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Black Diamond Beta Light Beta (or other similar mids)

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Jake C · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 10

Hey everyone, I just had a few questions about some mods I was looking at and specifically the black diamond beta light. Pretty much I'm in the market for a new tent and am trying to be super weight and size conscious so I don't need to be lugging around the kitchen sink. I've used the older black diamond (maybe chounard??) Mega mid in the past and know that it really does satisfy a lot of needs I have. That being said I don't really need to space of the megamid as most of my trips are solo or 2 people plus gear. Ideally I'd like to have a mid style shelter that is light and small enough to pack on solo missions but is also shareable. The other question I had was has anyone ever used auxiliary poles instead of trekking or ski poles. I know that some companies like gossamer gear sell poles use for their trekking pole shelters instead of the poles. The reason being is I do a lot of ski touring and sometimes set my tent up and need to use my poles for whatever the mission is that day. Pretty much guys tell me what you know about this mid and other mids in general and tell me why you love or hate it. Thanks everyone!

Graham Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 0

I love mine- had the first generation for about 15 years, then got a beta lite which was the same excellent design just silnylon instead of nylon and about half the weight. I have never used auxiliary poles. Either hang it from a tree branch, string a high line and hang it from that (lots of sag when it’s wet and heavy snow) or my normal - just take the poles out when you need them and leave the tent collapsed - then just replace them when you’re back for the day. Not a big deal.

I have never used the current version. 

I’m sure you can find lots of old reviews online. 

Linnaeus · · ID · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 0

I've never used the Betalight but I have used the Chouinard Megamid, BD Megalight, and an exact copy from defunct Canadian company "Outbound." Mid style tents are awesome if you are camping in conditions that allow/favor a floorless tent. I've always used a center pole rather than two trekking poles. From your post it sounds like you already know that the Betalight is a good a fit for your uses. The OGL review is favorable. Go for it!

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