Our analysis below of the 2015 Mesa reflects how it performed against other tents of that vintage. See our updated backpacking tent review for more recent models and tests.
The Black Diamond Mesa was once a top performing two door tent. In the years since its 2007 release numerous other tents have come to overshadow it, and another year ticks by and Black Diamond has yet to update it. The pole design is quick to set-up and stronger than many other two door tents, but the fabrics are of moderate quality-- not as strong, light, or durable as newer and higher quality materials. Some aspects of this tent are excellent, like the partial solid walls, the supportive pockets, and the extra length that makes tall people more comfortable. We hope Black Diamond updates the Mesa and shaves some weight soon.