Black Diamond Beta Light
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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award   Top Pick Award 
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Pros Plenty of room for two people plus gear, adaptable for four season use, very affordableAmazingly light, four-sided weather protection, ample space for two, double doorsDCF construction is lightweight and waterproof, super spacious, four season useGreat weather protection, lightweight, adaptableUnder a pound, bombproof dyneema construction, ultralight stakes included
Cons No floor or bug protection, potential condensation problems, needs to be seam sealedExpensive, doesn’t include necessary stakesRequires lashing two poles together for setup, very expensive, no floor or bug protection built inExpensiveExpensive, single pole set-up takes a little practice
Bottom Line A very affordable and spacious pyramid tentAmazing weather and bug protection makes this one of the most popular thru-hiking options and our Editors' ChoiceA spacious, expensive, and high quality single-wall pyramid tentA shelter built to take on storms with comfortLightweight and bombproof, this shelter will keep you dry and bug-free on solo sojourns
Rating Categories Black Diamond Beta Light ZPacks Duplex Flex Upgrade UltaMid 2 Tarptent StratoSpire Li Tarptent Aeon Li
Livability (30%)
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Weight (25%)
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Specs Black Diamond Beta... ZPacks Duplex Flex... UltaMid 2 Tarptent... Tarptent Aeon Li
Type Floorless pyramid Single wall tent w/ sewn in bug mesh and floor Floorless pyramid Double wall tent w/ removable floor and bug netting Single wall tent w/ sewn in bug mesh and floor
Weight with all components 1.35 lbs 1.8 lbs 2.32 lbs 1.60 lbs 1.09 lbs
Measured Weight of All Included Shelter Parts 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. 5 oz Tent: 19.7 oz, Guy lines and clips: 1.2 oz, Stuff sack: .3 oz. (Flex upgrade: 11oz) Mid: 1 lb. 7.7 oz. (bug insert with floor = 22 oz, bug insert w/o floor = 13.4 oz.) Total: 1 lb.10 oz, Floor and bug net: 11.5 oz, Fly: 14.1 oz Total: 1 lb. 1 oz., Tent with Bathtub floor and bug net: 15.8 oz., Stakes: 1.7 oz.
Stakes Included? Yes No No Yes Yes
Poles Needed for Set-up? Yes Yes w/o flex kit
No w/ flex kit
Yes, unless suspended from the peak Yes Yes
Capacity 2 person 2 person 2 person 2 person 1 person
Max Floor Dimensions (inches) 98" x 80" 45" x 90" 83" x 107" 86" x 45" 88" x 30"
Peak Height (inches) 49" 48" 64" 45" 47"
Fabric 30D SilNylon .51 oz/sqyd DCF Fabric DCF8 Dyneema Composite Fabrics Dyneema Composite Fabrics Dyneema Composite Fabrics
Packed Size 4" x 6" 7" x 13" 8.5" x 6" x 5.5" 16" x 4" 14" x 4"
Floor Area 34.7 sq ft 28.13 sq ft 63 sq ft 26.88 sq ft 18.3 sq ft
Doors 1 2 1 2 1
Number of Poles 2 trekking poles 4 2 trekking poles 2 trekking poles 1 trekking pole
1-person version? No No No No Yes
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