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By Cor
Mar 13, 2012
black nasty

I did a very small review of this tent.
Review Here

This tent seems like a great durable unit in the high mountains!

Tell me your stories if you have one. . .

Cheers,
Cory


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By Travis24
Mar 14, 2012
lobbing in Independence Pass

Good review! I have the predecessor to the BD model, back when it was just the Bibler I-tent. Love it. the only thing I would change, and maybe Black Diamond did change this? is reinforcement of the corners that the poles get placed into as the Integral Designs MK1 has.


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By Tim Zander
Mar 14, 2012

Good to know that sealing the corners make the poles go in easier. I've got the eldorado, used it about 6-8 times this winter but haven't sealed it yet.

One gripe I have with it is how bulky it is packed... the fabric just doesn't compress well. Other than that it is awesome, I'm working on attaching mesh bags to the poles, or to the plastic clips to provide out of the way storage.


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By Cor
Mar 14, 2012
black nasty

Yeah, when i first set up the tent I didn't like the pole corners...
Now the pole corners stay wide open. It is way easier to set up.
I also noticed that the poles go into the proper place, which is the metal snap that is in the corner of the reinforced corner area.
Before I seam sealed it, that was not so much the case.

Tim, I would recommend sealing the unit as per instructions with some seam grip. The tent is seam taped on the inside, so it probably won't leak for awhile, but some day... and it is single wall, so best to have it done.

One area that will leak is the corners. The metal snaps that the poles sit in will allow water to wick through. Also seal the area all around the snap. This is good for a slightly off pole placement. The corners are beefed up, and probably won't tear, but the pole ends are kind of unfinished. Meaning that they are just a hollow pole end. No cap or rounded surface.

As far as packing. I thought the tent looked big when it was packed in the stuff sack. During our trips we just ditch the stuff sack, and fold/roll/whatever the tent right into the backpack. It did seem smaller when I did it this way!

Cheers,
Cor


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