Black Diamond Beta Light
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Price $365.00 at Hyperlite Mountain Gear$219.95 at Backcountry
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$376 List$220.00 at Amazon$369.95 at Backcountry
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Pros Extremely lightweight & packable, adaptable to almost any situation, top quality materialsPlenty of room for two people plus gear, adaptable for four season use, very affordableHuge storage and living space, good weather protection, easy set-up, durable, good priceAffordable, very spacious for two, double doorsPole construction, good rain protection, affordable
Cons Lacks bug protection and privacy, expensiveNo floor or bug protection, potential condensation problems, needs to be seam sealedCondensation issues, hard to set-up on rocky terrain, need poles for set-up, bulkier than mostNot adaptable, SilNylon not as weather proof as DCF, needs to be set-up specific to weatherCramped with two people, flexes in heavy wind, heavier design
Bottom Line A versatile and lightweight tarp shelter earning our highest honorA very affordable and spacious pyramid tentLuxurious and spacious trail living in a lightweight packageA spacious single wall tent at a relatively affordable priceA reliable and affordable pole-constructed ultralight tent
Rating Categories Square Flat Tarp Beta Light Gossamer Gear The Two Haven Tarp Nemo Hornet 2P
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Specs Square Flat Tarp Beta Light Gossamer Gear The... Haven Tarp Nemo Hornet 2P
Type Flat tarp Floorless pyramid Single wall pole tent w/ sewn-in vestibule. Shaped tarp Double wall pole tent
Weight with all components 0.64 lbs 1.35 lbs 1.96 lbs 1.15 lbs 2.34 lbs
Measured Weight of All Included Shelter Parts Total: 0.64 lbs Guy lines: 1.8 oz, Tarp: 8.5 oz Total: 1lb. 5.6 oz., Tent: 1lb. 1.3 oz., Stakes: 3.8 oz., Stuff sack: 0.5oz., (Bug netting and floor 1 lb. 13 oz - sold separately) Total: 1 lb. 15.35 oz., Tent: 1 lb. 12.30 oz., 6 stakes: 2.35 oz, stake bag: 0.05 oz., cord: 0.65 oz., tent bag: 0.05 oz. Haven Tent: 1 lb. 3.4 oz. (extra: Haven Net Tent: 15.0 oz w/ guy lines) Total: 2 lb. 5.3 oz., Tent: 12.7 oz; Fly: 11.2 oz, Poles: 8.0 oz, Stakes: 3.6 oz, Included cordage: 1.0 oz, Stuff sack: 0.9 oz.
Stakes Included? No Yes Yes No Yes
Poles Needed for Set-up? Yes or Tree Yes Yes Yes No
Capacity 2 person 2 person 2 person 2 person 2 person
Max Floor Dimensions (inches) 103" x 103" 98" x 80" 42” x 89” 88" x 44" 85" x 51"
Peak Height (inches) Depends on configuration 49" 46" 45" 40"
Fabric DCF8 Dyneema Composite Fabrics 30D SilNylon 15D high tenacity nylon 30D SilNylon 10D Nylon Ripstop
Packed Size 6.5" x 5.5" x 3.5" 4" x 6" 6.5" x 12" 12" x 4.5" 19" x 5"
Floor Area Depends on configuration 34.7 sq ft 29.04 sq ft 53 sq ft 27.3 sq ft
Doors 2 1 2 2 2
Number of Poles 2 trekking poles 2 trekking poles 2 trekking poles 2 trekking poles 1
1-person version? 6'x8' available No Yes No Yes
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