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Mega Light Tent

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


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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

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)



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Mega Light Tent is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 36.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the MegaMid I first used my MegaMid in 1993 on a month long backpacking trip through Arizona. We trekked and camped in 10days of straight rain in the Weaver's Needle Wilderness area then went to the N Rim of the Grand Canyon for the next 12 days. This shelter proved bombproof. We set it up with rocks on bedrock and used stakes in the dirt. Basically you can get as creative as needed with this thing setting it up anywhere. My original tent featured pretty heavy duty fabric and thus had a much bigger stuff sack. Since then, they've changed the fabric to a lighter material utilizing a carbon pole in place of my original aluminum pole. Much smaller stuff sack and half the weight. This shelter has accompanied me all over the globe on many multi-day self support kayak expeditions where size and weight are critical carrying everything with you in your kayak. At basecamp 3 kayakers chilling in here gives plenty of room. 4 and we're a little cramped but still manage just fine. I've also used it back country touring as a shelter/kitchen/chill spot. Perfect!!!! I'll be taking this to the Himalayas this year for another expedition and the crew is counting on it. Chur
Date published: 2020-03-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from seams When are you going to factory seal the seams? I've used this tent for over 30 years and it is about time you finish the product rather than forcing the customer to do it. The zipper has failed on number 3 and I am now looking elsewhere. Great tent, no excuses for not finishing the job.
Date published: 2020-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick Delivery & unboxing was just like Christmas. I will take it out on a winter Camp on Feb 15 to 17th. And again, Feb 22 - 23. Seems perfect for fast and light style of trekking. I will take ground sheet. I made a 7 inch octagonal "snowshoe" for the pole. (1 inch thick, 3/4 inch deep hole for pole in center) We'll be below treeline. I wouldn't want to depend upon it in high winds above tree line. I also just ordered the Mega Light Bug Tent. This could become my "go to" tent for all seasons.
Date published: 2020-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 20 years of excellence. World class shelter. Our adventure based program runs extended backcountry trips across the globe and has 15,000 graduates a year. We utilize a variety of shelters for a variety of courses types and seasons. The Mega Light is the most utilized and most appreciated. Instructors and students both love them. We regularly put 2-4 people in these on multi-week expeditions. I use them on personal paddling and climbing trips as well. I always take my mega light on self-support kayak trips down the Grand Canyon, Middle Fork Salmon, etc in winter and rough spring conditions. No stakes (rocks instead). No pole (use paddle instead). NOTE: I use the compression sack for the megamid to place over my paddle before using it as a pole- this way I'm less likely to cause micro punctures with sharp fiberglass blade of paddle. If I get a good camp spot I just string up a ridge line between the two trees and clip the center loop of the mega light to that. Then there is no center pole needed at all. The rest of the ridge line doubles as clothesline. I'm on my third mega light in 20 years using it frequently each year in all seasons. If you take care of these high tech pieces of gear, they will take care of you. Be gentle with your zippers (don't drop them in the sand/mud, snap the bottom fastex before zipping to take stress of zipper, etc. Don't dry your megamid for excessive hours in the blazing sun. Be smart with your gear.) Setting these up is easy but you can also do it quite poorly if you aren't intentional with rock/stake placement. I will always own several tents. If I had to keep only one of wouldn't be a contest. The Mega-light. Packs up just as small as most bivy sacks yet I've got room for all my gear, my kitchen, and my sleeping set-up in side during a storm. Great ventilation. I don't like bivy sacks due to the condensation that can build between bag and bivy sack. Mega light is much more sensible. Thank you Black Diamond for keeping this gem in service for so many years. I will keep coming back for this one.
Date published: 2020-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light weight Roomy All I really want to say is if the manufacturer could advertise the correct size they might sell alot more tents it's much bigger that 86" x 86" probably 8'6" is correct read the backpacking light reveiw. Next time I set it up at home I'll measure it for Black Diamond
Date published: 2019-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light weight tent This is an excellent tent for the weight conscious. It is spacious and is fairly comfortable for 4 adults. It can handle 5 plus a dog in a pinch but that might not work well in heavy rain! The tent packs down small and while I prefer the included center pole, it can be rigged with treking poles fairly well. It is nice to be able to sit up in the center of it which is tough in some other light weight options out there. Interestingly, while we bring bug head nets just in case, even on nights with noticable mosquitos we rarely see them in the tent. Finally, it is easy to cook in due to the high center- something I prefer not to do but sometimes weather makes you bend a few safety guidelines! The only cons are that, after a few summers of heavy use there are a few tears starting to manifest around the apex point where the pole attaches to the tent top. Also, be aware there is a little learning curve with dialing in setup. Overall, this is a great light tent option and well worth considering.
Date published: 2019-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from new incarnation I bought this a while back (after my original nylon fly failed) and had a chance to spend a week living in it. It is a much smaller (stuffed), harder to handle silicone fabric but that isn't a negative, just different. It has an improved vent system and simplified tension system to connect the mosquito net interior tent that I always use, much easier to set up. We had some heavy rain and the fly did it's job. Love the carbon fiber pole with optional gizmo to use trekking poles if you have them. I will reserve judgement on the sustainability of the silicone coating, I had a Huba Huba silicone fly fail this year as well but other things seem to last if given the care they require.
Date published: 2019-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile Shelter This is a solid pyramid tent. It's a do-all sort of shelter. It has a burly but lightweight center pole, lightweight fabric, and it's easy to set up with more than one person. It works for 3 people in rainy weather with enough room for each sleeper to have some space, and a fine 4 person fair weather tent. I bought it for a 3 person bike tour and it worked great! I look forward to using it on some ski trips this winter. The criticisms I have is that it doesn't come factory seam sealed (seam sealing is a pain and is pretty much expected from a large company these days), and there is no adjustment mechanism on the line for the stakes. Being able to close the gap from ground to tarp with a line tensioner would make a difference in windy/rainy weather.
Date published: 2019-08-18
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