Re: [backpackgeartesters] LTR - Black Diamond OneShot Tent - Jim S.
- Hello Jim,
A few small edits, but this looks great. Nice spot, too.
>LONG-TERM REPORT### COMMENT: Don't forget that conversion, Jim.
>LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
>Where better to subject a tent to fully exposed wind and weather than a
>treeless deserted island? I happen to have access to just such a
>place (OK, there
>is one tree on the island!) - Sand Island. Sand Island is a small,
>Island on the Great South Bay, which occupies a good size chunk of the South
>Shore of Long Island. The small island is not much more than a glorified
>sandbar visited by several hundred gulls and the occasional boat.
>Access to the island requires a boat and I've been using my kayak to get out
>there, a 4 mile (* km)
> paddle from The### EDIT: the
> Bay Shore waterfront across Great Cove.### EDIT: their
>Weather has been pretty typical for summer on Long Island. Average
>temperatures have been around 85 F (29 C), and little rain. Storms
>have been most
>notable by their absence, but the exposed, unprotected island has
>allowed me to get
>the most effect out of the winds available, up to about 25 mph (40 kph).
>PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
>The OneShot continues to impress. The small pack size and light weight allow
>the tent to all but disappear in my pack and there is no noticeable wear and
>I have begun using the little pockets sewn into the rear interior floor seam
>to store those little items that always seem to find there
> way under my other### EDIT: holds
>gear. I normally ignore these pockets, maybe storing the tent's stuff sack
>there just so it doesn't get lost. But the tight interior space encourages
>organization and these little pockets do come in handy, especially
>the one near the
>head end of the tent, which I can reach easily when lying down.
>I continue to find little details that I can incorporate into organizing
>conveniences. For instance, the pull loops on the window zippers are
>holding my glasses when I am sleeping. The glasses are well out of
>the way and
>easy to find when needed, as the glasses hang just a few inches away from my
>head. Nice. Another is the interior pole design. The tent fabric stretches
>tautly over the poles and make an ideal spot to wedge in my
>I slide the elastic headband between the pole and tent body and then slide it
>into the best position, with the lamp assembly pulled close to the pole to
>eliminate sway. The tension hold
> the headlamp right where I want it. If I need### EDIT While
>the headlamp, I just grab the light assembly and a light tug
>releases it. Handy.
>I've found that it is not necessary to sit fully inside the tent when the
>weather is cooperating. I sit on the very edge of the tent floor at
>the door and,
>as the tent face angles away slightly, I can clear the awning and sit fully
> this is only an option in good weather, it is a far more### EDIT: warm
>comfortable position for sitting, cooking and even eating. Even, as
>seen in the photo
>below, while watching the sunset.
><<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1" IMAGE CAPTION = "Sitting outside the
>When it comes to dealing with wind, the OneShot has proven to be rock solid.
>I mentioned the problem with the tent walls blowing inwards previously, but
>when the tent is oriented so the end of the tent faces the direction of the
>wind, steady is the name of the game. I estimate the strongest winds I
>experienced were about 25 mph (40 kph), with the odd gust to 30 mph
>(48 kph). From
>inside the tent, it was hard to tell there was even a strong breeze.
>There was no
>flapping and the tent body barely flexed. The pre-stressed design
>for a stable set up.
>So, aside from the inherent limits imposed by the tent size, is there
>anything I don't like about the OneShot? Only one thing comes
>readily to mind -
>ventilation. The tent is very well ventilated, provided there is a
>breeze. I was
>concerned from the beginning that the screens were set so high in
>the door and
>rear wall. This arrangement is surprisingly effective, but finally hits its
>limits on those arm
>, muggy, breezeless nights common in the height of summer in### EDIT: Northeast [place, not direction, so capitalized]
> I would like to see the screens larger, maybe to within 10 in
>(25 cm) of the floor. This would make the best of any breeze that came along,
>and also improve the view! In fairness to the OneShot, most tents suffer in
>these muggy conditions, but I think a little more screen area would
>go a long way
>So, will I keep using the OneShot in my regular gear kit? Absolutely! The
>combination of super light weight, minimal pack space requirements
>construction are tough to beat. The superior room - when compared to a bivy -
>makes the OneShot a far more logical choice with only a minor weight penalty.
>This tent will likely remain my primary tent for the foreseeable future.
>If Black Diamond could see their way to raising the roof line by a few inches
>and enlarging the screen area a bit, the OneShot would approach perfection as
>a solo shelter.