers with its mini side walls). Every time I've traveled with just the Mega Light and a group of three or four, I have gotten wet when it rained if I'm sleeping on the outside. I would also say that it's better for a group of three than four if you're going on a longer expedition (20+ days) and don't have a separate gear tarp. I have been out in windy alpine conditions with it and although it sounds like it's going to fly away like a parachute, it never has. Make sure you put some heavy rocks on the stakes just to be safe, though! The bummer is that the zipper is likely the first thing to break on this tent. You can usually help mediate this problem by religiously clipping the bottom buckle. However, it would also be awesome if Black Diamond made it with a bit of a burlier buckle. It likely wouldn't add much weight and would increase the overall durability of the tent!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super light and versatile Perfect gear tent, or a massive two person tent for longer trips. You can nearly stand up in it and have plenty of floor space. Only dislike is that you have to seal the seams yourself which is a pain in the a**.
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for backpacking As an outdoor instructor, I take anywhere from 10 to 25 students backpacking in the Colorado Rockies, and we use this tent. It is light, compact and roomy enough for 4 college students plus gear. It has held up in torrential rainfall and extreme wind when camping above the tree line. Great product and would recommend this tent for group backpack excursions.
Date published: 2015-07-17
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